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September 6, 2012 | America's Euro Fatigue

Stanley R. Sloan: The American Euro-fatigue combined with a perception in Europe that Washington is losing interest in its affairs might mark the beginning of the end of transatlantic relations. Ignoring the significance in improving closer ties will only help to jeopardize European and American interests.

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May 1, 2012 | Policy Makers Respond to "Your Ideas, Your NATO"

Editorial Team: The Canadian Defense Minister, members of the Canadian and Norwegian assemblies and a Policy Advisor for the Dutch House of Representatives have responded to the memos from our policy workshop! Read on to find out which proposals they support and see policy influence in action.

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April 27, 2012 | Canadian Senator Responds to Atlantic Memo 38

Percy Downe: Vice Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Senate of Canada, Percy Downe, offers his response to our Atlantic Memo about NATO values and community. He agrees with the recommendations that NATO must reemphasize the benefits of alliance, bring soldiers together in a multinational environment, and broaden the scope of cyber-security.

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February 22, 2012 | Building Partnerships: Q&A with NATO's James Appathurai

Editorial Team: Join Atlantic Community for our first Question & Answer session of 2012. NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy James Appathurai will be taking your questions on NATO partnerships and regional initiatives, and answering in a video response.

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September 1, 2011 | Children Need a Voice in Transatlantic Dialogue

Wolfgang J. Fischer: The transatlantic relationship depends on intercultural understanding and interaction. But children, our future decision makers, have long lacked access to media content. The Children’s Radio Bridge lets kids be active in their own media projects to expand their intercultural horizons.

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August 2, 2011 | Canada's Combat Mission Comes to an End

Kristian A. Kennedy: NATO’s burden-sharing problems have dampened Canada’s enthusiasm for the Alliance. After five years in southern Afghanistan, Canada now turns its area of responsibility in Kandahar over to a predominantly American contingent.

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July 8, 2010 | Canadian Power and Purpose from Suez to Afghanistan

Karsten M. Jung: The goals Canada pursued at Suez in 1956 were not all too different from those it seeks to achieve in Afghanistan. Due to variations along the four dimensions of context, crisis, capabilities, and commitment, however, Canada was significantly more successful in their pursuit then than it is now.

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March 16, 2010 | The New Arctic World Order

Robert W. Corell: Science and traditional/local knowledge can play invigorating roles in tackling these Arctic challenges relating to climate change - coupled with the impacts of globalization towards collaborative efforts within and among the Arctic states

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March 10, 2010 | Sea and State Change

Klaus Dodds: The Arctic is in a state of interregnum. The opening of new shipping routes and possible resource exploitation are points of contention. While it is overblown to suggest inevitable geopolitical disorder, tensions will run high.

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March 10, 2010 | Taking the Temperature of Arctic Governance

Editorial Team: The Arctic region tops the agenda at for the next week. As the melting ice cap reveals unprecedented commercial and resource exploiting opportunities, we invite our members to reflect on and debate how to make the fight against climate change prevail over states’ interests and consider the need for transatlantic leadership in Arctic governance.

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February 2, 2010 | The Internet Revolutionizes Politics This Article contains Flash-Video

Interview with David Kirkpatrick: Facebook is already a powerful network to organize political protest and could contribute to the emergence of global political parties. Social Media might even create a global government. The technology is advanced, but the attitudes of the citizens need to catch up.

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November 13, 2008 | Canadian Elections: Example of Democracy at its Worst

Eimear O'Casey: Three general elections have been held in Canada over the last four years. Although Canadian elections don’t get much media coverage, this election deserves our attention as an example of an ailing electoral system and the failures of vote-swapping. We need to draw some lessons from this display of first-past-the-post politics at its worst.

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October 13, 2008 | Redefine American Foreign Policy

Joel Kotkin: Presidential candidates concentrate on relations with Pakistan, Russia, China or other troublesome and distant places. Instead, they should first consider building stronger relations with countries who share America’s values as well as demographic vitality, e.g. Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

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June 25, 2008 | Global Warming Heats Up the Issue of Arctic Sovereignty

Markus Kaim: Climate change is causing a growth of possibilities for the use of the Arctic. Canada’s Arctic policy, dominated by claims to sovereignty and territory, conflicts with that of its direct competitors in the region (Denmark, Canada, USA, Russia, and Norway) and is at odds with German and European efforts to support multilateralism and uphold international legislation.

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June 10, 2008 | Canada and the EU: From Transatlantic Economic Dialogue to Monologue

C. Deblock & M. Rioux: Canadians want to develop closer economic ties with Europe in order to reduce their dependence on the United States. However this new “European” policy is motivated by the wrong reasons and political and structural differences could prove insurmountable.

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August 30, 2007 | Afghanistan Is Testing German-Canadian Ties

David G. Haglund: I blame disagreement over Afghanistan for the disappearance of the golden relationship between Berlin and Ottawa. Canada’s “perfect peacekeepers” want Germans to shoulder their fair share of the NATO burden.

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Global Must Read Articles

April 5, 2012 | Canada Lost on Middle East Policy

Canada is not capitalizing on its economic chances in the Middle East. ++ This stems largely from political circumstances. ++ Under Harper, Canada tilts strongly in favor of Israel at the risk of sidelining itself in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. ++ Harper himself has not visited the Middle East, instead sending others in his place. ++ Such actions have damaged Canada’s reputation in the

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December 14, 2011 | A Real Chance for Energy Security

The practice of “fracking” in domestic production has reversed the trend of US dependence on foreign oil; for the first time in decades, petroleum imports are dropping. ++ While there are environmental concerns, shale oil has the potential to lower energy dependence further and generate thousands of desperately needed jobs. ++ Despite impressions, US imports also come from

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July 21, 2011 | Amid Famine, Somalia Requires Immediate Help

More than 10 million people in the Horn of Africa are “in urgent need of food, water and emergency health care” as the UN declared a famine in southern Somalia. ++ Previous warnings by the UN about a drought and impending food crisis in the region have gone mostly unheeded. Britain has pledged $84 million to support drought victims, but other Europeans, such as Italy which mustered

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November 10, 2009 | Canada: Sick Man of the Environmental Movement

Whilst European leaders and the US Congress are making extraordinary efforts to bridge the carbon gap, Canada has been painfully silent in the run-up to Copenhagen. ++ Canada has not developed a plausible policy, or a road map for attaining objectives. ++ Environment minister Jim Prentice has criticized an independent report on the implications of carbon pricing whilst being reluctant to release

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September 25, 2009 | Where's Harper?

Canadian PM Stephen Harper was absent from the UN General Assembly this week missing a “golden opportunity to give prominence to Canadian views on global issues.” ++ This has been attributed to both Canada’s failure to make progress on climate change and Harper’s disdain at the Saturday evening speaking slot offered. ++ His absence is further highlighted by the bold speech

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January 29, 2009 | PM Harper's Hobson Choice

Last seen clutching on to power by the skin of his teeth in the Fall, Canadian PM Harper has come back with a massive $2.5m bail-out plan. ++ “Can there be any greater act of capitulation for a former head of the anti-government National Citizens’ Coalition than actually increasing the size of government?” ++ This new budget is entirely void of ideology and marks a complete U-turn

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December 8, 2008 | PM Harper Jeopardizes Canadian Unity

Canadian PM Stephen Harper has acted irresponsibly in his scramble to save his government from the challenge being mounted by the Left. ++ He mischaracterized the Liberal-New Democrat coalition as “a power sharing coalition with a separatist party” that had plans to break up the country. ++ This “divisive self-serving separatist bashing” has given fuel to Quebec

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August 6, 2008 | The US Cannot Manage the Hemisphere Anymore

There are signs that, due to lack of resources and interest, the US is not able to “micromanage the hemisphere” anymore and regional powers such as for instance Brazil are emerging and filling the power vacuum. ++ Interestingly, Canada has more in common with Brazil and the other countries of Latin America than with the US, even if it is aware of the dangers which the rise of the

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April 7, 2008 | Empty Rhetoric Hides Cracks in the Alliance

Few members at the Bucharest Summit acted to present the strongest military alliance in the world as “purposeful, tough and cohesive.” ++ “The Atlantic Caucus” is left to shoulder the biggest burden in Afghanistan and fill the “Eurogap” left by partners who fail to take the Taliban insurgency seriously. ++ Now NATO also suffers from a credibility gap due to members’ lack of resolve regarding

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June 25, 2007 | Canada Assesses Pitfalls and Progress in Afghanistan

Norine MacDonald of the Senlis Council — a security, development and counternarcotics group – briefs the Canadian Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development on Canada’s faltering contributions to Afghan development. Based on studies conducted in Kandahar, MacDonald outlines the “chilling” conditions of everyday life within the southern Afgan province. Lack of

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January 18, 2009 | This struggle against IEDs is going on as this...

July 23, 2008 | @ Donald What has Canada done to stabilize...

July 21, 2008 | Anna, I agree with you both on the...

August 22, 2007 | Dear David, you make some good points here...

April 28, 2007 | The same question has been raised in Canada:...


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