Trade & National Security

Public policies that affect the terms of trade with other nations, including tariffs, have profound effects on the structure of markets, ranging from unwarranted protection for domestic monopolies to the promotion of transnational trading companies that exploit labor, evade environmental standards, and create dangerously overextended supply channels. At the same time trade policy plays an important role in strengthening or weakening America’s geopolitical position in the world, making trade, competition policy, and national security intrinsically linked.

The Old-School Answer to Global Trade

Date Published: April 5, 2019

Amid controversy over President Trump’s “new NAFTA”, Open Markets fellow Beth Baltzan joins the trade debate with a groundbreaking essay on the Washington Monthly calling for a bold rethink of America’s trade policies to curb corporate power, protect workers and the environment.

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