Canada Diplomacy

Canada And Iran Are Taking Steps In The Right Direction

Navid Hassibi | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Navid Hassibi

To be sure, Professor Hoodfar's release highlights the benefits of diplomatic engagement and could be the beginning of a shift in Canada-Iran relations. While Canada's closest international partners re-engage Iran and establish diplomatic and/or economic ties, Ottawa has understandably been taking its time on playing catch up.

Can Being Too Honest Shoot You In The Foot?

Monique Caissie | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada Business
Monique Caissie

Do you know people who shoot themselves in the foot with this "truth vigilantism"? Are there people you work with who don't have a good filter and say things that are unnecessary, self destructive or harmful to the team? How do you give them corrective feedback to stop listening to their anxious judge?

South Africa Renews Canadian Ties With Fort McMurray Aid

Rachel Décoste | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada Alberta
Rachel Décoste

The deployment of wildland fire fighters to Fort McMurray is the biggest foreign deployment ever for South Africa (save armed forces' deployments). The South African PR machine casts the aid as "repaying a debt to the Canadian people for their support for the anti-apartheid struggle." It's an interesting re-interpretation considering Canada's weak anti-apartheid record and deteriorating diplomatic relationships with South Africa.

Trudeau Is Ushering Canada Into A New Era Of Foreign Policy

Navid Hassibi | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Navid Hassibi

In just over four months, the media-friendly, question-taking and selfies-giving Trudeau has managed to seemingly make Canada cool on the world stage, using the increased spotlight to highlight the merits of diplomacy and engagement, including on issues such as climate change, respect for diversity and human rights and international peace.

Small Steps Towards Re-Engagement With Iran

Navid Hassibi | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Navid Hassibi

Re-engaging Tehran does not mean that Canada and Iran will become strategic partners, however, if Canada can engage with Saudi Arabia, a country with which little is shared in terms of values, then surely it can engage with Iran whose population is highly secular and Western-leaning.

It's Canada's Turn To Re-Engage Relations With Iran

Navid Hassibi | Posted 01.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Navid Hassibi

As international sanctions against Iran were lifted over the weekend and as U.S.-Iranian relations dominated the headlines, Canadian Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion implied on the sidelines of a Cabinet-level retreat that the Government is considering dropping its sanctions against Iran, a move that would align Canada with its closest international partners. That the government recognizes the economic and strategic disadvantages associated with its inherited Iran policy is a major step toward constructive re-engagement with Tehran.

It's Time To Bring Canada's Iran Policy Out From The Cold

Navid Hassibi | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Navid Hassibi

As "Implementation Day" of the historic nuclear deal between world powers and Iran approaches, during which Iran will begin fulfilling the bulk of its end of the agreement while sanctions by the United Nations, United States and the European Union are removed, Canada must begin planning for the eventual restoration of ties with Iran in keeping with the new Trudeau government's affirmation to re-engage Tehran.

What Does Openness Mean For Canadian Development Assistance?

Julian Dierkes | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Julian Dierkes

Openness and transparency permeates the mandate letters issued to members of cabinet by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and is a recurring theme in statements by his government. In fact, it is the only theme next to climate change so far. But what does openness mean for development assistance?

It's Time To Reboot Canada's Diplomatic Machine

Mehrdad Loghmani | Posted 11.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Mehrdad Loghmani

Canada's strength is not in its fleet of aircraft carriers, but in its moral capital. When our foreign policy reflects our core values, pluralism, diversity, tolerance and empathy then we can expect amplification of our influence around the world. Hearts and minds of population, tired of perpetual violence, is not won through military muscle, but by the ability to defuse conflict and tireless effort to establish and maintain peace.

How the UN Can Help Create Peace in a Divided World

Centre for International Policy Studies | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Centre for International Policy Studies

There is no more annoying phrase in discussions of international affairs than "If the United Nations did not exist, we would have to invent it!" It is certainly true that the world urgently needs an effective collective security organization today. But the organization it needs bears only a passing resemblance to the UN we currently have.

We Must Set Concrete Targets for Global Youth Employment

Adam Moscoe | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Business
Adam Moscoe

The 1.8 billion young people on our planet have the potential to not only enlarge the global economy, but also to mainstream sustainable growth. G20 governments must work to empower youth to build skills and achieve mastery such that their labour will be fulfilling and will add value to their communities.

I Addressed the United Nations on Political Corruption

Akaash Maharaj | Posted 10.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Akaash Maharaj

The world is littered with women and men who feed on the misery of entire societies, who have grown fat in their spoils and comfortable in their impunity, sheltering behind national jurisdictions and national institutions they have been able to twist to their benefit. But there is a higher law. There is a deeper justice. And we will stand up for it.

