"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."
Diane McCree is Managing Editor of International Security. Before coming to the Belfer Center, she was production editor at Blackwell Publishers and a freelance editor for MIT Press, where she worked on books on international relations and economics. She has also worked at the Embassy of Jordan, the Middle East Institute, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, all in Washington, D.C. She received her B.A. in international relations from Tufts University and holds an M.A. in international relations from Georgetown University, with concentrations in Middle East studies and Arabic. She also studied at the Tufts Center for European Studies in Talloires, France, with a focus on international organizations and law.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm