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Disengagement or Drones? The American-African Security Relationship

Recently speaking before the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama posited that an American disengagement from world affairs would leave a dangerous security vacuum. Whether or not this alleged American withdrawal is real, African states are taking this potential security vacuum to…

Another Uganda Plan: Israeli Foreign Policy and East Africa

If one were to predict which state besides Kenya spoke out most strongly about the attack on Nairobi’s Westgate Mall on 21 September, Somalia might be a good guess; al-Shabaab, the attackers responsible, originated there. Ethiopia, which has been fighting…

South Africa-Canada Relations: Benefit in Moving Closer, Not Further Apart

In May, Governor General David Johnston, led a Canadian delegation to South Africa. There, he warned and called on Canada to fix the declining relationship between the two states. This pointed to the deterioration of an otherwise traditional relationship that had once seen Canada…

Syria and the Tehran Street: Rouhani and Iran’s New Foreign Policy

The recent standoff between Western powers and the Gulf Cooperation Council against the Assad regime’s principle allies, Russia and Iran, over the use of chemical weapons in Syria has polarized the Middle East and the international system between competing blocs.…

“A Friendly Neighbour to the North”: Canadian Mining and Human Rights Abuses

Canadians, for the most part, have a global reputation as a peace-loving and human-rights-respecting people; there is a reason so many Americans continue to wear the Canadian flag when travelling. Throughout the world though, Canadian mining companies are consistently involved…

#ogiganteacourdou, #TürkiyemDireniyor: Comparing Social Media Use in Brazil and Turkey’s Summer 2013 Protests

By now, the Arab Spring of 2011 has become a quintessential case study of popular uprisings in political science classes. Yet, much less has been said about the Turkish and Brazilian protests of the summer of 2013. While neither movement…

MIR Interview: Amin Meleika

(Amin Meleika is the deputy assistant foreign minister for North American affairs at the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is currently Egypt’s consul-general for Montreal, holding ambassadorial status and serving communities in Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes. He agreed…