Reflections

Why the United States Is Wary of the WTO

Dec 14, 2017 | 21:56 GMT
Trade representatives gather in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the 11th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization.

Severe rhetoric from the United States has some fearing that Washington wants to put an end to the World Trade Organization.

(JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

The end of the Cold War brought about a different view of free trade in the United States. Through almost 50 years of negotiations, the United States spearheaded the establishment of the World Trade Organization as Washington sought to shape the global trading regime -- and the trading order in the West -- as a bulwark against communism. But times have changed, and amid a frontal assault by the United States this week, the WTO's 11th Ministerial Conference came to an undignified end Dec. 13 in Buenos Aires, Argentina....

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