An answer in five uneasy pieces, for the poetry of international relations and the plumbing of diplomacy.
If Canada is to regain its stature as a valuable player on the world stage, GAC will have to improve.
The price of neglect, ineptitude and underperformance has been high.
Canada is playing a role in this new initiative set to examine the redesign of multilateral architecture.
What elements previously associated with Canadian global engagement might have been lost or forgotten?
If we are to more successfully broach the 21st century’s complex suite of threats and challenges, there is very much to be done.
If provided with resources and training, diplomats can and should be restored as catalysts for imaginative strategic thinking.
In the heteropolar world under construction, security will flow not from defence, but from development and diplomacy. And the diplomatic centre of gravity will shift away from formal chancelleries and into storefronts, souks, and conflict zones.