"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."
**LOCATION CHANGE** Please note the new location: Charles Hotel, Ballroom: 1 Bennett St. Cambridge, MA
His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States, in conversation with Nicholas Burns, Director, Future of Diplomacy Project, Faculty Chair, Middle East Initiative and Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School, and David Gergen, Co-Director, Center for Public Leadership and Professor of Public Service, Harvard Kennedy School.
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Co-sponsored by the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School as part of the Emirates Leadership Initiative.