Can This Man Stop a Trade War?

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Roberto Azevêdo was appointed Director-General of the W.T.O. in 2013. (Photo: Handout/Handout)

Season 8, Episode 8

The World Trade Organization is the referee for 164 trading partners, each with their own political and economic agendas. Lately, those agendas have gotten more complicated — especially with President Trump’s tariff blitz. Roberto Azevêdo, head of the W.T.O., tells Stephen J. Dubner why it’s so hard to balance protectionism and globalism; what’s really behind the loss of jobs; and what he’d say to Trump (if he ever gets the chance).

To find out more, check out the podcast from which this hour was drawn: “Can This Man Stop a Trade War? and “Is the Government More Entrepreneurial Than You Think?