Curtis: How should Canada respond to the rising violence in Syria?
- Curtis: Will the current Israeli-Palestinian negotiations progress in the coming months?
- Curtis: What regional and/or international challenges are most pressing for the governments of Canada, Mexico, and the United States, respectively?
- Curtis: Are criticisms of the preliminary nuclear accord with Iran prescient or paranoid?
Canada has no role, or very little role, in the Middle East including in Syria. We can posture, make declarations, etc. which will appeal to our domestic audience but realistically we will look silly and moralistic as Dean Acheson said about us some 60 years ago.
On the other hand, if serious international initiatives are undertaken once the violence comes to an end, Canada then (with others) could intervene to help re-build civil order and institutions...where we have a comparative advantage and can make a difference...governance, not military force is our strong suit.