"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."
Former Associate, Project on Managing the Atom
Current Affiliation: Professor of Public Policy and International Affairs; Director, Center for International Science and Technology Policy, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm