Much of the recent debate over Canada’s global engagement has focused on tone. We decided to focus on the substance of Canada’s global engagement.
In order to understand the state of Canada’s global commitment today, we assessed “global engagement” by looking at combined spending on official development assistance and defence. There are other important elements of global engagement, such as diplomacy and environmental commitments. However, development and defence are key, complementary aspects of a country’s global engagement and offer the best historical and international benchmarks for comparing Canada’s present performance. Therefore, we believe they are a useful proxy for Canada’s global …read more
Source: Canadian International Council