"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."
Morgan L. Kaplan is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Belfer Center's International Security Program. His research examines the international politics of rebellion with a focus on how insurgent groups use international diplomacy to solicit third-party support. The empirical focus of his research is on Middle East insurgencies, with a specialization in Kurdish and Palestinian politics. He has conducted field work in Iraqi Kurdistan, Israel/Palestine, Jordan, and the United Kingdom.
He holds a B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm