Kinsman: What was Canada’s best international moment of 2011?

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26 December, 2011
Jeremy Kinsman
By: Jeremy Kinsman
CIC Distinguished Fellow and a former Canadian Ambassador to Russia

The “Own the Podium” Vancouver Winter Olympics didn’t make much of a lasting impact. Hopefully, and more seriously, the Arab Spring is doing so. New Foreign Minister Baird’s ditching of support for Mubarak offered up by his utterly inadequate predecessor Cannon and the way Canada then stepped up energetically and professionally to the unprecedented UN R2P intervention in Libya revealed a democratic value lens for foreign policy that is promising.

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