What’s Not to Like? Justin Trudeau, the Global Disorder, and Liberal Illusions

  • Jerome Klassen
  • Yves Engler
Part of the Canada and International Affairs book series (CIAF)


This chapter analyses Canadian foreign policy in light of current dynamics in the global political economy. It argues that the neoliberal period of economic and political governance under US hegemony has reached an impasse; that new tendencies in the world economy and state system are upending US primacy and engendering new patterns of multi-polarity and geopolitical conflict; that Canadian foreign policy during the neoliberal period has supported the primacy strategy of Washington and the economic interests of Canadian capital; and that, despite new patterns of global disorder, the same logic of Canadian foreign policy will persist under Justin Trudeau. For case studies, the chapter focuses on two flashpoint regions in which Canadian foreign policy is currently engaged: the Middle East and Eastern Europe.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jerome Klassen
    • 1
  • Yves Engler
    • 2
  1. 1.MIT Center for International StudiesCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Independent ScholarMontrealCanada

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