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Failing to Deliver

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EDWARD LUCE ARGUES THAT THE TRADITION OF LIBERTY IS NOW UNDER MORTAL THREAT.

“The Retreat of Western Liberalism”

By Edward Luce

234 pages. $24.

On June 6, 2017, the Canadian foreign minister made an extraordinary speech to that country’s Parliament. Rather than outlining a specific policy proposal or program, Chrystia Freeland chose instead to defend the current international system — what many call the liberal international order — and argue that Canada must play a vital role in defending, supporting and strengthening it. The reason for this urgency, she implied, was that it faced various threats, not least that the United States of America, the country that had built, nurtured and sustained this order, now seemed disposed to “shrug off the burden of world leadership. To

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