The world is entering a period of great geopolitical uncertainty and potential instability. Under US President Donald Trump, the United States is systematically undermining the pillars of the international order that it largely built and on which its global influence depends. Cracks are beginning to show in the foundations of China’s rise. Brexit is threatening to diminish both Britain and the European Union. Russia continues to try to undermine Western liberal democracy and destabilize its hinterland.
Amid these worrying trends and developments, Japan stands as a beacon of prosperity and stability. Can it assume a global role commensurate with its wealth and power? What would a Japan-led international order look like? This lecture is presented as a partnership between the Balsillie School of International Affairs, the Centre for International Governance Innovation and the Japan Futures Initiative.