"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."
Aaron Arnold is an associate of the Project on Managing the Atom. Prior to joining MTA, Aaron spent nine years as a non-proliferation and counterproliferation consultant to Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Justice. His work primarily focused on proliferation threat finance and sanctions evasion.
Aaron's research interests include illicit financial networks, the effectiveness of economic statecraft, technology transfer, and the role of innovation within formal and informal networks.
Aaron holds a B.A. from Virginia Tech, and a M.P.P. and Ph.D. from George Mason University School of Public Policy. Aaron currently holds a special appointment as an Assistant Professor at Curry College.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm