"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."
Trevor Johnston is an associate at the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative and a former postdoctoral research fellow. He is currently the Associate Social Scientist, Defense and Political Sciences Department, RAND Corporation. Trevor studies the political economy of authoritarianism and conflict in the Middle East. Focusing on the Arabian Gulf, his work explores the welfare of migrant populations and their access to basic goods and services. He is broadly interested in the effects of economic and immigration policies on conflict dynamics across authoritarian regimes. Trevor holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm