"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."
Emile Simpson read ancient and modern history at Oxford University then joined the British Army from 2006–2012 as an infantry officer; he completed three tours in southern Afghanistan. That experience formed the basis of his first book, War From the Ground Up: Twenty-First-Century Combat as Politics.
He also holds a graduate diploma in English law and is currently completing a doctorate in the history of international law at King's College London. The project concerns the concept of the enemy in international law, and the associated jurisdictional ideas, from the seventeenth century to the present.
Additionally, he is a columnist at Foreign Policy magazine.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm