Canadian International Council

Canadian International Council

August 01, 2008 11:18 ET

Canada Must Re-Engage With India on Nuclear Issues

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 1, 2008) - It is time Canada develops a sustained and comprehensive relationship with India - even on nuclear issues - says Ryan Touhey in a paper released today by the Canadian International Council (CIC).

"We have to re-think our nuclear relationship with India, like Australia, France and the U.K. are currently doing, in light of the bold but faltering Indo-US civilian nuclear agreement," says Touhey, one of CIC's inaugural fellowship recipients. "Ottawa now has a timely opportunity to reassess its non-proliferation policies towards India that may revitalize nearly 40 years of lukewarm bilateral relations with New Delhi. In doing so, Canada can show India, one of the rising giants of the 21st-century, that Canada now means business against a host of suitors."

The fraught past between the two countries has meant that Canadian policymakers have been among the slowest in the world to recognize India's rise to global economic prominence.

"In a globalized economy and with India's place in it, we're at risk of being left behind if we don't chart a new course," explains Touhey. "This new course should also include strengthened public diplomacy initiatives, broader science & technology linkages and higher education partnerships with India."

Touhey is a history professor at St. Jerome's University, a recent post-doctoral research fellow with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and one of eight fellows chosen earlier this year by the CIC to contribute new perspectives leading to further debate and discussion in vital areas of Canadian foreign policy. The program's initial areas of focus for 2008-09 include the following: China, Border Issues, Arctic Sovereignty and Security and Energy.

For more information on the CIC or the selected fellows please visit: www.canadianinternationalcouncil.org

The Canadian International Council (CIC) is a non-partisan, nationwide council established to strengthen Canada's role in international affairs. With 13 branches nationwide, part of the CIIA national branch network, CIC seeks to advance research, discussion and debate on international issues by supporting a Canadian foreign policy network that crosses academic disciplines, policy areas, and economic sectors. The CIC will feature a privately funded fellowship program, supported by a network of issue-specific working groups. Carefully selected CIC fellows will focus on important foreign policy issues, working out of universities and research institutions across the country. The CIC was founded in 2007 by Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of RIM (Research In Motion).

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