- November 16, 2018
Published in the Globe and Mail, May 1, 2013
If the United States becomes convinced that Bashar al-Assad’s regime has started using chemical weapons against its own citizens, the “red line” set down by President Barack Obama will have …READ MORE
The appointment of Bruno Saccomani, head of the Prime Minister’s security detail, to be the next Canadian Ambassador to Jordan and Iraq struck even the most cynical observers of the Harper government as a curious move. The two countries are …READ MORE
It is unfortunate—though not surprising—that a meeting in Istanbul this weekend revealed persisting divisions among governments who oppose the regime of President Assad. The U.S., European and Arab states that constitute the group called the Friends of Syria do agree …READ MORE
Guest post by John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs.
In this post, Mr. Baird responds to Bob Rae’s commentary on Canadian foreign policy. CIPS is pleased to provide a venue for this debate. To receive notification of future blogposts, …READ MORE
Why is Foreign Minister John Baird misrepresenting Canada’s policies on the Mideast?
Last week, Mr. Baird met with Israeli justice minister Tzipi Livni in East Jerusalem. The meeting was controversial …READ MORE
Guest post by Bob Rae, MP
John Baird’s recent trip to the Middle East—and seemingly incoherent announcements before and after—give us a chance to re-assess the Conservative government’s foreign policy.
The Reform Party’s reverse takeover of the Progressive Conservative Party, …READ MORE
Published in the Toronto Star, March 18, 2013
The profusion of official statements the Harper government issues to recognize Canadians’ diverse ethnic and religious holidays suggests a deep-seated love of all that is festive and momentous. But for the …READ MORE
Published in the Globe and Mail, February 18, 2013
Among the many reasons why Iran should not acquire nuclear weapons (a sentiment with which any reasonable person must agree), one hears the argument that it would initiate a cascade …READ MORE
Published in the Globe and Mail, December 28, 2012
A year ago, after noting that making predictions about the Middle East is a foolish endeavour, I made a series of predictions about what might happen there in 2012. To …READ MORE
Published in the Globe and Mail, November 19, 2012
Slowly, painfully, fitfully, the new Middle East is emerging. Egypt is key to this, both in terms of its internal evolution and its response to regional events, such as the …READ MORE
Following a long conversation between Presidents Obama and Putin at the recent G20 Summit in Mexico, U.S. officials claimed that progress had been made in identifying areas where U.S. and Russian interests coincide. “We agreed that we need to see …READ MORE
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 …READ MORE