"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."
Dan Altman is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the International Security Program at the Belfer Center at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. His is also a Lecturer for the MIT Political Science Department, where he received his Ph.D. In August, he starts as an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at Georgia State University.
His research investigates strategy and statecraft on the brink of war. He has written extensively about two important-yet-neglected tools of statecraft, the red line and the fait accompli. He is developing a book manuscript, Red Lines in International Politics, that explores why some red lines are credible while others are not. It develops a theory explaining the strategies states use to erode and circumvent red lines without provoking war. He has created a dataset of all "land grabs" since 1918, with Crimea the most recent. He uses it to study the fait accompli as form of statecraft as well as the evolution of territorial conquest as the principal part of the decline of interstate war. He has an enduring research interest in the causes of war.Last Updated: Mar 21, 2017, 12:54pm