Expect steady-as-she-goes foreign policy in a turbulent world

No grandiose initiatives. No great pronouncements. No wake. No waves.

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If United States President Barack Obama wins the US election this fall, he'll finally have to come clean and decide whether he wants the Keystone XL pipeline to be built, writes Fen Osler Hampson.
Fen Osler Hampson
Published: Wednesday, 09/19/2012 12:00 am EDT

You can expect a busy fall when it comes to foreign policy. Already, the government's decision to suspend diplomatic ties with Tehran has sent riptides across the partisan divide. Foreign Minister John Baird is being accused of being Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's lapdog. He isn't, and there were good reasons to cut relations with a country that had stiffed us more than once, but that is the way Liberal and New Democratic partisans have painted our embassy closure.

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