Tag: Diplomacy

THAAD: A Tale of Four Countries

Amidst western cacophony surrounding the rise of a new radical right in European elections, a new U.S. travel ban, and the unveiling of Republicans’ now-defeated bill to repeal Obamacare, on March 6, 2017, two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)…

Erdoğan’s Gülen Problem

Last week, leaders from around the world convened in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly. As predicted, discussion centred upon the most pressing issues the international community continues to face: sustainable political solutions to the Syrian Civil…

Why Lebanon Is a Prisoner of Its Own Divisions

Sectarian divisions are a social and political reality in Lebanon. However, until recently, the polarization had been partially reduced by the 1990 power-sharing agreements, which translated institutionally the fragmentation of society but prevented conflict. Moreover, the Syrian departure in 2005, and its aftermath,…

Human Rights and Human Empathy: A Review of the “Canada on the Global Stage” Conference

Last week, McGill hosted the “Canada on the Global Stage” conference. Friday’s programming consisted of two sections – a keynote speech entitled “Making Up for a Lost Decade: What Should the New Government Do?” by NDP Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs…

It’s Always Sunni in Saudi Arabia

January’s mass executions in Saudi Arabia were, paradoxically, not a message to Iran as much as a warning to a restive new generation in the kingdom. Sheikh Nimr Al Nimr’s significance lies not in his theological credentials. He was not a…

COP 21: A Triumph of French Diplomacy

The 21st Conference of Parties (COP) summit held in December was, by most measures, a landmark success in climate policy – or as French President Hollande put it more grandly: “History is Here”.[i] There have been a number of explanations…

A Weakened Saudi Arabia and Its Rift With Iran

After a rapid, and unfortunate, series of events that took place in the Middle East during the first weekend in January, Saudi Arabian and Iranian relations have taken a negative turn. On January 2nd, Saudi Arabia engaged in its largest…