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Advancing Canadian Interests with the US

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May 4, 2011
Source: Embassy Magazine Apart from a couple of tropes about the "Americanization" of our gun registration in the French language debate and Ralph Nader's warnings about "deep integration," one of the most remarkable features of this campaign was the absence of any reference to Canada-US relations and February's Washington Declaration. In the final days, Prime Minister Stephen Harper reminded Canadians that one in five Canadian jobs is linked to our trade with the US. He reaffirmed February's ...

The Harper Approach

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December 13, 2013
Stephen Harper aims to position Canada as a ‘rising power’. While protecting our privileged access to the United States, the Harper approach actively seeks new markets for our goods and resources. It draws on our pluralistic population with family entrees to every nation on earth, especially in an ascending Asia. The Harper approach to the conduct of Canada’s foreign policy is brash. He has little respect for traditional diplomatic politesse nor those who practice it. To achieve his objectives, Harper ...

Please Support the CIC

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December 13, 2013
As a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, the success of our programs at the national and branch levels, produced by the hard work of our small but dedicated staff, and our nation-wide network of volunteers, depends on individual and corporate donations and memberships. As 2013 draws to a close, I invite you to make a tax-deductible charitable contribution to the CIC. Our mandate to foster discussion and debate of international issues through our research, digital media, and events, would not be possible ...

Economic Diplomacy: Time to Get Down to Business

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June 26, 2014
Depending on whom you ask, “Economic Diplomacy” is either the new cornerstone of foreign policy or a partial and distorted vision for how to effectively bolster a country’s economic and commercial interests. Since 2006, economic growth has been a key priority for the Harper government, underlying everything from domestic policies on immigration and job creation to the expansion of duty-free ports and an ambitious trade agenda. Announced in late 2013, the government’s Global Markets Action Plan aims to ...

Chaos in Syria

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April 2, 2015
After three very enjoyable years in Turkey, I recently retired from the Canadian military after a 36-year career and headed home. My wife and I first visited Turkey in the summer of 2009 on a cruise that stopped in Istanbul for one day and Ephesus for another. It was our 25th wedding anniversary and we both agreed that one day we would return. However, in the summer of 2009, my mind was on other matters because soon after the cruise ...

A Call To Action

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February 3, 2012
While Canadians ponder whether Canada needs another foreign-policy review, the CIC urges Prime Minister Stephen Harper to turn to the CIC’s Open Canada: A Global Positioning Strategy for a Networked Age.   The report’s title is based on its strategy: a cross-country review of Canada’s foreign-policy interests conducted by Edward Greenspon, former editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail, and his globally oriented, digital-age panel members. When the Open Canada report was released in June 2010, Canada was assuming the highly ...

Stephen Baranyi

Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa and chair of the Latin America and Caribbean Study Group of the Canadian International Council’s National Capital Branch.

President's Welcome

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June 20, 2011
Welcome to, the CIC’s digital communications platform. Building on the historic mandate of the CIC—and of its predecessor the Canadian Institute for International Affairs—to promote discussion and debate on international affairs, we have designed the site to become a hub for those discussions, and to amplify and augment citizen engagement with international affairs by bringing the discussions online.  Our new site introduces a number of signature features that we hope you will develop the habit of visiting ...