Canada Makes Palestinian Human Rights a Pawn in Mideast Peace Talks

As John Kerry’s deadline fast approaches for concluding a ‘Framework Agreement’ in the resuscitated Israel-Palestine negotiations, few are optimistic. Those disparaging the deal, or even the need for a deal, appear to have the upper hand in both camps.  The Obama administration, newly preoccupied with Russia and with mounting security challenges in A… Read More

NATO, China and Afghanistan at the Security-Development Nexus

By Kirsten Van Houten and Benjamin Zyla Since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled the Taliban in 2001, NATO has provided extensive security and development assistance to Afghanistan. While NATO is slated to withdraw from Afghanistan later this year, the international community must stay involved in the development and conflict mitigation processes th… Read More

Diplomatic Prospects for Supporting Democracy Development

By Jeremy Kinsman, University of California and Ryerson University Jeremy Kinsman will be speaking at the CIPS panel ‘Is Democracy Rising or Receding?’ on February 14, 2014. From its inception in 2007, the international project A Diplomat’s Handbook for Democracy Development Support (now in its third edition) has produced a fact- and interview-based a… Read More

Refugee Protection and Human Rights: Nothing Bogus About It

By Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada Regarder la video de la conférence de Alex Neve au CÉPI: Protecting Refugees: It’s a human rights issue The lambasting that Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews received from federal Immigration Minister Chris Alexander last week about refugee health care was despairingly illust… Read More

Ironic or Apt? Experiencing NATO

By Stephen Saideman, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University Stephen Saideman will be giving a talk at CIPS about his newly-released book on January 28, 2014 I am not sure whether it was ironic or just especially appropriate that I learned a key lesson about NATO the first week of September 2001. I had just started a fellowship t… Read More

Canada and Bangladesh: Beyond Rana Plaza

By Stephen Baranyi and Alicia Dobson This essay, along with the ones by Yiagadeesen (Teddy) Samy and by Syed Sajjadur Rahman, arose out of the Bangladesh: Out of Fragility symposium held at the University of Ottawa on November 26, 2013. The tragic death of over 1100 workers at Rana Plaza in April 2013 generated a burst of international interest in Bangladesh… Read More

Bangladesh: The Future of Development Partnerships

By Syed Sajjadur Rahman, Visiting Professor, School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa This essay, along with the ones by Yiagadeesen (Teddy) Samy and by Stephen Baranyi and Alicia Dobson, arose out of the Bangladesh: Out of Fragility symposium held at the University of Ottawa on November 26, 2013. The Bangladesh econ… Read More

Bangladesh: Out of Fragility?

By Yiagadeesen (Teddy) Samy, Associate Professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University This essay, along with the ones by Sajjad Rahman and by Stephen Baranyi and Alicia Dobson, arose out of the Bangladesh: Out of Fragility symposium held at the University of Ottawa on November 26, 2013. Bangladesh’s weak democrat… Read More

Authorizing U.S. Warfare: Domestic Critics, Global Constituencies and the Renewal of the AUMF

By Mariah Zeisberg, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan. She will be giving a lecture at CIPS on January 23, 2014. The 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), which the United States Congress enacted after 9/11 to authorize combat against Al Qaeda, is still being used to authorize U.S. military operations—many a… Read More

Why is Ottawa Accelerating its International Aid Budget Cuts by Stealth?

By Bruce Montador, Senior Fellow, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa The Harper government started two years ago to cut back on official development assistance (ODA), announcing in 2012 a three-year series of cuts (even if Canada is among the donor countries least under fiscal pressure to cut ODA). However, it is ac… Read More