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Strong, Secure, Engaged: A Two-Year Review

May 8 2019 — — The Trudeau government released its defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, in June 2017 with considerable fanfare around the publication’s fiscal underpinnings. It was stated that the policy review that led to the document was the most rigorously costed Canadian defence policy exercise ever. The policy was supported by external auditors and accompanied by several fiscal […]

Updating an ODA Policy in Canada: The Role of Global Remittances in Development

Apr 13 2019 — — The federal government has pledged to update Canada’s official development assistance (ODA) policy and this paper examines the potential important role of remittances in the development program. Remittances can serve as a significant form of cross-border capital flows and can have sizable effects on both the sending and receiving countries. This policy piece provides an […]

Strong, Secure, Engaged So Far

May 10 2018 — — Strong, Secure, Engaged (SSE) is an ambitious defence policy predicated on a significant increase in defence spending and an especially ambitious planned increase in spending on capital procurement (equipment and infrastructure purchases – Vote 5 in the Estimates). Overall, the new funding framework outlined in the policy would see nominal spending increase by 70 per […]

Canada’s Refugee Strategy: How It Can Be Improved

Apr 16 2018 — — When citizens lose faith in their government’s refugee policies, there arises the potential for an anti-immigration backlash, as several European countries have recently discovered. Canada has yet to see that happen, but it has for too long been muddling along with a refugee-processing system that is seriously flawed. Refugees go unprocessed for years, and in […]

Canada’s Fashion Diplomacy Malfunction: When Trudeau Travels Abroad

Mar 7 2018 — — The Trudeau family’s ill-starred holiday in India has triggered scorn and opprobrium in Delhi and derision from thoughtful international opinion leaders such as the Carnegie Institute, the Washington Post and the BBC. Canadians seduced by the feel-good publicity created during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s previous trips abroad – where his strong jaw, easy charm and […]

Canada-U.S. Trade: An Enduring Relationship, NAFTA or Not

Feb 28 2018 — — Save for the Great Lakes, the border separating Canada and the United States is a political boundary and not a natural one. North of the U.S.-Mexico border, both Canada and the United States share continental geographical and physical boundaries and regions that run north-south. Before initial contact between European settlers and First Nations, the First […]

A Basic Primer on Naval Shipbuilding

Feb 28 2018 — — The National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) is consistent with the “Build in Canada” shipbuilding policy, which when fully implemented will deliver ships for the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard, employing two shipyards competitively selected in 2011.

Mediating an Impasse: The Way Forward in Ukraine

Feb 28 2018 — — The conflict in Eastern Ukraine has been exceptionally resistant to resolution, with numerous mediation attempts resulting in broken agreements which have at best de-escalated the most intense fighting while failing to address underlying issues. Major obstacles to resolution are those core elements of grey-zone conflict that we identified in our previous policy commentary. These include […]

Following the Funding in Strong, Secure, Engaged

Feb 2 2018 — — On June 7, 2017, Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan unveiled Canada’s new defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged. On the day of the policy’s release, and since, the Trudeau government has espoused the policy’s unprecedented degree of underlying financial rigour and the 20-year funding model that underpins it. The claim of a long-term, well-costed defence […]

NAFTA: A Primer for the Montreal Round

Jan 19 2018 — Colin Robertson — The outcome of the upcoming Montreal round (Jan. 23-28, 2018) of the NAFTA negotiations will give us a sense of whether a new agreement is possible – one that includes dispute settlement on trade disputes, as well as accommodations on government procurement and content rules for autos – or whether we need to look to […]

U.S. Arctic Foreign Policy in the Era of President Trump: A Preliminary Assessment

Nov 30 2017 — — Ten months into Donald Trump’s presidency and there is little indication as to how this administration is planning to actively pursue American Arctic interests in its foreign policy. Former president Barack Obama’s strategy had an ambitious agenda on climate change and regional governance leadership. What we have seen over the past several months in terms […]

A World Larger Than Trump’s: China’s

Nov 10 2017 — — While China’s climb towards global, superpower status has now been underway for decades and is accelerating rapidly, that ascent is being helped enormously by the crisis of American leadership exemplified by Trump. This should be a major concern for the Unites States and the rest of the world. Through his “concession speech” at the United […]