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  • Libya and Canada’s Political Influence: A Different Perspective

    Did Canada play a critical political role in relation to the Libya intervention? My colleague Roland Paris is skeptical. In an earlier post on this blog, he points out that Canada’s political influence was secondary at best, since the Canadian government lost a bid to have a seat on the United Nations Security Council, which

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  • Did Canada Play a “Critical” Role in Libya?

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper continues to take bows for Canada’s involvement in the Libya mission. “Canada has played a critical role both politically and militarily to protect innocent civilians against a cruel and oppressive regime,” he said in a statement issued today. Mr. Harper certainly deserves credit for committing Canadian ships and airplanes to the NATO

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  • Mission incomplète

    Published in La Presse.ca, October 27, 2011 La guerre en Libye est maintenant terminée, du moins celle dans laquelle sont engagés les Occidentaux, avec la mort du dictateur Mouammar Kadhafi. Selon le ministre des Affaires étrangères, John Baird, «la mission autorisée par les Nations unies pour protéger les civils libyens contre le régime Kadhafi a

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  • When More is Less: The Commonwealth and Human Rights

    The Prime Minister arrives today in Perth, Australia, for the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), straight into a debate over human rights. Some Commonwealth members want the organisation to take a much stronger stand when other members breach fundamental human rights and democratic principles. Others do not. Prime Minister Harper’s statement that he

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  • Is There a Problem in Canada-U.S. Relations?

    This post first appeared on the CIC’s Roundtable blog at opencanada.org. When they met in Washington last February, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama announced a “new long-term partnership” between Canada and the U.S., which would “accelerate the legitimate flows of people and goods between both countries, while strengthening security and economic competitiveness.”

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  • ‘Conflict Minerals’, Canada and African Civil Wars

    The global campaign against so-called ‘conflict minerals’ is gathering pace, with Canada playing a central role.The campaign is primarily focused on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), from where reports about ‘rape’ or ‘blood’ cellphones’ have fueled our collective guilt, so much so that the names of previously obscure minerals such as coltan and

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  • A Victory for the Responsibility to Protect

    By Lloyd Axworthy and Allan Rock Published in the Ottawa Citizen, October 25, 2011 In a fortuitous coincidence, last week’s liberation of Libya occurred exactly a decade after the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle was proposed by the Canadian-initiated International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS). The successful UN mission in Libya was a

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  • First CETA, then India and China: Whither the WTO?

    As Canada and the European Union held the ninth round of negotiations on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in Ottawa last week, and moved closer to a conclusion in 2012, what will be the impact on the World Trade Organization (WTO) of this new trend in preferential trade agreements (PTAs) between major developed

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  • Canada Pulls More than its Weight in NATO

    Published in the Ottawa Citizen,October 25, 2011 For much of NATO’s history, the term “burden-sharing” sent Canadian officials scrambling for cover. Coined during the long standoff with the Soviet Union, the term encapsulated a complex debate over who was, and was not, pulling their weight within the alliance. This was defined in terms of putting

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  • A Democratic or Technocratic Civil Service?

    Forum: DND and Academic Policy Advice. In this forum, CIPS blog contributors respond to a report written by Douglas Bland and Richard Shimooka of Queen’s University, who argue that the Department of National Defense pays little attention to the views of academic experts. To view the other contributions to this forum, please click here. What

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  • Il n’y a pas péril en la demeure

    Forum: DND and Academic Policy Advice. In this forum, CIPS blog contributors respond to a report written by Douglas Bland and Richard Shimooka of Queen’s University, who argue that the Department of National Defense pays little attention to the views of academic experts. To view the other contributions to this forum, please click here. Les

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  • What Defence Policy is Really About

    Forum: DND and Academic Policy Advice. In this forum, CIPS blog contributors respond to a report written by Douglas Bland and Richard Shimooka of Queen’s University, who argue that the Department of National Defense pays little attention to the views of academic experts. To view the other contributions to this forum, please click here. ‘It

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