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CGAI Commentaries are brief, topical, opinion-based articles written by CGAI Fellows, staff and other subject matter experts and cover a wide range of topics, reflective of the Institute’s breadth of expertise.

2018 Articles

Canada’s dilemma over Meng Wanzhou and Huawei
by Hugh Stephens, OpenCanada, December 13, 2018

Market (in)access for Canadian oil: lessons for other resource sectors?
by Monica Gattinger, The Hill Times, December 12, 2018

The world’s disturbing inaction as the Genocide Convention turns 70
by Kyle Matthews and Allan Rock, The Conversation, December 4, 2018

Canada-Taiwan Economic Opportunities are Being Ignored
by Matthew Fisher, Canadian Global Affairs Institute, November 26, 2018

Hospital stats show birth tourism rising in major cities
by Andrew Griffith, Policy Options, November 22, 2018

RCAF’s pilot shortage being felt in Romania
by Matthew Fisher, Canadian Global Affairs Institute, November 22, 2018

Canada making real procurement progress, but still falling short
by David Perry, The Hill Times, November 21, 2018

Addressing minority rights in Ukraine, Latvia key to successful deterrence
by David Carment & Dani Belo, The Hill Times, November 21, 2018

Trident Juncture 18: NATO’s Norwegian Exercise
by Matthew Fisher, Canadian Global Affairs Institute, November 14, 2018

We can’t rely solely on Silicon Valley to tackle online hatred
by Chris Tenove, Heidi Tworek, and Fenwick McKelvey, The Globe and Mail, November 12, 2018

Psychologists give new insight into political and religious violence: it’s for the thrill
by Tom Keenan, Calgary Herald, November 10, 2018

Three months in, here’s what’s at stake in Canada’s Mali mission
by Chris W. J. Roberts, The Hill Times, November 7, 2018

Brazil took a hard turn to the right. Now what?
by Robert Muggah, The Globe and Mail, November 2, 2018

How NAFTA became the USMCA
by John Weekes, Policy Options, November 2, 2018

It ain’t over if Trump’s not winning: The USMCA Scoreboard
by Sarah Goldfeder, Policy Options, November 2, 2018

Failing the Rohingya: What can be done about Myanmar?
by Sarah Goldfeder, iPolitics, November 2, 2018

A new perspective on immigrants’ economic outcomes in Canada
by Andrew Griffith, Policy Options, October 31, 2018

How cities, not states, can solve the world’s biggest problems
by Robert Muggah and Reuben Abraham, World Economic Forum, October 31, 2018

Alberta sits on more cost-competitive oil than ever, but still can’t move it
by Kevin Birn, Financial Post, October 30, 2018

Brazil’s foreign policy lurches rightward
by Robert Muggah, The Global Observatory, October 30, 2018

The Trudeau government is taking the slowest way to getting Trans Mountain built
by Dennis McConaghy, Financial Post, October 24, 2018

Why Canada must prosecute returning ISIS fighters
by Kyle Matthews, The Conversation, October 17, 2018

The future of war: The risks in confronting China and Russia
by David Carment & Dani Belo, iPolitics, October 13, 2018

Can Brazil’s democracy be saved?
by Robert Muggah, New York Times, October 8, 2018

Brazilian democracy on the brink
by Robert Muggah, Project Syndicate, October 5, 2018

Our obsession with the U.S. is hazardous
by Andrew Caddell, The Hill Times, October 3, 2018

USMCA’s fine print giving U.S. the right to veto Canada-China trade deal is a major setback
by Hugh Stephens, The Globe and Mail, October 2, 2018

Cities need to welcome – not resist – refugees
by Robert Muggah, CityLab, October 2, 2018

A call to protect the Baha’I minority in Yemen
by Kyle Matthews, OpenCanada, September 27, 2018

Big Tech is overselling AI as a solution to online extremism
by Kyle Matthews and Nicolai Pogadl, The Conversation, September 16, 2018

The coming crime wars
by Robert Muggah and John P. Sullivan, Foreign Policy, September 21, 2018

The Koreas are getting along – but denuclearization questions remain
by Marius Grinius, The Globe and Mail, September 20, 2018

Canada’s growing challenges with economic sanctions
by Andrea Charron and Cristina Aliu, The Canadian Press, September 17, 2018

Border security and immigration control are not contrary to Liberal values
by Kelly Sundberg, The Hill Times, September 17, 2018

Big Tech is overselling AI as the solution to online extremism
by Kyle Matthews & Nicolai Pogadl, The Conversation, September 17, 2018

Ottawa is blowing up energy regulation at the worst possible time for pipelines
by Ron Wallace and Rowland Harrison, Financial Post, September 12, 2018

How the dairy lobby’s cash grab put Canada in Trump’s crosshairs
by Hugh Stephens, iPolitics, September 12, 2018

