• 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

  • 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