After several years of strategic hiring, the University of Ottawa now houses a very strong group of international affairs experts across its many departments and schools. Institutional reputations take time to build, but the university is already gaining global recognition as a centre for cutting-edge research, scholar-practitioner interaction, and public debate of international issues. CIPS’ mandate is to provide a focal point for this activity.

This was another exciting year of growth and innovation at CIPS. In October we launched a blog that now features over 130 posts by experts at uOttawa and beyond. In an era of proliferating online media, when it’s hard to know where to turn for reliable analysis, it’s significant that the CIPS Blog is written exclusively by academic experts and experienced policy practitioners.

Last week CIPS hosted a fascinating lecture by Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal, the last of a series of 72 international affairs events that we organized or cosponsored in the 2011-12 academic year. Since the Centre launched in early 2008, we have hosted more than 270 public lectures, along with numerous workshops, conferences and consultations. As a venue for discussion of global policy issues, CIPS is second to none in Canada.

CIPS also continued to support the uOttawa research community by launching two new networks of researchers this year – the Security Studies Network and the International Theory Network – both of which will bring together scholars, students and practitioners.

During the 2012-13 academic year I will be on sabbatical leave at another university and Prof. David Petrasek will serve as acting director of CIPS. Please contact him if you have any suggestions or questions.

Let me take this opportunity to thank the CIPS staff, particularly Program Coordinator Cynthia Brassard-Boudreau and Publications Coordinator Natalie Brender, as well as CIPS Program Assistants Carl Hageraats and Erica van Wyngaarden, for the superb work they did over the last year.

Stay tuned for a new season of CIPS programming in September!

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