"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."
Alec Worsnop is a research fellow in the Belfer Center's International Security Program. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research examines civil war, military effectiveness, and civil-military relations and has been supported by organizations including the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at George Washington University, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, and the Smith Richardson Foundation.
His dissertation employs a mixed methods approach to investigate the determinants of insurgent military effectiveness and includes an in-depth examination of organizations in Iraq (2003–present) and Vietnam (1945–1975). Previously, he worked for a USAID implementing partner, conducting business development for assistance programs in Afghanistan and the Middle East.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm