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About The Site

The Global Trade Negotiations Home Page was launched in August 1999 to provide a centralized information resource on global trade negotiations. While it gathers and disseminates information and research on the multilateral trade system, it does not advocate any specific trade policies or support any particular ideology. Rather, as an academic resource, it offers an objective entry point to the many trade-related resources on the internet.

Maintained at Harvard University's Center for International Development (CID), the content on this website does not represent the views of Harvard University or website staff. This site is maintained under the guidance of Professor Dani Rodrik and Professor Robert Lawrence at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. It is not in any way affiliated with the World Trade Organization, nor has it received its endorsement.  Generous financial support has been provided by the CID, the Ford Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

We encourage you to contribute to this growing web site. You may submit academic papers, position papers or analysis and, though we cannot guarantee we will post everything, we will do our best to compile as complete a collection of relevant literature as possible. Click here to submit an item.  If you would like information about linking to our site, or having our site link to yours, please click here.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the GTN Site?
2. Who uses the GTN site?
3. I'm new to the issue of trade...where should I start?!
4. Who do I contact regarding submitting a paper or if I have a question?
5. I'm having trouble viewing papers online.
6. Special thanks.


1. What is the GTN Site?

The GTN Site is a resource for those interested in learning about and further researching issues in international trade today.  It is maintained by a group of Harvard affiliates at Harvard University's Center for International Development, under the guidance of Professor Dani Rodrik and Professor Robert Lawrence. This website does not advance any particular ideology or trade agenda. Rather, it attempts to represent as full a range of opinions on international trade as possible objectively and without prejudice. 

2. Who uses the GTN Site?

The GTN Site is used by a broad audience, including people from the academic, non-government, and government sectors. On an average week, there are over 1,600 visits to the site and more than 4,600 page viewings.      

3. I'm new to the issue of trade...where should I start?!

The trade issues pages offer good summaries of the major topics in trade.  After familiarizing yourself with some of these issues, you can take a look at recent news articles to find out what current events are important in the trade world. You can also get a sense of what questions in trade are currently being debated from our current debates page.  Finally, our government pages also feature good background on how trade is affecting different players in the international trade arena.   

4. Who do I contact regarding submitting a paper or if I have a question?

Send questions, suggestions or materials to post to Global_Trade@ksg.harvard.edu and we will respond to you shortly.

Please follow these guidelines when submitting a paper for consideration:

  • Please either attach the paper to the e-mail, or include the URL to the paper if it is already posted online.

  • All papers must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

  • Papers must relate to the issues of international trade theory, trade policy, trade agreements, government trade regimes, or trade issues as featured on our issues pages. For examples on papers we have posted, visit our new papers page.

  • Please include in the e-mail the name of the organization or institution with which you are affiliated.

5. I'm having trouble viewing papers online.

Nearly all of the papers on this site require Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is free for download at the Adobe website. Unless you have this software installed on your computer, you will not be able to read many of the files that are referenced on this website.

6. Special thanks.

Thanks go to Michele Kane and Mary Gardner Abbott for their patience and Weldon Morgan at Harvard's Center for International Development for their generous technical assistance.  Also thanks to Al Cho and Odette Yousef for their hard work on the site and Dearbhla McHenry for the 2002 site design, and to Zoe McLaren for substantially deepening the research coverage and institutional memory for the site's next generation. Finally, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and Harvard's Center for International Development have provided generous financial support throughout this project.

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Contact Us

If you would like to submit a paper for consideration, questions, comments, or suggestions, send an e-mail to Robert Mitchell. Please include your name, organization and country in the body of the e-mail. Thanks for your input!

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