Multi-national corporations thrive on closed door meetings where they write the rules of the global economy. The world is much more complex than just "free trade agreements." Anytime a product crosses a border, physically or electronically, there are laws and regulations that govern the transaction. 

Uprooted, Episode 25: Tariffs and Multilateralism

The Trump tariffs on steel and aluminum have caused a lot of chatter and speculation. But they exist in a very complicated and interconnected system. Today, Josh talks about the tariffs, the WTO, and the rules based multilateral trading system with IATP Adviser, Sophia Murphy, Director of Trade and Global Governance, Karen Hansen-Kuhn, and IATP Executive Director, Juliette Majot.

The end of the WTO as we know it? One can only hope.

It was somehow fitting that the only rain to mar perfect late spring days of the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires last week fell as the meeting ended in failure. The purpose of a ministerial is to provide direction for the coming two years of trade negotiations; that is, to sign any agreements reached and to provide a working agenda for the biennium ahead.