National Newswatch

What of a Future Canada-Russia Relationship?

Nov 1 2018 — Zach Paikin — How Canada, in occasional partnership with Russia, could begin to drive higher-order issues on a global basis. Relations between Ottawa and Moscow are today tightly circumscribed by the limits imposed since 2014 by the Russian-Western confrontation. Indeed, the general legacy of the Cold War, combined with the specific tensions that followed the Ukrainian Revolution, the […]

Three Theses on Canadian Foreign Policy

Apr 25 2017 — Zach Paikin — Despite immense progress in global equality and development over the course of the past seven decades, the world today is characterized by uncertainty and apprehension. This international context is defined above all else by a liberal order in crisis. Non-Western powers are beginning to assert their norms and values – ones that tend to privilege […]

Two ways Canada can increase its international clout

Mar 6 2017 — Zach Paikin — In recent decades, Canada has largely outsourced its foreign policy to the United States. We have failed to think for ourselves. We haven’t independently identified and pursued our own goals and interests. Our country has had no made-in-Canada grand strategy for substantively addressing the major issues of international politics. So far in this century, Canadian […]

Canadian Foreign Policy: Developing our strategic map

Dec 14 2016 — Zach Paikin — In the first instalment in this three-part series, I outlined some of the reasons why Canada should embrace a more realist foreign policy orientation. In this regard, two facts are particularly important to keep in mind. First, realism implies that our foreign policy will be Canadian – and not ideological – in nature. Its modus operandi […]

Why Canada should embrace a more realist foreign policy

Dec 12 2016 — Zach Paikin — This is Part I of a three-part series on Canadian foreign policy. With a summit on Arctic affairs having taken place in Ottawa last month between Canada and Russia, it has been pointed out that, unlike that of its predecessor after the annexation of Crimea, the Trudeau government’s approach is to cooperate with Moscow in […]

Trudeau’s visit to China is important, but the road to Beijing goes through Moscow

Sep 1 2016 — Zach Paikin — Justin Trudeau’s official visit to China this week presents us with yet another opportunity to highlight the fact that Canadian foreign policy must be both multidimensional (i.e., including a substantive focus on issues beyond trade) and multi-vectored (i.e., possessing a deep, strategic engagement with countries other than the United States) if we are to be […]

Canada’s strategic plan and how we can become a major global player

Aug 2 2016 — Zach Paikin — In developing a grand strategy for dealing with world events, Canada needs to secure its strategic backyard — the thawing region to the north and the massive market to the south. With the Western world growing increasingly divided and inward-looking, and powers such as Russia and China assertively advancing political norms that privilege the preservation […]

Deeper North American integration will help Canada increase its international clout

Jun 29 2016 — Zach Paikin — The result of the United Kingdom’s “Brexit” referendum has revealed a country that is divided regionally as well as by class. A fundamental discord between cosmopolitan-capitalist elites and a nativist-nationalist backlash has now boiled to the surface across much of the Western world. Canada – a peaceful and successful model of multiculturalism – appears to […]

Can Canada help save the liberal world order?

Jun 27 2016 — Zach Paikin — With Britons having stunned the world by voting to “Brexit” from the European Union last week, Canada has been left with some difficult dilemmas. At the North American Leaders Summit in Ottawa this week, our continent’s three leaders will now be presenting a response to the British plebiscite that is expected to emphasize the importance […]

The Brexit referendum has damaged the West’s global influence

Jun 23 2016 — Zach Paikin — Perhaps Charles de Gaulle was right. Perhaps Britain never should have joined the European Union in the first place. The French president twice vetoed the United Kingdom’s application to join what was then called the European Economic Community, fearing that British membership would result in undue American influence in a European organization. But more importantly, […]

Stéphane Dion is right—we don’t need a Magnitsky Act, we need a rapprochement with Russia

May 27 2016 — Zach Paikin — With Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion having made headlines recently for resisting pressure to have Canada adopt a law targeting Russian human rights violators—a piece of legislation whose American equivalent has been a notable thorn in the side of U.S.-Russia relations since 2012—now is an opportune time to revisit why a Canadian rapprochement with Russia […]

Canada should prepare for a new world order

May 5 2016 — Zach Paikin — Over the course of the past year or so, one of the principle arguments I have attempted to hammer home is the crucial need for Russia and the West to arrive at a geopolitical accommodation. The events of the past 25 years may prevent a warm peace from being established, but it is not yet […]