• When More is Less: The Commonwealth and Human Rights

    • October 28, 2011

    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?

    • October 26, 2011

    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

    • October 26, 2011

    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

    • October 25, 2011

    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?

    • October 25, 2011

    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

    • October 25, 2011

    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?

    • October 21, 2011

    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

    • October 21, 2011

    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

    • October 21, 2011

    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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  • The Ripple Effects of Gadhafi’s Death

    • October 21, 2011

    Published in the Globe and Mail, October 21, 2011. Although the images of Moammar Gadhafi’s body being dragged through the streets are disturbing, one can understand why his death is being deliriously welcomed in Libya. Often regarded as a clown in the West, Colonel Gadhafi was a brutal tyrant. His death removes the slim chance

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  • Why Israel Made the Deal

    • October 20, 2011

    The full article was published in the Ottawa Citizen, October 20, 2011. In 1991, the Italian parliament passed a law prohibiting anybody not only from paying ransom but also from even negotiating with kidnappers. Colombia later followed suit. The legislation derived from the entirely logical argument that if fewer people paid ransom there would be

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  • Virtue or Vice? Human Rights Diplomacy under the Tory Government

    • October 14, 2011

    Foreign Minister John Baird’s speech to the UN General Assembly in September was widely reported for the forceful manner in which he condemned the Palestinians’ ’unilateral’ bid for UN membership. Largely unremarked upon, however, was the Minister’s emphasis on human rights—apparently the new lodestar of Canadian foreign policy. Echoing remarks made by Prime Minister Harper

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