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The Other Side of “Irish Eyes”

Brian Mulroney abroad and at home

The Ramble

Memories from the PMO

Vintage Years

Two political memoirs

Robert R. Fowler

Robert R. Fowler was foreign policy advisor to prime ministers Pierre Trudeau, John Turner and Brian Mulroney, served as deputy minister of National Defence, was Canada’s longest-serving ambassador to the United Nations and was ambassador to Italy and United Nations food agencies, the prime minister’s personal representative for the Kananaskis G8 Summit and the personal representative for Africa of prime ministers Jean Chrétien, Paul Martin and Stephen Harper. He retired in 2006 after 38 years in public service and is now a senior fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

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Robert R. Fowler

Alice in Afghanistan

Canada has gone to war with complete confusion of purpose January–February 2008
The few people who are entertained by the way Ottawa makes decisions will find The Unexpected War: Canada in Kandahar worthy of close study. It is timely and a page turner in its compelling historical detail. It is also generally well researched and presented. The final chapter provides a stark examination of where things actually stand in Afghanistan—an account not available from any government source—and offers a realistic assessment of the array of bad options available to current decision…