An International Election That Canada Can Help to Fix (Post)

By David Petrasek and Allan Rock Published in the Toronto Star, February 24, 2015 The emergence of potential candidates reminds us that the 2016 race for the White House has already begun. Canadians will watch the American contest in fascination and frustration, aware that although the choice has momentous consequences for Canada, we are mere spectators… Read More

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On Human Rights, Baird Leaves a Troubled Legacy (Post)

This is one of a series of CIPS Blog posts examining the legacy of John Baird as Canada’s foreign minister. See also the posts by Peter Jones, Ferry de Kerckhove and Colin Robertson. John Baird’s decision to resign naturally invites comments on his 20 years in politics. His record will be contested, of course. Yet no doubt all will applaud his energy a… Read More

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The ICC: Breach in the Dyke, or High Water Mark? (Post)

Published on openGlobalRights, November 3, 2014 The International Criminal Court (ICC) is back in the news. Pressure is growing on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to accede to the Rome Statute; if he does so, the ICC might gain the authority to investigate alleged war crimes in Gaza and the Occupied Territories.  Just a few weeks ago, “ci… Read More

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Twitter and the #Ottawa Attacks (Post)

As we move past the immediate shock, anger and grief precipitated by the attack in Ottawa last week, debate is beginning in earnest on several fronts: the motivation of the attacker, the adequacy of existing laws to meet ‘lone wolf’ threats, and the risks of another attack. But there are other, more prosaic questions. For example, one that remains unans… Read More

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Ottawa Attacks: What We Must Do—and Not Do—in Response (Post)

Locked in today at the University of Ottawa, looking down on the largely deserted canal bike path, several hundred metres from the cenotaph where this morning’s horrifying events began, I was stunned. I was also shaking, and afraid—but not out of any sense of personal peril. I felt perfectly safe, even knowing innocent people were shot and killed or wou… Read More

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Inside and Out at the Human Rights Museum (Post)

Published on 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 t… 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… 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 reflectio… Read More

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

Published on 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. Th… 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. Contri… Read More

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