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Protecting the Government of Canada’s most important information: CSE and Cyber Security

February 27, 2017 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS  Join CIPS and Scott Jones, the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) of the Information Technology Security program at the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), for a discussion of the current state of information security in Canada. The IT Security program is responsible for providing cryptographic solutions that protect the most sensitive information of the…

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The Sharing and Collaborative Economy: Fundamental Changes in our Society

February 28, 2017 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS  The collaborative economy (or sharing economy) is not a fad, but an irreversible social phenomenon. It impacts all spheres of activity: social, economic, and political. It transforms the way markets work, relations between individuals, and, inevitably, the role of governments. Its has the capacity to move us toward a more productive, more…

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The return of geopolitical risks in Europe

March 16, 2017 - 2:00pm

Presented by CIPS  Thomas Gomart’s academic and professional background has been closely related to post-Soviet space, as Lavoisier Fellow at the Moscow State Institute for International Relations (2001), Visiting Fellow at the EU Institute for Security Studies (2003) and Marie Curie Fellow at Department of War Studies at King’s College (2003-2004). He holds a PHD…

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Shaping How IOs ‘See’ Gender Equality: the OECD and CEPAL

March 17, 2017 - 11:30am

CIPS and IPEN present: Policies to promote the reconciliation of work and family life have come to constitute an important component of these agendas, especially in the Global North but also in the South. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has been an important advocate for policies to ease work-family tensions among its…

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Soldiers of Empire: Indian and British Armies in World War II

March 20, 2017 - 1:30pm

Presented by CIPS and the Asian Studies Centre St Antony’s College, University of Oxford How are soldiers made? Why do they fight? Military sociology and history consider these questions Eurocentrically, with the armies of Western nation-states. Soldiers of Empire rethinks relations between armed forces and society with Indian, British and African troops in World War II. Soldiers…

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Women’s Economic Empowerment and Community Development

March 21, 2017 - 11:30pm

Presented by CIPS  Gender equality and women’s empowerment is a proven precondition for advancing socio-economic development, reducing poverty and improving the health not just of women but also of entire populations. Empowered women and girls contribute to the prosperity and productivity of their families and communities while increasing prospects for future generations. The empowerment of…

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Geopolitics Unraveling: The Search for a New Normal

March 23, 2017 - 4:00pm

Presented by CIPS  Mathew Burrows serves as director of the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI). SFI works with a broad range of partners, including the U.S. Government, other governments, businesses, NGOs and foundations on analysing trends and possible scenarios and their broad implications.  Burrows recently authored a report sponsored by Zurich Insurance Group on…

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Power and Inequalities in the Global Political Economy: A Perspective on Forced Labour and Trafficking for Labour Exploitation

April 6, 2017 - 2:30pm

Presented by CIPS and the International Political Economy Network Prof Nicola Phillips will discuss the evolution of inequalities in the global economy and their connections to the worst forms of labour exploitation associated with forced labour and human trafficking. It bases its perspective on asymmetries of power that underpin and crystallise within global value chains and global…

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CIPS Welcomes Richard McLaren

April 18, 2017 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS  Whistleblowers put their careers, reputations, and sometimes even their lives at stake to expose wrongdoing and abuses of power. When Russian middle-distance runner Yulia Stepanova came forward with evidence of systematic doping throughout the Russian athletics program, she and her husband were forced to flee to the US. The system she exposed involved…

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Corporate Power, Fossil Capital

February 16, 2017 - 12:30pm

Presented by CIPS and the International Political Economy Network In an era of deepening climate crisis, Dr. William Carroll will discuss a research partnership mapping the various modalities through which carbon-sector corporations exert economic, cultural, and political power and the popular resistance that meets it at various flashpoints along the way. The oligarchic structure of corporate power presents…

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Reading the Evidence on Evidence-based Policy

January 31, 2017 - 11:30am

Presented by the International Political Economy Network Richard French provides a survey of the evidence on evidence-based policy, a movement often uninterested in what research says about it’s own efficacy and prospects. His presentation will outline four schools of thought on the subject — Reinforce, Reform, Reinvent, and Reject — and explore the major themes involved…

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Operationalizing the “Whole-of-Government” approach in fragile states: What works, what doesn’t work?

