bout de papier interview on Canadian International Council and Diplomacy Excerpts from the interview that can be read in full above: On life after the Foreign Service: Retirement from the… Read more »
Published in Globe and Mail on Tuesday, Jul. 27, 2010 It’s time for Canada to play the energy card and announce the fast-tracking of a new pipeline to the Pacific,… Read more »
“indispensable ally,” … has about it the whiff of Arthur Meighen’s too-sure “ready, aye ready”
Summitry is predicated upon the idea that better personal relations between leaders can yield diplomatic benefits or as Churchill put it, ‘jaw-jaw’ is better than ‘war-war’. This was particularly important during the Cold War when the intent was to encourage the leaders of the Soviet Union and United States to reach for the red telephone rather than the red button.
Take care of uranium from ‘cradle to grave’ Colin Robertson From Tuesday’s Globe and Mail April 13, 2010 Nuclear proliferation is the one issue that has kept every U.S. president… Read more »
In hockey, we need different lines. So it is with Canada-U.S. relations, where we need to use all of our elected talent playing at every level of government. Making the case with the administration on Capitol Hill and with states is a permanent campaign. It requires a thousand points of contact if we are to put the puck in the net for Canada.
Excerpted From Policy Options November 2009 The American health care debate: an unfinished lesson in politicking Americans, the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan told me many years ago, take their… Read more »
“So are we done in Afghanistan, at least in terms of a major military commitment? Probably. But not necessarily… The road to success in Afghanistan now runs through NATO. Canadians have a special interest and commitment to NATO. We were present at its creation. While our commitment has not always been consistent, Canadians play a critical role in its development. As Riedel reminds us, what we decide will be closely watched in Washington and elsewhere. Hard decisions are still ahead of us before we sound the last post in Kandahar.”
Sept. 12, 2009 National Post Wednesday’s White House meeting between Barack Obama and Stephen Harper is unlikely to ripple the surface in Washington. Unlike the president’s February visit to Ottawa,… Read more »
May 11, 2009 National Post When Barack Obama looks out the window from the White House, chances are he sees the swing and play set for Malia and Sasha, just… Read more »