Fen Osler Hampson

Fen Osler Hampson is Distinguished
Fellow and Director of Global Security at
the Centre for International Governance
Innovation (CIGI) and Chancellor’s Professor
at Carleton University.

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A rudderless world

| April 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
A rudderless world

  The revolutions of the Arab Spring have been called “leaderless revolutions” because they were populist uprisings without clear leadership. There is no equivalent to a Bourguiba, Ataturk, Sukarno, Nkrumah, Nyerere, Ho Chi Minh, Gandhi, Houphouet-Boigny or Mandela in the ranks of the protesters in Tahrir Square, or in other Arab capitals, who can rally […]

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The high price of global retrenchment

| February 5, 2012 | 0 Comments
The high price of global retrenchment

Our globalized world is unraveling. This is not the end of globalization, but it is something we have seen before. It is called retrenchment. It is a phenomenon characterized by declining levels of interdependence in global trade and investment, beggar-thy-neighbour policies as states (especially new entrants in the global economy) look out for their own interests and don’t play by […]

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Six essential steps: How John Baird can succeed as Canada’s foreign minister

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
Six essential steps: How John Baird can succeed as Canada’s foreign minister

  John Baird hit the ground running as Canada’s new foreign minister. Within days of his appointment late last spring, he was off on a secret mission to Libya to meet with key rebel leaders of its Transitional National Council. That trip was immediately followed by meetings in Turkey, China, Indonesia, the U.S. and Mexico. […]

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The Visegrad Group: Europe’s new military alliance

| June 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
The Visegrad Group: Europe’s new military alliance

With the Palestinians demonstrating and the International Monetary Fund in turmoil, it might seem odd to focus on something called the Visegrad Group. But this is not a frivolous choice. What the Visegrad Group has decided to do will, I think, resonate for years. The region is Europe — more precisely, the states that had […]

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NATO is neither dead nor dying

| June 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
NATO is neither dead nor dying

Lord Ismay, NATO’s first secretary-general, once wryly observed that the purpose of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was to “keep the Americans in, the Russians out, and the Germans down.” That political logic kept the alliance together during the Cold War and through the many crises it endured from its inception in 1949 until […]

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Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia: East confronts West

| December 1, 2010 | 0 Comments
Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia: East confronts West

The South Caucasus has historically been an arena of conflict. Much like the Balkans, it is a region where East and West meet and three great empires — the Russian, the Ottoman, and the Safavids (Persians) — clashed in earlier times. Today, it is a region where other fires burn. These are the fires of economic […]

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Total diplomacy

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
Total diplomacy

A conversation with Morris Rosenberg, Canada’s new deputy foreign minister   The American politician-turned-diplomat, Chester Bowles, who served as ambassador to India under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, once opined that “We are coming to realize that foreign operations in today’s world call for a total diplomacy … ambassadors can no longer be content with wining […]

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