As the WTO approaches two decades of operation, both its successes and
its challenges will be analysed by the organisation’s supporters and critics.
The most-cited successes of the WTO include its dispute settlement
system, and the rapidly expanding list of countries that have completed the
accession process and have become members. However, the WTO has also
faced major challenges that have drawn strong criticism, most notably the
failure to conclude the Doha Round, and the expansion of regional trade
agreements in lieu of global consensus.