Strategic procrastination is Canada’s preferred Indo-Pacific strategy

But it could turn out to be the wisest approach to follow

Strategic procrastination is Canada’s preferred Indo-Pacific strategyPlans are useless, but planning is indispensable Dwight Eisenhower I was recently invited to present my views on Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy in discussion with Asian ambassadors in Ottawa. I noted that it’s better not to hold one’s breath waiting for a government policy document. That’s why Canada’s preferred foreign policy approach in normal times is…

Canada effectively absent in the Indo-Pacific

Ottawa’s non-existent profile in Indo-Pacific affairs a cause for concern and disappointment

Canada effectively absent in the Indo-PacificIf Canada has pretensions to being an Indo-Pacific power, then it has a difficult image problem to overcome – not in terms of its national reputation as a constructive and valued member of the international community, which are “a given,” but in terms of its “presence” and “engagement” with this pivotal region. While it is…

Why was Canada kept in the dark about “AUKUS”?

Key allies concerned about where Canada stands on China and Russia

Why was Canada kept in the dark about “AUKUS”?By Matthew Bondy and Jeffrey Collins When Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom announced their new “AUKUS” defence and security pact in September 2021, it took Canada by surprise. Though Canada joined those nations and New Zealand as members of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing club that traces back to the Anglo-American alliance in…

What does the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework mean for Canada?

If this is the best the Americans can do to counter China, then Canada has to look elsewhere

What does the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework mean for Canada?The announcement on Victoria Day of the beginning of talks for countries to join the U.S. Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, widely covered in the U.S. and Asia, was mentioned in Canada only to note that we weren’t invited. That turns out to be the least important piece of news. The new initiative, the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework…

WEBINAR: Indo-Pacific energy demand to 2050

The final episode in our four-part Indo-Asia series features Jeff Kucharski. The series was produced by KEI Network for Troy Media. We welcome your comments below. Bios of our moderator and today’s guest: Gary Mar Gary Mar is President and CEO of the Canada West Foundation. An accomplished and respected leader, Gary brings deep experience…

WEBINAR: Canadian agriculture and energy export opportunities in Indo-Asia

The second of four episodes to explore the Indo-Asia economy and Canadian export opportunities in agriculture and energy. The second episode features Gordon Houlden, Director Emeritus of the China Institute, Professor of Political Science and Adjunct Professor of the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta. The series was produced by KEI Network…

WEBINAR: Exploring business opportunities in Indo-Asia

The first of four episodes explores the Indo-Asia economy and Canadian export opportunities in agriculture and energy. The first episode features a presentation by LU Xu, the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Calgary. She is quite forthright in clarifying misinformation about China and its interest in doing business with Canada. The…

Five Eyes’ influence challenged by the emergence of the Quad

Anxiety in London, Ottawa and Wellington that their influence is waning

Five Eyes’ influence challenged by the emergence of the QuadRecently there has been a welcome debate about the extent to which the Five Eyes security partnership between Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States can and should be mobilized for strategic and diplomatic activities outside of its traditional intelligence, military, and law enforcement collaborations. This debate was further fuelled in…

C-135 provides a new approach to Canada’s policy toward Taiwan

Represents a significant opportunity for decision-makers to advance a relationship that has tremendous potential for Canada

C-135 provides a new approach to Canada’s policy toward TaiwanBy Shuvaloy Majumdar and J. Michael Cole Macdonald-Laurier Institute In 2021, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) turned 100, and for more than 50 years, Canada has recognized the legitimacy of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) run by the CCP. The hope that began in the 1970s (and has persisted with limited evidence of success…

Japan is regaining its strategic importance in the Indo-Pacific

We are seeing the rebirth of a more capable and clear-eyed Japan

Japan is regaining its strategic importance in the Indo-PacificThe recent talks between Chinese and American officials in Anchorage, Alaska, were preceded by both sides trading in fittingly icy and prickly barbs during their opening statements. Many of these centred on the domestic situation in China or the Chinese rebuttals to these charges. In March, Chinese Foreign Policy Spokesman Zhao Lijian delivered some of…