• Missiles and Mistrust in Europe

    • November 28, 2011

    At the NATO Lisbon Summit in 2010, the U.S. and its allies expressed the hope that Russia would become a partner in a new missile defense system designed to protect Europe from a nuclear-armed ‘rogue’ state such as Iran.  Those hopes seemed to fade in the months following the summit, and appear to be particularly

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  • Un énoncé conservateur de politique étrangère

    • November 28, 2011

    Suite aux élections de mai, le ministre des Affaires étrangères, John Baird, s’est vu confier la tâche de réviser la politique actuelle et d’élaborer un nouveau document avec l’espoir de permettre à Ottawa de mieux anticiper l’environnement international et d’ainsi mieux guider ses politiques et décisions à venir. Quelle est l’utilité réelle d’un tel document

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  • Keystone XL and its Impact on Canada-U.S. Relations: A Red Herring?

    • November 25, 2011

    A delay in U.S. approval for TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline (in order to avoid Nebraska’s environmentally-sensitive Sandhills and underlying agricultural aquifer) has led to speculation that Canada should shift its balance of trade from the U.S. to Asia. Certain segments of our foreign policy community have been salivating over the Chinese market, often as an

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  • Almost One Year On: Lessons from the Arab Spring

    • November 25, 2011

    Guest contributor: STEFAN WOLFF Professor of International Security at the University of Birmingham, UK When Mohamed Bouazizi, a jobless graduate in the provincial city of Sidi Bouzid in Tunisia, about 200km southwest of the capital Tunis, set himself on fire on 18 December 2010 after police had confiscated a cart from which he was selling

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  • Canada and the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Let’s Not Get Overexcited Here!

    • November 24, 2011

    At the APEC leaders’ summit that took place in Honolulu two weeks ago, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that Asia would become the federal government’s new trade priority. As a result, he indicated, Canada would formally ask to join the negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which includes Pacific Rim countries such as Australia, Chile,

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  • A Pivotal Moment? U.S. Policy Towards Asia

    • November 21, 2011

    This post first appeared on the CIC’s Roundtable blog at opencanada.org. Is the United States “pivoting” its foreign policy towards the Asia-Pacific region, as prominent Obama administration officials, news reports, and commentators have claimed? Daniel Drezner, a Fletcher School professor and Foreign Policy blogger, isn’t convinced. For one thing, he points out, the U.S. never

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  • Global Issues, Colonial Mindsets: The Munk Debates

    • November 21, 2011

    Imagine that a foundation in a small European country, perhaps Denmark, sponsors a high profile series of debates with the purpose of providing a “forum for leading thinkers to debate the major issues facing Denmark and the world.” Most people, certainly Danes, would find it odd if those invited to debate the issues were overwhelmingly

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  • The World Energy Outlook and North Pole Crocodiles

    • November 21, 2011

    So the International Energy Agency (IEA) produced its annual World Energy Outlook this year. The central message seems to be: PANIC! IT MAY BE TOO LATE. When a sober organisation full of technocrats and policy wonks screams panic, you know something is up. However, the IEA was founded precisely on panic: in the aftermath of

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  • Science Diplomacy: What’s It All About?

    • November 18, 2011

    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

    • November 17, 2011

    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

    • November 17, 2011

    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?

    • November 17, 2011

    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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