Foreign Policy

Compromise is key to changing U.S. politics

One of the central themes of this U.S. election year is the widespread desire for change in the political system.

Public opinion polls suggest that some 70 per cent of Americans support this view, and it helps to explain the rise in the unconventional candidacies of both Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, who tried to win the Democrats' presidential nomination.

Obama will readjust tone of U.S. relationship with Canada

"In the world of Canada-U.S. relationship, access is worth its weight in gold," former prime minister Brian Mulroney, 2011.

Mulroney knew whereof he spoke. He enjoyed warm personal relations with two presidents, Republicans Ronald Reagan and the first George Bush. These relationships at the top translated into access lower down the political ladder as Canadian ministers and senior bureaucrats could make Canada’s voice heard in Washington.

Nations of Middle East must do more to help their region

As U.S. President Barack Obama enters the final year of his presidency his popular support level has slipped below the 50 per cent mark overall, but in the area of foreign policy it is significantly lower, and has regularly registered below 40 per cent in public approval for some months.

Much of the problem seems to stem from international events and the ubiquity of terrorism pursued by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), among others, that do not comport with the kind of world that the president aspires to.

Trump has not gone unnoticed among Canada’s Conservatives

They say nature abhors a vacuum. So do political parties. We are seeing that this season in both the Republican party in the United States and the Conservative party in Canada.

Let’s start south of the border. Since losing their second consecutive presidential election in 2012, the Republicans have been reduced to a shell of their former selves. They have no leader, no direction and no policies other than to use their muscle in Congress to obstruct any initiatives advanced by Barack Obama and the Democrats.