January 31, 2017 - 4:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the Fragile States Research Group Re-building fragile states poses one of the most significant challenges to the international community. It has been widely recognized that working effectively in fragile states such as Afghanistan and Haiti requires donor countries to adopt a so-called “whole-of-government” or “comprehensive approach,” developed in response to a growing recognition…

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The European Union and Brexit: The Irish Perspective

January 30, 2017 - 12:00pm

  Presented by CIPS In a year of political upsets, few developments caused greater international surprise than Britain’s referendum decision in June to leave the European Union. The potential consequences of this decision are profound: both for the UK and for the EU as a whole, but also for its individual Member States, perhaps none…

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Community Engagement in Mining: Sharing experiences and best practices

January 24, 2017 - 11:30am

Presented by CIPS Community engagement drives economic development, so including the goals, concerns and needs, values and aspirations of communities and marginalized groups in all sectors in policy development, decision-making, and service delivery in mining communities is essential. Effective community engagement enables inclusive public and private sector development by fostering relationships based on mutual understanding…

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Democratic Developments and Challenges in Taiwan

January 24, 2017 - 9:30am

Presented by CIPS and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre Join Dr Der-yuan Maxwell Wu as he discusses recent developments in Taiwan-US relations and outlines several challenges for Taiwan, such as shifting political trends, the famous “phone call,”  generational changes, and cross-strait relations with China. Dr Der-yuan Maxwell Wu is an Associate Professor in the International Doctoral Program in Asia…

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Donald Trump in the White House: Implications for Canada and the world.

January 20, 2017 - 3:00pm

Presented by CIPS  On January 20th, 2017, Donald J. Trump will take office as the 45th President of the United States of America. The implications of this change at the White House are far-reaching for Canada and for the rest of the world. Join our panel of experts to discuss how four crucial policy areas are…

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Humanitarian Action on the Front Lines

January 19, 2017 - 2:30pm

Presented by CIPS, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the Canadian Red Cross  A conversation with Dominik Stillhart, Global Director of Operations for the International Committee of the Red Cross  Armed conflicts in the Middle East, Africa, and Ukraine are devastating their respective civilian populations. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) strives to mitigate…

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Thoughts on King’s Legacy: A Conversation with Dr. Kalenda Eaton

January 16, 2017 - 4:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the American Embassy in Ottawa Livestream Link Join us on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day as CIPS and the American Embassy in Ottawa welcome Dr. Kalenda Eaton. Prof. Eaton’s research examines the relationship between global black subjectivity, literature, and culture history. She is particularly interested in how writers and scholars consider “place”…

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The Collingridge Dilemma and the Proactive Governance of Emerging Technologies

January 13, 2017 - 12h00pm

Marc Saner advocates the tremendous potential for change of emerging technologies (such as nanotechnologies, biotechnologies, information technologies, and robotics). Their development, he argues, is justified by their potential to lessen most of our key problems, including energy insecurity, food insecurity, climate change, health challenges, extreme poverty, and so forth. This promise of rapid global change, however, also leads…

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Narrative as Scholarship in International Relations

January 11, 2017 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the International Theory Network Professor Dauphinee will explore the recent growth of narrative methods in IR and the conceptual and political possibilities that narrative can illuminate. She will discuss what narrative texts are ‘doing’ in IR, how we might evaluate and critique them, and in what ways they hold the tensions between subjectivity,…

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Challenges Facing Latin America

December 16, 2016 - 2:30pm

Presented by CIPS and organised in partnership with the Latin America & Caribbean Group of the Canadian International Council (CIC) National Capital Branch Livestream Link A conversation with Luis Almagro, Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS). Latin America is facing several challenges – economic inequalities, criminal violence, human rights issues and democratic instability, especially…

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Queer International Relations: Sovereignty, Sexuality, and the Will to Knowledge

December 14, 2016 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the International Theory Network Livestream Link Asked about queer work in international relations, most IR scholars would almost certainly answer that queer studies is a non-issue for the subdiscipline — a topic beyond the scope and understanding of international politics. Yet queer work tackles problems that IR scholars themselves believe are central to their discipline: questions…

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Exporting Private Refugee Sponsorship: Lessons from Canada

December 13, 2016 - 7:00pm

Presented by CIPS  In this Town Hall event, Patti Tamara Lenard of the University of Ottawa will moderate a discussion between stakeholders in Canada’s private refugee sponsorship program. The Government of Canada has partnered with the University of Ottawa, UNHCR, the Open Society Foundations, and the Radcliffe Foundation to promote this program globally. Our discussion will offer…

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Goodbye Britannia? Brexit and Britain’s Approach to International Relations

December 1, 2016 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence events are co-funded by a grant from the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. Britain’s vote to leave the European Union came as a shock to many in Europe and internationally and raised concerns that Britain…

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The Rise of Critical Thinking in the Armed Forces: Promises and Limits

November 30, 2016 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the National Security Policy Network Conflicts in Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Libya have provided grounds for a paradoxical development in armed forces. While the military is often portrayed as a hostile space for critique and even dissent, these voices have also become more valorized and even institutionalized. But what does critique mean…

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Introducing a Middle-Ground into Resource Politics: Regional Influences on National Resource Policies

November 29, 2016 - 11:30am

Presented by CIPS and IPEN In terms of natural resource politics in developing countries, what are the regional dimensions of what happens at the national level? Taking Latin America (2000–2015) as an example, regional trends have substantial effects on national policies, moderating more radical experiments and radicalizing the more status-quo polities towards an approximate average. This “implicit regional…

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Rethinking the “Success” and “Failure” of Food Change Initiatives

November 24, 2016 - 4:00pm

Presented by CIPS, IPEN, and Food Lab LISF-LEILA Rethinking the “Success” and “Failure” of Food Change Initiatives What do “success” and “failure” mean in terms of initiatives aiming to transform the agrofood system? Harriet Friedmann will use transition and resilience theories to explore the emergence and dissolution of Local Food Plus, which after a decade of activities now exists only…

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CSE: What do we Know? What do we Need to Know?

