• 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

  • The Ugly Underside of Arab Liberation

    • October 11, 2011
    This post first appeared on the CIC’s Roundtable blog at opencanada.org.

    Coptic Christians have good reason to be worried in the new Egypt. The popular revolution, led by secular young democrats who successfully overthrew the regime of Hosni Mubarak, …

  • Diaspora Voters, Canadian Voters: What Roles?

    • October 11, 2011

    In a recent Globe and Mail column, Jeffrey Simpson notes that the Harper government’s pro-Israel stance is likely responsible for a shift of Jewish Canadians toward the Conservatives, who were supported by 52% of Jewish voters in the last election. …