International trade has long provided us with goods, services, technologies, ideas and values across national borders.   We learned from Adam Smith that economies of scale and other efficiencies can be leveraged to maximize wealth. 

David Ricardo through his theory of comparative advantage posited that trade will left all countries that participate.  The free trade world would like us to believe the same.  With the multinational trading regime under fire from populist leaders, economic nationalists, and organized labor, the world is changing. 

As the United States tests its trade relationships, the People’s Republic of China builds its Belt and Road Initiative.  Proyecto ACCESO continues its work on the labor and environmental challenges of our time.