• What Defence Policy is Really About

    • October 21, 2011

    Forum: DND and Academic Policy Advice.
    In this forum, CIPS blog contributors respond to a report written by Douglas Bland and Richard Shimooka of Queen’s University, who argue that the Department of National Defense pays little attention to the views …

  • The Ripple Effects of Gadhafi’s Death

    • October 21, 2011

    Published in the Globe and Mail, October 21, 2011.

    Although the images of Moammar Gadhafi’s body being dragged through the streets are disturbing, one can understand why his death is being deliriously welcomed in Libya. Often regarded as a

  • Why Israel Made the Deal

    • October 20, 2011

    The full article was published in the Ottawa Citizen, October 20, 2011.

    In 1991, the Italian parliament passed a law prohibiting anybody not only from paying ransom but also from even negotiating with kidnappers. Colombia later followed suit. The …

  • 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 …

  • Economic Exceptionalism

    • October 13, 2011

    In the aftermath of 9/11, we entered a moment of political exceptionalism: we were told that in normal times, certain basic civil rights applied, but these were exceptional times and the normal rules didn’t apply. Suddenly, practices like torture, detention …

  • 100 Years of the Republic of China: Reason to Celebrate

    100 Years of the Republic of China: Reason to Celebrate

    • October 12, 2011

    October 10, 2011, marks the centennial anniversary of the Hsinhai Revolution and the subsequent establishment of the Republic of China (ROC). The revolution’s political philosophy, developed by Dr. Sun Yat-sen, was the “Three Principles of the People.” Principles of minzu