Canada’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

by Christa Jetté Being Canadian comes with a set of unwritten values, cultural ideals and views on world issues that set a Canadian apart from someone who is British, Australian or even American. For these reasons, Justin Trudeau’s victory in the 2015 national election was and is a crucial development in the history of Canadian…

Clinton v. Bush: No this is not 1992

by Matthew Rae In November 1786, in a letter-exchange between Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, and the first President of the U.S. George Washington, Mr. Jefferson argued that “a hereditary aristocracy…will change the form of our Governments from the best to the worst in the world.” Fast forward two centuries, with Hilary Clinton and Jeb…

The United States and Foreign Intervention: Responsibility or Moral Hazard?

by Carmyn Chapman and Matthew Short The world order has shifted, yet again. Renewed turbulence in the Middle East provoked by the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the current crisis in Ukraine have generated serious dilemmas in the international system, while simultaneously demanding principled and pragmatic policy positions. Numerous…

Is America “Exceptional”?

by Ed Alvarado On September 11, 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin published a letter to the American people, challenging U.S. President Barack Obama’s views on American exceptionalism. Obama claimed that American policy makes America “different and exceptional.” But on this 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that reshaped American foreign policy and American identity, Putin…

Surveillance and the Snowden Effect

by Jelena Vićić In light of the recent intelligence hemorrhage of the National Security Agency, numerous thinkers have been cited on the tradeoff between security and privacy due to government surveillance. Their illumining quotations and metaphors have become commonplace in the public sphere since the story broke in June 2013, when Edward Snowden leaked top-secret information.…