Brink Lindsey

Brink Lindsey

Director, Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute

As most people in the international trade field know, liberalizing trade is never popular. Over the long term, the policy of expanding trade has yielded extraordinary benefits - to the U.S. and its trading partners. But in the day-to-day rough and tumble of politics, the long view of trade usually gets subsumed by more immediate concerns - job losses topping the list. This year is certainly no exception. Sustaining and advancing the trade agenda requires leaders willing to expend political capital, but it also needs skirmishers willing to take on the often shrill and ill-informed voices of opposition to trade, and advance coherent arguments for why trade is beneficial. No one fights that battle more effectively than the Cato Institute and its Center for Trade Policy Studies director, Brink Lindsey. With unwavering conviction, the center, through white papers, speeches and brief-ings, has taken aim at common misunderstandings over trade that, left unchallenged, sow fear among the public. A growing trade deficit does not, for example, spell the end of economic dominance for the U.S., but rather has helped sustain the economy while keeping inflation low. The institute's job is hardly done: Its new challenge is explaining why corporate outsourcing isn't the latest threat to the economy. We salute Lindsey's - and his colleagues' - persistence.