"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."
Chris Mawhorter is the Events Administrator at the Belfer Center's Middle East Initiative. Prior to joining MEI, Chris worked as an Refugee Employment Specialist and Adult Educator in Lynn, MA. He also lived and worked in Israel-Palestine, supporting the Middle East Studies Program, then based in East Jerusalem. Chris is also an alumnus of MESP and of Gordon College in Wenham, MA, where he studied International Affairs and Economics.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm