"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."
Ben Rhode is a doctoral candidate in History at the University of Oxford and an Ernest May Fellow in History and Policy. His research explores European reactions to the rise of the United States as a great power and the use of history in policy analysis.
He was previously a Senior Research Associate at the Belfer Center, where his research focused on nonproliferation and regional security issues. Prior to joining the Center, Ben worked for five years as a researcher at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London. He graduated from the University of Oxford with First Class Honours in Modern History, and received an M.Sc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm