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IPD’s Executive Director Bijan Ahmadi and Research Associate Pouyan Kimiayjan authored an opinion piece for the Toronto Star. They advocate for greater investments toward infrastructure and defence to protect Canadian interests in the Arctic.
Worrying about the short-term political costs at the ballot box, Canadian politicians have been afraid of making critical decisions on long-term infrastructure and defence investments. However, failing to take the steps necessary will undermine Canada’s national interests and national sovereignty in the long run. It is incumbent upon our federal leaders to initiate a national conversation that transcends party lines to inform Canadians about the importance of investments required in Canadian energy and in defending our interests and sovereignty in the Arctic.
Bijan Ahmadi (@AhmadiBijanFA) is the Executive Director of the Institute for Peace & Diplomacy.
Pouyan Kimiayjan is a Research Associate at the Institute for Peace & Diplomacy.