Over the last decade, Canada has changed its international focus, becoming more directly tied to both U.S. interests and methods of attaining and maintaing those interests. This has meant a dramatic increase in military spending, and a necessary redefinition of the role the country plays in the world. But are Canada's politicians and militarists prepared to enter the byzantine world of hard power politics, and is the Canadian public being adequately informed about the ramifications of the nation's new course? Sharmine Narwani is a Senior Associate at St. Antony's College, Oxford University and writes commentary and analysis of Middle East geopolitics for La Akhbar, Al Jazeera, the Huffington Post, and New York Times, among others. She holds Masters degrees from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in both Journalism and Middle East Studies. Sharmine has made three trips into Syria this year alone, and is recently returned from a visit to Iran, where she conducted a series of interviews concerning poltical and development issues there. Sharmine Narwani also produce the blog mideastshuffle.com where an archive of her writings on the region may be accessed.