November 23, 2016 - 11:30am

Presented by CIPS and the National Security Network:  The Communications Security Establishment (CSE) is one of Canada’s most important intelligence agencies. It may also be one of its least known.  With a history dating back to World War Two, CSE is a foreign intelligence service, collecting information from global communications; a cyber security agency; and a…

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The Tehran Test: How human rights cases in Iran are putting Canada’s foreign policy approach to the test

November 22, 2016 - 6:00pm

Presented by CIPS, OpenCanada.org and the Baha’i Community of Canada Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. The Trudeau government has recently lowered economic sanctions and announced plans to re-open diplomatic relations with Iran. However, as the recent case of Professor Homa Hoodfar illustrates, Iran arbitrarily continues to detain…

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Current challenges in terrorism and counter-terrorism in Canada

November 21, 2016 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the National Security Policy Network After more than 25 years at the most senior levels of the Canadian public service in the fields of intelligence, security, and defence, Ward Elcock retired earlier in 2016. In this talk, he will reflect on his vast experience and will share his thoughts on the…

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Chinese–Canadian Relations Going Forward?

November 16, 2016 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS Free. Presentation in French. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Guy Saint-Jacques recently retired from the Canadian Foreign Affairs Department, which he joined in 1977. His most recent assignment was as Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. Throughout his illustrious career,…

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The Big National Security Experiment: Responding to the Government’s Green Paper on National Security

November 14, 2016 - 11:30am

Presented by CIPS National Security Network:  The Canadian government recently launched an unprecedented public consultation on national security issues to fulfill an election platform promise. This student-led presentation takes up the call to engage with the Liberal Government’s National Security Green Paper. Two groups of MA students will present their inputs to the public consultation on national…

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Money Creation and Distributive Justice

November 10, 2016 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS,  IPEN, and the Political Thought Network Free. Bilingual presentation. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Theories of justice appeal to a variety of criteria to determine what social arrangements should be considered just. For most, the distribution of financial resources matters. However,…

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A Consultation on Our Security, Our Rights: National Security Green Paper

November 10, 2016 - 8:30am

Presented by the International Commission of Jurist Canada in collaboration with CIPS and the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa: How best to respond to terrorism while protecting rights and freedoms is a highly complex issue. As the Trudeau government examines possible changes to Canada’s counter-terrorism framework, it is asking Canadians to become…

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Canada and Mali: Towards peace and sustainable democracy or an unmanageable complexity

November 10, 2016 - 6:00pm

Presented by CIPS’ Fragile States Research Network, the FrancoPaix Centre in conflict resolution and peace missions, and the Africa Study Group of the Canadian International Council (GRA/CIC): Following a military coup, the eruption of armed conflict, robust intervention by France in 2012, and elections in 2013, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was…

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November 3, 2016 - 5:00pm

Presented by CIPS, the University of Ottawa Law Faculty, ICJ Canada and the American Embassy in Ottawa Law and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Next Administration Harold Hongju Koh is Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School. He returned to Yale Law School in January 2013 after serving for nearly four years as the…

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Referendum Integrity Project Launch

October 31, 2016 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS  The Referendum Integrity Project (RIP) is an international research project aimed at assessing the fairness, legitimacy, and legality of referendums all over the world. This project is headed by Matt Qvortrup and Guy Lachapelle with the collaboration of scholars from different parts of the world. With a growing number of popular votes…

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Regional Arctic Governance: The Arctic Council and Beyond

October 28, 2016 - 1:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the Arctic Yearbook Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. The Arctic is often imagined as vast, icy, remote, and exotic. But for the past several decades it has been the site of some of the most innovative, and…

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Diaspora Democracy: Expat voting in Canada and Abroad

October 19, 2016 - 8:30am

Presented by CIPS and the Public Law Group of the Faculty of Common Law at the University of Ottawa An increasing number of countries today offer external voting to their citizens, military, diplomats, students and residents living abroad. Out of Country Voting (OCV) takes a number of forms, including online (Switzerland), at embassies and consulates (Ukraine, Croatia,…

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Global Norms and Local Action: The Campaigns to End Violence against Women in Africa

October 19, 2016 - 2:30pm

Presented by CIPS and the Security Studies Network African states have signed on to several international conventions that seek to end violence against women. Studies show that this acceptance of international norms has often been followed by the enactment of national legislation to address various forms of the problem. In her research, Dr. Medie seeks to…

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Canada’s Back—Now What? International Policy for the Long Haul

October 17, 2016 - 4:00pm

Presented by CIPS Building on the early foreign policy successes of the Trudeau government, how should Canada define and pursue its long-term goals in international affairs? In an era of dramatic global change and rising challenges, old assumptions about Canadian foreign policy may no longer apply. Canada needs to position itself to succeed not in…

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The End of Colonialism: Field Theory and Global Transformation.

