Behind the Headlines

Articles from Vol. 56, No. 1, Fall

Armageddon Revisted: Nuclear Weapons, Canadian Policy and the Disarmament Prospect
The themes of international asymmetry and global dysfunction seem to crop up frequently at conferences, cocktail parties and in the media these days. This is perhaps not surprising, given the present preoccupation with the perils of an integrated global...
Canada on the (UN Security) Council
Canada, recently elected to the United Nations Security Council for the fifth time, first served in 1948 and 1949. At that time I was with British United Press in New York, and covering Canada's activities at the UN was part of my beat. The Canadian...
Canada' S Responsibility for Palestine: ... the Middle East Has Not Occupied Centre Stage in Canadian Foreign Policy since the Suez Crisis
Louis Delvoie in `The Arab-Israeli Conflict: is it History?' (Behind the Headlines, Autumn 1997) made a modest case in realpolitik for reducing the international concern over the Middle East, but he neglected to note Canada's leading part in the establishment...
Fast Forward into History: Bonn to Berlin: The Eastward Move of the German Capital Is Rife with Implications, Symbolic and Substantive
`Berlin will soon become the capital of the new Europe.' Dominique Moisi Deputy Director, French Institute of International Relations A startling observation for a Frenchman. Could he be right? If there is such a thing as the `genius loci,'...
Free Trade in the Americas ... and a Great Deal More: ... What Would Hemispheric Partnership Mean for Canadians?
It is called FTAA - Free Trade Area of the Americas - but it is much more than that. It is a programme of collective and individual actions by 34 countries of the western hemisphere that seeks improvements in virtually every aspect of economic and...
Good Friday Agreement: New Beginning or False Dawn? Sectarian Violence and Religious War Are All Too Well Known in the Emerald Isle
The Good Friday agreement of April 1998 concluded at Castle Building, Belfast, offered a new hope for bridging the sectarian divide in Northern Ireland. The endorsement of the agreement by 71 per cent of the electorate in the 22 May referendum was...
New United Nations: Continuous Change and Reform: ... the UN Hopes to Secure for Itself a Central Place in the Future of Multilateral Diplomacy
My aim in this brief article is to put into perspective the current process of reform and renewal that is transforming the United Nations. Critics of the UN all too often equate reform with downsizing: cuts in budgets, staff size, and programmes. And...
Sharing Views across the Border (Canadians and Americans Would Benefit from an Understanding of the Forces That Make Them Differ from Each Other)
One of the CIIA's major activities which has never failed to make me proud of my association with the Institute is the National Foreign Policy Conference (NFPC). This annual event - featuring speakers drawn from politics, government, the media, business,...
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