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The Signal Board

Welcome to The Signal Board, the CIC’s new blog platform. In this space, you will find a diverse array of content, from op-eds penned by CIC and external experts to interviews with policy makers and practitioners,  and reviews of trending international affairs publications. The Signal Board aims to inform readers on key international affairs issues, spur public debate on those issues and highlight the work of the CIC.
The Problem With Election Observation Missions

The Problem With Election Observation Missions

What might the international community of democracy promoters do better to support free and fair elections? One solution is to reassess how civil society organizations and democratic practitioners pass judgment on elections.Photo by Arnaud Jaegers on...

Time for a Canadian Agency to Support Democracy Abroad

Time for a Canadian Agency to Support Democracy Abroad

Why is Canada lagging behind in global democracy promotion? Canadian flag waving in front of the Parliament Building in Ottawa. Photo by Jason Hafso (Unsplash) Canada has nurtured one of the world's founding democracies. Among major nations, only the United States...

Joe Biden’s Challenges in a Post Trump World Order

Joe Biden’s Challenges in a Post Trump World Order

The following piece is based on the author’s extensive experience dealing with Canada-US Relations at Global Affairs Canada. It focuses on the challenges that the Biden Administration is facing domestically and in foreign policy terms, including how the U.S. will try to regain its place as a leader within the liberal international order and mend its tattered reputation abroad.

Three Mistakes From 1989

Three Mistakes From 1989

Three major challenges we are facing in 2020 – a worsening conflict in Afghanistan; an aggressive Chinese Communist Party; and an irredentist Kremlin – have their roots in major decisions taken in 1989.

Introducing Élisabeth Vallet

Introducing Élisabeth Vallet

It was several days after the fall of the Twin Towers, in the aftermath of September 11, before we could gradually resume air travel in North America. But this brief incident heralded a trend driven by a growing paranoia directly linked to the fact that the enemy was...

Introducing Imre Szeman

Introducing Imre Szeman

Over the course of this century, we will need to undergo an energy transition—a shift from a global society still heavily dependent on fossil fuels to one using sustainable and renewable forms of energy. Transition will depend on more than just development of new...

Introducing Alejandro Reyes

Introducing Alejandro Reyes

I am honoured to be among the inaugural Canadian International Council (CIC) fellows. I thank the selection committee and the CIC leadership for this opportunity to contribute to the conversation among the Canadian public about Canada’s role in the world. As we...

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