Energy Is a Top Foreign Policy Priority

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 08.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Mona Elisabeth Brother

History shows how energy and foreign policy issues have been closely intertwined. There is little doubt that this relationship will continue to strengthen in line with increased instability in the international political system. I do not need to say more than Ukraine/Russia and the Middle East to underline this point. For Norway, energy diplomacy is higher than ever on the priority scale. This recognizes that to understand and act in a rapidly changing energy world, there is a need to understand how market and foreign policy factors interact.

U.S.-Canada Relations At Historic Low, Says Veteran Diplomat

CP | Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.27.2015 | Canada Politics

86-year-old former ambassador to the U.S. says 'the relationship is as cool as I ever remember' in wake of Keystone XL

Key Ideas From the New World Forum For a Better Global Future

Adam Moscoe | Posted 12.18.2014 | Canada
Adam Moscoe

How are technological innovations shaping global futures? What could the next industrial revolution look like and who and what might bring it about? H...

Canada's Pulling Back From a Global Commitment Is Ruining Its Reputation

Glen Pearson | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada
Glen Pearson

Diplomatically, we are losing much of the "bench strength" we once possessed, as senior and able diplomats transition out of public service due to the lack of government engagement in the more vital files. The Canadian government denies all this repeatedly, as governments are prone to do, but those many areas where this country once was a steady player are increasingly being recognizing for our absence.

Platitudes From Politicians Will Not Fix World Problems

Glen Pearson | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

For decades we have heard how we are becoming a global family. There is little trace of that now, as division and selfish pursuit better characterize what is happening to our fragile globe. We require new leaders who can put the health of the globe above their own parochial and partisan concerns.

What Flight MH370 Has Done to Malaysia-China Relations

Munir Majid | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Business
Munir Majid

There have clearly been security lapses which need explanation -- as much to Malaysians as to anybody else. And at the outset, the crisis management could have been better coordinated. However, there is no indication there is something that could have been done to alter the realities of this tragedy. So why has Chinese diplomacy targeted the Malaysian authorities so harshly?

Sochi 2014 Wins a Gold Medal in Hypocrisy

Akaash Maharaj | Posted 04.26.2014 | Canada
Akaash Maharaj

Vladimir Putin posed as a protector of children, while making gay youth outcasts in their own country. The IOC posed as an organisation above politics, while unabashedly bending national politics to its commercial interests. Barack Obama posed as a defender of human rights by grappling with foreign governments, while he shied from the fight in domestic politics.

Canada Abandons a Former Partner

Glen Pearson | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

The recent troubles in the south that sprung up only a month ago, and the instability that has resulted, has pressed that African region to the precipice. But just this week, the Harper government, through its Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), has recommended, "that Canada consider downgrading its development program (in Sudan), or exiting entirely."

Political Corruption Affects Real People

Akaash Maharaj | Posted 01.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Akaash Maharaj

Every year, political corruption kills as many as 140,000 children worldwide, by depriving them of medical care, food, and water. Yet, far too often, the perpetrators of the most outrageous acts of corruption are able to use their illicit wealth and power to pervert the very laws and institutions that should call them to account.

Altruistic Canada Has Become Another Nation of Gold Diggers

Glen Pearson | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

At first blush, the recent decision of the Canadian government to shift its foreign affairs focus from diplomacy to servicing private industry came as something of a shock to many. We have become just another nation interested in building up its own wealth at the expense of being an effective influence in the larger struggles facing the globe -- poverty, climate change, localized conflicts, and a general breaking down of democracy's legitimacy.

The Obama-Rouhani Communication Efforts Are No Historic Breakthrough

Michael Ledeen | Posted 12.10.2013 | Canada
Michael Ledeen

The Bush Administration's efforts to strike a workable deal with the Islamic Republic were part of the pattern of American-Iranian diplomacy since the Revolution of 1979: lots of talking, but no bargain, grand or middling. It's almost an instant replay of the Clinton years. In 2000, Albright gave a speech that essentially apologized for past American behaviour towards Iran.

Putin's Op Ed Flips Obama the Bird, Tells Americans Not to Feel Special

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada
Mitch Wolfe

The thuggish Putin thinks that Obama and the U.S. are so weakened, that he had the chutzpah to pen a highly critical Op Ed Piece in the New York Times, criticizing, among other things, America's view of itself as exceptional and unique. And criticizing hypocritically the U.S. for contemplating a military action, when Russia has been supplying arms to Assad to assist his regime in killing and gassing 100,000 of his own people. According to liberal CNN on Wednesday night, all the panellists agreed that Putin's Op Ed piece in the New York Times, was Putin's way of flipping the bird to Obama and the American people. This is what happens to the U.S. when its President leads from behind, or worse.

Are Pakistani Diplomats in Toronto Beyond Diplomacy?

Tahir Gora | Posted 09.17.2013 | Canada
Tahir Gora

At a time when two rival nations in South East Asia, Pakistan and India, are struggling for better relations with each other, a seasoned diplomat of P...