About Allan Rock

President, University of Ottawa

Allan Rock

Syrians Suffer ‘Our’ Collective Failure

By Allan Rock and Lloyd Axworthy Published in the Globe and Mail, September 10, 2013 Almost a month has passed since the world learned that chemical weapons were used against the Syrian people. Apart from florid rhetoric, there still has been no response. No consequences for the monstrous regime. No act of global denunciation. More importantly, nothing to… Read More

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Looking Back at Kosovo Can Move the Syria Conflict Forward

By Allan Rock and Lloyd Axworthy Published in the Globe and Mail, August 26, 2013 President Obama seems finally ready to engage in Syria with more than hollow rhetoric. Sadly, this comes after more than 100,000 deaths, two million refugees and massive internal destruction. It comes too after sustained inaction has allowed fanatic Islamists to infiltrate… Read More

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Will Barack Obama Help Syria?

By Lloyd Axworthy and Allan Rock Now that the U.S. Election is over… While post-election attention focuses on the looming battle between President Obama and congressional Republicans about the fiscal cliff, it is important also to remember the abyss in Syria. Thousands are being killed every month. The UN predicts four million will be in need of hum… Read More

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A Reflection on Responsibility: What Does Syria Mean for R2P?

By Lloyd Axworthy and Allan Rock Published in Diplomat Magazine, October 4, 2012 The world has watched in frustration as the brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad of Syria has turned its weapons against its own citizens to suppress an insurgency and cling to power. The shocking estimates of civilian casualties (some as high as 20,000) don’t measure the untold… Read More

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Scars of War Remain in Uganda

The full article was published in the Ottawa Citizen, March 13, 2012. By coincidence, I was in Pader, northern Uganda, last week when the video about the murderous warlord Joseph Kony, called Kony 2012, went viral. The video has ignited controversy concerning the motives and methods of those behind the populist campaign to see him captured. If nothing else… Read More

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Canadians Can Help Stop the Persecution of Iran’s Baha’i

By Allan Rock and Lloyd Axworthy With the eyes of the world on the Arab Spring, the populist struggles in Iran have faded from view. Yet some in Iran continue to face appalling levels of abuse, oppression, and injustice. The hopes for reform in Iran that were raised in June 2009 have proven empty, while the prisons remain full. Political prisoners are routinel… Read More

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A Victory for the Responsibility to Protect

By Lloyd Axworthy and Allan Rock Published in the Ottawa Citizen, October 25, 2011 In a fortuitous coincidence, last week’s liberation of Libya occurred exactly a decade after the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle was proposed by the Canadian-initiated International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS). The succe… Read More

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