"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."
Casey Campbell is the Program Assistant at the Belfer Center’s Project on Managing the Atom. She recently graduated from Emerson College with a B.S. in Journalism. Before coming to MTA, she was an intern with the Belfer communications team, assisting with a variety of projects. Prior to graduation, Casey worked at a number of internship sites, including Voice of America in Washington D.C. and WGBH’s nightly news show, Greater Boston.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm