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Negotiation Dynamics of the WTO: An Insider's Account

Negotiation Dynamics of the WTO: An Insider's Account

by Mohan KumarMohan Kumar


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The book aims at informing and educating the public at large about the intricacies of the Negotiation Dynamics at the WTO. It traces the period from the launch of the Uruguay Round in 1986 to its conclusion at Marrakesh in 1994 and the subsequent entry into force of the WTO on 1 January 1995.

The book shows how WTO Ministerial Conference in Seattle was doomed to fail and its failure led to “trust deficit” between the developed countries on the one hand and certain key developing and least-developed countries on the other. Thus tracing the WTO saga that began in the wake of the failure at Seattle and the difficult path that led to the launch of a new Round at Doha in November 2001.

The book throws light on India’s domestic decision-making structure as well as some of the factors driving India’s negotiating stance at the WTO. It also describes the current impasse at the WTO and offers some ideas to revive an institution that is so crucial for the smooth functioning of the multilateral trading system.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789811342554
Publisher: Springer Singapore
Publication date: 02/01/2019
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018
Pages: 215
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Dr Mohan Kumar is currently Vice Dean and Professor of Diplomatic Practice at Jindal School of International Affairs, O.P. Jindal Global University, Haryana, India. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Delhi-based think tank Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS).

Dr Kumar has had a successful career in the Indian Foreign Service lasting 36 years. He has had a variety of foreign assignments culminating in his posting as India’s Ambassador to France from 2015 to 2017.

One of the defining features of Dr Kumar’s career has been his substantive involvement as India’s lead negotiator at the GATT and the WTO. Dr Kumar was part of the Indian delegation to the WTO Ministerial Conferences in Marrakesh, Seattle and Doha. He has also served in multiple WTO dispute settlement panels as an expert. Dr Kumar holds a doctorate from the reputed Sciences Po University in Paris, France on the subject of WTO Negotiation Dynamics.

Table of Contents

Introduction.- Chapter 1: The Mother of All Rounds.- Chapter 2: The Millennium Round that Failed.- Chapter 3: The Development Round.- Chapter 4: India at the WTO: Punching above its Weight.- Chapter 5: Conclusion.

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“Dr Mohan Kumar has produced a brilliant and incisive analysis of the history of the multilateral trading system from Bretton Woods to the establishment of the WTO in 1995. He brings the skills of a forensic analyst with an insider’s view as a participant and the cerebral qualities of an academic with a PhD from Sciences Po University (Paris). A must-read for all those interested in the functioning of the multilateral trading system.” (Mr Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, Former Ambassador of India to Brazil and Permanent Representative at the Indian Mission in New York and Geneva, Former Indian Negotiator to GATT and UNCTAD, Author of the book “Perilous Interventions”)

“Dr Mohan Kumar has solid credentials for writing an authoritative account of the tumultuous negotiations that led to the establishment of the WTO. He was a senior member of the delegation of India and India had so much at stake in the reshaping of the multilateral trading system that was undertaken at these talks. He shows rare insight into the underlying factors that influenced the manner in which the negotiations played out. The narrative includes also a description of the bitter debate that preceded the launching of the Doha Round. This book contains a great deal of learning for diplomats and trade policy officials of developing countries.” (Mr Anwarul Hoda, Former Head of the Trade Policy Division and Chief Negotiator, Ministry of Commerce, Government of India, Former Deputy Director General, WTO, Geneva)

“Dr Mohan Kumar is one of those rare officers of the Indian Foreign Service who spent considerable time in Geneva as part of the Indian negotiating team at first the GATT and then the WTO. He was an integral part of the Indian delegation at three important Ministerial Conferences of the WTO i.e. Marrakesh (1994), Seattle (1999) and Doha (2001). He therefore brings tremendous knowledge and insight into the negotiation dynamics. His book is thus a vivid account of the intricacies and realpolitik that surrounds the multilateral negotiations. The book is also topical in view of the existential crisis facing the WTO. All in all, a must-read for anyone interested in grasping how a supposedly rules-based system operates as a power-based system during critical moments of important negotiations.” (Mr S. Narayanan,Former Indian Ambassador to the WTO, Geneva, Former Chief Textiles Negotiator of India)

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