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School of Policy Studies

The World Scene Winners and Losers

Friday, December 27, 2013


OpEd by Ambassador (R) Louis A. Delvoie on world scene winners and losers for 2013 in Friday's Kingston Whig Standard.

" Even the least athletic people among us cannot always resist the temptation to draw up scorecards. When reflecting on events at the end of a year that temptation can become almost overwhelming to those of a rather simple turn of mind. Every pundit and publication is on hand with a list of best and worst books, films, albums and performers. So why not a list of losers on the international scene? The idea will no doubt appear nightmarish and grotesque to professional scholars who specialize in international relations, but so be it. So here is an eminently subjective listing for the year 2013.

Read the complete OpEd


Louis Delvoie was educated at Loyola College, the University of Toronto, McGill University and the National Defence College of Canada. He joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 1965. Between 1965 and 1980 he worked in Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, Algeria, Belgium and Yugoslavia, as well as in Ottawa. He subsequently served abroad as Ambassador to Algeria, Deputy High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and High Commissioner to Pakistan. In Ottawa, he was Director General of the Bureau of International Security and Arms Control in the Department of External Affairs and Assistant Deputy Minister for Policy in the Department of National Defence. He retired from the Foreign Service in 1995.

From 1995 to 2002, he was an adjunct professor of international relations at Queen’s University and at Royal Military College. He is now a Senior Fellow in the Centre for International Relations at Queen’s University and a visiting lecturer at the Canadian Foreign Service Institute in Ottawa. He is a frequent commentator on Middle Eastern and South Asian affairs on CBC Radio. His numerous articles on Canadian foreign and security policy, and on international relations generally, have appeared in International Journal, Behind the Headlines, Canadian Defence Quarterly, Policy Options, Canadian Foreign Policy, The Round Table, British Journal of Canadian Studies, Canadian Military Journal and in a variety of books.

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