The Trump Administration and Canada: Re-defining the ‘Special Relationship’
|Event Name||The Trump Administration and Canada: Re-defining the ‘Special Relationship’|
|Start Date||22nd Feb 2019 1:00pm|
|End Date||22nd Feb 2019 2:30pm|
|Duration||1 hour and 30 minutes|
Most observers who seek to explain President Trump’s understanding of, and approach toward, American foreign policy principally seek out explanations that emphasize personal behavioural indicators, political calculations squarely focused on the core components of his conservative base, and his purported general lack of appetite for consuming and retaining foreign affairs. Yet in the search for convincing explanations, what has too long been ignored as the principal force informing, shaping and ultimately facilitating Donald Trump’s general preferences and his specific policy decisions, is the world in which the president finds himself. It should be no surprise that an American president – openly determined to question and at times refute core guiding principles, multilateral institutions, and international treaties that have underpinned the heart of Washington’s chosen path of international engagement since 1945 – would by 2016, be elected to office. It was frankly inevitable in the post-Cold War world that sooner rather than later, an American president would seek to challenge this framework.