In Depth

Canadian Voices on R2P

By:
Lloyd Axworthy
,
Maria Banda
,
Irwin Cotler
,
Roméo Dallaire
,
John Duncan
,
Naomi Kikoler
,
Robert Muggah
,
Bob Rae
,
Hugh Segal
,
Christopher Tuckwood
,
Michael Valpy
,
Lois M Wilson
/
April 20, 2014

This April marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide. Over the course of just 100 days in the spring of 1994, over 800,000 Rwandan civilians were slaughtered while the international community watched in silence. Throughout this period, this genocide was conveniently categorized as an “African tribal problem” by the rest of the world. But far from being a tribal war , it was the deliberate killing of an ethnic group, the Tutsis, that took place in Rwanda 20 years ...

Canadian Academia in Foreign Policy

April 14, 2014

The future role of political science in foreign policy analysis has been a hotly debated issue. In this series, academics investigate the role of the academy in the coming years and the ways in which it can carry out useful, analytical work without abandoning its rigor while making its findings useful for international and government policymakers.

Religion, violence, terrorism, and development are analysed both empirically and statistically by political scientists and the body of literature has never been greater. Translating ...

Reflections on R2P

By:
Simon Adams
,
Derek Burney
,
Art Eggleton
,
Sir Jeremy Greenstock
,
Fen Osler Hampson
/
March 24, 2014

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, the continuing debate surrounding the future of the "responsibility to protect" (R2P) norm – used to abrogate sovereignty norms in cases of human rights abuses – has once again reared its head. This series, developed in partnership with the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, explores whether R2P remains an organizing principle of international affairs or if it might irrevocably slide toward irrelevance in the coming years.

The 2014 #cdnfp Twitterati

By:
Michele Acuto
,
Roland Paris
/
February 3, 2014

Meet the 2014 #cdnfp Twitterati. This is our latest installment of journalists and writers; politicians and public servants; thinkers and doers and organizations who have a Canadian connection and are actively and consistently engaging on Twitter regarding Canadian foreign policy (#cdnfp) and international affairs. Being on Twitter is one thing – actively engaging the twitterverse in quality dialogue on Canadian foreign policy is another. These picks are our recommended go-to accounts for #cdnfp. Aside from these accounts, we’ve also put ...

Cold Calculations

By:
Shelagh Grant
,
Wilfrid Greaves
,
Rob Huebert
,
Whitney Lackenbauer
,
James Manicom
,
Munk-Gordon Arctic Security Program
,
Elizabeth Riddell-Dixon
,
OpenCanada Staff
,
Jennifer Welsh
,
Andreas Østhagen
/
January 20, 2014

The scramble for the Arctic is on. As Canada prepares to take up the chairmanship of the Arctic Council this year, new state and non-state actors are staking their claims to the region, as melting ice creates new risks and opportunities for development. Will these competing claims result in conflict? This OpenCanada.org In Depth considers the different agendas of the various stakeholders and asks whether clashing interests in the region are inevitable or whether cooler heads will prevail under ...

The 2013 Year in Review

By:
Khrystyna Kulyasa
,
OpenCanada Staff
/
December 20, 2013

A lot happened in the world in 2013. And a lot happened here on OpenCanada.org.

Below, we look back on the year in different ways: We picked out some highlights from the content we published on OpenCanada.org. We pulled our 10 favourite Readings from the greater World Wide Web. We asked our Rapid Responders what they thought the most significant development in international affairs was. We chose 10 quality Twitter accounts in the #cdnfp conversation. And we put ...

Global Shift

By:
OpenCanada Staff
/
November 22, 2013

At the 7th annual Toronto Global Forum organized by the International Economic Forum of the Americas, leading economic decision makers from around the world met to discuss pressing national and global issues.

The theme of this year’s conference, Globalisation at the Crossroads, caught our attention here at OpenCanada. Too often the process of globalisation is taken for granted by policymakers, business people and academics. While it is true that resources, people, and ideas are traveling across borders faster than ever ...

The End of Privacy?

By:
Carl Meyer
,
OpenCanada Staff
/
October 23, 2013

On June 10, the Guardian reported former United States National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s comments on why he decided to become a whistleblower.

“The NSA has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything,” he said.

“With this capability, the vast majority of human communications are automatically ingested without targeting…emails, passwords, phone records, credit cards. I don’t want to live in a society that does these sorts of things.”

