- Gül Unal
Nothing is stronger, observed Victor Hugo, than an idea whose time has come. This may help explain why UNCTAD’s latest flagship study, “Trade and Development Report 2018: Power, Platforms and the Free Trade Delusion” has received lots of media attention.
Grounded in pro-development analysis—intellectually and empirically—UNCTAD’s annual Trade and Development Reports (TDRs) have long been ahead of the curve in raising red flags for policymakers, as well as in proposing alternative ways forward for catch-up growth and inclusive development. This year’s report, launched on September 26, has proven especially prescient, given rising economic turmoil and the looming threat of another global downturn.