"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."
Irina A. Chindea is a research fellow in the International Security Program. Her current book project explains the alliance behavior of criminal organizations, with a focus on crime groups active in the Western Hemisphere. Irina conducted extensive field research on the U.S.–Mexico border, in Colombia, El Salvador, and Canada.
At the intersection of International Relations and Comparative Politics, Irina's teaching and research interests include irregular warfare, cooperation and conflict among non-state armed groups, U.S. foreign policy, and alliance politics. The regional focus of her work covers Latin America, the Middle East and Europe. Irina's research was supported, among others, by the Bradley Foundation and the Smith Richardson Foundation.
Irina has a Ph.D. in International Relations and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Prior to her graduate studies, Irina worked as a senior analyst for the investment-arm of Raiffeisen Bank and for the Financial Advisory Services unit of KPMG Romania.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm