"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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John Carlson is Counselor to the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), Washington, D.C., and Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute, Sydney, Australia.
Other current appointments include member of the Advisory Council of the International Luxembourg Forum, member of VERTIC's International Verification Consultants Network, and adviser to the Asia Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.
John was previously Director General of the Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office, a statutory position which he held from 1989–2010. He retired from Australian Government service in October 2010, after forty-six years, including thirty-four years in the Senior Executive Service. Other appointments included Chairman of the International Atomic Energy Agency's Standing Advisory Group on Safeguards Implementation (SAGSI) 2001–2006; member of the Advisory Board of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (which reported in 2009); and founding Chair of the Asia-Pacific Safeguards Network, 2009–2012.
John is a Fellow of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management, and recipient of the Institute’s Distinguished Service Award. In June 2012 he received the national award of Member of the Order of Australia (A.M.) “for service to public administration, particularly in the areas of nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament, and to the development of international safeguards policy.”Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm