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Getting to the bottom of the crisis in Lebanon

Featuring: Ruby Dagher

2020 Policy Forum

The Future of Peacekeeping in the Transition to a More Peaceful World: Why UN peace operations are critical and need to be expanded

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Keynote Address: This will be a broad overview of the political and conflict environment in which UN Peacekeeping Operations (UNPKO) play an important role. The value-added of UN peacekeeping with the peace process as the “centre of gravity” of the overall mission will be highlighted.

Jean-Marie Guehenno, former USG for DPKO, former head of International Crisis Group (Speaking from New York City)

PANEL 1: Successes and Failures and Lessons Learned

Peggy Mason, President of the Rideau Institute
Lise Morjé Howard, Prof of Government at Georgetown University, author of Power in Peacekeeping and UN Peacekeeping in Civil wars (Speaking from Paris, France)
Richard Gowan, UN Director, International Crisis Group, broad expertise and hands-on experience with UN. (Speaking from New York City.)

Panel 2 CONTROVERSIES Impartiality Consent Use of Force

Peggy Mason, President of the Rideau Institute
Jane Boulden, Professor, Department of Politics and Economics at the Royal Military College of Canada, with a particular focus on UN efforts to manage conflict. (Speaking from Kingston, Ontario.)
Paul Williams, Professor and Assoc Director of the Security Policy Studies program in the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. Co-editor of Oxford Handbook on UN Peacekeeping. (Speaking from Washington, D.C.)

Panel 3 FUTURE Options for UN Peace Operations

Peggy Mason, President of the Rideau Institute 
Victoria K. Holt, Vice President of the Stimson Centre, former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Security (U.S. Dept of State) (speaking from Washington) 
Peter Langille, Author and lead expert on UN Emergency Peace Service and “sustainable common security”. (Speaking from Ottawa)

Panel 4 Contributions by CANADA to UN Peace Operations

Jane Boulden, Fellow at the Queen’s University Centre for International and Defence Policy and a Professor at the Royal Military College of Canada
Peggy Mason, President of Rideau Institute, former Amb for Disarmament to the UN, former peacekeeping trainer (1995-2014), (Speaking from Ottawa)
Stephen Baranyi, Univ of Ottawa Assoc Prof in International Development and Global Studies, researching peacebuilding in fragile and conflict-affected states (Speaking from Ottawa)
Walter Dorn, RMC and Canadian Forces College professor, author, and a leading Canadian expert on UN peacekeeping including new technologies (Speaking from Toronto)

Coming SOON!

Panel 5: Conclusions and Recommendations

Following the Thanksgiving long weekend (10-12 October 2020), there will be a one-week pause to consider and reflect, followed by a fifth panel on overall conclusions and policy recommendations. (This session is only available to Full Conference Pass holders.)

Given the impending American election and its potentially dramatic foreign policy implications, we are now planning our Conclusions and Recommendations webinar for early to mid-November. Please stay tuned as it will be worth the wait!

Why the ‘Trump era’ could last for thirty years

Manfred Bienefeld, Professor Emeritus, School of Policy and Public Administration
Jayati Ghosh, Professor of Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Robert H. Wade, Professor of global political economy at the London School of Economics.

Canadian Foreign Policy: Time For A Re-Set?
Featuring: Peggy Mason, Daryl Copeland & Margaret Huber

Getting to Net Zero
Featuring: Senator Mary Coyle

The Battle for Universal Pharmacare in Canada
Featuring Marc-André Gagnon

The Battle for the future of food in the deepening climate and coronavirus global emergencies
Featuring Timothy A. Wise

To order Tim’s Book

Tim’s recent writings and reaserch

Financing a Global Green New Deal: Trade and Development Report 2019 (2020)

Financement nouvelle donne écologique mondiale Rapport sur le commerce et développement 2019 (2020)



Global Markets Inequality and the Future of Democracy

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 Keynote Address by Robert Kuttner: Saving Democracy From Globalization:

Moderator: Roy Culpeper, Chair, Group of 78
Introductory Remarks: Ed Broadbent
Keynote speaker: Robert Kuttner, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University.

