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Simon Lester

Associate Director, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies

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.


The USMCA Is Moving Forward (Too) Quickly

Many politicians and interest groups involved in the debate over the fate of NAFTA seem eager to put everything behind them and ratify USMCA as quickly as possible. We think it is worth discussing and debating what’s in USMCA first.


Does China Comply with Its WTO Obligations?

Are the current terms of China’s WTO participation “fair”? What changes, if any, need to be made? Are there WTO rules that can be used to bring cases against China, but have been overlooked? What is the best way for the U.S. government to address China’s state intervention in its economy? How do the efforts of past administrations compare to those of the Trump administration? What should the next administration do?


Losing Ground to the EU on Trade with China

When the EU promotes geographical indications for products like Roquefort cheese, as it is doing in current talks for an EU‐​China free trade agreement, it spreads this protectionist idea to the other countries. The U.S. should push back against this policy, but it’s worth nothing that the EU was able to achieve this result without threatening China with tariffs.