"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."
Dr. Stig Jarle Hansen works primarily within the fields of organized crime (especially piracy) and religion and politics (including religious terror). He has previously worked at the University of Bath and the NIBR institute in Oslo and headed Norway's only Master's program in international relations. His latest book, Al-Shabaab in Somalia, was critically acclaimed in Foreign Policy and The Economist, amongst others. Hansen is a globally known expert on Islamism in the Horn of Africa and has provided commentary for CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, Reuters, CCTV 4, and many other international media outlets.
He will be engaged in research on jihadist war economies during his fellowship, focusing on the war economies of Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Mali, Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm