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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 ...

Brian Knappenberger on Anonymous, Scientology, and Freedom

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May 4, 2012
There was Ghandi. Now there is Anonymous. OpenCanada talked to Brian Knappenberger, director of We are Legion: The Story of Hacktivists, about why the group that pranked the Church of Scientology  is "the civil disobedience group of our time." What drew you to a group without a name? The first time I ever heard of Anonymous was when they attacked the Church of Scientology back in 2008. I was mesmerized by that. Here you had a church that was created by ...

The Democratic National Convention, in 10 key moments

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July 29, 2016
Over four days this week, hundreds of speeches bellowed through the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for the Democratic National Convention (DNC). Politicians, thought leaders, and a random mix of liberal-leaning celebrities took the stage, many calling for unity against a backdrop of hyperpolarization that has come to define this election cycle. The media swarmed and activists chanted; the air inside and out was charged with an intoxicating flurry of patriotism and worry. A scandal rocked the convention even ...

Doing justice to the Snowden case

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November 17, 2014
Laura Poitras's documentary Citizenfour reveals itself to be as much about what causes an individual to risk everything as it is about the dystopian revelations the world has been reading about since the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald first published findings provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden in a Hong Kong hotel room in June 2013. The films main themes however centre on the global issues exposed by Snowden’s revelations — whistleblowing, extradition, Internet censorship, international espionage, the politics ...

UK loses a ‘set’ in its match with Assange

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August 18, 2012
In an Op Ed in today’s Ottawa Citizen, I’ve commented on the Catch 22 situation the UK government now finds itself in with respect to Julian Assange. Earlier this week, the Foreign Minister of Ecuador, Ricardo Patino, announced his government’s decision to provide ‘diplomatic asylum’ to the founder of the Wikileaks website, who took up residence in the embassy in mid June to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning related to alleged sexual offenses.  In one sense, nothing has ...

How Google Killed Gutenberg - and Explained the World

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March 5, 2012
Last week, the author of “‘Here Comes I, Jack Straw:’ English Folk Drama and Social Revolt” advanced one of the most compelling theories of international relations I have heard. Thomas Pettitt, a professor of English at the University of Southern Denmark, argues that the communications revolution that Johannes Gutenberg triggered is an aberration in a much longer communications trajectory. The 500 years between 1500 and 2000, Pettitt claims, are to communications what the CN Tower is to the Toronto ...

Welcome, Professors and Students

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September 8, 2011
As a new academic year begins, I and the editors of OpenCanada.org would like to welcome professors and students across the country to join our conversation on Canadian foreign policy and international affairs. Our goal is to make our site an important resource for you on current global issues. OpenCanada.org, which launched in June, is the CIC’s website devoted to fostering our national dialogue on international issues. OpenCanada.org uses a wide range of web-based tools and ...

On Iran, a triumph for diplomacy

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July 22, 2015
That the Iranian nuclear quagmire could result in military conflict has never been an alarmist exaggeration. Even after the July 14 announcement of the joint comprehensive plan of action (JCPOA) reached by Iran and the P5+1 (permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany), sabers have not fully ceased to rattle.But the deal struck in Vienna goes a long way to avoid the dire scenario of a military confrontation in the already-volatile Middle East, which could have ...

Four Ways to Reinvigorate the Canadian Foreign Policy Debate

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June 20, 2011
Last fall, I participated in a workshop hosted by L'Idée Fédérale, a think tank in Montreal headed by one of our Roundtable bloggers, André Pratte.  The topic was modest - "A Bold New Vision for Canada" - and we were all tasked with presenting on an aspect of our changing federation, in my case foreign policy.  As we launch opencanada.org, which is seeking to reinvigorate the Canadian foreign policy debate, I thought I would open with a few comments from ...

Does Canada Always Pay a Price for Piggyback Defence Operations?

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August 13, 2013
‘Piggyback’ defence operations do carry certain risks. Conventional studies of Canada-U.S. military relations leave the distinct impression that cozying up to the Americans is a one way, downhill street to further compromising Canada’s national sovereignty. Piggy-backing on U.S. or American-led NATO ventures in the ‘War on Terror’ would seem to be the most recent example of the travails of a presumptive Middle Power operating within limits still defined by our North American neighbour, the American superpower.  Two ...