Canada Diplomacy

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

Adam Moscoe | Posted 10.21.2014 | 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 10.08.2014 | 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...

Will Canadian Politics Have a Breakthrough?

Glen Pearson | Posted 06.22.2013 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

The biggest and most complex problems of a generation remain unaddressed and stand a chance of remaining so no matter who the leader of the country might be in the future. Unless Justin Trudeau brings his game face to the following predicaments, he runs the risk of simply being an "also ran" like the others.

Don't Close Foreign Embassies, Open Digital Ones

Philip N. Howard | Posted 12.01.2012 | Canada Politics
Philip N. Howard

In March, Canada closed its embassy in Syria. Earlier this month, Canada closed its embassy in Iran. Now we learn that sharing embassies with the UK may benefit the government's bottom line. With no physical presence in places like Iran or Syria, how do we protect those ties? The next best thing is a virtual embassy.

Cozying Up With Brits Gives Canada an Icy Reputation

Glen Pearson | Posted 11.26.2012 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

Canada's recent move week to share embassies with Britain as a cost-cutting measure would only confirm the country's international reputation is in trouble. While the Harper Government might be promoting this as a savings measure, globally it is being perceived that our best diplomatic days are now part of our history books as a nation.

Harper's Stance on Iran? A Political Checkmate

Ryan Painter | Posted 11.13.2012 | Canada Politics
Ryan Painter

Many commentators were surprised and puzzled when the Canadian government closed its embassy in Iran last week. But the actions are sudden only to us observers on the outside. These kinds of political machinations happen often, especially in a government that knows it holds a tenuous grip on targeted voters in Canada. What better way to crank up the domestic sentiment than to thumb your nose at an entire country that a large portion of your constituency is hostile towards, while other western leaders are left scratching their collective heads?

How Julian Assange Made it Harder for Women to Report Rape

Erika Lust | Posted 10.29.2012 | Canada Politics
Erika Lust

Julian Assange faces an Interpol order for his extradition to Sweden for the crime of sexual assault, though he has sought asylum to avoid these charges (among others). This case infuriates me: as a Swedish woman, a feminist, and someone who works to promote sex as passionate and beautiful act within the adult industry. Rape is a gross power play and the message to victims needs to be that, though they were violated, they can regain control through reporting their rape. I understand that many have no faith in the legal and political system, and that Assange is responsible for a lot of disillusionment in this regard.

Why is Our Public Discourse Aping Shock Jock Talk Radio?

Glen Pearson | Posted 07.07.2012 | Canada
Glen Pearson

I was in a meeting recently in which an MP accused the government and Stephen Harper of being "evil" and "the enemy." I have heard the Prime Minister use that language himself on more than one occasion. The hurling of insults across the aisle of Parliament has now become a pandemic -- no respect, no dignity, no results.

Beware of Becoming Burma's Useful Idiots

Michael Bociurkiw | Posted 03.11.2012 | Canada Politics
Michael Bociurkiw

To say that the Burmese generals who have been meeting with diplomatic A-list visitors such as Clinton and Hague have blood on their hands is almost an understatement. Aside from the 1988 crackdown, which killed thousands of young activists, many shot at point-blank range, their record of repression includes the crackdown on monks and other peaceful protesters.

Harper Says Syria's Assad Must Go

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.18.2011 | Canada

OTTAWA - Stephen Harper has joined other world leaders in calling on Syria's president to resign amid a violent crackdown.The prime minister says Bash...

Canada Imposes New Sanctions On North Korea

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.15.2011 | Canada

OTTAWA - The Canadian government has enacted new sanctions against North Korea.The Tories originally promised the measures last fall in response to th...

Yao Ming: Breaking the Celebrity Activist Mould

Andrew Cooper | Posted 09.21.2011 | Canada
Andrew Cooper

Yao Ming's legacy will be a double barrier breaker: as a catalyst for basketball's global appeal and as a non-Western star who is willing to commit himself to not only the pursuit of private gain but issues aimed at the enhancement of the public good.

Canada Considers Diplomatic Presence With Libyan Rebels

The Canadian Press | Posted 09.14.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- OTTAWA - Canada is considering setting up a diplomatic outpost in the rebel-held territory of eastern Libya, as the country's de...