"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."
Nisreen Haj Ahmad is an affiliate at the Belfer Center's Middle East Initiative. She is the co-founder and co-director of Ahel. She is also the founder of Mujtama3i initiative whose mission is to openly share knowledge and experience on community organizing practices in support of campaigns for justice and freedom. She is a member of the Leading Change Network and was a research fellow at the Hauser Center at the Harvard Kennedy School where she completing her Mid-Career Masters in Public Administration in 2008. That’s when she studied community organizing with Marshall Ganz and later joined his teaching team. For the past five years, she has been supporting communities by coaching more than 11 grassroots campaigns in Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Tunisia and Syria and growing a group of community organizing coaches in the Middle East. Before entering the world of organizing, and from 1999 to 2007, she was providing legal counsel to the Palestinian negotiating team in the peace talks with Israel and before it, to the Palestinian Ministry of Economy on international trade agreements. In 1996, she received her LL.M in international trade law from the University of Edinburgh. In 1995, she received her bachelors’ degree in law from the University of Jordan. Nisreen was born in 1974 and currently resides in Amman, Jordan.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm