"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."
Yasmeen Mekawy is a pre-doctoral research fellow at the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative and a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Chicago. Her areas of specialization are Comparative Politics and Political Theory with a regional focus on the Middle East, and her research interests include authoritarian regimes, new media, and mass mobilization.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm