foreign affairs
Canada opposes 15 Palestinian attempts to join United Nations treaties

OTTAWA – Canada has formally opposed Palestinian attempts to join 15 different United Nations treaties and conventions – a position that puts the federal government on the wrong side of history and at odds with its citizenry, the Palestinian envoy in Ottawa says.

Canada is objecting in writing to the UN because it maintains Palestine is not a legal state. The Palestinians have formally replied to Canada’s objections in writing, issuing a pointed reminder that they won non-member observer status in November 2012 at the UN General Assembly.

The dispute has sparked the most scathing Palestinian criticism to date of the Harper government’s unwavering support of Israel.

“It pains the Palestinians to know that Canada is trying to exclude us from our rightful place in the family of nations. It is awkward to see a great country like Canada relegated to the role of cheerleader for Israeli extremists at the UN,” Said Hamad, the chief representative of the Palestinian delegation to Canada, said in an emailed response to questions.

“When future Canadians look back at Canada’s positions during this time they will be appalled that their country was so boldly opposed to justice and so far on the wrong side of history,” he added.

“We invite Canada to pursue a position of its own – rather than parrot policies developed by the Likud Party and its ultranationalist allies – on the matter of Palestinian freedom.” […]

Surrounding himself with experienced cabinet members who are not personally close to him, along with junior advisers who are close but not experienced, Obama has kept the conceptualization, articulation, and sometimes even implementation of his foreign policy in his own hands. Intelligent, self-confident, ambitious, and aloof, he is more directly responsible for his record than most of his predecessors have been.
—  Martin Indyk, Kenneth Lieberthal, and Michael O’Hanlon, “Scoring Obama’s Foreign Policy,” Foreign Affairs

Should America Be the World’s Policeman?

While I do not believe the United States should be the world’s policeman, our influence on the world’s stage is undeniable.  We are far better at defending and overseeing other countries than the United Nations.

New Cato Research: Millennials and U.S. Foreign Policy

Millennials remember this… 

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Baby Boomers remember this… 

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Millennials remember the Iraq War… 

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Baby Boomers remember the Cold War… 

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The experiences we have growing up shape the way in which we think about the world and that translates into generational shifts in political views.  

Millennials, in addition to being far more likely to have posted a selfie, tend to perceive the world as significantly less threatening than their elders. And, that means that Millennials have very different views on foreign policy than Baby Boomers. With those on the leading edge of Millennials now hitting their mid-thirties,those views are becoming increasingly influential.

New research by A. Trevor Thrall and Erik Goepner finds that the main drivers of Millennials’ foreign policy attitudes fall into two major categories. 

The first category comprises the trends and events that started or occurred before the Millennials came of age and provide their historical context. This includes the end of the Cold War and the evolution of the global distribution of power,the development of the Internet, and the acceleration of globalization.

 The second category includes major events that have occurred so far during the Millennials’ “critical period,” the period between the ages of roughly 14 to 24 when people are most susceptible to socialization effects. Most obviously these include the attacks of 9/11 and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Together, these forces have led to critical differences between Millennials’ foreign policy views and those of their elders. 

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So according to a recent poll on the missions against ISIL in Iraq:

  • only 10% of Canadians think the mission will succeed
  • 38% think the mission leaves Canada more dangerous
  • only 19% think the mission makes Canada safer
  • yet slightly over half support the mission and want to extend it

Way to go everybody. Good job. You’re supporting a mission you think will fail and puts us in more danger.  Just A+ work.


For Women’s History Month, we’re bringing you #Women Write the World, daily posts of National Book Award honored women authors whose nonfiction writing on matters here and abroad set new standards for American expository literature. 

A foreign-affairs reporter and columnist for The New York Times for nearly 60 years, Flora Lewis witnessed the Communist invasion of Eastern Europe in 1946, as well as the Polish and Hungarian uprisings in 1956. Her report on Poland’s struggles to regain their freedoms while under Soviet control, A Case History of Hope, was a National Book Award Finalist in 1959.
Syria Approves Civil War Negotiation Plan Proposed by Russia

A Syrian government delegation has agreed to the proposals set forth by Russian mediators during the second round of talks held in Moscow this week to resolve the Syrian civil war, a source familiar with ongoing negotiations told Sputnik on Wednesday.

“The agenda proposed by the Russian side and approved by Syria includes: first, assessing the current situation. Second, uniting national forces to confront challenges including terrorism. Third, building trust between the opposition and civil society,” the source told Sputnik.

In addition, the source said Moscow’s plan outlines the establishment of a political process as well as phased steps in the framework of a national reconciliation program.