• 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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  • 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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  • Liberal Interventionism: The Crisis Within

    Liberal Interventionism: The Crisis Within

    • July 9, 2017

    By Katja Lindskov Jacobsen Center for Military Studies, University of Copenhagen Liberal interventionism today not only responds to crises in countries experiencing violent conflicts, distress, and disaster. It also responds to a crisis within. This crisis is not simply about post-Trump budget cuts and the broader withdrawal from liberal interventionism’s key institutions, including the UN.

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  • Trump’s Genius

    Trump’s Genius

    • July 9, 2017

    By Michael C. Williams Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa For much of the public and the political classes, Donald Trump remains a mystery. The Twitter tirades and legislative fiascos, the constant media feuding, the insults and outrage all seem to reveal a president who is not simply politically inexperienced, but

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