The WTO Deadlocked Understanding the Dynamics of International Trade by Debashis Chakraborty, Amir Ullah Khan


The WTO Deadlocked Understanding the Dynamics of International Trade by Debashis Chakraborty, Amir Ullah Khan

This book analyses the contemporary state of affairs at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and India's negotiating agenda at its various forums. The WTO is important for all the countries as more than 96 per cent of world trade is controlled by bodies affiliated to it. This book identifies areas in the WTO agreements that require systematic reforms. It also discusses the negotiating history of GATT/WTO, especially after the conclusion of the WTO negotiations in 1995, while not overlooking the failures of the Seattle Ministerial and Doha negotiations. It delves into the rights and interests of different interest-groups within the WTO. Many WTO members nowadays believe that bilateral and regional trade agreements are the only ways to counter the problems involved with multilateral negotiations at the WTO. Concerned about this, the WTO has recently set up a committee to look into the increase in regional trade agreements and free trade areas. This book argues for multilateralism and therefore, a stronger WTO as a rule-based organisation. This is an opportune time for WTO members to examine what is at stake and reconsider their positions. In this context, the book adds considerable value and will be of immense help to Indian negotiators and the industry. It will equally interest those involved in research in the fields of Economics, Politics and Sociology.


The book, with its reader friendly index, will be of interest to scholars in the field of economics, politics and sociology as well Indian negotiators at the WTO. -- World Affairs

About the Author

Debashis Chakraborty is Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi Campus. He studied at the University of Calcutta and Centre for International Trade and Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. His research focus includes International Trade Policy, WTO negotiations and Indian economic development. He has presented and published his research at various academic and policy forums in India and abroad. He has also co-edited four books on WTO issues. Before joining the IIFT, he had also worked at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies (RGICS), New Delhi, as a researcher, for five years. Amir Ullah Khan is an economist working as a Senior Policy Advisor with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He graduated in Electronics Engineering from the Osmania University. He then studied at the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA). He has a Ph.D. from Jamia Millia Islamia Central University, Delhi, for his work on 'Intellectual Property Protection and the IT Industry'. He is currently the President of The Glocal University, Saharanpur. He is also the member of the Advisory Council and the Academic Council at the Glocal University. In 1993, he joined the Indian Civil Service after which he worked for four years with Project LARGE (Legal Adjustments and Reforms for Globalising the Economy) of the UNDP and the Ministry of Finance, Government of India. He headed the Academic Unit at the Indian School of Finance and Management, where he taught Economics and Management between1997 and 1999. Subsequently, he worked as Executive Director and Editor, Encyclopaedia Britannica India and as Deputy Secretary General at the PHD Chambers of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI). Amir teaches at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad and the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade in Delhi. He is also the visiting faculty at the Bangalore Management Academy, Birla Institute of Management Technology, Foreign Service Institute, Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi and Fore School of Management, New Delhi. He is also on the Advisory Board of World Development Forum, an upcoming forum that aims to bring together citizens' groups, development organizations, businesses and governments, to a common platform to produce evidence-based politically actionable guidance and unlock greater value, through human enterprise.

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352 pages


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Publication date

10th June 2008



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