"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."
Rizwan Ladha is a pre-doctoral research fellow in the Project on Managing the Atom and International Security Program at the Belfer Center and a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in international relations at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. His dissertation examines why Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan conducted nuclear weapons activities in the 1960s and 1970s, despite being under the protection of the U.S. nuclear umbrella.
Rizwan's past work on nuclear issues has been supported by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Tufts Institute for Global Leadership, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. He has also participated in workshops on nuclear issues and foreign policy challenges at the U.S. Air War College, the Monterey Institute of International Studies, American University, and UC San Diego. Rizwan previously worked at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Ploughshares Fund.
He holds a M.A. in nuclear nonproliferation policy from The Fletcher School and a B.S. from the Georgia Institute of Technology.Last Updated: Jan 20, 2017, 11:38am