What To Do About the Doha Round


May 24, 2011, 3:00 AM EDT
Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington, DC
Susan C. Schwab (Mayer Brown)

Event Summary

Former United States Trade Representative Susan C. Schwab discussed the outlook for the Doha Round of trade negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the future of the global trading system at the Peterson Institute, May 24, 2011. Ambassador Schwab recently published a major article on these topics in the new issue of Foreign Affairs, arguing that "Doha is doomed" and that the time has come to move to a new agenda for global trade talks. PIIE Director C. Fred Bergsten and Senior Fellows Jeffrey J. Schott and Arvind Subramanian facilitated a discussion following Schwab's presentation.

Ambassador Schwab is now a professor at the University of Maryland and a strategic advisor to Mayer Brown, LLP. She was deputy United States Trade Representative (USTR) and then USTR from 2005 until January 2009, during which time she led US negotiations in the WTO, as well as for the free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, Peru, and South Korea. She was previously dean of the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland; director of Corporate Business Development at Motorola; assistant secretary of commerce; director general of the US and Foreign Commercial Service; and a trade policy specialist and legislative director for Senator John Danforth.

Event Materials

Article: After Doha: Why the Negotiations Are Doomed and What We Should Do About It
[Foreign Affairs subscription required]
Susan C. Schwab
May 2011

Op-ed: US Trade Policy and the Doha Round: An Alternative View
C. Fred Bergsten
May 18, 2011

Presentation: The Doha Round: Diagnosis and Prescription [pdf]
Aaditya Mattoo and Arvind Subramanian
May 24, 2011

Policy Brief 11-3: The Elephant in the "Green Room": China and the Doha Round
Aaditya Mattoo, Francis Ng, and Arvind Subramanian
May 2011