"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."
Kate Cronin-Furman writes about human rights and mass atrocities. She holds a Ph.D. in political science (2015) and a J.D. (2006) from Columbia University and has practiced as an attorney in New York, Cambodia, and The Hague. Before joining the Belfer Center, she was a Law & International Security Fellow at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and has appeared in the International Journal of Transitional Justice, The Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog, The Atlantic, The National Interest, Vox, and The New York Times. During 2016–2017, she will be completing her book manuscript, Just Enough: The Politics of Accountability for Mass Atrocities.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm