Wednesday 26 September 2018

In a new world order of authoritarian nationalists, what now for democracy?

As allies are lambasted and dictators honoured, the world has entered an era of uncertainty, writes Shona Murray

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau. Photo: AP
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau. Photo: AP

Shona Murray

A week that saw Donald Trump call neighbour and ally Justin Trudeau "dishonest" - and then tell North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un it was a "great honour" to meet him - has ended with the realisation that the rules-based order designed to protect humanity from the worst aspects of itself is under serious threat like never before.

A bleak future beckons if western and allied governments do not collaborate effectively to protect institutions and the world order.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came under fire for merely saying that his country would respond in a retaliatory way after President Trump's decision to impose tariffs, citing the risible defence of "national security" about America's nearest friend.

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