Trudeau's Foreign Policy Adviser Writes of 'Waning' U.S. Influence

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Trudeau's Foreign Policy Adviser Writes of 'Waning' U.S. Influence


Blanchfield, Mike, The Canadian Press


U.S. influence 'waning': Trudeau adviser

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OTTAWA - The decline of the United States is a theme that has filled books and scholarly articles, fuelled punditry and even spawned billionaire Donald Trump's now-familiar mantra to "make America great again."

But with President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau set to clink champagne flutes this week, one addition to that oeuvre from a recently released collection of scholarly writing might land with a bit of a clunk.

It's co-edited by Trudeau's foreign policy adviser, Roland Paris. And in an introductory essay co-written by Paris, "the waning of U.S. leadership" in the world is presented as one of eight major global shifts currently underway.

Paris was a respected academic at the University of Ottawa with a voluminous body of writing on his resume before he became Trudeau's foreign policy adviser in November.

One of his larger contributions, which he co-edited with University of British Columbia professor Taylor Owen, was released last month.

Titled "The World Won't Wait: Why Canada Needs to Rethink Its International Policies," it contains 11 academic analyses covering a range of international issues, including global commerce, the environment, security and diplomacy.

The third sentence of the book's introduction, written by Paris and Owen, declares: "No longer can the United States be relied upon either to drive Canadian economic growth or to single-handedly underwrite the global trading system and international security."

They go on to outline "eight global shifts" in the world that are particularly relevant to Canada.

No. 3 is the decline in influence of the U.S. on global events, which the authors attribute in part to the rise of "non-state actors, in part owing to the advent of 'disruptive' digital technologies," and the "rapid diffusion of economic power," which includes the rise of India and China. …

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