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Joining Forces to Fight Hunger

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December 9, 2013

Debate continues over the role of public-private partnerships in providing development assistance. We spoke to World Food Programme Ass. Exec. Dir. Elisabeth Rasmusson about that agency’s approach.

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Home Field Advantage at the UN

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September 25, 2013

Steve Saideman on why it’s true the UN is only as good as its members, but that doesn’t mean its structure doesn’t shape how those members interact.

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Where R2P Goes From Here

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August 21, 2013

An interview with Jennifer Welsh, who was recently appointed Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect, on the future of norm.

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Diplomatic Drought

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April 1, 2013

Steve Saideman on what possible reason the Harper government could have for pulling out of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification.

Brundtland Revisited

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February 4, 2013

The lead author of the Brundtland Commission’s landmark report on sustainable development reflects on the state of the world 25 years on.

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Trolling the Caspian

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November 15, 2012

Sarah Logan and Madeline Carr on Internet freedom, the Internet Governance Forum, and Azerbaijan.

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An Orderly Anarchy

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September 6, 2011

If the United States no longer runs the world—as most 9/11 retrospectives grimly conclude—who will take its place? Some predict a fast-rising China will soon dominate. Others foresee a period of rivalry and conflict among great-power equals. Yet, for the moment, what’s striking about the international scene is not the struggle for world domination, but […]

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In Defense of R2P

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June 28, 2011

Roland and André have raised some important points about the limitations of the principle of R2P, and how these limitations manifest in the case of Libya. While I’m not necessarily trying to position myself as an ‘advocate’ of R2P per se, I think there are two issues worth raising in defense of the principle (and […]

Four Ways to Reinvigorate the Canadian Foreign Policy Debate

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June 20, 2011

Last fall, I participated in a workshop hosted by L’Idée Fédérale, a think tank in Montreal headed by one of our Roundtable bloggers, André Pratte.  The topic was modest – “A Bold New Vision for Canada” – and we were all tasked with presenting on an aspect of our changing federation, in my case foreign […]