About Daniel Livermore

Senior Fellow, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Daniel Livermore

A Slightly Different Take on John Baird’s Legacy at Foreign Affairs

This is one of a series of CIPS Blog posts examining the legacy of John Baird as Canada’s foreign minister. See also the posts by David Petrasek, Colin Robertson, Ferry de Kerckhove and Peter Jones. Four years is not much time to establish a ministerial legacy, especially in a government centrally controlled by the Prime Minister’s Office. There we… Read More

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Three Missing Pieces in the Canadian Security and Intelligence Debate

The Harper government has been forced to introduce amendments to the CSIS Act, following another in a series of government set-backs in the courts on security and intelligence issues. This has triggered comments on the proposed legislation, most of which concern surveillance abroad, foreign intelligence and security and intelligence beyond Canada… Read More

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Off to Tel Aviv: The Latest Strange Diplomatic Appointment

Shortly before the Prime Minister’s January trip to the Middle East, the Harper Government announced its choice to fill Canada’s long-vacant ambassadorial chair in Tel Aviv. Vivian Bercovici—a Toronto lawyer, occasional commentator on Israeli affairs and backroom Tory loyalist—is the new head of mission. She was accorded a lukewarm but appr… Read More

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Our Man in Prague: An Appointment that Raises Questions

Otto Jelinek, refugee from Communism, world-champion figure skater and Mulroney-era Cabinet Minister, was recently appointed as Canada’s ambassador to the Czech Republic. In the summer doldrums, there was virtually no reaction in Canada to the announcement, except citations from the official government press release. The appointment also coinc… Read More

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Harper, Baird and Multilateral Cooperation

Familiar stories came out of New York over the past two weeks as the global community assembled for the annual UN General Assembly debates. John Baird’s speech on September 30, while appalling in style and policy content, was free of the gratuitous anti-UN rhetoric of previous efforts. It followed a quick visit to the city by the Prime Minister, with meeti… Read More

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What the Saccomani Appointment Means

The appointment of Bruno Saccomani, head of the Prime Minister’s security detail, to be the next Canadian Ambassador to Jordan and Iraq struck even the most cynical observers of the Harper government as a curious move. The two countries are pivotal in a volatile region, at a critical time for Syria, Turkey, Israel and Iran as well as for the Palestinians. F… Read More

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Where’s the Public Outrage Over Harper’s Foreign Policy?

Public policy discussion these days suffers from a curious anomaly. Vast numbers of experts disagree with the government’s performance on many issues. But there’s little reflection of this mood in the popular media or on the street. Announcements which might have triggered marches and demonstrations a couple of decades ago pass almost unnoticed. N… Read More

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A Footnote on Canada-Iran Relations

The Harper government took a decision in late August 2012, to bring Canadian diplomats out of Tehran and expel Iranian diplomats in Ottawa. It was described by some observers as a sudden decision, but it was obviously a measure which required time to implement. It may have come as a surprise to the Iranian embassy in Ottawa. But for Canadians in Tehran, it foll… Read More

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The Central Conundrum of Baird’s UN Speech

It’s too easy to dismiss John Baird’s October 1 speech to the UN General Assembly as simply another exercise in appealing to the party’s base. True, it did precisely that, capturing headlines back home as a “scathing rebuke” to the organization for its failure to address the Syrian situation seriously. But the problem is that speeches like this,… Read More

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