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Canada risks splitting from allies by not encouraging expertise in its foreign service, new report finds
With allies and competitors focusing on adding expertise in their foreign ministries, Canada risks being an ‘outlier,’ a new report suggests.
The visit of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz this week is one the most important diplomatic opportunities for a Canadian prime minister in years. Amid disruption to global norms as well as growing challenges to democracy, Canada and Germany have increasingly bonded in shared commitment to protecting and reinforcing both the rules-based order on which international security depends and on human rights.
Bill Graham was old school. The former Liberal cabinet minister loved politics, loved the Toronto riding he represented through five elections, loved being out and about in the world, loved gossip and good stories, which he could tell better than just about anyone.
‘Diplomacy is all about being there’: former diplomats call for reassessment of foreign service global presence during GAC review
‘We need human beings in these other countries, in these war zones, to give a genuinely Canadian perspective that’s not filtered through the internet,’ says former diplomat Ben Rowswell.
CJAD radio in Montreal interviewed Ben Rowswell about the new Open Canada Podcast and the agenda for global democracy, January 24, 2022
Élections fédérales 2021 Les Canadiens demandent une politique étrangère pour un monde sans leader PHOTO SAEED ALI ACHAKZAI, REUTERS Familles ayant fui l’Afghanistan, dans un camp de fortune établi près d’une gare de train à Chaman, au Pakistan. « Au fil des ans,...
The CIC shared the results of the ambitious Foreign Policy by Canadians deliberative democracy exercise in time for Canada Day 2021. It got noticed. In this clip, politicians Liisa Rait and Anne McLellan discuss the revelations about how Canadians' see major issues...
On September 23, 2021, CIC President Ben Rowswell joined Ian Hanomansing on The National to discuss the diplomatic levers used in the negotiations that led to the release of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig following 1020 days of imprisonment in China.
Ben Rowswell, president of the Canadian International Council is interviewed by the CBC's Suhana Meharchand in this September 9, 2021 broadcast.
Ils avaient de l’eau jusqu’aux genoux. L’eau sale d’un canal d’égout, où ils s’entassaient dans l’espoir d’accéder à l’aéroport de Kaboul. Certains portaient du rouge, comme des responsables canadiens le leur avaient conseillé ; c’était une façon d’être repérés à travers le chaos.
As the rules-based international order faces unprecedented threats, what's Canada - a country that has thrived in traditional multilateralism - to do? Is it time to for Canada to abandon its historical "Pearsonian approach" to world diplomacy and focus more on power?...
Jon Allen is currently a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Canadian International Council, a Diplomat in Residence at Fulbright Canada and a Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. He is engaged in research and writing...