Brian Stewart

Canada and abroad

One of this country's most experienced journalists and foreign correspondents, Brian Stewart is currently a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Munk School for Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. He also sits on the advisory board of Human Rights Watch Canada. In almost four decades of reporting, he has covered many of the world's conflicts and reported from 10 war zones, from El Salvador to Beirut and Afghanistan.

Latest from Brian Stewart

Analysis

Hindsight defence is no defence at all

Of all the Chilcot report’s findings, special notice must be taken of its vigorous ripping apart of the hindsight defence — that great refuge of politicians following disasters, when they shrug sadly with an “If only we’d known then what we know now…”
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Why the spy trade is such a booming industry: Brian Stewart

The alleged Russian plot that targeted the U.S. presidential election has raised concerns we’re headed for Cold War levels of spying, but there’s actually plenty of evidence the world soared past that point years ago.
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'Without precedent in modern times': Why the world's vortex of crises will keep swirling in 2017

Last year was one wild, unpredictable and unforgettable ride, but 2017 could well be as frighteningly full of shocks, with everything from global trade wars to a new nuclear arms race potentially on the horizon, Brian Stewart writes.
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More than just hacks: Russia's 'hybrid warfare' has been targeting western Europe for months

To view the cyberattacks on Hillary Clinton's presidential election campaign as a unique offence — as many Americans seem to do — is to miss the full picture, Brian Stewart writes.
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Once Mosul is recaptured from ISIS, what then?: Brian Stewart

The campaign to free Mosul from ISIS is one for the books — a tactical nightmare placed on top of an active political volcano.
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Turkey's purged post-coup military has NATO allies nervous: Brian Stewart

Just over two months after the failed coup in Turkey, President Recep Erdogan's relentless purges of many layers of society are putting the country's fragile democracy under extraordinary strain.
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Chaos could be the reward of victory over ISIS in Iraq: Brian Stewart

It’s one of the grimmest ironies of war in Iraq: The advance of ISIS two years ago terrified foreign governments, but the steady retreat of the same jihadist group now makes diplomats nervous about what’s next.
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'A very dangerous game': Russia vs. Ukraine showdown reaches risky new level

The tension flare-ups just keep coming in the armed confrontation between Ukraine and Russia and now the military buildup at the borders has reached the most dangerous level in two years, Brian Stewart writes.
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Trudeau government taking a long look at precarious peacekeeping options: Brian Stewart

It's not surprising the Liberal government is having a difficult time deciding where and how best to fulfil its election pledge to lead Canada back into significant peacekeeping — there is simply no shortage of potentially life-or-death factors to consider.
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Expect more instability in aftermath of failed coup in Turkey: Brian Stewart

In all the drama of the failed coup attempt, there could be no doubt this partial military uprising will be a brutal setback for Turkey and for already slim hopes for stability in the Middle East.
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Hindsight defence is no defence at all

Of all the Chilcot report’s findings, special notice must be taken of its vigorous ripping apart of the hindsight defence — that great refuge of politicians following disasters, when they shrug sadly with an “If only we’d known then what we know now…”
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Brexit isn't the half of it: How Angela Merkel juggles Europe's many crises

It's been decades since a European leader has had to juggle as many crises under such extreme stress as German Chancellor Angela Merkel is doing right now. If only Brexit were her only torch in the air. But for the woman hailed last year as the "indispensable European," the torches just keep coming.
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Airport attack another reason for Turkey to ditch its 'precious loneliness': Brian Stewart

The attack on the Istanbul airport is but the latest trauma in a nightmare couple of years for Turkey. It has been battered by terrorism, overflows of foreign refugees, political turmoil, and even a headlong descent into friendless international isolation.
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Still 'the indispensable European'?: A look at Angela Merkel's dramatic reversal of fortune

There is no more striking example of how fast political glory can fade than the astonishing and accelerating new perils facing German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Brian Stewart writes.
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NATO vs. Putin sabre-rattling raises Cold War concerns: Brian Stewart

An already tense security situation in eastern Europe is about to become even more strained as Poland and its NATO partners prepare to test their ability to mobilize both arms and political will to stand against any Russian provocation in the Baltic region.