Instituto Fernand Braudel de Economia Mundial - Associado à FAAP

Ed. 25: The Seattle Fiasco

Intransigence and the future of world trade

Author: David Woods | Published in 2000

O Fiasco de Seattle

The spectacular collapse of December’s World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting in Seattle was a disaster not hard to foresee. The preparatory process in Geneva among diplomats had been ragged, ill-tempered and ineffective. The ugly and divisive year-long battle to appoint the new WTO Director-General, Mike Moore of New Zealand, left too little rime for careful consideration of the many new issues that had been put on the table as potential candidates for inclusion in a new round of international trade negotiations. Old hands were asking privately, as far back as the early summer of 1999, whether it would not be better to postpone the conference meeting.


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