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CSPS Virtual Café Series: Reflections on a Shifting International Order, with Ann Fitz-Gerald and David Carment


It has been said that COVID-19 has accelerated changes that were already well underway, and the international order is no exception. These changes are being felt unevenly across all classes, genders, and states, and inequalities are coming into focus.

China's economic growth continues to be strong, while much of the rest of the world deals with general economic stagnation. The weaknesses of global supply chains and just-in-time global inventories have been exposed at a time of need. At the same time, the rise of anti-liberalism and populism has encouraged greater numbers of countries to re-examine their trade relationships, migration policies, and international orientations. 

What happens to international institutions and the global order when the balance of power and the foundations of global society shifts in fundamental ways, perceived or otherwise?

We invite you to join Ann Fitz-Gerald, Director at the Balsillie School of International Relations, and David Carment,
Canadian Global Affairs Institute Fellow and Professor of International Affairs at Carleton University, for a discussion on the shifting international order.

Will we continue to see a rise in domestic protectionism and international disengagement from international institutions? Or is this a new window of opportunity for a renewed multilateralism? 

Learn more about the CSPS Virtual Café Series.


  • Ann Fitz-Gerald, Director, Balsillie School of International Affairs, and Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University
  • David Carment, Canadian Global Affairs Institute Fellow and Professor of International Affairs at Carleton University


Taki Sarantakis, President, Canada School of Public Service

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