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Malone: Are diplomats needed in the digital age?

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October 17, 2011
Actually, Wikileaks made clear how thoughtful many US diplomats are and also how hard they work in the service of their country.  Information overload threatens us all.  Distilling the important from the ambient white noise is both increasingly important and increasingly difficult.  Effective advocacy and successful communication on strategic economic and political goals are skills generally not picked up overnight.  Thus, while the form diplomacy takes will continue to change, with the political level of government ever ...

Kinsman: Could the spread of information via digital media reduce mass atrocities?

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October 31, 2011
Of course. Democracy and human rights activists are accused of being "cyber-utopians" but it seems clear that inter-connectivity and handheld witnessing technologies are making it tough for dictators to do whatever they want. Hafez al-Assad could get away with killing at least 10,000 Sunni citizens of Syria in 1982 in the rebellious town of Hama because it wasn't visible. Today, even with an Internet and telecommunications stranglehold, smuggled satellite phones permit protestors in the besieged towns of Syria ...

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, which is seeking to reinvigorate the Canadian foreign policy debate, I thought I would open with a few comments from ...

Copeland: How should Canada deal with the threat posed by cyberattacks from abroad?

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October 19, 2012
Among the ever growing number of transnational  challenges which constitute the "globalization threat set," cyber-security is among the most complex and vexing. Three difficulties in particular stand out. For starters, there is somewhat of a disconnect between the analysts in government who write security policy, and those with the highly specialized expertise required to remedially address the cyber threat.  These groups tend to speak what amount to different languages, and inhabit different worlds which rarely intersect. Secondly, decision-makers, whose ...

Book launch webcast: Disruptive Power: The Crisis of the State in the Digital Age

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March 24, 2015
Anonymous. WikiLeaks. The Syrian Electronic Army. Edward Snowden. Bitcoin. The Arab Spring. Digital communication technologies have thrust the calculus of global political power into a period of unprecedented complexity.  In every aspect of international affairs, digitally enabled actors are changing the way the world works, and disrupting the institutions that once held a monopoly on power.  No area is immune: Humanitarianism, War, Diplomacy, Finance, Activism, or Journalism.  In each, the government departments, international organizations and corporations who for a century ...

Happy Birthday!

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June 21, 2012
One year ago today we launched with pieces on the role of social media in the Arab Spring, the impact of Wikileaks on diplomacy, and good banking as good foreign policy. We created to be Canada’s hub for international affairs, an aggregator of the best content on international affairs, and a curator of great ideas from universities and think tanks across Canada and the world. This year has been incredible for, and I want ...

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 ...

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 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., which launched in June, is the CIC’s website devoted to fostering our national dialogue on international issues. 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 ...