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  • Going Rogue: Canada and the Kyoto Protocol0

    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 is not a surprise. Before the rumours, it was unthinkable that a government, especially a ‘good

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  • The Austerity Trap0

    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 Canada, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has reiterated that the solution to the current economic crisis,

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  • No Sweet Sixteen: International Policy in Dayton Bosnia0

    This week, Valentin Inzko, an Austrian diplomat currently acting as High Representative to Bosnia and Herzegovina (hereafter Bosnia), came to the University of Ottawa to speak about the Dayton Agreement, a 1995 peace deal ending a war that  had left more than 100,000 people dead and two million displaced. While successful in stopping the bloodshed

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  • Libya: The Real Work is Only Beginning0

    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 consistent with the Government’s new emphasis on muscularity in foreign policy, replacing the nuanced reliance

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  • Missiles and Mistrust in Europe0

    At the NATO Lisbon Summit in 2010, the U.S. and its allies expressed the hope that Russia would become a partner in a new missile defense system designed to protect Europe from a nuclear-armed ‘rogue’ state such as Iran.  Those hopes seemed to fade in the months following the summit, and appear to be particularly

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  • Un énoncé conservateur de politique étrangère0

    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 international et d’ainsi mieux guider ses politiques et décisions à venir. Quelle est l’utilité réelle d’un tel document

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  • Keystone XL and Its impact on Canada-U.S. Relations: A Red Herring?0

    A delay in U.S. approval for TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline (in order to avoid Nebraska’s environmentally-sensitive Sandhills and underlying agricultural aquifer) has led to speculation that Canada should shift its balance of trade from the U.S. to Asia. Certain segments of our foreign policy community have been salivating over the Chinese market, often as an

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  • Almost One Year Later: Lessons from the Arab Spring0

    Guest contributor: STEFAN WOLFF Professor of International Security at the University of Birmingham, England, UK. When Mohamed Bouazizi, a jobless graduate in the provincial city of Sidi Bouzid in Tunisia, about 200km southwest of the capital Tunis, set himself on fire on 18 December 2010 after police had confiscated a cart from which he was

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  • Canada and the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Let’s Not Get Overexcited Here!0

    At the APEC leaders’ summit that took place in Honolulu two weeks ago, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that Asia would become the federal government’s new trade priority. As a result, he indicated, Canada would formally ask to join the negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which includes Pacific Rim countries such as Australia, Chile,

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  • A Pivotal Moment? U.S. Policy Towards Asia0

    Cet article a originalement paru en anglais dans le blogue du Conseil International du Canada : opencanada.org. Is the United States “pivoting” its foreign policy towards the Asia-Pacific region, as prominent Obama administration officials, news reports, and commentators have claimed? Daniel Drezner, a Fletcher School professor and Foreign Policy blogger, isn’t convinced. For one thing,

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  • Global Issues, Colonial Mindsets: The Munk Debates0

    Imagine that a foundation in a small European country, perhaps Denmark, sponsors a high profile series of debates with the purpose of providing a “forum for leading thinkers to debate the major issues facing Denmark and the world”. Most people, certainly Danes, would find it odd if those invited to debate the issues were overwhelmingly

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  • The World Energy Outlook and North Pole Crocodiles0

    So the International Energy Agency (IEA) produced its annual World Energy Outlook this year. The central message seems to be: PANIC! IT MAY BE TOO LATE. When a sober organisation full of technocrats and policy wonks screams panic, you know something is up. However, the IEA was founded precisely on panic: in the aftermath of

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