By Steve Saideman
Lots of folks criticize Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about being more about style than substance (see his Vogue pics), but the style can be substance. How Canada has welcomed the first batch of refugees could be seen as a photo opportunity. And 25,000 refugees can be seen as too little.
However, it can also be seen as a vital effort in the war against ISIS/ISL/IS/Daesch.
The videos and pictures counter the messaging by our adversary that the West will not welcome Muslims into their country, that the West is hostile, and all that. And the images are going viral.
By Steve Saideman
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) announced this week that it is inviting Montenegro to join the alliance. The essential meaning of this is that once it is a member, Montenegro will be committed to participate in the defense of NATO members if anyone is attacked AND the alliance will be committed to defend Montenegro if it is attacked (Article V of the NATO treaty). To be clear, this commitment is not as ironclad as people believe, but still has much political weight.
To borrow from Bill Simmons, when considering membership in NATO, the question to ask is: How much does potential member X bring to the table versus take off of the table? What kinds of contributions to NATO capabilities/geographic position/whatever does a country bring? What kinds of problems, such as domestic conflicts, extending NATO credibility too far, risk of international adventures, does the potential member bring?
By Valerie Percival
Transition planners are laying the groundwork for Canada’s new government. One issue that has received little mention as a key issue for the new government — global health — deserves more scrutiny.
Canada has the expertise to shine on the world stage. Canadian scientists are often at the forefront of solutions to global health problems, undertaking cutting edge research and innovation.
But our government machinery is outdated. We are unable to effectively engage with international initiatives and promote and showcase this expertise. Sounds a bit boring and bureaucratic. But it’s true.
The world of global health is a complex mess of institutions, private actors, donors and recipient countries, and countless international initiatives and commitments. Hundreds of millions of dollars flow through the system.