Foreign Policy

Syrian refugees: what the photo of Alan Kurdi can and can't do

Published on Sept. 4, 2015, on CBC KW

The stark and simple photo of the small and lifeless body of a Syrian boy, Alan Kurdi, washed up on a beach has sparked public outcry in Canada, but is it enough to change Canada's response to the Syrian refugee crisis?


Days of reckoning arrive in Greece, Iran

Published July 3, 2015, in the Waterloo Region Record.

As June ended, negotiation deadlines in two different parts of the globe lapsed without resolution.

Although the timetable facing Greece's loan default problems and the Iranian nuclear program are very different concerns, each demonstrates that resolute negotiators extend the process to the final moment — and beyond — to gain maximum bargaining leverage.

Harper is finally getting his wish — a war

Published March 30, 2015, in the Waterloo Region Record.

Back in the spring of 2003, in the waning days of his prime ministry, Jean Chrétien announced the decision for which he will be long remembered. Canada, he told a tumultuous House of Commons, would be not joining the U.S.-led "coalition of the willing" in its war against Iraq.