Well, the Doha Round of trade negotiations has collapsed amid a flurry of finger pointing, according to this story from The Wall Street Journal. I go back to the old saw, "When something goes wrong, point your finger - and remember three more point back at you." It seems that this holds true this round. The rising economies basically expected to be able to insist on the same exceptions as the Western economies have put in place for decades - at least when it came to agricultural protection. Can you believe it? They wanted to be treated equally when it came to negotiating an equal playing field?
However, this does not necessarily mean globalization is grinding to a halt. There is a great deal that can be done institutionally within individual countries (including ours). Read the case in this opinion piece, also from WSJ.
If you run across more pieces on the collapse of the Doha round during the next few days, please share them if you think they are clear and well-written. And include some ideas for using them in a classroom environment.