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G8 experts

2010-03-19

Trade and AgricultureRobert Wolfe“Because the chair of the summit is not a member of the WTO, the G8 may struggle to make a contribution to the biggest international economic policy problem at the moment: the crisis in the Doha negotiations,” says international trade expert Robert Wolfe of Queen’s School of Policy Studies. “Agriculture is the problem now as it has been for more than 20 years, going back at least to the Bonn summit of 1985 when Francois Mitterrand walked out rather than agree to the launch of new multilateral trade negotiations under the GATT.”Dr. Wolfe was a foreign service officer with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, serving abroad in Dhaka, Bangladesh (1977-79) and in the Canadian Delegation to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris (1981-85). In Ottawa he worked in the National Security Section, the U.S. Trade and Economic Relations Division, as Executive Assistant to the Ambassador for Multilateral Trade Negotiations and Prime Minister's Personal Representative, Economic Summit, and in the International Economic Relations Division.Robert.wolfe@queensu.ca613-533-6689Energy and BusinessDavid Detomasi“What we are going to see at this G8 meeting is a reassertion of Russian nationalism around oil,” says Dave Detomasi, Queen’s School of Business expert in international political economy. He notes that Russia’s oil companies enjoy an integral relationship with President Vladimir Putin’s administration.Dr. Detomasi is currently writing a book on Canadian government-business relations. His major research interests include international business, public sector management, government-business relations, and international security.ddetomasi@business.queensu.ca613-533-6989For more information or to arrange an interview call Sarah Withrow 613-533-3280 or Lorinda Peterson 613-533-3234. Attention broadcasters: Queen's now has facilities to provide broadcast quality audio and video feeds. For television interviews, we can provide a live, real-time double ender from Kingston fibre optic cable and broadcast quality radio transmissions from our on-campus studio. Please call for details.

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