The Arab Spring, One Year Later (Event)

Panel discussion featuring: BARAK BARFI, New America Foundation, Washington, D.C. PETER JONES, University of Ottawa OMAR ASHOUR, Exeter University, U.K., and Brookings Doha Centre. Moderated by ROLAND PARIS, University of Ottawa Presented by CIPS. Free. In English. Map of event location (90 University) One year after the beginning of what was then c… Read More

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Elle court, elle court, la rumeur à propos de la dévaluation du franc CFA (Post)

Depuis quelques jours, alors que la crise de la dette publique fait rage en Europe, une rumeur persistante à propos d’une très prochaine dévaluation du franc CFA est dans toutes les conversations. Rappelons que dans le cadre de l’accord monétaire assez spécial de la Zone franc, l’euro est rattaché à parité fixe au franc CFA (Communauté Financière d’Afriqu… Read More

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Almost One Year On: Lessons from the Arab Spring (Post)

Guest contributor: STEFAN WOLFF Professor of International Security at the University of Birmingham, UK When Mohamed Bouazizi, a jobless graduate in the provincial city of Sidi Bouzid in Tunisia, about 200km southwest of the capital Tunis, set himself on fire on 18 December 2010 after police had confiscated a cart from which he was selling fruit and veget… Read More

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Anvil Mining and Human Rights Abuses in the Congo: Seeking Justice through Canadian Courts (Event)

PATRICIA FEENY, Rights and Accountability in Development, and ANDIE LAMB, Global Witness. Presented by CIPS and the Human Rights Research and Education Center. Free. In English. Registration is not required. Anvil Mining, a company with headquarters in Canada, has been accused of being complicit in human rights abuses in the DRC, including an attack on… Read More

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Mission incomplète (Post)

Published in La Presse.ca, October 27, 2011 La guerre en Libye est maintenant terminée, du moins celle dans laquelle sont engagés les Occidentaux, avec la mort du dictateur Mouammar Kadhafi. Selon le ministre des Affaires étrangères, John Baird, «la mission autorisée par les Nations unies pour protéger les civils libyens contre le régime Kadhafi a manif… Read More

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‘Conflict Minerals’, Canada and African Civil Wars (Post)

The global campaign against so-called ‘conflict minerals’ is gathering pace, with Canada playing a central role.The campaign is primarily focused on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), from where reports about ‘rape’ or ‘blood’ cellphones’ have fueled our collective guilt, so much so that the names of previously obscure minerals such as coltan… Read More

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The Ripple Effects of Gadhafi’s Death (Post)

Published in the Globe and Mail, October 21, 2011. Although the images of Moammar Gadhafi’s body being dragged through the streets are disturbing, one can understand why his death is being deliriously welcomed in Libya. Often regarded as a clown in the West, Colonel Gadhafi was a brutal tyrant. His death removes the slim chance that he, or forces loyal to him… Read More

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Peacebuilding in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Contradictions and Gaps (Event)

Panelists: MODESTE MBA TALLA, JOHN NKOKO LIPAMBALA, ARLETTE MAYALA NKOSI, University of Ottawa. Chaired by STEPHEN BROWN, School of Political Studies, and STEPHEN BARANYI, School of International Development and Global Studies Presented by the Fragile States Research Network at CIPS, in association with the African Study and Research Laboratory. F… Read More

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Kwesi Aning and Ernest Lartey, Establishing the Future State of the Peacebuilding Commission: Perspectives on Africa (Publication)

The paper discusses the strategic role of the Peacebuilding Commission as a vital component in the attainment of the new peacebuilding vision and architecture and examines its potential implications for sustainable peace in Africa. Kwesi Aning is Head, Conflict Prevention Management and Resolution Department, Kofi Annan International Peacekeepin… Read More

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Canadian Policy Towards the Democratic Republic of Congo (Publication)

by Eugenia Zorbas CIPS Policy Brief No. 8, May 2010 Current Canadian policy towards the DRC is ineffective and inefficient. It can be greatly improved without necessarily committing additional financial or military resources. Ottawa should champion a more coordinated, multilateral approach to all dealings with the DRC and explicitly involve all stak… Read More

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