Become a Supporter

Kinsman: What was the most significant development in international affairs this year?

By: /
19 December, 2013
Jeremy Kinsman
Former ambassador to the European Union and high commissioner to Britain

Rouhani’s election in Iran and then the tentative and preliminary US/EU/Iran deal on nuclear weapons restraint and sanctions, including the beginnings of an absolutely necessary partial rapprochement between the US and Iran. The revelation of US secret conversations with the Iranians and then the deal itself have alienated US allies Israel and Saudi Arabia, chief Sunni foe of Shia Iran, and hardliners within Iran. As mutual antagonists confront their apparently lessened influence on events (ever-narcissistic, they maintain for now it is US Middle East influence that is weakened), they may yet find sufficient security reassurance to permit enough fluidity for a decrease in regional tensions, including prospects for stabilizing the Syrian chaos. Whatever the outcome in what remains the world’s lead regional tinder box, and I applaud the diplomacy involved, this development outstrips all others for potential significance.

Before you click away, we’d like to ask you for a favour … 

Journalism in Canada has suffered a devastating decline over the last two decades. Dozens of newspapers and outlets have shuttered. Remaining newsrooms are smaller. Nowhere is this erosion more acute than in the coverage of foreign policy and international news. It’s expensive, and Canadians, oceans away from most international upheavals, pay the outside world comparatively little attention.

At Open Canada, we believe this must change. If anything, the pandemic has taught us we can’t afford to ignore the changing world. What’s more, we believe, most Canadians don’t want to. Many of us, after all, come from somewhere else and have connections that reach around the world.

Our mission is to build a conversation that involves everyone — not just politicians, academics and policy makers. We need your help to do so. Your support helps us find stories and pay writers to tell them. It helps us grow that conversation. It helps us encourage more Canadians to play an active role in shaping our country’s place in the world.

Become a Supporter