"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."
Scott R. Anderson is an International Affairs Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations and a Research Fellow with the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict. He previously served as an Attorney-Adviser with the U.S. Department of State, where he advised policymakers on legal issues relating to various aspects of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and North Africa. From 2012–2013, he was the Embassy Legal Adviser for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. He is also a former law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and holds degrees from the Yale Law School and the University of Virginia.
Mr. Anderson's primary research focus is on the intersection of law and policy in the areas of foreign relations and national security. Among other topics, he is currently writing on strategic approaches for engaging with questions of foreign domestic law.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm