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The Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL) is no longer in operation. This website documents FOCAL's activities and accomplishments throughout its existence. Thank you for your interest in the work of FOCAL.

Commentary: Where is the Conservative vision to advance and protect Canadian interests abroad?

Carlo Dade
Aug. 2, 2011

Recently Canada has lost several public policy centres, or think-tanks, that have long been important to Canadian engagement abroad. The loss leaves Canada at a competitive disadvantage with our primary competitors and colleagues on the international stage.

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Commentary: Sanctions take their toll in Honduras

Lesley Burns
Dec. 3, 2010

One year after the post-coup election in Honduras, the ongoing search for legitimacy comes at a high cost for its people.
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Commentary: Canada at home in the hemisphere?

Carlo Dade
December 2009

Looking back, it appears that our shift away from Europe may have been less about the Americas and more about America. The view from below the Rio Grande is telling in this regard; though an active OAS member, outside of its orbit, Canada appears as a curiosity, popping up from behind the American behemoth from time to time. The region’s frustration with Canada is not with what it does, but that it does not do more and do so more consistently.

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A View of the Hemisphere



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