International Organizations and Alliances

Analysis Brief

Kofi Annan’s Adieu

Kofi Annan remains something of an enigma as he winds up ten years in the sometimes withering global spotlight. Some say his fierce loyalty to the United Nations and international order helped maintain the UN’s relevancy. Yet time and again management mistakes appear to have undermined his goals.

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Trade in the Balance

With time running out, top officials are trying to revive the struggling Doha trade round, once touted as salvation for impoverished nations. But some experts say the attention of big powers, reflecting a growing mood of protectionism, has already shifted to smaller bilateral trade deals.

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Analysis Brief

Trading Places

With a chill setting in on the Geneva-based world trade talks, the Bush administration has shifted into high gear on negotiating smaller free trade agreements. But there are mixed views on how much the new deals matter and what they are doing to the global trading system.

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