• Égypte, autopsie d’une élection

    • June 19, 2012

    Les derniers 18 mois de l’histoire d’Égypte prouvent combien Churchill avait raison quand il soutenait que la démocratie était le pire des systèmes jusqu’à ce que l’on en trouve un meilleur. L’Égypte prouve également que la tenue d’élections n’est qu’un instrument de l’expression démocratique et n’en est nullement le fondement. On est passé de l’Égypte

  • Is an Israeli Attack Inevitable?

    • February 26, 2012

    Published in the Ottawa Citizen, February 26, 2012 To listen to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and his “best friends” Stephen Harper and John Baird, one would think that the Israeli government has made up its mind about attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities, and Canada has made up its mind to support it. After all, if

  • Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran and the 2009 Election Scandal

    • February 25, 2012

    CIPS Policy Brief No. 14 (February 2012). By TRITA PARSI. Barack Obama’s presidency began with a diplomatic outreach to Iran. However, the space for diplomacy turned out to be limited, due in part to the effects of Iran’s fraudulent 2009 elections and related domestic pressures on Obama not to pursue negotiations. The Obama administration consequently

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  • The Cockeyed Case for Preemptive War on Iran

    • February 24, 2012

    I was invited to talk about fragile states at the annual meeting of the Conference of Defence Associations in Ottawa on Thursday. As it turned out, however, I spent most of my time speaking about Iran. I couldn’t help myself. I arrived at the conference an hour before my panel was to begin and settled into a chair with a cup of coffee to watch

  • Something Borrowed, Nothing Gained: John Baird’s Big Ideas in Foreign Policy

    • February 3, 2012

    “Canada is what I like to call a ‘smart power’,” Foreign Minister John Baird declared in a major speech in Israel last week. That’s reassuring, although as a means of distinguishing our foreign policy it is likely to prove elusive. What country would proudly proclaim the opposite? Every state hopes to exercise power in smart

  • Event Report: The Arab Spring, One Year Later

    • January 24, 2012

    On January 18, a CIPS discussion panel brought together Omar Ashour (Exeter University and Brookings Doha Centre), Barak Barfi (New America Foundation) and Peter Jones (University of Ottawa) to take stock of events in countries affected by the ‘Arab Spring’ of 2011. Having been asked by moderator Roland Paris to prepare remarks on Egypt, Libya