- May 18, 2020
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
by Philippe Lagassé
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 …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
By Philippe Lagassé and Srdjan Vucetic
The F-35 program has received mostly bad press for months—until the government of Japan made a formal announcement on December 19 that it had selected Lockheed Martin’s stealth design as the winner of a …READ MORE
By Tom Axworthy, John Monahan and Natalie Brender
Published in the Globe and Mail, December 20, 2011.
As Canada’s focus on Libya shifts from the drama of regime change to the challenges of peace building and reconstruction, could the …READ MORE
In my role as CIPS Blog editor, I’m happy to present what is probably not the first, and likely won’t be the last, ‘best-reads’ list that you’ll be seeing this year. However, it does have the virtue of being distinctive …READ MORE
“Africa Rising” declared The Economist’s front page last week. How things change! Eleven years ago, the front page of the same prestigious weekly declared Africa “The Hopeless Continent”. Then a young soldier brandishing an RPG peered menacingly at the …READ MORE
Yesterday, Canada and the United States announced a security and economic cooperation plan similar in style and substance to the 2005 Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP). It’s worth recalling, therefore, that the SPP died of neglect shortly …READ MORE
So the Canadian government is apparently planning, according to numerous media reports, to formally withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol. The Environment Minister, Peter Kent, refuses to confirm or deny the reports.
The surprise should perhaps precisely be that this …READ MORE
As the prognosis for the global economy gets darker by the day, we are hearing one word over and over: austerity. The British government has announced that it will extend its austerity measures past the next election in 2015. In …READ MORE