"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."
First session of Middle East Initiative Senior Fellow Robert M. Danin's study group "How Should the Next President of the United States Handle the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
This session places U.S. policy approaches towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a wider historical and analytical framework. First outlining the contours of US policy towards the Palestine conflict from 1947 on, then shifting focus to the efforts of the Obama Administration to pursue Israeli-Palestinian peace. Why has the United States deemed it important to lead Israeli-Palestinian peace-making efforts? Why has this conflict mattered to the United States? What have been the continuities and discontinuities in U.S. approaches to the conflict? What have been the successes, if any, and what have been the failures? Why have United States efforts been more effective than at other times—is it U.S. policy, regional conditions, the role of personalities?
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Please note: this event is part of a three-session study group open by application only. Applications are no longer being accepted to this group. No additional participants will be accepted.