• Why Israel Made the Deal

    • October 20, 2011

    The full article was published in the Ottawa Citizen, October 20, 2011. In 1991, the Italian parliament passed a law prohibiting anybody not only from paying ransom but also from even negotiating with kidnappers. Colombia later followed suit. The legislation derived from the entirely logical argument that if fewer people paid ransom there would be

  • Virtue or Vice? Human Rights Diplomacy under the Tory Government

    • October 14, 2011

    Foreign Minister John Baird’s speech to the UN General Assembly in September was widely reported for the forceful manner in which he condemned the Palestinians’ ’unilateral’ bid for UN membership. Largely unremarked upon, however, was the Minister’s emphasis on human rights—apparently the new lodestar of Canadian foreign policy. Echoing remarks made by Prime Minister Harper

  • Economic Exceptionalism

    • October 13, 2011

    In the aftermath of 9/11, we entered a moment of political exceptionalism: we were told that in normal times, certain basic civil rights applied, but these were exceptional times and the normal rules didn’t apply. Suddenly, practices like torture, detention without charge, and the denial of the basic rights of prisoners of war were deemed

  • 100 Years of the Republic of China: Reason to Celebrate

    • October 12, 2011

    October 10, 2011, marks the centennial anniversary of the Hsinhai Revolution and the subsequent establishment of the Republic of China (ROC). The revolution’s political philosophy, developed by Dr. Sun Yat-sen, was the “Three Principles of the People.” Principles of minzu (nationalism, “government of the people”), minquan (democracy, “government by the people”) and minsheng (peoples’ livelihood,

  • The Ugly Underside of Arab Liberation

    • October 11, 2011

    This post first appeared on the CIC’s Roundtable blog at opencanada.org. Coptic Christians have good reason to be worried in the new Egypt. The popular revolution, led by secular young democrats who successfully overthrew the regime of Hosni Mubarak, also unleashed the darker prejudices of some Muslim Egyptians against their Christian compatriots, who represent about 10 percent of

  • Diaspora Voters, Canadian Voters: What Roles?

    • October 11, 2011

    In a recent Globe and Mail column, Jeffrey Simpson notes that the Harper government’s pro-Israel stance is likely responsible for a shift of Jewish Canadians toward the Conservatives, who were supported by 52% of Jewish voters in the last election. The inverse of that trend among Muslim Canadian voters was even starker, with only 12%

  • Arctic Ice, Oil Sands Protests, and Canadian Climate Change Policy

    • October 10, 2011

    Last month saw two events of interest on the climate change front. One is the protest on September 26 in Ottawa by activists opposing the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to be built from Alberta to Louisiana in order to take oil from the Alberta oil sands/ tar sands (the label indicating your position on the

  • La discrète commémoration du centième anniversaire de la Révolution chinoise de 1911

    • October 9, 2011

    Il y a un siècle, une des plus importantes révolutions de l’histoire modernes emportait l’Empire mandchou, connu aussi sous son nom chinois de dynastie Qing. Un quart de l’humanité venait de basculer dans la tourmente de la modernité politique.  La Chine allait entrer dans quatre décennies d’une pénible période de tourments générée par les rivalités

  • Financial Markets and Legal Corruption

    • October 7, 2011

    One of the world’s most astute financial experts and investor George Soros is warning that the debt crisis that has plagued Europe and the U.S. since 2008 reminds him of the final years and collapse of the Soviet Union. In an interview with Bloomberg Television, Soros is claiming that the financial markets in some respects

  • The Arab Democratic Wave and the Middle East Conflict: A Window of Opportunity

    • October 4, 2011

    In the past nine months popular demonstrations have swept the Middle East and have led to the toppling of authoritarian governments in Tunisia, Egypt, and later Libya. At the same time, other governments in the region have been experiencing intense popular uprisings challenging their rule and asking for political reforms: some are trying to repress

  • Welcome to the CIPS Website and Blog

    • October 3, 2011

    Welcome to a new source of Canadian conversation on global affairs: the CIPS website and blog, featuring contributors from the University of Ottawa’s roster of researchers working on international issues. Our twenty-two featured bloggers for 2011-12 come from different parts of the university and have a wide range of interests and viewpoints. Expect cutting-edge essays on global events,