About John Mundy

Visiting Associate

John Mundy

Canada’s Iran Policy: ‘Reckless Rhetoric’ and More Out of Step Than Ever

Published in the Globe and Mail, June 19, 2014 Canada has a dysfunctional relationship with Iran and our government is proud of it. That is the underlying message of Foreign Minister John Baird’s latest statements about Iran. At a time when Britain is re-opening its Iranian embassy, the United States is considering co-operation with Iran in Iraq and the i… Read More

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As Iran Opens to the World, Canada is Left Behind

Published in The Globe and Mail, November 25, 2013 The earth moved Sunday in Geneva when the United States, its P5 plus 1 negotiating partners and Iran came to an interim agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. Only time will tell whether it is the start of a longer affair or just a one-night stand that both sides will later regret. If the romance blooms, Canada s… Read More

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Iran’s Diplomatic Opening is a Test of Intentions

Published in the Globe and Mail, September 30, 2013 For the first time in many years there are hopeful signs that Iran is prepared to negotiate a comprehensive deal on its nuclear program with the United States and the other members of the P5 +1 group (which includes the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany). If indeed Pre… Read More

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In Confronting Iran, John Baird Stands in the Way of Real Solutions

Published in the Globe and Mail, May 21, 2013 Imagine if U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had delivered the speech that Foreign Minister John Baird gave to the Global Dialogue on Iran’s Future last week in Toronto. Stock markets would have tanked; diplomats would be booking one-way flights out of Tehran and Iran would be warming up its ballistic missiles… Read More

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War with Iran: Real, Horrific Costs, but What Benefits?

Published in the Globe and Mail, November 26, 2012 The Munk Debate on the question of war with Iran, to be held on Monday night in Toronto, could not be more timely. With elections finally decided in the United States and scheduled for January in Israel and July in Iran, all three countries will soon have leaders operating on new mandates. If they cannot stop the… Read More

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The Iranians We Left Behind

Published in the Globe and Mail, October 25, 2012 When Canada closed its embassy in Tehran last month, it wasn’t just Canadian diplomats who were affected. We left behind a small number of local staff, and their plight deserves attention. Blindsided by Ottawa’s decision, they’re now in danger of becoming collateral damage in the dysfunctional rela… Read More

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Abandoning Diplomacy with Iran: Why, and Why Now?

Published in the Globe and Mail, September 10, 2012 No country suspends diplomatic relations with an adversary lightly. It signals that the possibility for future dialogue is over. While it is true that Canada has not been a major player in international negotiations with Iran, with this latest Canadian decision to suspend diplomatic relations with Iran… Read More

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