Martin Edwards, Ph.D., has had quite the year: he has been named the Department Chair at the School of Diplomacy, appointed Associate Editor of the International Studies Quarterly, was awarded a research fellowship with the University of Southern California's Center on Public Diplomacy, and published The IMF, the WTO & the Politics of Economic Surveillance. To add to his growing list of successes he will be serving as a panelist at the "Trade Policy Review Mechanism at 30" conference hosted by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and will lead a workshop for WTO staff in Geneva, Switzerland.
Professor Edwards' book looks at the understudied activities of the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization in routine policy monitoring of member countries. Right around the time that he published this book, the United States was set to begin their surveillance review at the IMF and the World Trade Organization. The timing for his work was ideal, as he felt that it was "important for all Americans to understand what these organizations do and how they operate."
The "Trade Policy Review Mechanism at 30" conference marks the 30th anniversary of the Trade Policy Review Mechanism (TPRM), which was created when the WTO was formed. This conference, which will be held at the WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, will explore the various elements of the TPRM, including its history, the roles of the TPRM, and what lies ahead. During the conference, Edwards will join ambassadors from the Philippines, South Korea, and Thailand on a panel to discuss the TPRM as a tool of transparency and peer review.
While in Geneva, Professor Edwards will also lead a workshop for the WTO staff who conduct the trade policy reviews, to further discuss his research findings and what they mean for the day to day workings of the TPRM. Be sure to check back with us after Thanksgiving break to hear more about his visit and how he served, and continues to serve, as an example of what great minds can do in diplomacy.