Living beside a friendly superpower and prospering within a stable international order, Canadians could easily shelter from storms beyond our borders. These protections are eroding. Canada needs to prepare.
Roland Paris / @rolandparis
Professor, public and international affairs, University of Ottawa
Roland Paris is a professor of public and international affairs at the University of Ottawa, Associate Fellow of Chatham House and founder of the Centre for International Policy Studies. He has taken several leaves from his academic career to serve in government, most recently as senior advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on global affairs and defence. Previously, he was visiting fellow at the Institut d'études politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, assistant professor the University of Colorado-Boulder, visiting researcher at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, and director of research at the Conference Board of Canada, the country’s largest think tank. He has also served in several advisory positions in government, including in the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Privy Council (Cabinet) office. In addition, he was appointed to a 10-member group of international experts advising the secretary general of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). He is currently a member of the Advisory Council to the Deputy Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; a member of the International Advisory Board of Cambridge University's Centre for Geopolitics; and a Fellow of the Halifax International Security Forum.
Most Recent Posts
With results in from a public opinion survey commissioned after the
Department of National Defence launched its new strategy in 2017, Roland Paris
summarizes the most interesting — and sometimes surprising — findings.
“One day, a different U.S. president may embrace this vision,” writes Roland Paris. “For as long as Trump remains in office, however, America’s traditional partners will need to work together.”
The effects of Donald Trump’s declared foreign policy will reverberate across the globe and, as Roland Paris argues, cause the kind of international instability that the U.S. has historically sought to prevent.
Authors of the memos were not seeking to embarrass the government, Roland Paris argues, but to provide the best possible analysis to the new Foreign Minister.
An excerpt from Roland Paris’ open letter to Canada’s next Prime Minister.
We should support Iraqi troops, but we can’t fight their war for them, argues Roland Paris.
Roland Paris on why operational failure isn’t the biggest risk to peacekeeping.
The Harper government has distanced itself from a multilateral approach to foreign policy. Do Canadians agree? By Roland Paris.
The president had hoped to chart a new course. But events have a way of disrupting the best-laid plans. By Roland Paris.
On balance, international peacekeepers are more effective than the headlines might have you believe, says Roland Paris.
Roland Paris on the four major shifts taking place in world affairs right now and the challenges they create for the alliance.
The PM would have you believe that Canada is leading the Western response to the Ukraine crisis. In fact, the main difference between Canada and its allies is rhetoric, says Roland Paris.
Military spending is going up everywhere except the West. The outcome of this will be a more dangerous world, says Roland Paris.
As Canada’s mission to Afghanistan comes to a final end this month, Roland Paris considers its long-term impact.
John Baird’s speech embracing digital diplomacy signals a big step forward for Canada’s foreign ministry, says Roland Paris.
The attack could have major implications for the civilian international personnel working in Afghanistan, says Roland Paris.
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.
There is nothing wrong with promoting commercial interests, says Roland Paris. But those interests shouldn’t eclipse other foreign policy efforts.
The Harper government still doesn’t really care about foreign policy, says Roland Paris.
Roland Paris on why Canada should trust its ambassadors to take full advantage of the digital diplomacy revolution.
Roland Paris on why foreign ministries must adapt to the social media revolution to avoid irrelevance and why Canada needs to catch up.
Roland Paris on why John Baird calling the location of his controversial meeting in East Jerusalem “irrelevant” doesn’t add up.
Roland Paris on why John Baird’s silence on abuses in Bahrain exposes Canada’s inconsistent diplomacy.
Roland Paris on CIDA being folded into DFAIT.
Roland Paris on why Canada’s choice to stay out of Iraq didn’t have the dire consequences for Canada-U.S. relations many predicted.
Roland Paris on why the Harper government’s “secret” foreign policy plan isn’t that big of a secret.
Roland Paris on why the Canada-U.S. relationship today is sound, despite what some may think.
Roland Paris on how to better bridge political science and policy.
John Baird is the toughest minister in the cabinet. Just the man the PM might pick for defense.
Continental defence should come first argues Roland Paris.
Canadian foreign policy should be about more than providing military support, writes Roland Paris.
Roland Paris responds to a critique of R2P in The Times.
Roland Paris interviews Pulitzer-winner Steve Coll.
Roland Paris sees a parallel between Canada’s crime policies and its Iran policies: both exploit fear, not facts.
The Prime Minister should tone down his rhetoric on Iran, argues Roland Paris
A new report envisions an Orwellian surveillance society in our near future. Paris discusses the implications.
Paris asks whether Obama will stick with Perimeter, or it will see the same fate as many deals before it.
The US is getting cozy with Vietnam, Singapore and Australia. Paris wonders what this means for China.
The 800-Pound Panda in Obama’s Asia Speech. Roland Paris decodes the President’s cryptic messages.
In Libya “not only was the worst avoided, but the result was a remarkable success,” says Paris.
Roland Paris points out new irritants to the Canada-U.S. partnership.
The “tyranny of the multitude” can be the flip side of democratic revolution, Roland Paris notes.
Roland Paris suggests that Admiral Mike Mullen’s allegations will have little effect on Pakistani behaviour.
Roland Paris questions the legality of the Obama Administration’s development of drone aircraft.
Roland Paris seeks new analysis of the factors changing – and disordering – global affairs.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered another glimpse into his foreign policy thinking yesterday – and it may help to explain why Canada’s foreign ministry has received so little love from his government. On his way to a summit meeting in Paris, Harper stopped at an Italian airfield to thank Canadian military personnel who were part […]
As Jennifer writes, “the work in Libya is not done. It is just beginning.” In addition to securing the capital and country, the National Transitional Council will quickly need to assume its responsibilities as Libya’s new government, paying salaries to public servants and ensuring the provision of basic services including water, healthcare and electricity. Very […]
Soon after it emerged that the perpetrator of last week’s horrific attacks in Norway was a white anti-Muslim reactionary rather than an Islamist extremist, there was a backlash against experts who had speculated that the incident was likely the work of al-Qaeda or another jihadist group. The problem, however, was not just with the experts […]
Stephen Harper shared his views on international affairs with Maclean’s magazine last week, and it wasn’t a pretty picture. Harper’s world seems to be full of danger and struggle. In response to open-ended questions on foreign policy, he repeatedly came back to these themes. Most interestingly, he offered a Manichean vision of international relations as a […]
Consider this scenario: NATO and the Libyan rebels get their wish and Moammar Qaddafi loses power as a result of a coup d’état, a NATO bomb, or a negotiated deal. Then what happens? Last week, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague offered a brief glimpse of the emerging plan for international involvement in Libya after Qaddafi. […]
It’s Canada Day and our future king and queen are visiting Ottawa on their first foreign trip as a married couple. But is this really a “foreign” trip for Will and Kate? If and when Prince William becomes king, he will not only be Canada’s sovereign; he will symbolically embody the Canadian state, which makes it hard […]
I continue to believe that military intervention was warranted in the face of Muammar Qaddafi’s explicit threats against the population of Benghazi. But it’s also true that humanitarian intervention creates its own problems, including those which André identified in his latest post on the difficulties of implementing the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) in practice. Let […]
Hello, CIC Roundtable and comrades Hancock, Pratte and Welsh. I’m looking forward to our virtual conversations on this blog. By way of introduction, I’m a university professor and occasional visitor to the policy world, having served twice in government and as research director of Canada’s largest think tank. Although my own research focuses on international […]