"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."
Julia Martin is the Research and Financial Coordinator at the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative (MEI) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). Prior to joining MEI, she worked at the Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) Secretariat based at the Hauser Institute for Civil Society at HKS. She holds a Master’s of Theological Studies (2010) from Harvard Divinity School, where she focused her coursework on Judaism and Islam. While in graduate school, Julia worked at the Hauser Institute for Civil Society (formerly the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations) under both the Humanitarian & Development NGOs and Justice and Human Rights programs. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in religious studies (2007) at Florida State University, where she also minored in studio art. Julia has studied various ancient and modern Semitic languages over the years, and is currently learning Egyptian dialect.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm