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Argo As A Lens Into Perceptions Of The Canadian Role In The World

Canadian Ambassador Kenneth Taylor says a few words after he was presented the Congressional Gold Medal by President Ronald Reagan, June, 1981. (AP Photo/ Barry Thumma)

First published on 02.11.2012. Argo’s treatment of the escape from Tehran of six US embassy staff in January 1980 offers ample psychological compensation for the image of American vulnerability. In this respect, the movie’s dealing with this episode is part

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Where Does Individual Agency Come From In International Relations? Is Argo Reality? (part 1)

Actor Ben Affleck poses for photographers during a photocall presenting his movie "Argo" in Rome, Friday, Oct. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

First published on 24.10.2012. In the analysis of international relations, agency is back in. That is to say, instead of simply viewing the underlying structural context as dominant, space has opened up for the role of individuals. Yet this turn

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Great Nations Don’t Share Embassies, Harper

Published on: Nov 10, 2012 The sharing of some embassy services between Canada and the U.K. has already received a lot of attention. But it seems to me that the attention has focused on traditional considerations that have to do more with

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Mark Carney Appointment: A Victory for Technocrats

This piece first appeared in the Toronto Star. The striking appointment of Mark Carney as the new governor of the Bank of England can be interpreted in a wide number of ways — from a view that highlights the global governance dimension

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