We call on the Government of Canada to hold consultations with civil society on a new independent centre for international peace and security. It is urgently needed to counter think tank policy advice backed by defence industry funding.
For a timely discussion of key foreign policy challenges facing Canada in 2020, see Diplomatic Dispatch – Episode 7: Rebuilding Canada’s global leadership by journalist Levon Sevunts, wherein he interviews Rideau Institute President Peggy Mason. This 22-minute interview took place following her participation as a panelist in the inaugural Summit on Canada’s Global Leadership. Click here for the full podcast.
Resumption of the Liberal minority Parliament on 27 January offers a golden opportunity for the Prime Minister and his government to build a progressive coalition in favour of tougher gun regulations, resumption of diplomatic relations with Iran and an export control policy that strengthens human rights and international law.
Crisis Group urges Europeans to mitigate Iranian economic hardship and promote regional security dialogue. Meanwhile, both the U.S. and Canada need to rethink their military roles in Iraq.
Canada said no to rogue American behaviour in Iraq in 2003. We should do the same regarding Iran in 2020.
Trump’s reckless behaviour puts the world at needless risk. It is also the single biggest obstacle to marshalling a truly global response to the twin existential threats of climate catastrophe and the devastation of nature.