"Like the president he now serves, Anton doesn't understand how the global trading order actually works. Trade agreements are long and complicated today because they are no longer primarily concerned with reducing tariffs (which are already quite low). Instead, contemporary trade agreements are mostly about harmonizing labor, regulatory, environmental, and copyright standards across many different societies, precisely for the purpose of creating fairer competition between states. Agreements of this kind are very much in America's interest, because otherwise U.S. workers would have to compete with foreign industries where labor and environmental standards are much lower than they are in the United States."
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an intractable conflict, a complex phenomenon that has encouraged some analysts to suggest a "conflict management" rather than a "conflict resolution" approach to peacemaking. The speakers will describe and evaluate four models of peacemaking that grow out of these strategies. The first, the "dictator" model, involves unilateral action by one of the parties. The second, the "anarchist" model, encourages domestic reforms within each of the two societies. The third, the "diplomat" model, uses bargaining between political elites from both sides, as in the Oslo peace process of the 1990s. The fourth, the "democrat" model, proposes the creation of public, multiparty negotiating forums, based on the model used in South Africa and Ireland. The speakers will conclude that a multifaceted approach that includes elements from all four models is necessary to create conditions for a more constructive peace process.
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