Quietly, one of President Trump’s tariffs threatens American democracy
by Heidi Tworek, The Washington Post, September 11, 2018

National Shipbuilding Strategy worth doing right
by David Perry, The Hill Times, September 10, 2018

Canadian Energy – between an economic rock and a progressive hard place
by Monica Gattinger, Daily Oil Bulletin, September 6, 2018

Contemplating the ransomware from hell
by Tom Keenan, Frontline Security, September 5, 2018

What the previous government learned about birth tourism
by Andrew Griffith, Policy Options, August 28, 2018

Mali is slipping back into chaos
by Robert Muggah, The Globe and Mail, August 24, 2018

Kofi Annan had his flaws, but he inspired a generation
by Andrew Caddell, The Hill Times, August 22, 2018

Deciding on a Canadian approach to missile defence
by Andrew Futter & Jeffrey Collins, iPolitics, August 17, 2018

The U.N. can’t bring peace to the Central African Republic
by Robert Muggah, Foreign Policy, August 16, 2018

Canada's Outgoing Defence Attaché: U.S. and Canada Still Have Each Other's Back
by Rear-Admiral William Truelove, Wilson Center, August 15, 2018

Foreign policy by Twitter: Is the goal to be ‘liked’ or effective?
by Hugh Stephens, iPolitics, August 14, 2018

Bill C-69: Is anybody thinking about how to implement it?
by Monica Gattinger, The Hill Times, August 13, 2018

A Look at Canadian Trade: What Legislators Need to Do
by Colin Robertson, Canadian Global Affairs Institute, August 9, 2018

Why two words set off our diplomatic spat with Saudi Arabia
by Peter Jones, The Globe & Mail, August 7, 2018

Deal or No Deal Brexit? Negotiations Near the Cliff’s Edge
by Denis Clark, Canadian Global Affairs Institute, August 1, 2018

Government regulation is going to put the energy industry into the ground
by Ron Wallace and Jack Mintz, Calgary Herald, July 28, 2018

China won’t solve NAFTA challenges – but we still have to engage with them
by Hugh Stephens, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, July 23, 2018

The Outcome of Mexico’s 2018 Election: Consequences, Risks and Opportunities
by Francisco Suarez Davila, Canadian Global Affairs Institute, July 26, 2018

Northern Ontario offers insight into Canadian paradox
by Andrew Caddell, The Hill Times, July 25, 2018

We can have open, respectful debates on immigration
by Andrew Griffith, Policy Options, July 20, 2018

The only way out of Nicaragua’s violent crisis rests in Ortega’s hands
by Robert Muggah, The Globe and Mail, July 19, 2018

The MV Asterix Delivers: Canada’s Supply Ship Impresses at Sea
by Matthew Fisher, Canadian Global Affairs Institute, July 18, 2018

Large parts of the world are growing more fragile. Here are 5 steps to reverse course
by Robert Muggah, World Economic Forum, July 17, 2018

More to this week’s NATO summit than Trump’s antics
by Stefanie von Hlatky, OpenCanada, July 13, 2018

If Brexit forces a hard Irish border, the answer may be unity
by Andrew Caddell, The Hill Times, July 11, 2018

Why Canada should pave a path for NATO longevity?
by Elinor Sloan, The Globe and Mail, July 10, 2018

Adapt our Alliance Now and Together!
by Julian Lindley-French et al., GLOBSEC, July 9, 2018

6 ways to ensure AI and new tech works for – not against – humanity
by Robert Muggah and Camino Kavanagh, World Economic Forum, July 5, 2018

Canada can be a strong partner in Vietnam’s economic development
by Eric Miller, The Globe and Mail, July 4, 2018

Canada’s future prosperity depends on opening – not closing – our borders
by Hugh Segal, Maureen Silcoff & Karen Chen, National Post, July 4, 2018

China’s ambitions in the North America Arctic
by Lindsay Rodman, Diplomat & International Canada, July 2, 2018

On foreign policy, Trudeau’s Liberals are long on rhetoric, short on action
by David Carment & Richard Nimijean, The Hill Times, June 28, 2018

Donald Trump shifts the West’s focus to protectionism
by Colin Robertson, The American Conservative, June 22, 2018

Why Canada needs a new supply ship for relief missions
by Jeffrey F. Collins & Andrea Lane, Policy Options, June 21, 2018

Canada’s trade retaliation is rational, but Trump isn’t – that’s why it won’t work
by Eugene Lang, The Globe and Mail, June 20, 2018

The terrible price of zero tolerance immigration
by Robert Muggah, OpenDemocracy, June 19, 2018

The chilling parallels between the Trump-Kim summit and 1938 Munich
by Rob Huebert, The Globe and Mail, June 18, 2018

