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June 22, 2022

World Trade Organization (WTO)
The WTO Hangs On

WTO members confounded expectations last week by concluding a deal on fisheries subsidies, the first major multilateral agreement in nearly a decade. But the trade body is not out of the woods yet.

WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (right) is congratulated by Indian Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal after a closing session of a WTO Ministerial Conference in Geneva in June 2022.

June 8, 2022

Trade
Unpacking the IPEF: Biden’s First Big Trade Play

The Joe Biden administration has unveiled its Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, but it doesn’t look like a traditional trade deal and could end up falling short of its ambitions.  

From left to right, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, U.S. President Joe Biden, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) launch event in Tokyo in May 2022.

June 21, 2022

Economics
Why This Global Economic Crisis Is Different

This is the first time since World War II that there may be no cooperative way out.

Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell

March 3, 2022

Trade
Suspend Russia’s Trade Benefits, For Now

To ratchet up economic penalties against Russia over its war in Ukraine, the United States and its allies should consider a coordinated suspension of Russia’s trade privileges.

Seats for delegates are pictured before the ceremony marking the accession of Russia to the WTO during the 8th WTO Ministerial Conference in Geneva in December 2011.

February 19, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women this Week: First Woman Leader of the WTO

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers February 12 to February 19.   

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala sits down for an interview with Reuters.

September 3, 2020

World Trade Organization (WTO)
What to Know About the Race to Lead the WTO

World Trade Organization members are in the process of selecting a new leader, who will be charged with steering the WTO at a critical moment for the future of international trade.

A picture shows the empty seat and desk of the World Trade Organization director-general prior to a general council in Geneva.

October 2, 2020

World Trade Organization (WTO)
The Future of the WTO: The Candidates Assess

The World Trade Organization is selecting its next director-general at a time of rising stress on the system of global trade rules. Here’s how the candidates answered CFR’s questions.

WTO director generals empty chair

June 24, 2022

Women and Women's Rights
Abortion Law: Global Comparisons

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, which guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion for almost fifty years. How does regulation of abortion in the United States compare to that in th…

People hold signs in favor of abortion rights.

January 6, 2022

Global
A World of Mounting Disarray

Five years after the publication of A World in Disarray, the world is an even messier place with most trends heading in the wrong direction.

An explosion caused by a police munition is seen during the storming of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, January 6, 2021.

January 28, 2022

Labor and Employment
Why Gains for U.S. Workers Are Good for the World

For half a century, America’s wage problem has also been the world’s trade problem. Since the mid-1970s, the United States has stood out among rich countries for its high percentage of low-wage worke…