How the WTO Picks a New Leader and Avoids a Collapse: QuickTake

The campaign for the top post at the World Trade Organization comes at the most turbulent time in its 25-year history. Playing out against the backdrop of a pandemic, a worldwide recession, the U.S.-China battle for trade supremacy and the American presidential election, there couldn’t be more at stake. But Brazilian Director-General Roberto Azevedo’s decision to step down a the end of August, a year before his term ends, also offers an opportunity for the U.S., European Union and other nations