Vladimir Putin

MacKenzie, Major General (Ret'd) Lewis

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Some personal reminiscences. The timeliness and importance of the topic. The UN's original role. The Security Council trapped in a 1945 time warp. The veto. The council's work during the Cold War. The evaporation of the relative stability. Issues and problems for the Security Council. Some disasters. National self-interest. The continuing controversy regarding last year's war in Iraq. The speaker's support of the UN. The importance of being precise when criticizing the UN. Discussion about current events and Canada's role. Canada's overdue foreign and defence policy review underway now. The speaker's top two national vital interests. Canada's big bill to pay.