WTO at a crossroads: The geopolitical threat to 75 years of multilateral trade cooperation


October 25, 2023, 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM EDT
PIIE Webcast, Washington DC

Ralph Ossa (World Trade Organization), Adam S. Posen (PIIE), Anabel González (Inter-American Development Bank) and Douglas A. Irwin (PIIE)

Event Summary

The US launch of the World Trade Organization's World Trade Report 2023 takes place at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) on October 25. This timely report, released September 12 in Geneva, analyzes the rise in skepticism over the benefits of globalization, driven by the protectionist shocks from COVID-19, the war in Ukraine and competition among trading blocs. The discussion at PIIE, beginning with a presentation of the report by WTO chief economist Ralph Ossa followed by a debate and moderated audience Q&A, focuses not only on the economic costs of trade fragmentation but also the threats deglobalization poses to security and the fight against poverty and climate change.


Ralph Ossa
Chief Economist, World Trade Organization


Adam S. Posen
President, PIIE

Anabel González
Vice President for Countries, Inter-American Development Bank

Douglas A. Irwin
Nonresident Senior Fellow, PIIE