The catch-22 of TPA & Doha has been discussed repeatedly by trade folks over the past few months, though I have yet to hear anyone offer a solution (Jagdish Bhagwati’s optimism in June notwithstanding). Apparently the USTR doesn’t have one either:
Daniel Drezner: There seems to be a catch-22 on reviving Doha. Other countries won’t negotiate seriously with the United States unless they believe that we can get TPA renewed. At the same time, the only way that TPA is likely to be renewed is if Congressmen seen the outline of a Doha deal. How does one escape this conundrum?
Susan Schwab: Good question. [Long pause.]