There will be numerous explanations in the coming weeks and months as to what finally happened in Geneva and why the Doha Round negotiations have been “suspended”. The domestic agricultural support policies of the USA and the EU will be criticized and the failure of the recent G8 meeting to generate a new impetus will be noted in the context of the bigger political picture. Some will focus on the signs that domestic pressures are as strong as ever in developed countries. Others will detect a decreasing concern for Africa, while pointing to the successes of several emerging economies. Commentators will discuss the unfortunate implications for developing countries generally and for Africa in particular.