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India's growing international clout

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January 28, 2015
India, once the jewel in the crown of the British Empire, became independent in 1947. Three years later, the country adopted a new constitution, following America’s example in rejecting a monarchical system in favour of a republic. That event is now celebrated every year on January 26 as Republic Day, with all the pomp and pageantry that one associates with India. And on each Republic Day, the government carefully chooses a foreign dignitary as a guest of honour. Quite a ...

Canada Votes 2015: The Middle East factor

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June 2, 2015
Wisam Salih writes in advance of Tuesday’s panel, “Canadian Foreign Policy and the Next Federal Election,” hosted by the Canadian International Council, National Capital Branch, in Ottawa. Canada’s foreign policy towards the Middle East has been overwhelmingly focused on Iraq and Syria as of late, especially since Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the non-combat deployment of Canadian troops to Iraq to counter Islamic State (ISIS) militants last September. With a federal election around the corner, public opinion has ...

Looking Back at 2012

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December 21, 2012
As we look back on the major events of 2012 – the global financial crisis, dramatic changes sparked by the Arab Spring, elections in the U.S., Egypt, France, and Mexico, and a new leader named in China – I urge you to reflect on the importance of Canada’s engagement with the world. This year, thanks to support from our members, volunteers, and donors, the CIC was able to fulfill its mandate of producing and disseminating high-quality research, discussion, and ...

National Roundup

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June 20, 2011
Congratulations to the Vancouver Branch of the CIC for their very successful, well-attended, and widely-covered conference last month, Canada-Latin America Relations: Opportunities and Challenges. The event featured important private sector speakers, diplomats, academics and Diane Ablonczy, our Minister of State for the Americas, gave the keynote address. Many thanks to conference sponsors, Teck and the Vancouver Airport Authority. We are delighted to welcome the Windsor-Essex Branch to our cross-country branch network, and to have them support the CIC’s partnership with ...

A holiday greeting from the CIC

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December 1, 2011
As we look back on the events of 2011— the pull back from Afghanistan, developments in our relations with emerging economies, issues surrounding climate and the Arctic, the Arab Spring, the European financial crisis—I urge you to reflect on the importance of Canada’s engagement with the world. This year, thanks to support from our members, volunteers and donors, the Canadian International Council (CIC) made great strides in creating a hub for information on and discussion of international affairs ...

What's next for the great Cuba-U.S. thaw?

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March 16, 2015
On December 17, Barack Obama and Raul Castro simultaneously announced their intentions to re-establish diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, with the expectation of full normalization between the two countries in the future. Since that historic announcement, there have been two sets of meetings, one in Havana and the other in Washington, between top level officials to work out the details of normalization. There has already been a major roadblock – namely whether or not the United States ...

Opening the doors to Chinese investment

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July 8, 2015
Since China’s entry into global markets as a major player, questions surrounding Chinese investment in Canada have abounded: Do we need it? Do we want it? Even if we both need and want it, are the benefits and risks acceptable to us? The first is easy enough to address: a country of 36 million cannot generate sufficient capital to develop our vast territory, especially as we are a country of consumers, not a country of savers. We thus must ...

Muzzled Media and the Common Great Lakes Agenda

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June 27, 2011
Last week, the CIC-Waterloo Branch hosted their annual global media panel "Muzzled Media - The Global Challenge" with the Centre for International Governance Innovation. The panel featured Lynn Haddrall, Editor-in-Chief, The Record; Michelle Shephard National Security Reporter, Toronto Star; Allan Thompson, Associate Professor of Journalism, Carleton University and Director at the Centre for Media and Transitional Societies; Anna Maria Tremonti, Host of The Current, CBC Radio; and Sonia Verma Foreign Correspondent, The Globe and Mail. The panel focused on the major ...

Why the Western World Model needs reinventing

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June 16, 2015
“The Western world is ending and we are witnessing the last season of the Faustian Civilization.” — Oswald Spengler, Decline of the West (1918) "What we may be witnessing is not just the end of the Cold War but the end of history as such: that is, the end point of mankind's ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government.” — Francis Fukuyama, The End of History (1989) Which of these statements ...

GPS Project

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March 16, 2011
Last fall, the Canadian International Council (CIC) decided that it was the right time to take a hard look at Canada's global role and priorities. The financial crisis was highlighting shifting geopolitical dynamics. Meanwhile, our country was poised to assume a highly visible international profile, hosting the Olympic Games in the winter and the G8 and G20 meetings in the spring. What better moment to help Canada chart a course for the future? The CIC is uniquely suited to ...