WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: Doha: Dead As The Dodo, Dead As Kyoto. “The Doha Round is dying for some of the same reasons the green negotiations are going nowhere: the agreements cover so many countries and so many subjects that the process is breaking down under the weight of complexity and competing interests. There are too many parties negotiating too many topics that touch too deeply on too many domestic interests for agreement to be easy to find. . . . Worse, the low hanging fruit have been picked. The easy win-win agreements were reached in earlier trade rounds; the topics left are mostly contentious and the gains in some cases are less dramatic than in the past.” We’re long past the point of diminishing returns on international organizations generally.
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