"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."
Jonah Schulhofer-Wohl is a joint postdoctoral research fellow at the Belfer Center's Middle East Initiative and its International Security Program, and a visiting assistant professor at Harvard Kennedy School. He is an assistant professor of politics at the University of Virginia (UVA). His research interests include the conduct of civil wars, the effect of external assistance on the dynamics of conflict, and politics, development, and economic growth in the Middle East.
Prior to joining the UVA faculty, he was a fellow in regional political economy at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University. Schulhofer-Wohl's book manuscript examines the decision to continue fighting as a window into how simultaneous interactions between domestic actors and foreign states structure civil war processes. The book combines game-theoretic analysis with interviews of former commanders who participated in the civil war in Lebanon from 1975–1990, cross-country statistical evidence, and focused comparisons with other civil wars. While at the Kennedy School, Schulhofer-Wohl will be working on a second book project on the military interaction between civil war belligerents, with a core empirical focus on the Middle East through its use of disaggregated subnational data on Lebanon and Syria.Last Updated: Jan 12, 2017, 12:51pm