Author Archives: C.Johan Westberg

Reflections on a statement by Pascal Lamy, the current state of the economy, decoupling and limits to growth.

Remember how 2011 was going to be the “make it or break it” year for Doha? I guess it broke then, because we are now facing a situation where Pascal Lamy, DG of WTO, has said outright not to expect … Continue reading

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Survival of the sustainable – Choices and culture in a new era of geopolitics, international economics and environmentalism

“The era of cheap natural abundance is over. We must now compose common rules for an era in which nature is valuable.” The above quote is from Paul Collier’s book The Plundered Planet, and it cuts to the heart of … Continue reading

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China’s look at a carbon tax – the connection to developed country border measures

China has been causing quite a stir lately in the environmental community through its proposed carbon tax. As is the case with China’s tightly controlled media landscape, this announcement came somewhat from the blue and caught many by surprise. Especially … Continue reading

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The difficulty of linkage – the current multilateral frustrations in the trade & climate nexus

Where are we now with regards to the interface of trade and climate change? It is a rather frustrating time at the moment for moving multilateral governance forward. In the climate negotiations, what has been agreed on in the form of … Continue reading

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The move to regionalism – trade and climate as symptoms of a greater shift

How will the trade and climate intersection be affected by a more regional world in the face of the continually stalling multilateralism that we are seeing? What are the positives and negatives of this new landscape? That we are seeing significant regional … Continue reading

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