Dinner and Discussion: Q & A

Moderator: Roy Culpeper, Chair, Group of 78
Manfred Bienefeld, Professor Emeritus, School of Policy and Public Administration
Robert Kuttner, Heller School for Social Policy and Management,
Brandeis University.
Armine Yalnizyan, Former senior economist, Canadian Centre for
Policy Alternatives; Fellow at the Atkinson Foundation

Panel 1: Global and macroeconomic policies that drive increasing inequality and challenge democracy:

Moderator: Peter Venton, Former senior economist in Ontario Government
Mario Seccareccia, Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Ottawa
John Myles, Professor Emeritus of sociology and Senior Research
Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto

Panel 2: National, microeconomic, social and labour market policies leading to wage stagnation, precarity, the gig economy, growing income disparities:

Moderator: Gordon Betcherman, Professor, School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa
Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing, Executive Director, Canada without Poverty
Katherine Scott, Senior Economist, CCPA, gender equality and public policy
Ellen Russell, Associate professor in Digital Media and Journalism and Social and Environmental Justice programs, Wilfrid Laurier University

Keynote Address by Julie DelahantyPublic Good or Private Wealth?

Moderator: Roy Culpeper, Chair, Group of 78
Keynote speaker: Julie Delahanty, Executive Director, Oxfam Canada

Panel 3: Restoring policy space and national capacity to reverse growing inequality and strengthen democracy.

Moderator: Manfred Bienefeld, Professor Emeritus, School of Policy and Public Administration
Lars Osberg, McCulloch Professor of Economics, Dalhousie University
Toby Sanger, Executive Director, Canadians for Tax Fairness
Angella MacEwen, Senior Economist, Canadian Union of Public Employees


MEETING THE CLIMATE CHALLENGE: Accelerating the Transition to a Post-Carbon World

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E1. MEETING THE CLIMATE CHALLENGE Accelerating the Transition to a Post-Carbon World (YouTube)

 This episode is a recording of the opening remarks by Roy Culpeper and Indigenous Acknowledgement by Verna McGregor.

E2. MEETING THE CLIMATE CHALLENGE Accelerating the Transition to a Post-Carbon World (YouTube)

The second part of the opening remarks by Founder, Murray Thomson, where he explains how the Group of 78 all began.

E3. MEETING THE CLIMATE CHALLENGE: Joanna Kerr – Keynote Address

Keynote Address by Joanna Kerr – Executive director, Greenpeace Canada on Climate politics, solutions and the future of our planet

E4-E7: MEETING THE CLIMATE CHALLENGE: Panel 1 Magnitude of the Problem, A Comprehensive Approach Needed

 Moderator: Manfred Bienefeld, Vice Chair, Group of 78

Speaker 1: Rohinton P. Medhora – President, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)
Speaker 2: Prof. Gordon McBean – President, International Council for Science; Co-chair, Governing Council, Future Earth Speaker 3: Mike de Souza – Managing Editor, National Observer

E8-E10: MEETING THE CLIMATE CHALLENGE: Panel 2: The Trudeau Government’s Policies in a Global Perspective

 Moderator: Susan Tanner, Board Director, Group of 78, & Chair, Conference Planning Committee
Speaker 1: Dale Marshall, National Program Manager, Environmental Defence
Speaker 2: Scott Vaughan, CEO, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

E11: Lunch Speaker: Serious About Climate Resilience? Empower Gender Equality, Tracy Mann, Climate Wise Women

E12-E16: Panel 3: Getting from Here to There – Inspiring initiatives – Mobilizing People
part 5 of 5

 Moderator: Andrea Harden, Climate Campaigner, Council of Canadians
1: Martin Settle, Co-Executive Director, USC Canada – Actions on Global Agriculture
2: Karine Peloffy, Avocate conseil, Centre québécois du droit de l’environnement – Climate Lens on Environmental Assessment
4: Dr. Curtis Lavoie, CPHA, – Climate Change Impacts on Public Health

How to Stop Corporate Tax Dodging

Featuring: Dennis Howlett

Do We Still Need NATO

Featuring: Paul Robinson


Episode 2: How to Stop Corporate Tax Dodging – Dennis Howlett

In the wake of the Panama and Paradise Papers scandals, revealing global tax evasion on a massive scale, and increasing evidence of tax avoidance by the world’s largest corporations, Dennis Howlett will talk about whether such practices can be stopped, and how.

Music by: Christian Whelan


Episode 1: Iran, the US, and the Regional Crisis

Ambassador Seyed Hossein Mousavian talks about the complexities of the bilateral relationship between Iran and the US, and will shed light on regional issues from different views, pointing the way forward necessary to foster sustainable peace and security.

Music by: Christian Whelan