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China and Russia: It’s complicated

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
China and Russia: It’s complicated

With the advent of Donald Trump and the rise of populism in much of the western world, many fear we have descended into a new age of authoritarianism in which Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping set the tone for international politics. While China and Russia have enjoyed close relations in recent years, easily dismissing […]

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Repairing Canada-Russia relations

| April 11, 2017 | 1 Comment
Repairing Canada-Russia relations

Dealing with the Trump administration will no doubt be the top priority of Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s newly minted foreign minister, but it was the question of her attitude towards the Russian Federation that generated the most headlines when she took the job in January. Those hoping that Canadian-Russian relations might improve under the current government […]

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Trump and Putin: A troubling, high-stakes relationship

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Trump and Putin: A troubling, high-stakes relationship

While the presidency of Donald Trump has presented many sea changes in American foreign policy, perhaps the most dramatic is the turnaround in attitudes towards Russia and Vladimir Putin’s leadership. Previous presidents have tried to reset the relationship with Russia, but Trump’s admiration of Putin and his apparent willingness to side with Putin against American […]

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On guard for Russian defence

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
On guard for Russian defence

Many see today’s Russia as one of the most challenging threats to Canada, the United States and, to varying degrees, their allies. There is much debate about how to counter these threats — where Russia might strike next, and how to deter Russian aggression — but there’s no doubt that Russia is, once again, on […]

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2017: Reasons to rejoice

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
2017: Reasons to rejoice

2016 was a difficult year, so why should 2017 be any better? We dug deep and came up with 10 reasons to celebrate this year. “The time is out of joint — O cursed spite, That ever I was born to set it right!” Hamlet Act I, Scene V Shakespeare’s dithering prince Hamlet speaks these […]

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How Canada can keep leading the future digitized world

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
How Canada can keep leading the future digitized world

Excerpted from Tom Jenkins’ speech at the 10th Ivey-Thomas d’Aquino Lecture on Leadership held in Ottawa on Oct. 19 Canada is winning the digital race. Although we are concerned about our productivity and the ability of our largest corporations to remain competitive, we are actually doing very well in digital. Over the past few years, […]

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Africa’s urban problems to worsen

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
Africa’s urban problems to worsen

Africa’s destiny is in its cities. Already the home of half of sub-Saharan Africa’s 1 billion people, with untold more millions to come, some of the cities of Africa will soon be the largest in the world — with all of the possibilities and problems that pertain to megacities with high potential and inadequate infrastructures […]

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The trade-offs of peacekeeping

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
The trade-offs of peacekeeping

The Canadian peacekeeping monument stands on an island in the midst of busy traffic opposite Ottawa’s National Gallery. It commemorates a Canadian ideal. Three peacekeepers — two men and a woman — stand as a symbol of hope over the broken debris of war. But today the monument is hardly noticed and its meaning has […]

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Yemen: Exotic and utterly war-torn

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
Yemen: Exotic and utterly war-torn

In January 2014, I was appointed as the representative for the United Nations refugee agency to Yemen. In this capacity, I was to lead and co-ordinate the protection and assistance services for hundreds of thousands of refugees, asylum-seekers, new arrivals and internally displaced Yemenis. Two months later, I was asked to assume the functions of […]

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‘Big Daddy’ Xi at the helm

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
‘Big Daddy’ Xi at the helm

Xi Jinping is the most powerful Chinese leader in a generation. Not since Deng Xiaoping retired more than a quarter century ago has any Chinese leader been able to centralize such control in his hands and exercise undisputed leadership over the Communist Party, the Chinese government and the People’s Liberation Army. Yet, Chinese are deeply […]

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