Is Prime Minister Stephen Harper preparing the Canadian public for a possible conflict with Iran? In two recent interviews (here and here), he has “raised the alarm” about the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran, which he views as …READ MORE
Officials are grinding away at a foreign policy review in the Lester B. Pearson building in Ottawa, although the motives appear unclear and the parameters are not yet public. But the time is right, since the Harper Government’s majority in …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
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
The Government last week paid tribute to Canadian Forces who served in the recently-concluded NATO mission in Libya. It was a welcome gesture to those who serve Canada abroad, often with little or no recognition at all. And it was …READ MORE
par Justin Massie
Suite aux élections de mai, le ministre des Affaires étrangères, John Baird, s’est vu confier la tâche de réviser la politique actuelle et d’élaborer un nouveau document avec l’espoir de permettre à Ottawa de mieux anticiper l’environnement …READ MORE
Was the Prime Minister’s statement at the APEC Summit of Canada’s interest in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations a sign of a new export strategy focused on Asia or a move away from our close trading relationship with the …READ MORE
By Roméo Dallaire and Philippe Lagassé
Published in Embassy Magazine, November 16, 2011.
Canada and its NATO allies performed admirably during their recent intervention in Libya. They acted to prevent a predatory regime from potentially committing a mass atrocity; …READ MORE
by Philippe Lagassé
Did Canada play a critical political role in relation to the Libya intervention? My colleague Roland Paris is skeptical. In an earlier post on this blog, he points out that Canada’s political influence was secondary at best, …READ MORE
This post first appeared on the CIC’s Roundtable blog at opencanada.org.
When they met in Washington last February, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama announced a “new long-term partnership” between Canada and the U.S., which would “accelerate …READ MORE
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 …READ MORE
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 …READ MORE