Contributing Writer Jeremy Kinsman served as Canada’s ambassador or high commissioner to 15 countries and organizations, including Russia, Britain and the European Union. He currently heads a Community of Democracies program for democracy development and is Regents’ Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley. He is distinguished visiting diplomat at Ryerson University in Toronto.

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Afghanistan comes home

Tip O'Neill was speaking of elections in America when he famously said, ”œAll politics are local.” After the ”œthumpin'” voters handed Republicans November 7 over the war in Iraq, it was widely commented that instead, …

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Barack Obama – too big to fail?

How to make God laugh? Tell Him your plans. An old joke that would not be lost on the still new and young president of the US, whose transformative agenda was side-swiped by the explosion …

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Beyond trade: Making Canada matter in Asia

The Harper government has adopted an “ambitious, pro-trade plan in large, dynamic, and fast-growing priority markets.” It purports to complete what the government claims has been since 2006 “the most ambitious pro-trade plan in Canada's history.” The …

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Europe's winter of discontent

Proposals for a European union have been preoccupying European minds since the Second World War. Remember William Wyler's classic 1953 film Roman Holiday? Princess Anne (Audrey Hepburn in her US debut), heiress to a prominent European …

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How to rescue our duty to protect

The slaughter in Syria stains the world's conscience. And yet as the shelling and shooting go on and civilians continue to die or to flee by the thousands, the outside world seems to do little …

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It's a G2 world

Twice in the last century, the United States enjoyed a position of unrivalled power. The first moment occurred at the end of the Second World War and turned out to be brief. Not long after …

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Kosovo: after the party, the hangover

Fireworks, happy faces and joyous toasts and anthems marked TV coverage around the world February 17 as crowds in Pristina celebrated Kosovo's unilateral dec- laration of independence from Serbia. While the once- autonomous province of …

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Libya: A case for humanitarian intervention

The uprising against Moammar Gadhafi has succeeded, at least in displacing the dictator. Though won by Libyans, the victory needed the support of a coalition of outside countries, mostly democracies, to avert humanitarian disaster and …

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Obama's opportunity

OBAMA VICTORY DRIVES GUN SALES... The headline scrolled across the CNN screen the day after the November presidential election, adding an ominous tinge to an aftermath that included a news “report” that hundreds of students at …

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Remembering George McGovern

It was the first sunny day at the back end of a New York City winter in 1977. The Swedish ambassador to the UN had given a lunch for delegates working on world food issues …

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The rise of Asia

A decade into the 21st century, and the world of 1999 appears to us through a golden glass of memory like an innocent childhood. When al-Qaeda brought down the Twin Towers, it was obvious that …

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The Three Amigos – a work in progress

Is there such a thing as a North American Community, a specific idea of North America? Ronald Reagan thought so. He made a “North American Accord” part of his 1980 campaign pitch. It wasn't clear …

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The year of outrage: Tahrir Square to Zuccotti Park

Dégage! Dégage! Tunis, January 2011 We haven't seen such spirit here since 1969... The Eagles First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin... Leonard Cohen The usual story...one law for the rich, the other for the poor. Robert Harris The year 2011 could …

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Truth and consequence: The Wikileaks saga

The WikiLeaks release of 250,000 US diplomatic “cables” is an act essentially without precedent. Some commentators have argued that its revelations are resetting the geopolitical landscape. Others scoff that there is so far little in these …

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