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Simon Lester

Associate Director, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies
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Senator Hawley’s Many Misunderstandings of the WTO

Senator Josh Hawley has a NY Times op‐​ed today entitled “The W.T.O. Should Be Abolished.” Debates about the scope and nature of the World Trade Organization and the trading system in general are important, but this op‐​ed gets so many facts wrong that it cannot serve as the basis for a useful discussion.

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The Coronavirus Is Not a Good Argument for Protectionism

Every country needs to have a plan for ensuring that it can get medical equipment when it needs it. But it’s costly and risky to seek self‐​sufficiency in this production, and it’s better for everyone to maintain a cooperative international approach to making these products.