- September 19, 2018
‘If only we could take the politics out’ has become a ubiquitous cry in contemporary political life. This can be seen everywhere, but Barack Obama’s decision on the Keystone XL pipeline is a classic instance. It has been decried from …READ MORE
Is Prime Minister Stephen Harper preparing the Canadian public for a possible conflict with Iran? In two recent interviews (here and here), he has “raised the alarm” about the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran, which he views as …READ MORE
Officials are grinding away at a foreign policy review in the Lester B. Pearson building in Ottawa, although the motives appear unclear and the parameters are not yet public. But the time is right, since the Harper Government’s majority in …READ MORE
In a blog post yesterday, my colleague Natalie Brender rejected a recent Ottawa Citizen column’s condemnations of the use of CIDA funds to subsidize Canadian mining companies’ corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects in mining-affected communities in developing countries.
The crux …READ MORE
A column in today’s Ottawa Citizen describes new levels of politicization, ineffectiveness and obfuscation at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). None of this is particularly surprising, since that agency’s misfortunes—largely due to its successive political masters—have been well-known for …READ MORE
This article first appeared in the Winter 2011 issue of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute Quarterly Review.
The grotesque display of Muammar Qaddafi’s bloodied corpse in Sirte, Libya, where he was captured and killed, and later in …READ MORE
par Justin Massie
Quel bilan annuel peut-on dresser de la politique étrangère du gouvernement Harper ? Grâce à la majorité parlementaire obtenue en mai dernier, le premier ministre bénéficie d’une immense autonomie politique – une « dictature bienveillante » selon …READ MORE
The recently-published new U.S. military strategy, entitled Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense, attracted a great deal of attention last week, with some critics denouncing what they claimed were excessive cuts in defence spending, and others …READ MORE
The full article was published in the Ottawa Citizen on January 9, 2012
Should Canada abandon its constitutional monarchy and become a republic? Several commentators and notable politicians think so.
Accustomed to seeing the monarchy as a quaint symbol of …READ MORE
By Allan Rock and Lloyd Axworthy
With the eyes of the world on the Arab Spring, the populist struggles in Iran have faded from view. Yet some in Iran continue to face appalling levels of abuse, oppression, and injustice. The …READ MORE
This commentary appeared in the Ottawa Citizen on December 22, 2011.
We will soon reach the point where governments will have the capacity, should they wish it, to monitor, record, and permanently archive the communications and activities of their citizens…
A small article in several newspapers this month carried an item noting that the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade had solicited bids for threat assessments in 174 countries. The assessments would canvass possible threats to Canada’s missions abroad …READ MORE