Trump-Kim summit: Powerful on symbolism, weak on substance
by James Trottier, The Globe and Mail, June 12, 2018

In trade war with Trump, Canada should stop defending the indefensible on dairy products
by Hugh Stephens, The Conversation, June 12, 2018

Adapting NATO to an unpredictable and fast-changing world
by Julian Lindley-French, Sécurité & Défense Magazine, June 11, 2018

Canada is right to shift focus toward Baghdad and away from the Kurds
by Thomas Juneau, The Globe and Mail, June 11, 2018

China Trade Wars 2.0 – An Approach for the G7
by Amy Karam, iPolitics, June 8, 2018

What could Trudeau do to prevent another Trans Mountain debacle - but isn't
by Dennis McConaghy, Financial Post, June 7, 2018

Kinder Morgan deal reminds us we’re still hewers if wood, drawers of water
by Andrew Caddell, The Hill Times, June 6, 2018

Iran’s allies are preparing a genocide in Yemen. But there’s still time to stop it
by Kyle Matthews, National Post, June 5, 2018

Conflict prevention is back in vogue, and not a moment too soon
by Robert Muggah, The Hill Times, June 4, 2018

It’s time to call the bluff on the ‘Bluffer-in-Chief’
by Hugh Stephens, iPolitics, May 31, 2018

Brazil needs a 21st century data protection strategy
by Robert Muggah & Louise Marie Hurel, Council on Foreign Relations, May 30, 2018

Myanmar’s Rohingya refugees: Bob Rae presses Canada’s efforts in precarious situation
by Andrew Caddell, The Hill Times, May 30, 2018

One year of Strong, Secure. Engaged: a status report on concurrent operations
by Elinor Sloan, The Hill Times, May 28, 2018

Why benefits of citizenship aren’t always equal
by Andrew Griffith, Policy Options, May 25, 2018

A summit that wasn’t: Trump and Kim’s goals were incompatible from the start
by James Trottier, The Globe and Mail, May 24, 2018

Does Canada’s bill to protect military victims go far enough?
by Lindsay Rodman, The Globe and Mail, May 24, 2018

NORAD’s struggle for relevance on its 60th birthday
by Andrea Charron, The Conversation, May 8, 2018

Remind us, why does Canada want a seat on the UN Security Council?
by Eugene Lang & David Perry, The Globe and Mail, May 7, 2018

UN is not a corporation
by Barbara Martin, The Globe and Mail, May 3, 2018

North, South Korea Summit sets the stage for Trump-Kim talks
by James Trottier, The Globe and Mail, April 27, 2018

Digital safety in the world’s most dangerous war zone
by Deirdre Collings & Robert Muggah, iPolitics, April 27, 2018

Is it Time for a Canadian as NATO SecGen?
by Brett Boudreau, Frontline Defence, April 26, 2018

Five ways to sharpen the effectiveness of Canada’s diplomatic corps
by Daryl Copeland, OpenCanada, April 24, 2018

Could the UK stay in the EU and keep its independence?
by Anthony Cary & Julian Lindley-French, Policy Options, April 24, 2018

What should the voting rights of Canadian expatriates be?
by Andrew Griffith & Robert Vineberg, Vancouver Sun, April 23, 2018

Reviewing David Fraser’s book on Op Medusa
by Brett Boudreau, Frontline Defence, April 22, 2018

Trump and the TPP: What should Canada do?
by Hugh Stephens, Policy Options, April 20, 2018

US air strikes: A blip or start of a new phase of Syrian war?
by Kyle Matthews, OpenCanada, April 18, 2018

The importance of thinking internationally on space collaborations
by Michael Gleason & Charity Weeden, Space News, April 17, 2018

Le jour où Trudeau a déçu l'ONU
by Jocelyn Coulon, L'Actualité, April 13, 2018

Hockey brings Canadians together, in triumph and tragedy
by Andrew Caddell, The Hill Times, April 11, 2018

The global liberal order is in trouble – can it be salvaged or will it be replaced?
by Robert Muggah, World Economic Forum, April 10, 2018

Brazil’s Critical Infrastructure Faces a Growing Risk of Cyberattacks
by Robert Muggah & Nathan Thompson, Council on Foreign Relations, April 10, 2018

What’s next in Canada’s response to the Skripal attack in Britain?
by Rob Huebert, The Hill Times, April 7, 2018

What Europe can teach Canada about protecting democracy
by Heidi Tworek & Chris Tenove, The Conversation, April 6, 2018

The Liberals’ midpoint record on defence and security is mixed
by David Carment, Nabil Bhatia, Natalie Lamarche & William O’Connell, The Hill Times, March 28, 2018

Tweets are the new vox populi
by Heidi Tworek, Columbia Journalism Review, March 27, 2018

