"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."
Future of Diplomacy Project Senior Fellow and former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, Paula Dobriansky, looks at critical challenges for the Trump administration, including its relationship with European and Asian allies as it attempts to mitigate global risk factors. Cathryn Cluver, Executive Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project, moderates.
Lunch will be served.