Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland spurns a high-level meeting on nuclear dangers hosted by her Swedish counterpart. Meanwhile, she and the Prime Minister remain silent over heightening tensions between Iran and USA.
Despite rising threats and increasing economic strangulation by the USA, Iran continues to abide by its obligations under the nuclear deal which the USA walked away from a year ago.
The utter lack of constructive Canadian engagement is the disturbing theme that unites this week’s roundup of events regarding Venezuela, Saudi arms transfers, increased Russia-USA tensions and Trumpian efforts to transfer sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia.
We call on the Canadian government to re-invigorate dialogue with Iran, prioritize support for the INF Treaty and ensure prompt accession to the global Arms Trade Treaty.
Social justice activist and author Monia Mazigh calls on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to be courageous at home and abroad in 2019 – cancelling the sordid Saudi arms deal, promoting peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and supporting development in Yemen.
Veteran international affairs practitioner Robert Malley of the International Crisis Group previews 10 global conflicts, ongoing or incipient, that bear close scrutiny in 2019.