Today’s blog is cautiously optimistic about the results of the Biden-Putin Summit but deplores the anti-China tone of the NATO Summit Communiqué.
This week we celebrate the coming into force of the new nuclear ban treaty and we consider how Canada can rebuild and retool its diplomatic capacity to help nurture a genuinely progressive American foreign policy.
The storming of the U.S. capitol building even as the final vote count put the Senate back into Democratic hands provides a stark example of the dangers and the promise of American democracy and its implications for global security going forward.
We call on Canada to demonstrate “strict adherence to the rule of law and respect for human rights” by taking an unequivocal stand against the illegal sanctioning of humanitarian goods.
We call on Canada to redouble efforts to promote a serious dialogue on how NATO members can begin to close the gap between the Alliance nuclear doctrine and the disarmament obligations of its members under the NPT.
The mandate talks for NATO’s new strategic review give Canada a huge opportunity to work with other like-minded NATO members to ensure that there is a strong nuclear disarmament component.