On April 6, 2023, I delivered a presentation at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), Russia’s leading university for the study of international affairs. The subject of my presentation was the Canadian government’s chronic appeasement of U.S. aggression. In the course of my presentation, I argued that Canada’s voting record in the current session of the U.N. Assembly, its responses to war crimes committed by U.S. officials and its acquiescence in Finland’s recent admission to NATO all reveal a disturbing tendency to accede to the hegemonic agenda of the United States government – even when doing so is contrary to Canada’s security or other interests.
MGIMO students who attended my presentation were invited to ask questions. In the Q&A, students and I discussed such questions as the legality of Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine, nuclear proliferation and the foreign policies of Greece. The Q&A was moderated by the Deputy Dean of MGIMO, Aleksei Dundich.
The video of my presentation and the Q&A with students is can be viewed here.
In the course of my presentation at MGIMO, I made reference to a document setting forth the results of my analysis of Canada’s voting record in the current, 77th session of the U.N. General Assembly. (That document can be viewed here). My analysis reveals that, in the current session of the U.N. General Assembly, Canada has voted with the United States more than any other nation, except Israel. Israel voted with the United States 83% of the time, while Canada voted with the U.S. almost three times out of four (74%). Moreover, when Canada did not vote with the United States, it frequently abstained rather than cast a vote that contradicted the U.S. vote. In only 14% of the cases did Canada cast a vote which contradicted the U.S. vote. My analysis also revealed that, of the 50 states that voted most often with the United States, 42 of them, or 84%, were Western states.
Finally, I also examined the level of international support for the voting positions taken by four countries: China, Russia, Canada and the United States. China’s voting positions enjoyed the highest level of international support, with an average of 108 supporting votes. Russia’s voting positions had the second-highest level of international support, with an average of 89 supporting votes. Canada came in third, with an average of 87 supporting votes. The United States came in last place by a wide margin, with an average of 65 supporting votes. These statistics provide no support for the Western claim that China and Russia are isolated internationally. If anything, they suggest that it is the United States which finds itself increasingly isolated.