As Michael Petrou writes, the Trudeau government claims to have a human rights-driven foreign policy. But what Canada values are all products of liberal democracy — a system in need of support, this year more than ever.
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Historian, journalist and fellow-in-residence, Carleton University
Michael Petrou is an historian and journalist. He was the 2018 Martin Wise Goodman Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He is now a fellow-in-residence in Carleton University’s Global and International Studies program and an adjunct professor in its Department of History. Petrou is also a fellow at the Canadian International Council, the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, and the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights.
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International issues were briefly mentioned during Monday's leaders' debate, and federal parties have outlined their foreign policy priorities, but at a time when much is at stake globally, a more meaningful approach is needed, writes Michael Petrou.
There are two possible outcomes of the current Hong Kong protests: success for pro-democracy demonstrators or an authoritarian triumph for China. As Michael Petrou writes, either result will have dire consequences for democracy everywhere.
While attempts to transition from dictatorship to democracy have largely failed elsewhere over the last decade, the Venezuelan story is unlike any other, writes Michael Petrou.
The proposal of a new defence mechanism is understandable, given Europe’s relationship with the US, but it puts Canada in a tricky position, writes Michael Petrou.
As Michael Petrou argues, Canada’s decision to uphold its arms deal with the kingdom, despite the war in Yemen and now the death of Jamal Khashoggi, is not completely unexpected. But it is far from the foreign policy approach Trudeau once promised.
If leaders like Trump and Trudeau are serious about the wellbeing of Iranians, their policies should aim to change the Iranian government’s behaviour on human rights, not just end its nuclear program, argues Michael Petrou.
In Turkey, journalist Michael Petrou meets Abdolsalam Daif, a doctor who risks travel to Syria and whose anecdotes serve as a painful reminder of what families continue to experience there.
The Trudeau government announced new security legislation last month, including the creation of a “super” watchdog that will oversee existing agencies. But do we still lack an understanding of what these agencies do? Michael Petrou runs through the evolution — and surveillance capabilities — of the RCMP, CSIS and CSE.
A referendum on independence for Iraqi Kurds is set for September. Given Canada’s support of Kurdish forces in the country — and by extension their nation-building efforts — it can’t avoid involvement in the future of Iraq, writes Michael Petrou.
As the anniversaries of the Armenian genocide and the bombing of Guernica are marked, Michael Petrou asks why we continue to accept ambiguous accounts of events when the truth is not always that hard to find.
With Western help, Iraq has rebuilt its armed forces and ISIS is on the verge of defeat in the country. Michael Petrou on why this week’s progress shows there’s still a role for Western military intervention in the Middle East.
Michael Petrou reports from the Brussels neighbourhood, where he finds evidence of radicalization alongside the smallest sprouts of hope.
Ottawa moves toward restoring diplomatic ties with Iran but whether this re-engagement can advance human rights—and not just business deals—will be one of the first real trials of the Trudeau government’s approach to foreign policy. By Michael Petrou.
The UK referendum is a security concern for Canada, as Michael Petrou writes, for a weaker Europe means an emboldened Russia.
As the recent profile of Obama advisor Ben Rhodes reveals, the U.S. president is choosing to make peace with Iran instead of challenging Assad’s murderous regime. But, as Michael Petrou writes, none of the results have made America any safer.
Principles have nothing to do with the Saudi arms deal. Canada is choosing one dictatorship over another
Stéphane Dion’s “responsible conviction” sloganeering can’t disguise the cold realpolitik behind this sale. As Michael Petrou writes, there are practical, and not ethical, reasons Canada aligns itself with Saudi Arabia instead of Iran.