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An International Election That Canada Can Help to Fix

By David Petrasek and Allan Rock Published in the Toronto Star, February 24, 2015 The emergence of potential candidates reminds us that the 2016 race for the White House has already begun. Canadians will watch the American contest in fascination and frustration, aware that although the choice has momentous consequences for Canada, we are mere spectators… Read More

Sending Lethal Weapons to Ukraine May Not Be the Answer

Roland Paris appeared on the Sunday morning broadcast The West Block with Tom Clark to discuss the question on whether Western countries should send lethal weapons to help the Ukrainian government. Paris noted that there were no good policy options for the West in Ukraine. The main problem with supplying lethal weapons, he said, is that it could prompt Russ… Read More

Baird Improved Over Time, But Ultimately Fell Short

By Colin Robertson This is one of a series of CIPS Blog posts examining the legacy of John Baird as Canada’s foreign minister. See also the posts by Peter Jones, Ferry de Kerckhove and David Petrasek. John Baird arrived at the Pearson Building in May 2011 as an experienced minister and accomplished, if partisan, parliamentarian. Naturally curious an… Read More

Les grands moments des blogues du CÉPI, partie 3 : Développement international

Après une période turbulente pour le programme d’aide international – période qui connut le fusionnement de l’Agence Canadienne de Développement International (ACDI) avec le Ministère du Affaires Étrangères et du Commerce International – l’année 2013-14 a vu les bloggeurs du CÉPI réfléchir sur les dépenses du Canada en développement ainsi que sur les… Read More

The Scottish Independence Referendum: How Did It Come About?

By Richard Wyn Jones, Cardiff University. On the 18th of September, the Scottish electorate will go to the polls to vote on the proposition “Should Scotland be an independent country?” Remarkably, it’s only now that the rest of the world – and indeed, even the rest of the UK – is beginning to wake up to the possible implications of the Scottish independence ref… Read More

Social Media and the Rise of Scholar-Blogging

By Mira Sucharov, Department of Political Science, Carleton University As the prominence of social media in society intensifies, the question of how scholars can most effectively engage in the public sphere has taken on new significance. In a piece in PS: Political Science & Politics earlier this year, Brent Sasley and I looked at how various commitm… Read More

Canada Needs to Reconnect with its Diplomatic Tradition

The Harper government’s neglect of diplomacy has resulted in a largely ineffective foreign policy that has not served Canada’s interests, argues CIPS director Roland Paris in this video clip. His remarks were part of a panel discussion organized by Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute on June 23, 2014. A full video of the discussi… Read More

Policy Experts Submit Report to NATO Secretary General

In March 2014, the secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, appointed ten independent policy experts to a panel and asked them to provide advice on the future of the transatlantic bond. The panel included a Canadian: CIPS Director Roland Paris. On June 10, the group presented its report to Secretary-General Ra… Read More

Quick Take: What’s the Significance of Ukraine/Russia So Far?

What’s the most significant outcome to date of developments in Ukraine/Russia? CIPS faculty were invited to give brief responses to this question—still very much a development in progress, as many of them point out. Here’s a range of strikingly disparate takes on the meaning of the Ukraine/Russia crisis from a lineup of our expert scholars. Contributors… Read More

The Ottawa Forum: Rethinking Canada’s International Strategy

(Cet évènement se déroulera en anglais.) It’s been almost a decade since Canada conducted a foreign policy review. The Ottawa Forum on May 23-24, co-organized by CIPS and the Canadian International Council, will bring together some of Canada’s most insightful “next generation” policy thinkers and most experienced policy pr… Read More