The international political and economic order has been turned inside out by the actions of leaders such as Donald Trump and Boris Johnson. Yet these leaders should not receive all the blame (or credit) for upsetting the status quo. This course will look at the political, economic, and social conditions that gave rise to a liberal international order at the end of the Cold War and examine why that order is now in disarray. In the course we will look at the role of governments, international institutions, corporations, and non-governmental organizations in international affairs and how these different actors have responded to the development of a more liberal international order and its ensuing turmoil. The course will discuss the domestic and international forces that were in progress before Messrs. Trump and Johnson came to power and will make some informed suggestions about the future of international order.
Tom Keating is a Professor Emeritus in the Political Science Department at the UofA where he taught and researched on Canadian foreign policy and international relations.