Statement of Interests
Prepared by the Executive Office of the President of the United States
Alexander Gilså Hansen
G20, April 2019
Once upon a time, international trade followed a clear, simple and fair rule book. Trade was seen as a bilateral matter, as something that occured between countries who understood and respected the Westphalian sovereignty that has served Western civilization so well. The bilateralism made things easier, and allowed all countries to pursue a trade policy of their own preference; if one side of a trade deal found it unfair, it could simply abandon it and search for new trading partners. This system served the United States of America well, allowing us to grow and establish ourselves as first a regional, later a global, hegemon.
However, this seem...