In the days after that statement ...

The Canadian Aid Conversation

By:
David Black
,
Stephen Brown
,
Alia Dharssi
,
Prabhat Jha
,
Liam Swiss
,
Molly den Heyer
/
September 10, 2013

In June, UN Foundation Senior Fellow John McArthur started a new conversation about Canada’s foreign aid policy with a three-part series here on OpenCanada.org. McArthur argued that the country needed a new "demand-driven approach" that first considered the challenges of global development and then asked how Canada can best tackle those challenges.

Here, we continue the conversation that McArthur started with comments from a number of foreign aid experts. We'll be adding new content to this page ...

Religion and Foreign Policy

By:
Daniel Cere
,
Alicja Curanović
,
Peter Denton
,
Robert Joustra
,
Charles Keyes
,
Ian Linden
,
Elizabeth Shakman Hurd
,
OpenCanada Staff
,
Jon Waind
/
August 1, 2013

Critical debates are underway about the new public policy challenges that are emerging as a result of the resurgence of religion in international relations. These debates and the questions that drive them inspired the organization of an international conference and course at McGill University, on “Religion and Foreign Policy: The Challenge of Religious Pluralism.”

This project is an initiative of the Birks Forum on the World's Religions and Public Life in McGill’s Faculty of Religious Studies, in partnership ...

The New Global Economy

June 22, 2013

The 19th annual International Economic Forum of the Americas brought together 180 speakers from around the world and over 3,000 participants to discuss how to return the global economy to a strong, sustainable growth path. The theme of the conference, "A New Economic Cycle: New Realities, New Frontiers", allowed for wide-ranging discussions of global trends in economy, governance, and pensions; energy, natural resources, and sustainable development; and international trade, innovation, and health; as well as in depth analysis of ...

Starting a New Conversation About Aid

By:
Danielle Goldfarb
,
David Hornsby
,
Jennifer Jeffs
,
Heather Keachie
,
John McArthur
,
Robert Muggah
,
Roland Paris
,
OpenCanada Staff
,
Jennifer Welsh
/
June 21, 2013

Canada’s foreign aid conversation is lost.  The recently announced merger of CIDA into the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade prompted a spate of agitated commentary across the country.  But the public debates underscored the extent to which an institutional tail is wagging the policy dog.  The issues to be resolved are much more fundamental than problems of bureaucratic org charts.  They require systematic and robust thinking, rather than the loose commentary commonly trotted out during moments of ...

Weapons of Mass Oppression

By:
Ali Ansari
,
Geoffrey Cameron
,
Robert Joustra
,
Gissou Nia
,
Kaveh Shahrooz
,
OpenCanada Staff
/
June 14, 2013

The Iranian regime is often in the headlines but for its nuclear program rather than its systematic repression of the Iranian people. The “red line” debate has been about the enrichment of uranium, not the impoverishment of human rights.

This online series puts the spotlight on the state of human rights in Iran – on the beatings, rapes, wrongful arrests and imprisonments, and executions. The goal of this discussion is fivefold: to raise awareness of the human rights situation in ...

OpenCanada At HotDocs 2013

By:
OpenCanada Staff
/
April 25, 2013

We can theorize all we want about why North Korea represses its people. We can debate whether someone should be allowed to sell a piece of their body to a stranger. We can ponder how climate change is going to transform our world in the next century. But we inevitably struggle to grasp the gritty reality of the problems as we consider them from the comfort of our homes, offices, and classrooms. This sense of remove makes it harder to ...

Canada's Asia Rebalancing Act

By:
Milos Barutciski
,
Perrin Beatty
,
Julian Dierkes
,
Len Edwards
,
James Manicom
,
Sadaaki Numata
,
OpenCanada Staff
,
Kathleen Sullivan
,
Atsushi Tago
,
Keisuke Tsujimoto
,
Srdjan Vucetic
,
David Worts
,
Gerald Wright
/
April 15, 2013

Things have been heating up in the Asia-Pacific, politically but also economically. What does this mean for Canada? How do we balance our various trade and security relationships in the region during a time of leadership transition and shifting geopolitical alliances? This series asks whether Canada could best navigate the challenges of productive economic relations in Asia via strengthening relations with Japan and negotiating a successful Economic Partnership Agreement or EPA. With the second round of EPA negotiations coming up ...