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4th January 2018 – The Hill Times

How Canada should respond to the Iranian protests

Sheryl Saperia

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians are protesting in cities across the country. At the time of writing, Iranian security forces have killed at least 21 protesters, and hundreds have been arrested. more...

13th July 2017 – The Jerusalem Post

Israel-Labeled West Bank Wines Banned From Ontario

Benjamin Weinthal

Canadian vendors are asked to remove the wine from their shelves and to discontinue importing them. more...

9th September 2016 – The Canadian Jewish News

No Panacea for Radicalization

Sheryl Saperia

The case of Aaron Driver, the 24-year-old Muslim convert killed by police before he could carry out a terrorist attack against a major urban centre, has again focused public attention on Canada’s capacities to combat radicalization. more...

25th July 2016 – The Hill Times

Should Canada reopen its embassy in Iran?

Sheryl Saperia

The embassy must be tasked with the immensely difficult job of protecting Canadian citizens and Canadian security interests in the region, not with lining the pockets of those with little regard for these imperatives. more...

4th July 2016 – The Canadian Jewish News

Our Next Man (Or Woman) In Tehran

Sheryl Saperia

Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion recently confirmed that preliminary official contact between Iran and Canada has begun, toward the goal of restoring diplomatic relations between the two countries. more...

27th July 2015 – The Hill Times

Canada Is Right Not To Lift Iran Sanctions Prematurely

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The nuclear deal that six world powers signed with Iran earlier this month will soon remove most international sanctions in exchange for Iran’s acceptance of long-term restrictions on its nuclear program. more...

17th June 2015 – The Canadian Jewish News

In Defence of the Senate

Sheryl Saperia

The Senate has faced vociferous attack in recent weeks. Accusations abound that an appointed Senate has no right to dissent from Conservative MP Michael Chong’s Reform Act, which was approved by a majority of members of Parliament in the elected House of Commons. The Mike Duffy trial continues, and at the time of writing, the Upper Chamber was bracing for fallout from the auditor general’s report on senators’ expenses. more...

23rd December 2014 – The Canadian Jewish News

Why the World Should Follow Canada’s Lead on Iran

Sheryl Saperia

Over a year ago, U.S. Department of State spokesperson Jen Psaki insisted that, “If Iranians don’t get to a ‘yes’ at the end of six months, we can put in place more sanctions.” more...

25th November 2014 – The Canadian Jewish News

Understanding Lone-Wolf Terrorism

Sheryl Saperia

Last month, two lone wolf attacks occurred in Canada. Martin Couture-Rouleau ran over a pair of soldiers with his car, killing one and injuring another, before police shot him. Days later, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau gunned down a soldier at the National War Memorial. more...

28th October 2014 – The Canadian Jewish News

The Troubling Truth About Turkey

Sheryl Saperia

Those who downplay the danger posed by terrorism often fall back on the argument that the terrorist designation is nothing more than a political instrument to attack one’s opponents or dissenters, and is therefore entirely subjective. more...

29th August 2014 – The Canadian Jewish News

Should Canadians fight in faraway conflicts?

Sheryl Saperia

Is it possible to articulate any broad principles governing the acceptability of Canadians fighting abroad, apart from serving in the Canadian Armed Forces? more...

5th August 2014 – The Canadian Jewish News

Lessons for Canada from the Gaza War

Sheryl Saperia

While Israel battles Hamas both above and below ground, Canada should evaluate its own counter-terrorism strategies and foreign policy in light of the particular dynamics of this war. more...

3rd June 2014 – The Canadian Jewish News

Uniting Behind Human Rights

Sheryl Saperia

Last month, Canada’s Parliament displayed rare unity. Iran Accountability Week... more...

17th May 2014 – The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: The Benefits Of Canadian Parliament’s ‘Adopt Iranian Political Prisoner’ Campaign

Benjamin Weinthal

Canada’s parliament hosted last week an “Iran Accountability Week,” which seeks to change the one-dimensional focus on Iran’s illicit nuclear program. more...

8th May 2014 – Canadian Jewish News

Citizenship Revocation as a National Security Tool

Sheryl Saperia

Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, has headed to a parliamentary committee for further study. From a national security perspective, the bill’s... more...

9th April 2014 – The Canadian Jewish News

Iran’s Charter of Intolerance

Sheryl Saperia

Canadian stakeholders have approached Senator David Tkachuk, who championed the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act (JVTA) for eight years before it became... more...

3rd March 2014 – The Canadian Jewish News

Beyond Nuclear: The Threat of Iranian Terrorism

Sheryl Saperia

Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program have dominated headlines worldwide. With the debate inundated with references to break-out times, heavy-water plants... more...

24th February 2014 – National Post

The Case for Revoking Citizenship

Sheryl Saperia

An op-ed recently appeared in the National Post criticizing Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act. The legislation would revoke the Canadian... more...

31st January 2014 – The Huffington Post

Keep Relief Efforts From Terrorists’ Hands

Sheryl Saperia

War, natural disasters and political instability ensure that the issue of foreign aid remains at the forefront of Canadian policy and public debate. It is a complex... more...

13th January 2014 – Ottawa Citizen

Protecting the World’s Christians

Sheryl Saperia

As the winter holidays wind down for another year, Canadians can reflect on the blessing of their democracy, which enables its citizens to celebrate or ignore... more...


Sheryl Saperia

Director of Policy for Canada


6th March 2012 - 4:30 AM

Iran and Syria Today

A conversation with Irwin Cotler, Reuel Marc Gerecht, and John Hannah
Hosted by Canadian Senator Linda Frum and FDD