"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."
Mathias Ormestad Frendem is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Belfer Center's International Security Program and received his D.Phil. in International Relations from the University of Oxford, Nuffield College. His doctoral dissertation develops georealism, a new realist theory of how great powers choices on balancing and bandwagoning, alliances, and war. Various cases from the European great power system between 1683 and 1914 are used to test this theory. Mathias earned an M.Phil. in International Relations from the University of Oxford in 2013 and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Oslo in 2009.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm