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Strife Feature – Trudeau’s First Year: The Fundamental Shifts in Canadian Foreign Policy

November 24, 2016

By: Marc-Olivier Cantin ‘We’re back!’ It was with this unequivocal assertion that, in his inaugural speech, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reclaimed Canada’s seat at the international table, hinting at the fundamental foreign policy overhauls he intended to implement. Indeed, a year has passed since Trudeau settled in Ottawa and it appears that the lines of fracture … Continue reading “Strife Feature – Trudeau’s First Year: The Fundamental Shifts in Canadian Foreign Policy”


Canada Needs to Rethink Foreign Policy: Peacekeeping isn’t the Answer

October 20, 2015

By: Zachary Wolfraim The election of Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party on 19 October marks the end of a decade of Prime Minister Harper’s dominance in Ottawa. After a grueling 78-day campaign, voters convincingly rejected the Harper government and put a majority Liberal government in place for the first time in 15 years. This … Continue reading “Canada Needs to Rethink Foreign Policy: Peacekeeping isn’t the Answer”


A tale of two elections: UK, Canada and lacklustre foreign policy

April 30, 2015

By Zachary Wolfraim: A Conservative Prime Minister is fighting against a left-wing opponent about which the electorate has continued doubts. At the same time this Prime Minister is faced with challenges from within his own party: attempting to prevent the right-wing elements from pulling away from the moderate image he has sought to project. Despite … Continue reading “A tale of two elections: UK, Canada and lacklustre foreign policy”


Which Canada are we talking about?

October 31, 2014

By Zachary Wolfraim: In light of this week’s horrible attacks in Ottawa and St-Jean-sur-Richelieu there has been some commentary in the Canadian media declaring that this would not change Canada. The international media have suggested that Canada has lost its innocence but that reflects a lack of insight into evolving Canadian politics. While the importance … Continue reading “Which Canada are we talking about?”


A reflection on Canadian identity in a moment of crisis

October 23, 2014

By Joana Cook, Editor-in-Chief, Strife Today Canadians watched in horror as Ottawa was locked down when at least one gunman opened fire at the national Parliament, forcing politicians to barricade doors, journalists to dive for cover, all while streaming live across national and international media. When the dust settled, one reservist and one gunman lay dead … Continue reading “A reflection on Canadian identity in a moment of crisis”


Canada’s NATO response: A missed opportunity

September 9, 2014

By Zachary Wolfraim: Earlier this May I analysed Canada’s tentative re-engagement with NATO given its full-throated defence of Ukrainian sovereignty and its commitment of military assets to NATO’s reassurance mission in Eastern Europe. The deployment of F-18s, the participation of a Canadian frigate in NATO’s Standing Naval Maritime Group, as well as additional headquarters staff, … Continue reading “Canada’s NATO response: A missed opportunity”


General John de Chastelain: Reflections on the introduction of women into combat roles in the Canadian military

June 25, 2014

By Joana Cook, Managing Editor, Strife Interview conducted on 8 May 2014. Graduating from military college in 1960 with a commission in the Canadian Army, John de Chastelain rose quickly through the ranks. In 1989, he was promoted to General and appointed Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS). During his tenure, the Canadian military was … Continue reading “General John de Chastelain: Reflections on the introduction of women into combat roles in the Canadian military”


Back in the fold? Canada's tentative re-engagement with NATO

May 16, 2014

By Zachary Wolfraim: Amid the increasing tensions with Russia, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s meeting on 5 May with the head of NATO’s military operations, General Philip Breedlove along with the recent deployment of 6 F-18s to Romania have garnered some Canadian press attention. This represents some of the highest-level contact between the Canadian government … Continue reading “Back in the fold? Canada's tentative re-engagement with NATO”


Canada: The retirement of a global peacekeeper?

November 29, 2013

by Joana Cook “We cannot close the door on diplomacy. We cannot rule out peaceful solutions to the world’s problems. We cannot commit ourselves to an endless cycle of violence, and tough talk and bluster may be the easy thing to do politically, but it’s not the right thing for our security.” At least our … Continue reading “Canada: The retirement of a global peacekeeper?”


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