About Peter Jones

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Peter Jones

The Curious Case of Jonathan Pollard

One of the stranger aspects of the current round of the interminable Israeli-Palestinian peace talks is the reported idea that the U.S. is considering releasing Jonathan Pollard as an inducement to keep the Israeli government at the peace table for a few more months. Pollard is an American Jew who was an intelligence analyst for the Pentagon in the 1980s bef… Read More

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Europe Will Wake Up, and Putin Can Expect a Harsh Response

Published in The Globe and Mail, March 19, 2014 There are many aspects to the current struggle over the future of Crimea which pose serious difficulties for an international community that would like to respond firmly. On the one hand, Vladimir Putin’s charade over troops without insignia notwithstanding, this is an act of naked aggression against a sover… Read More

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A Response to Derek Burney on Canada’s Foreign Policy

A January 2nd op-ed in the Globe and Mail (republished in the CIPS Blog) on the current foreign policy of the Conservatives generated a lot of responses. Many were supportive, and others were quite critical. That is fine; debate is what the opinion pages of a newspaper is supposed to generate. One response struck me as particularly requiring my own reply. In a… Read More

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Canada’s Bitter, Small-Minded Foreign Policy

A foreign policy comprises many things. Interests, however defined, often dominate. But values must also be present if that policy is to be more than a series of transactions. Canada has always been a curious country when it comes to foreign policy. Blessed with abundant resources and not specifically threatened, we have always had more scope than most to i… Read More

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Iran is a Process. Pay Attention, Canada

The interim Iranian nuclear deal is just that: interim. It is not the final word on the Iranian nuclear problem; it buys time for a permanent solution to be negotiated. Iran has agreed to temporarily constrain its nuclear program in various ways and to accept more stringent international verification, but it has not accepted any irreversible limitations.… Read More

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Rights to What Purpose? Free Speech and the U.S. Gun Control Debate

This past week saw a fascinating moment in the debate over guns and constitutional rights that so scars America. The cause was a gentleman named Richard (‘Dick’) Metcalf. A ‘pro gun’ advocate and lobbyist, Metcalf has written op-eds and articles for gun magazines over several decades decrying any attempt to infringe on the gun lobby’s extreme interpretat… Read More

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Forget the Public Diplomacy, Iran and the U.S. Have a Long Road Ahead

Published  in the Globe and Mail, September 26, 2013. The past weeks have seen a shift in Iran-U.S. relations. Instead of the usual bombast we are seeing measured, even respectful points from the two presidents. We hear that Iran’s Supreme Leader has, in his usual round-about and never entirely certain way, blessed the idea of talks. All of this is good news,… Read More

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The ‘Rouhani Moment’ in Iran

Published on the IISS blog Politics and Strategy, August 14, 2013 Amid the relief, if not the fanfare, which has greeted Hassan Rouhani’s surprise election as President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, one hears a constant strain of argument that it won’t really make all that much difference. Those who take this view are at pains to constantly remind us that t… Read More

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‘Shocked and Appalled’: Responses to an Op-Ed

As a writer of opinion pieces, I am used to receiving messages about them. Most are negative; people who agree with you are less likely to take the time to write something than those who don’t. But that’s OK. The views expressed by those who write are often interesting. Most correspondents are respectful, even as they disagree with you. If nothing else, it’s ni… Read More

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What’s Next After Iran’s Surprise Election Result?

Published in the Globe and Mail, June 16, 2013 The Iranian electorate has surprised us. Most Iran experts (mea culpa – me too) had confidently expected that Hassan Rouhani had little chance of victory. But then he won. Not only that, he won on the first round. Elections still matter. So what happened? And what does it mean? Rouhani was the only relatively moder… Read More

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