"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."
A seminar with Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, Visiting Scholar, Middle East Initiative and the Belfer Center's Iran Project and Professor of Economics, Virginia Tech. Third session of the fall 2016 study group led by MEI Visiting Scholar Professor Robert Springborg, Globalization and Its Discontents in the Middle East and North Africa.
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Ordinary Iranians received the signing of the nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers in July 2015 with jubilation. A year later the economic benefits they anticipated have not materialized and disillusionment has set in, thereby threatening president Rouhani’s re-election next June, the prospects for political moderation in Iran, and ultimately the fate of the agreement itself.
In this talk I argue that the political divisions that threaten the future of the nuclear agreement have deep roots in Iran’s particular mode of global integration and public perceptions that globalization increases social and economic inequality.