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Interview with Andrew Cohen

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6 July, 2011

Is Canadian internationalism dead?

Will a majority government allow Canada to have a more strategic foreign policy?

With Libya – and the UN mandate to intervene based on the doctrine of the “Responsibility to Protect” – did Canada miss out on an opportunity for international leadership?

Do Canada’s engagements in Libya and Afghanistan represent a return to Pearson’s “robust peacekeeping”?

Is Canadian identity no longer tied to liberal internationalism?

Is foreign policy made in the finance department?

Photo courtesy of Douglas Sprott.

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