Wishful thinking is no substitute for strategy with China and Russia: Balkan Devlen in the Hub

The worst response to the Sino-Russian alignment is almost certainly what appears to be the present strategy: wait and see, hoping that the partnership will dissolve or that some dispute forces Xi and Putin to look in opposite directions, writes Balkan Devlen. Yet wishful thinking is no substitute for strategy. By Balkan Devlen, April 29,… Continue reading Wishful thinking is no substitute for strategy with China and Russia: Balkan Devlen in the Hub

Facing the prospect of wars involving Russia and China: Balkan Devlen in the National Post

The potential for two simultaneous crises triggered by the Russian and Chinese regimes is real, writes Balkan Devlen in the National Post. Below is an excerpt from the article, which can be read in full here.  By Balkan Devlen, April 26, 2021  Observers are keeping a close eye on two recent developments: Russia has been… Continue reading Facing the prospect of wars involving Russia and China: Balkan Devlen in the National Post

Turkey & Women’s Rights: Balkan Devlen on the News Forum

Turkey has announced its withdrawl from the Istanbul convention, a landmark treaty protecting women from violence. MLI Senior Fellow Balkan Devlen appeared on the News Forum to discuss the implications of Turkey’s withdrawal. “There are number of other challenges from other countries, like Bulgaria and Poland, that also call for withdrawal,” notes Devlen. “So this… Continue reading Turkey & Women’s Rights: Balkan Devlen on the News Forum

Facing the Sino-Russian Authoritarian Challenge: New MLI Paper by Balkan Devlen

OTTAWA, ON (March 18, 2021): A new challenge is staring down democracies around the world in the form of an authoritarian alignment between Russia and China. In a new MLI paper titled, “Facing the Authoritarian Challenge: The Sino-Russian Alignment and what to do about it,” MLI Senior Fellow Balkan Devlen explores the foundation behind this growing… Continue reading Facing the Sino-Russian Authoritarian Challenge: New MLI Paper by Balkan Devlen

New polling finds Canadians support a foreign policy agenda that sides with democracies

OTTAWA, ON (February 22, 2021): Polling conducted on behalf of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute unveils a new, emerging consensus among Canadians’ views on foreign policy. In a new commentary titled “Rethinking foreign policy: An emerging consensus for Canada,” MLI Senior Fellow Balkan Devlen examines how Canadians view the importance of democratic allies, international institutions, defence spending,… Continue reading New polling finds Canadians support a foreign policy agenda that sides with democracies

The West should stop being a handmaiden to kleptocracy: Balkan Devlen in iPolitics

We are under no obligation to make life easier for kleptocrats who oppress their own people and steal from them while actively trying to subvert our societies, writes Balkan Devlen in iPolitics. Below is an excerpt from the article which can be read in full here. By Balkan Devlen, February 9, 2021 Alexei Navalny’s, Russia’s… Continue reading The West should stop being a handmaiden to kleptocracy: Balkan Devlen in iPolitics

How did Biden’s first year turn into a foreign policy disaster? A “pre-mortem” by Balkan Devlen

Keeping an eye on these challenges and how the Biden administration deals with them will tell us a lot whether the year will end in disappointment or hope, writes Balkan Devlen.  By Balkan Devlen, January 27, 2021 Everyone is hoping that the Biden administration’s foreign policy will be “boring”. Boring as in no surprises for… Continue reading How did Biden’s first year turn into a foreign policy disaster? A “pre-mortem” by Balkan Devlen

How to Avoid Failure in Building Societal Resilience Against Disinformation and Subversion: Policy Brief by Balkan Devlen

Building resilience is an ongoing process that requires a whole-of-society approach. It also starts by putting our house in order to make it less exposed to foreign attempts at subversion, writes Balkan Devlen. This policy brief is based on a workshop organized by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, with support from the NATO Public Diplomacy Division. By… Continue reading How to Avoid Failure in Building Societal Resilience Against Disinformation and Subversion: Policy Brief by Balkan Devlen

WHO you gonna call? Why there’s something strange about international institutions: New MLI report

OTTAWA, ON (December 23, 2020): The World Health Organization’s initial refusal to alert the world to the true danger of the pandemic, due to its deference to China, is a symptom of a wide-ranging failure by the UN and other organizations to reject the influence of regimes that seek to undermine Western values In MLI’s… Continue reading WHO you gonna call? Why there’s something strange about international institutions: New MLI report

How minilateralism can help fill the void left by failing international institutions: Balkan Devlen and Jonathan Berkshire Miller

OTTAWA, ON (December 23, 2020): Global institutions have been backsliding in recent years, falling victim to ineffective governance and revisionist authoritarian regimes. But what is to be done? According to Balkan Devlen and Jonathan Berkshire Miller, what is needed is a rethink of multilateralism. In MLI’s latest commentary titled “Expanding the toolkit: How minilateralism can… Continue reading How minilateralism can help fill the void left by failing international institutions: Balkan Devlen and Jonathan Berkshire Miller