• US Demands Won’t Lead to the NAFTA of Our Nightmares

    US Demands Won’t Lead to the NAFTA of Our Nightmares

    • July 22, 2017

    On July 17, the United States Trade Representative Office published the Trump administration’s detailed objectives for renegotiating the North American free-trade agreement. Contrary to President Donald Trump’s rhetoric about NAFTA in the past, the objectives document’s overall tone is very much in line with a much-needed modernization of NAFTA. Notwithstanding some protectionist objectives and measures

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  • A New G-20 for a Leaderless World

    A New G-20 for a Leaderless World

    • July 14, 2017

    The US retreat from leadership of liberal multilateralism could open a policy space for new members within a reformed G-20.   The 2017 G-20 summit, normally dull and technical, emerges as a key transition point in global power relations. G-20 participants were wary after a painful confrontation at the May G-7 meeting. The Six had

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  • The Case of Omar Khadr

    The Case of Omar Khadr

    • July 13, 2017

    The Omar Khadr case is again front-page news following the settlement of his longstanding lawsuit against the Canadian government.  The news has elicited a wide range of comments from the usual suspects.  I was among a small group in Foreign Affairs Canada who dealt with the Khadr case from 2002, when he was captured at

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  • CETA after Opinion 2/15: Legal Clarity or Confusion?

    CETA after Opinion 2/15: Legal Clarity or Confusion?

    • July 13, 2017

    By Jens Ladefoged Mortensen Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen The EU’s trading partners must wonder what goes on inside Europe. What does it take to get a trade deal done? True, trade negotiations are notoriously complex. The CETA agreement took over seven years to negotiate. The controversial investment chapter was unilaterally revised by

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  • After Abdication

    After Abdication

    • July 9, 2017

    By Peter Marcus Kristensen University of Copenhagen American observers of international affairs are currently enmeshed in a debate on the uncertain future of the “US-led liberal international order.” This is, of course, spurred by the election of President Trump and his nationalist and isolationist “America First” strategy. Trump’s wavering approach to alliance commitments, skepticism towards

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  • NATO: A Liberal Alliance in an Increasingly Illiberal World?

    NATO: A Liberal Alliance in an Increasingly Illiberal World?

    • July 9, 2017

    By Alexandra Gheciu Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa In recent weeks, we have witnessed a number of developments designed to signal NATO’s persistent — arguably reinvigorated — role as the key security institution of the transatlantic community of liberal democracies. For instance, on 29 June NATO Defence Ministers met to

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