"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."
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Fredrik Logevall is the Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs and Professor of History at Harvard University. He is the author or editor of nine books, most recently Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam (Random House, 2012), which won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for History and the 2013 Francis Parkman Prize, awarded by the Society of American Historians to the book that "exemplifies the union of the historian and the artist." It also received the 2013 American Library in Paris Book Award and the 2013 Arthur Ross Book Award from the Council on Foreign Relations.
Logevall's commentary has been featured on BBC, CBS, CNN International, and National Public Radio, and his reviews and essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Politico, and Foreign Affairs, among other publications. In 2014, he served as president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.
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