The new space race: Canada must champion an international security strategy for artificial intelligence
by Matthew Lombardi & Max Seltzer, iPolitics, March 23, 2018

Beyond NAFTA – Advantage U.S. Economy
by Sarah Goldfeder, Policy Magazine, March 22, 2018

What the census tells us about citizenship?
by Andrew Griffith, Policy Options, March 20, 2018

Trudeau is failing to follow through on his defence policy
by David Perry, The Hill Times, March 7, 2018

If Canada wants to do business in India, it has to treat it with respect
by Andrew Caddell, The Hill Times, March 7, 2018

Military intervention won’t solve the violence in Rio de Janeiro
by Robert Muggah, LA Times, March 2, 2018

The deception virus infecting the global liberal order
by Robert Muggah & Bruno Giussani, Open Democracy, March 1, 2018

Forget more defence dollars - Canada needs to fix its procurement process
by Steve Saideman, OpenCanada, February 23, 2018

Will Canada's G7 Presidency effect reform in Ukraine?
by Andrew Rasiulis, Frontline Defence, February 22, 2018

Here’s why a shortage of pipelines hurts Canada
by Kevin Birn, Calgary Herald, February 15, 2018

Brazil at the Liberal Crossroads
by Arminio Fraga & Robert Muggah, Project Syndicate, February 13, 2018

Venezuelan refugees inflame Brazil’s already simmering migrant crisis
by Robert Muggah, The Conversation, February 12, 2018

The future global order will be managed by China and US – get used to it
by Robert Muggah & Yves Tiberghien, World Economic Forum, February 12, 2018

Venezuelan refugees inflame Brazil’s already simmering migrant crisis
by Robert Muggah, San Francisco Chronicle, February 12, 2018

Ukraine's new law: what lies ahead?
by David Carment, Miliano Nikolko & Dani Belo, Hamilton Spectator, February 9, 2018

Which Latin American countries got safer in 2017?
by Robert Muggah and Katherine Aguirre, Americas Quarterly, February 5, 2018

China’s Arctic Ambitions: The New Arctic Policy of a ‘Near Arctic State’
by Adam Lajeunesse and P. Whitney Lackenbaur, Macdonald-Laurier Institute, February 2, 2018

It’s time to get used to a new global order with China and the U.S. at its centre
by Robert Muggah and Yves Tiberghien, IPolitics, February 2, 2018

Indigenous voters and the 2019 election
by Andrew Griffith, Policy Options, February 1, 2018

NAFTA is not the whole – but we treat it like it is: Blank and Gattinger for Inside Policy
by Stephen Blank and Monica Gattinger, Macdonald-Laurier Institute, February 1, 2018

Thinking through our quest for a China trade deal
by Randolph Mank, Policy Options, January 31, 2018

Populism is poisoning the global liberal order
by Francis Fukuyama & Robert Muggah, The Globe and Mail, January 30, 2018

5 facts you need to understand the new global order
by Robert Muggah & Yves Tiberghien, World Economic Forum, January 30, 2018

Renewed NAFTA has potential to be a big three-way win for energy
by Rona Ambrose, Calgary Herald, January 28, 2018

An American take on Canada’s defence policy
by Lindsay Rodman, The Hill Times, January 24, 2018

Canada can win at trade – even if NAFTA dies
by Eric Miller, The Globe and Mail, January 19, 2018

Canada-Japan relations: Time to hit reset
by Hugh Stephens, Time Colonist, January 18, 2018

Why the actions of cities — not nations — will be the key to our survival on earth
by Robert Muggah & Colleen Thouez, TED Ideas, January 16, 2018

The Good News About El Salvador
by Robert Muggah & Katherine Aguirre, Americas Quarterly, January 15, 2018

The Hawaiian Missile Crisis: A Failure of Emergency Preparedness
by Matthew Fisher, January 15, 2018

Salvadorans forced to return home will face one of the most dangerous places on the planet
by Robert Muggah & Isabel de Sola, LA Times, January 12, 2018

After the Olympics, North Korea will remain unpredictable
by Marius Grinius, The Globe and Mail, January 11, 2018

Respecting Pearson’s legacy at last
by Andrew Caddell, The Hill Times, January 10, 2018

Australian Fighter purchase is about saving face
by Al Stephenson, Frontline Defence, January 10, 2018

So, the liberal order is in free fall? Not so fast
by Robert Muggah & Taylor Owens, The Globe and Mail, January 10, 2018

Iran protests point to the need for a Canadian embassy in Tehran
by Thomas Juneau, The Globe and Mail, January 9, 2018

Is Germany’s foreign minister having a Chrystia Freeland moment
by Heidi Tworek, The Conversation, January 9, 2018

How the Vancouver Conference on North Korea will both succeed and fail
by James Trottier, Ottawa Citizen, January 7, 2018

 

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