Hurricane Irma sends decade-old US-Antigua dispute back into the spotlight


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By Andrew Lumsden
Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs

WASHINGTON, USA — Last month, Sir Ronald Sanders, Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador to the United States, sought support in a speech before a meeting of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) in Geneva, Switzerland. He lamented that his country is “losing all hope” that its 15-year-long trade dispute with the United States will be amicably settled through private, bilateral negotiations. Sanders is, furthermore, considering asking the WTO’s head to mediate a solution.

In 2003, Antigua and Barbuda, a nation little larger than Washington DC, with a GDP barely exceeding US$1 billion, challenged the world’s foremost economic power before the WTO over the…

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