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Globalization and climate change. AI and VR. Donald Trump and the Flat Earthers. The world is changing so fast that we can't get a grip on how we got here, let alone where we're headed. This is your weekly podcast for a world in flux. Join Ben Charland to peel back the headlines and ask, what are the forces, people and ideas that shape the human story today? Have things always been this nuts, or are they getting crazier by the day? Just what on Earth is going on?

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Jun 15, 2018

Are we on the verge of a trade war, or already in the midst of one? Is NAFTA doomed to the same fate as the Iran Nuclear Deal? What is behind the US president's unprecedented attacks on free trade and the rules-based order that his own country once helped create and champion? Are the motivations purely instinctive, or political, or is there a deeper world-shaping agenda at play?

Joining Ben is Robert Wolfe, expert in international relations and trade and Professor Emeritus of Policy Studies at Queen's University.

About the Guest

Robert Wolfe is Professor Emeritus of Policy Studies at Queen’s University, where he is also the lead director of the Annual Queen’s Institute on Trade Policy. Before joining Queen’s in 1995, Dr. Wolfe was a Canadian foreign service officer for nearly two decades, serving around the world and in Ottawa. His current projects focus on digital trade and how members of the World Trade Organization can use enhanced transparency to encourage institutional learning.

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