Inside and Out at the Human Rights Museum (Post)

Published on openDemocracy.net on October 14, 2014 The Canadian Museum for Human Rights opened this month in Winnipeg, in western Canada, reigniting a long-running controversy over its portrayal of human rights issues. Before turning to that debate, however, an initial question arises – what is a human rights museum? At first blush, most people find the… Read More

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Harper at the UN: The Speech He Could (But Won’t) Give (Post)

In a few days, Prime Minister Stephen Harper will address the UN General Assembly. In an alternate universe, imagine a scenario where he is planning to use the event to announce a fundamental new direction for his foreign policy. Perhaps he realizes, in the wake of several turbulent months in global politics, that ‘no going along to get along’ is proving a bit… Read More

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Last Year’s CIPS Blog Highlights, Part 1: Harper’s Foreign Policy (Post)

Last academic year—our third year of publication—CIPS Blog presented a sterling lineup of posts on topics spanning the globe, with a particular focus on Canadian foreign policy. Below, and in successive newsletters this fall, we’ll be presenting highlights from the past year: some of the most interesting, insightful and tough-minded reflections on Ca… Read More

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A Do and Don’t List for the UN’s New Human Rights High Commissioner (Post)

Published on openDemocracy.net on June 7, 2014 The Permanent Representative of Jordan to the United Nations, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein (“Prince Zeid”), has just been nominated as the next United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The outgoing High Commissioner – Navi Pillay of South Africa – served for six years. The High C… Read More

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Quick Take: What’s the Significance of Ukraine/Russia So Far? (Post)

What’s the most significant outcome to date of developments in Ukraine/Russia? CIPS faculty were invited to give brief responses to this question—still very much a development in progress, as many of them point out. Here’s a range of strikingly disparate takes on the meaning of the Ukraine/Russia crisis from a lineup of our expert scholars. Contributors… Read More

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Canada Makes Palestinian Human Rights a Pawn in Mideast Peace Talks (Post)

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

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Coming Soon: A Truly Global Human Rights Revolution? (Post)

Published on the openGlobalRights Blog, March 31, 2014  There is an unmistakable fin de régime sentiment to much current thinking regarding international human rights. Conferences and discussion forums convene to debate ‘the future of human rights’, with implicit in the title the idea that there might not be one.  An upsurge in interest in the history of… Read More

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Russia’s Crimea Caper: One More Nail in the Non-Intervention Coffin (Post)

Both Russia and those opposing its intervention in Crimea are making claims regarding the legality of its acts. Russia is asserting the right to use force in Crimea and, if necessary, in eastern Ukraine. The U.S., Canada, and European states counter that doing so is an act of aggression. Indeed, in Foreign Minister John Baird’s opinion, this aggression was… Read More

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Belief, Not Principle, Guiding Canada’s Mideast Policy (Post)

There has been a good deal of debate regarding Prime Minister Harper’s visit to Israel, and in particular his speech to the Israeli Knesset. Supporters of the government trumpet what they see as a triumphant Prime Ministerial tour, one that has further cemented bilateral ties and reinforced the government’s strong and “principled” support for Israel. Cr… Read More

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Checking Whose Reality? Contra Burney/Hampson on Canada’s Mideast Policy (Post)

Writing last week in the Globe and Mail (“Canada and the Middle East – A reality check”), Derek Burney and Fen Hampson aim to “set the record straight” regarding the Harper government’s diplomacy in the Middle East. Their effort to defend that policy, however, bends facts and distorts the “reality” they claim needs checking. For a start, aid disbursements t… Read More

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