Colin Robertson reflects on Stephen Harper’s ultimate goal: to position Canada as a rising power.
China’s environmental challenges offer a valuable opportunity for growth to Canada’s green tech sector argues Joseph Loh.
We chart out the current balance of naval power between Pacific countries.
If scholars want to influence politicians, they need to offer solutions that align with the interests of those politicians, argues Steve Saideman.
How seriously does Canada take defending human rights and democracy? Foreign Minister John Baird’s recent visit to Bahrain begs the question, argues Roland Paris.
Canada greeted the addition of an aircraft carrier to China’s navy with little more than a shrug. David S. McDonough explains why the ship’s strategic implications deserve greater attention.
Obama’s Change of Heart on Surveillance
Barack Obama and Joe Biden were intense critics of NSA domestic surveillance when Bush was in power. After it came to power, the Obama administration changed its tune, writes Ryan Lizza for the The New Yorker, renewing problematic provisions in the Patriot Act without revision.
Foreign Policy lists the leading global thinkers of 2013, divided into 10 categories – the surveillance state, decision-makers, challengers, naturals, innovators, advocates, chroniclers, healers, artists, and moguls. The list includes Chris Hadfield, and the four founders of the Idle No More movement.
Turkey on the Edge
Erdoğan’s AKP government in Turkey pushed through many important pro-democracy reforms when it first came to power. Now it is increasingly “surreal, menacing, and insufferably pompous” writes Christopher de Bellaigue for the New York Review of Books. “Although a meltdown on Egyptian lines is implausible, a transition to Islamic authoritarianism is not.”
The NSA and the MMOGs
Just when you thought the NSA spying scandal couldn’t get worse: “Not limiting their activities to the earthly realm, American and British spies have infiltrated the fantasy worlds of World of Warcraft and Second Life, conducting surveillance and scooping up data in the online games,” write Justin Elliott and Mark Mazzetti.
Who Fired the Rockets?
The Obama administration blamed the Assad regime for the chemical weapons attack on a Damascus suburb earlier this year. Seymour Hersh, writing for the London Review of Books, says that the intelligence does not back up this assessment and that Obama left out a crucial detail – that Assad isn’t the only one in Syria with chemical weapons.
Don’t Hate the NSA
“We’re in the midst of the only intelligence scandal in history involving practices approved by Congress and the federal courts and subject to heavy and effective oversight. How did this happen, and what should be done?” writes Joel Brenner on the NSA surveillance scandal for Lawfare.