"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."
Amanda Rizkallah is an associate at the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative and a former pre-doctoral research fellow (2015-2016). She is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at UCLA, and an Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) Herb York Global Security Fellow. With an emphasis on Lebanon, her doctoral dissertation examines how patterns of wartime territorial control and population displacement shape post-war political competition and governance. She also examines the role of civil war settlements in mediating these effects. Her research interests include civil war, sectarian conflict, the politics of displacement, and post-war reconstruction and reconciliation, with a focus on the Arab world. Amanda Rizkallah earned a B.A., summa cum laude, in political science from UCLA in 2008. For more information about Amanda and her work, please visit her personal website: www.amandarizkallah.com.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm