The World Trade Organization (WTO) serves as the guardian of free and rules-based word trade. Unfortunately, the multilateral organization finds itself confronted by significant challenges. The central problem is the discord among the 164 member states. This is delineated in the difficulties in finding a new Director-General. In the light of rampant protectionism, state interventions, and national go-it-alone strategies, the WTO must be reformed to give it the necessary teeth to ensure a global level playing field.