Reviled in the West as a dictator, Russian president Vladimir Putin is enjoying a surge of support at home. According to the latest results published by polling organization Levada (which is generally considered hostile to the Russian go… Read More
A relatively orderly and peaceful first-round election in Afghanistan this year saw an almost 60% voter turnout in defiance of Taliban threats, symbolizing Afghans’ determination to unite in the interest of peace and stability. The dem… Read More
The simple but disturbing answer is: nobody.
Our world has over a billion people still living in extreme poverty. There are 25 million jobless in Europe. Jihadists control half of Iraq. The Doha Trade Round is in its 13th year without produc… Read More
Published in the Ottawa Citizen, August 5, 2014
The current round of violence between Israel and Hamas has given rise to a renewed wave of criticism of the Canadian government’s close support for Israel. Underlying such criticism is often… Read More
Does peacekeeping work? Janice Stein (University of Toronto) and I had a lively exchange on this subject on the CBC radio program “The House” this weekend. Have a listen.
In the interview, I said that more than two dozen major peace operatio… Read More
In my last post for the CIPS Blog, I drew readers’ attention to Robert Entman’s 1991 article comparing media coverage of the shooting down of Korean Airlines Flight 007 in 1983 and Iran Air Flight 655 in 1988. It is worth re-reading Entman’s p… Read More
The Afghan election, which started with enormous enthusiasm from Afghan voters, the government and the international community, has turned sour. It is now marred with disputes centred on ethnic (mainly Pashtun/Tajik) divisions, spli… Read More
The Harper government’s neglect of diplomacy has resulted in a largely ineffective foreign policy that has not served Canada’s interests, argues CIPS director Roland Paris in this video clip. His remarks were part of a pane… Read More
À l’invitation du ministère de la Défense de Russie, du 22 au 24 mai 2014, j’ai assisté à la Troisième Conférence de Moscou sur la Sécurité internationale qui portait officiellement sur le Moyen-Orient, l’Afghanistan et l’Asie du Sud. Év… Read More
In late May of this year, the Ottawa Forum delivered a sparkling lineup of speakers who proposed new directions for Canada’s international policy. A recurrent theme of the forum’s discussions, in the words of co-organizers Taylor Owen an… Read More