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Global Economy

Between intensive care and the crematorium

In October 2006, Mark Thirlwell presented a paper at a dialogue on 'WTO at crossroads? Experiences and expectations around the Doha Agenda'. The dialogue was held in Singapore and conducted by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Office and the WTO Secretariat. The meeting brought together some 40

After Doha: II. Is globalisation history?

Reflecting on the repeated failure of the Doha Round of international trade negotiations, this paper takes a look back at the stresses and strains that afflicted an earlier globalisation episode to look for lessons about the current difficulties facing economic liberalisation

Sorting out the spaghetti

In a lunchtime meeting held at the Lowy Institute on 30 March, Professor David Vines from Oxford University discussed the damage inflicted on the international trading system by the spread of discriminatory trade agreements and outlined some policies designed to ameliorate the problem. A copy of

The new terms of trade

In this 2005 Lowy Institute Paper, Mark Thirlwell surveys the changing international trade landscape. The inability of policymakers to deliver the Doha Round has become a powerful symbol of the growing strains on the multilateral trading system

The changing geography of international trade

In this presentation - originally delivered as a lecture at the Asia Pacific School of Economics and Government (APSEG) at the Australian National University - Mark Thirlwell looks at the economic rise of China and India and some of the associated consequences for the international trading

China re-emergence

In the opening address to the Chinese Economy: Impact on Korea and Australia conference jointly organised by the Lowy Institute and the Australia-Korea Foundation, Dr Geoff Raby, Deputy Secretary in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, argues that we are witnessing the re-emergence of China

There hope in Bush hawkish nomination

While the news that Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Defence Secretary and architect of the Iraq War, has been nominated to head the World Bank has disappointed some and angered others, Mark Thirlwell wonders if the outspoken neo-con could turn out to be a surprisingly appropriate Bank president. The

G7 should step aside for more representative body

Mark Thirlwell and Malcolm Cook argue that China's recent inclusion in the G7 should not be a one-off expansion. It should be the first step in the replacement of the G7 by its more representative progeny, the G20, which includes Australia.Australian Financial Review, 29 September 2004, p.63

Golden straitjackets can chafe

Trade agreements, such as the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement, are usually evaluated in terms of their success in reducing tariffs and other barriers to market access. These negotiations, however, present a more important opportunity - to improve the rules which govern international economic

The good, the bad and the ugly: assessing criticism of the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement

Criticism of the Australia-US FTA has come from a wide range of sources, running the gamut from free-trade economists through to protectionist-minded economic nationalists. While the breadth of views has made the discussion interesting, it has also made it confusing. Mark Thirlwell seeks to bring

The international economy in 2003…

This Issues Brief suggests that a key theme over the past year has been the management of external imbalances in a world economy that is not only increasingly integrated but which is simultaneously undergoing a sustained geographic shift in the distribution of economic weight towards Asia