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G20 trade issues

2010-11-22

Queen's University policy studies professor Robert Wolfe is available to talk trade issues that will be discussed at the G20 meetings in Korea on Thursday and Friday.

The need to reduce international trade barriers to give a boost to the global economy will be a major topic of discussion among the leaders of the world’s 20 biggest economies.

“When the global financial crisis was first felt, the press was worried about an outbreak of protectionism. The fear was that as in the Great Depressions of the 1870s and the 1930s, beggar-thy-neighbour policies would inevitably spread. Buy-local provisions in many stimulus packages were frightening harbingers. Now the worries are currency tensions are a harbinger of protectionism. Yet in this dark night of the global economy, the protectionist dog has not barked,” says Dr. Wolfe. “Hard times provoke fractious domestic politics, which can make it hard for politicians to resist protectionist pressure. But resist it they did, contrary to the claims of the group of independent experts called Global Trade Alert.”

Dr. Wolfe is a prolific writer on multilateral trade policy and the World Trade Organization. From 1976 to 1995, Dr. Wolfe was a foreign service officer with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, serving abroad in Dhaka, Bangladesh (1977-79) and in the Canadian Delegation to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris (1981-85).

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