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  • Science Diplomacy: What’s It All About?

    CIPS Policy Brief No. 13 (November 2011). By Daryl Copeland. Science diplomacy can play a critical role in addressing the complex transnational issues which feed underdevelopment and insecurity. Foreign ministries, multilateral organizations and science-based institutions are unprepared and ill-equipped to deliver. As long as defence continues to dominate the international policy agenda and to command

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  • The 800-Pound Panda in Obama’s Asia Speech

    This post first appeared on the CIC’s Roundtable blog at opencanada.org. Sometimes, the most interesting part of a political speech isn’t what is said, but what’s not said. On Thursday, President Barack Obama delivered an address to Australia’s Parliament in which he set out the rationale and priorities of the U.S. policy shift towards the Asia

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  • UNDRIP: The Wrong Basis for Canada’s International Indigenous Agenda

    Scott’s Simon recent blogpost on Canada and the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Persons got a central message right: the importance of Canada playing a strong role abroad in promoting indigenous rights and indigenous issues. And he’s right on two more points: in suggesting that the role is there for Canada to play,

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  • Harper and Obama at APEC: A New Focus on Asia or a Closer Canada-U.S. Relationship?

    Was the Prime Minister’s statement at the APEC Summit of Canada’s interest in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations a sign of a new export strategy focused on Asia or a move away from our close trading relationship with the United States in response to the delay of the regulatory approval of the Keystone pipeline? 

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  • Honing Canada’s Approach to Interventions

    By Roméo Dallaire and Philippe Lagassé. Published in Embassy Magazine, November 16, 2011. Canada and its NATO allies performed admirably during their recent intervention in Libya. They acted to prevent a predatory regime from potentially committing a mass atrocity; they addressed a challenge before it became an unmitigated crisis. Although a peaceful transition to a

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  • Taiwan and the UNFCCC: A Modest Proposal

    The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which entered force in 1994 and has been ratified by almost all countries, is the leading international institution working on climate change. The Conference of the Parties (COP) supervises implementation of the UNFCCC. To date, the Convention’s major achievement is the 1997 Kyoto Protocol to limit

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