"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."
Joseph Florence is a pre-doctoral research fellow at the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative and a PhD Candidate in the Department of Government at Cornell University. Prior to joining MEI, he spent the 2015-16 academic year as a pre-doctoral fellow with the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. His research interests include comparative politics and international relations of the Middle East; political economy; and political order and disorder.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm