“America First” and U.S.–Canadian Relations

  • Rodger A. PayneEmail author
Part of the Canada and International Affairs book series (CIAF)


A foreign policy of “America First” seems to pose a significant challenge to the liberal international order and perhaps to U.S.–Canadian cooperation. This paper investigates the bilateral relationship in light of developing disagreements about the status of longstanding international agreements. Will Washington’s new emphasis on placing America First threaten major institutions and the future of cooperation? Can multilateralism and the liberal international order endure without American leadership or, at minimum, a firm commitment to various institutions? Research will explore Canada’s responses to ongoing U.S. attempts to alter or eliminate NATO, free trade agreements (NAFTA and the WTO), and the Paris Climate Accord.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Norman Paterson School of International AffairsCarleton UniversityOttawaCanada
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA

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