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On the Global Drug Policy Debate

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July 15, 2011
On April 27 the CIC’s National Capital Branch held a seminar on drug policy that resulted in a report titled, Drugs, Violence and Hemispheric Security: Implications and Options for Canada. The seminar took place just in advance of two landmarks in the international drug policy debate: in early June the Global Commission on Drug Policy published a comprehensive report denouncing current antidrug efforts; two weeks later, June 16 marked the fortieth anniversary of US President Nixon’s declaration of a “war ...

Joe Clark on Harper’s ‘Megaphone’ Diplomacy

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June 10, 2014
As a former Prime Minister and as the Secretary of State for External Affairs in Brian Mulroney’s cabinet, the Rt. Hon. Joe Clark is experienced and knowledgeable in foreign policy issues. He saw international affairs in a unique way, sometimes contrary to popular opinion. In 1984, he helped lead the Western response to the devastating famine in Ethiopia, which at the time had a Marxist government. Clark also pushed for tough economic sanctions against South Africa for its apartheid ...

The Need for a Renewed Canadian Diplomacy

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June 13, 2014
“Freedom – Democracy – Justice.” A triptych that echoes like a motto everywhere Stephen Harper sets foot: at Juno Beach a few days ago, in Brussels last week, in Warsaw a week ago, in Toronto in late May, in Ottawa earlier that same month. There was a time when those three words were actually translated into sound and consistent actions through Canada’s diplomatic assets. It would appear that time has come and gone. To be sure, Canada’s actions as ...

Diane Tisdall

M.A. Candidate at Carleton University's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs

The Weekly Dispatch: May 25, 2012

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May 25, 2012
Last week, world leaders met at the NATO Summit in Chicago to finalize withdrawal from Afghanistan. OpenCanada.org took the opportunity to reflect on Canada's relationship with the alliance, and to think about what threats lie beyond Afghanistan. At the top of this list are cyberspace and the environment. We took a close look at both as our Future of Fighting series turned to "New Threats." Next week, we turn the table and examine "New Opportunities" with the Brookings ...

Embracing the Americas, starting with Mexico

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May 17, 2011
Source: Policy Options Canada has created the most successful bilateral relationship in the world with the United States but our commitment to the Americas has lacked heart and soul. Colin Robertson writes that it's time to embrace our membership in the Americas, starting with Mexico. Download report

The Week: The Wars We Wage

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April 12, 2013
This week on OpenCanada, Jennifer Welsh considers the legacy of Margaret Thatcher’s wars – in the Falklands, in Kuwait, and in Ireland. Steve Saideman looks at the dangers involved with training militaries in less stable countries at a time when democracies are much less inclined to put their own troops in harm's way. And David Robillard details the secret war being fought not by states, but by corporations. The Business of Spying Governments aren't the only ones deploying ...

Canada’s top foreign policy is one closest to home

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June 1, 2015
Jeremy Kinsman writes in advance of this week’s panel, “Canadian Foreign Policy and the Next Federal Election,” hosted by the Canadian International Council, National Capital Branch, in Ottawa.  As often happens after a government has been in office for a decade, the dominant question for most voters in 2015 is whether it’s time for a change, though the evidence is that their votes are split between the New Democratic Party and the Liberals. Does foreign policy compute as ...
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