Signs of a growing backlash against the liberal world order are becoming hard to ignore, says John Hancock.
Senior Counsellor at the World Trade Organization
John Hancock works at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where he has served as senior policy advisor to the Director-General, representative to the IMF and World Bank, and head of investment issues. He also coordinated the WTO's Aid-for-Trade initiative, and was secretary of the 2006 Task Force on the subject. Prior to the WTO, Mr. Hancock was senior advisor to Canada's trade minister. He has also been a guest lecturer at Cambridge University, IMD, and the University of St Gallen. He holds a PhD in economic history from Cambridge, and has written and spoken frequently on international issues.
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The G20 talks a lot about “growth targets”. The problem is it never gets past talking, says John Hancock.
John Hancock on how the closing of the Canada-EU free trade agreement could move the global free trade agenda ahead.
John Hancock on how Nelson Mandela sits above the petty political squabbles and scandals that so many of our leaders today are afflicted by.
John Hancock on the Harper government’s empty legacy at home and abroad.
The WTO’s successes are making us dangerously complacent about the future of global trade argues John Hancock
John Hancock on why the BRICS Summit is a meeting of rivals more than allies.
John Hancock on why the proposed U.S.-EU trade deal could revitalize global trade co-operation, or end it.
John Hancock on why the parallels between the economy of the 1930s and the economy today are becoming hard to ignore.
John Hancock on the tawdry soap opera enveloping America’s top military men.
France is supposed to be Canada’s ally, but they don’t always act like it.
Don’t fault the UN for international dysfunction – we’re all partially to blame says John Hancock.
Have we reached the end of technological progress? John Hancock isn’t betting on it.
Canada has finally been allowed to join the TPP. Now why do we want in again?
The French election results prove once again that voters are fed up with mainstream political parties.
John Hancock speculates on the fate of the Canadian economy if commodity prices fall.
Culture and work ethic are fueling China’s rise, not low wages or currency manipulation, says John Hancock.
Caring and compassionate Canada has morphed overnight into Canada the selfish, says Hancock.
Hancock is skeptical of end-of-year rankings as Warren Buffett plummets from the top of Foreign Policy‘s list.
China’s economy will overtake that of the U.S. in 5 years. “Do dollars equal tanks?” Hancock wonders.
Does globalization hijack democratic choice or thrive on it? Hancock asks, as Grecians protest.
The solutions to global threats rest with Chinamerica, not the G20, argues Hancock.
John Hancock advises that the one certainty about today’s economy is its subjection to technological change.
John Hancock writes on Europe’s crisis and identifies the ‘Achilles heel of globalization.’
If the United States no longer runs the world—as most 9/11 retrospectives grimly conclude—who will take its place? Some predict a fast-rising China will soon dominate. Others foresee a period of rivalry and conflict among great-power equals. Yet, for the moment, what’s striking about the international scene is not the struggle for world domination, but […]
Chaotic stock markets, spiralling debt crises, weakening growth, rioting in the streets – the steady drum beat of bad news has been so overwhelming lately that it’s easy to forget that we are likely entering the most dramatic period of material progress in human history. Even amid the current gloom and doom, the International Monetary […]
Mao Tse-tung famously observed that “power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” But today power is more likely to grow out of the barrel of a television camera. Or a YouTube video. Or even a tweet. Ask yourself this: Who is the most globally influential Canadian? My vote – like millions of others […]
Christine Lagarde, recently French Finance Minister, has finally been confirmed as IMF head – but not without having to beat back challenges from pesky upstarts like Mexico, Singapore, and India – and following the trials (literally) and tribulations of former French head, Dominique Straus Khan. Then there’s poor Jean-Claud Trichet, the Frenchman in charge the […]
I feel privileged to be in such creative company—and really look forward to seeing what our roundtable dialogue produces. I also feel a little guilty discussing Canadian foreign policy because I’m a long-term exile – having spent almost fifteen years working at the Geneva-based WTO, as well as with the IMF and the World Bank. […]