Author: Jennifer Chan

More Than Just A Game: The Soft Power Politics of Sports and the 2018 Olympic Games

There has always been an inherent connection between sports and politics. In 19th century Britain, there was a movement known as “muscular Christianity” that emphasized the importance of schoolyard games and bolstering fair play to mold “future guarantors of the Empire.”…

Canada’s 150th Bonanza: Politics of Celebration

If you haven’t heard, it’s Canada’s 150th anniversary and Canada is making waves celebrating it. From free parks passes for Canadians and free admission for international visitors, to spending 5 million dollars on New Year’s Eve celebrations across the country, there is…

Fourth Time Around: Angela Merkel’s Legacy and Potential

2016 has been complete political mayhem. While the recent elections in the United States was arguably the political climax of the year, it was prefaced by the Panama Papers, an increase of terrorist attacks in Western Europe, the ongoing refugee…

A Rebranding of Canadian Soft Power Demonstrated Through Canadian and Iranian Relations

Canadian interactions with foreign powers has traditionally been one of mediation and peace mongering which has bolstered its reputation as a reliable and transparent member of the international community. Prior to becoming Prime Minister, Lester B. Pearson spearheaded the United…