On Geopolitics

The U.S. Is Fighting a 21st Century Trade Battle Armed With a 1930s Mindset

Matthew Bey
Senior Global Analyst, Stratfor
Jan 31, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
U.S. President Donald Trump holds a tariff table as he speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Jan. 24, 2019.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a tariff table as he speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Jan. 24, 2019. Reducing tariffs might play well to the gallery, but it's not the be-all and end-all of a trade battle.

(MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump is fixated by tariffs, but such measures are hardly the main barrier to contemporary global trade. And unless the U.S. updates its thinking, the rest of the world is going to leave it behind....

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