About Roland Paris

Director of CIPS and Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Webpage.

Roland Paris

NATO Must Face Looming Challenges Now, Not Later

Members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization are grappling with big decisions as they prepare for their September summit in Wales. What stance should they adopt towards Russia?  Should they keep the alliance’s doors open to new members? And what role, if any, should NATO play beyond Europe? In March, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen invi… Read More

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Canadian Military Spending as a Percent of GDP

This chart might come as a surprise to some Canadians. Canada’s defence spending as a percentage of GDP has decreased since 2009 and is now lower than it was when the Conservative government took office. Although, as I noted in an earlier post, GDP per capita is a blunt measure that tells us nothing about the effectiveness or efficiency of spending, it d… Read More

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Harper’s Heroic Ukraine Message Does Not Reflect Reality

Published in the Globe and Mail, June 3, 2014 As Prime Minister Stephen Harper heads to Europe for the G7 summit and anniversary of D-Day, the gap between Canada’s outspoken rhetoric and its diminishing capabilities in international affairs is clearer than ever. Much of the trip will focus on Russia’s destabilizing actions in Ukraine. First, Mr. Harper wi… Read More

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Is Canada Pulling Its Weight in NATO?

When NATO’s military commander, General Philip Breedlove, visited Ottawa this week, he noted that Canada was one of the first countries to contribute military equipment and forces to NATO’s temporary deployment of land, sea and air assets to Eastern Europe, where allies such as Poland and the Baltic countries are understandably nervous ab… Read More

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The Truth About Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan

Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan officially ends this month. It began in 2001 with the dispatch of a small number of special operations troops to oust the Taliban and punish al-Qaeda militants in wake of the 9/11 attacks, and grew to include the deployment of a battle group to secure the southern province of Kandahar between 2006 and 2011. At its peak… Read More

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Has Canada Finally Discovered Digital Diplomacy?

After years of sitting on the sidelines, Canada finally seems to be taking social media seriously as tool of diplomacy. Foreign Minister John Baird delivered a speech on Friday—appropriately in Silicon Valley, the world’s capital of technological innovation—embracing digital diplomacy in stronger terms than ever before. “The closed world of démarc… Read More

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Implications of the Kabul Restaurant Attack

Since news broke of Friday’s horrific suicide attack on the largely foreign clientele of a Lebanese restaurant in Kabul, attention has understandably focused on the civilians who lost their lives, including two Canadians. But the event, which comes at a critical moment, could also have major implications for the international presence in Afghanistan.… Read More

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Baird’s Tough Talk on Human Rights Rings Hollow in Bahrain

Canada’s “principled” foreign policy keeps running into problems in Bahrain, the Gulf monarchy that violently suppressed pro-democracy protests in 2011. When Foreign Minister John Baird visited the country in April, he made no public comment about Bahrain’s repressive practices, including the regime’s continued incarceration of democracy activi… Read More

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