March 26, Luncheon Speaker Series – Can Canada Do More for Refugees?

Western countries have been prone to populist rhetoric that is leading to more and more stringent and security-focused policies. If Western media highlighted the Rohingya refugee crisis for a few months, most crises remain underreported and as a result, the gap between humanitarian funding requirements to save lives and donations – from governments in particular – is increasing. Solutions exist though – including in Canada through resettlement of the most vulnerable – although the gap between the needs and the spaces offered is similarly increasing. What is the role of Canada in addressing these challenges and seizing opportunities to do better?

Sarah Bowles

Letter of ongoing concern from civil society regarding Saudi LAV deal

  On March 5, 2019 a large group of civil society organizations released to the media and public their open letter to the Prime Minister of Canada, calling on him to address their ongoing concern about the Saudi LAV deal. English and French version can found be found below, or download the Pdf version through the following links.… Read More »

Feb 26, Luncheon Speaker Series – Canada’s “Illusory Foreign Policy”: How Canada Addresses the World, One Gesture at a Time

Andrew Cohen is an author, columnist, broadcaster, and professor of journalism at Carleton University. He teaches courses on Canada and the United States, Canada and the World, and analytical writing.
In a career of 40 years, he has written for The Globe and Mail, The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, United Press International, Time,, and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, among other publications.
He has won two National Newspaper Awards and three National Magazine Awards and been awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. He writes a weekly column for The Ottawa Citizen and appears as a commentator on CTV News Channel on U.S. politics.
His seven books cover subjects ranging from Canada’s constitutional politics to national character to Arctic exploration. His study of Canadian foreign policy — While Canada Slept: How We Lost Our Place in the World — was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction.

Sarah Bowles

Canada and Palestine: Exploring Canada’s Historical and Contemporary Relationship with Palestine and the Palestinian People.

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 Co-Organizers: Professor Nadia Abu-Zahra, Professor Reem Bahdi, Professor Michael Lynk, Dr Jeremy Wildeman & Omar Burgan
Canada-Palestine Research Symposium 2019

Sarah Bowles

Bolsonaro in Power: The Why, The Ugly, and The Foggy

Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as President of Brazil on January 1st. An ultra-conservative, bitter, prejudiced and verbally aggressive admirer of Brazil’s military regime, he had been on the political and ideological fringe for more than two decades but now finds himself as the head of one of the world’s largest countries, whether by territory, population or the economy. His election, last October, was met the world over by shrill warnings of fascism and hair-raising comparisons with the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte, and Chile’s Augusto Pinochet—whom he praised during the campaign.

Democratic Transition and Peacebuilding in Ethiopia

December 14th, 2018, 2:00-4:00pm University of Ottawa, L’amoureux Room 220 145 Jean-Jacques-Lussier Private December 15th, 2108, 1:00pm – 4pm Bronson Centre 211 Bronson Ave   Ethio-Canadian Peacebuilding Network is organizing events focused on the importance of peacebuilding and national reconciliation in Ethiopia. Over the last 8 months Ethiopia has gone through unprecedented  political reform that is having significant… Read More »

Sarah Bowles

CIPS Hosts Release of Asia Foundation’s 2018 Survey of the Afghan People

Event Date: December 11, 2018 – 9:00am to 11:30am Location: Faculty of Social Science 4004, 120 University Private, Ottawa Voices of the Afghan People The Asia Foundation releases its 14th annual public perception survey Afghanistan is at an important moment in its history. Despite a persistent insurgency that continues to control and destabilize roughly half of the country,… Read More »

Sarah Bowles

2018, G78 Conference Report and Policy Recommendations has been Released

Ottawa December 3, 2018 The Group of 78 (G78) is a non-governmental organization, founded in 1981, dedicated to the promotion of a progressive foreign policy based on principles of sustainable peace, justice, and global survival in the face of contemporary challenges. Its report Meeting the Climate Challenge: Accelerating the Transition to a Post-Carbon World, G78 Conference Report and… Read More »

The Division of America: Looking ahead after the 2018 Midterm Elections

In all likelihood, the Democrats will retake the House of Representatives in the November 6th elections. That will set the stage for an even more divisive atmosphere in Washington, as the Democrats will now be empowered to pass legislation in Congress that reflects their values and concerns. Will the 116th Congress look to heal wounds and find ways to build bridges or will it further entrench the two tribes? What will be the impact on Canada? For the global rules of order?

What Would it Take to Achieve Peace in Yemen?

Pdf Early Bird Ticket Sale – Eventbrite Only (sale ends Nov. 13th) $5.00 – Early Bird, Student/Unwaged Ticket (Sale ends November 13, 2018) $10.00 – Early Bird, Regular Ticket, (Sale ends November 13, 2018) Tickets on 17th October: $10.00 – Student/unwaged $15 – Regular Ticket Available at the door or through Eventbrite Join us on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 for… Read More »