October 17, 2016 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the International Theory Network (ITN) Rescaling and redeploying Pierre Bourdieu’s field theory to analyze transformations in international systems, this talk explores how and why formal colonialism was excised from the repertoire of imperial power in the twentieth century. Julian Go is Professor of Sociology at Boston University. Previously he was at the Academy for International and Area…

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South Sudan: Breaking the Conflict Trap? The latest developments & options for Canada

October 13, 2016 - 6:30pm

Presented by the CIPS and the Fragile State Research Network Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. South Sudan is the world’s newest state, and continues to be embroiled in a horrific civil war in which tens of thousands of people have lost their…

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Parliamentary Eyes on the Spies? Discussing the proposed National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians

October 6, 2016 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the National Security Policy Network In Bill C-22, the government proposes a committee of parliamentarians with access to secret information and charged with scrutiny of Canada’s security and intelligence community. Would this committee resolve national security accountability issues in Canada? Are the reach and powers of the proposed committee adequate? Three parliamentarians…

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American Defence Policy: Why Allies Followed Obama But Won’t Follow the Next President

October 5, 2016 - 1:30pm

Presented by CIPS and Fulbright Canada Stéfanie von Hlatky is part of the 2016 CIPS Thematic Series American Defence Policy: Why Allies Followed Obama But Won’t Follow the Next President Despite his stated intention of ending the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, President Barack Obama’s two terms were remarkably war intensive. Sometimes in the lead, sometimes not,…

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James Der Derian presents Project Q: The Question of Quantum

October 5, 2016 - 11:00am

Presented by the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS), the School of Political Studies and the International Theory Network (ITN)   Project Q: International Security and the Quantum Revolution Wednesday, October 5, 11:00am – 12:30am   Social Sciences Building, 120 University Pvt., room 4004 In 1939, Albert Einstein sent a letter to Franklin Roosevelt in which he…

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The Primacy of Diplomacy: How the United States Builds Multilateral Military Coalitions

October 5, 2016 - 11:30am

Presented by CIPS, the International Theory Network (ITN) How does the United States build multilateral military coalitions? The conventional wisdom advances that formal alliance structures guide the latter process: allies band together because they share threat perceptions, political ideology, norms and values. This article, however, suggests otherwise. It proposes that US-led coalition-building is first and foremost…

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What Drives the South China Sea Dispute?

September 29, 2016 - 3:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the Security Studies Network Most analysts and commentators concentrate on one of three considerations when attempting to explain the causes and dynamics of the South China Sea dispute: history, politics, or law. Few consider the role of psychology. In this talk I argue that psychology is in fact the missing piece…

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Foreign Policy and the US Election

September 29, 2016 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS, the Security Studies Network and the Embassy of the United States of America Part of the CIPS 2016 Thematic Series Livestream link Canada and the United States are proud of their remarkably close relationship.  They are also deeply interested in each other’s politics.  Canadians are watching with fascination the dynamics of the 2016…

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Online Voting Roundtable: Comparative International Perspectives

September 26, 2016 - 9:00am

Presented by the Centre for E-Democracy and co-sponsored by a First Nations SSHRC-funded project, CIPS, and McMaster University The Online Voting Roundtable will leverage the insights, experiences, and research of experts worldwide to present key international findings and advice to Canada’s parliamentary committee on electoral reform. Presentations will focus on trends, attitudes, and impacts of online voting…

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Eye to Eye, Hand to Hand: Luxemburg, Gramsci, Polanyi and Critical IPE

September 23, 2016 - 10:00am

Presented by IPEN Critical international political economy (IPE) has drawn heavily on the work of Antonio Gramsci and Karl Polanyi to theorize the role of hegemony, resistance and change in the global political economy. This presentation will argue that the work and life of Rosa Luxemburg serves as a useful supplement to these approaches.  Luxemburg’s body of work was more…

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Decision 2016: The American elections and their importance for Canada

September 23, 2016 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS and Fulbright Canada This event is part of our 2016 Thematic Series As Americans prepare to elect Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump to the Presidency, this talk will discuss the major issues of the campaign: what are the electoral chances for Clinton and for Trump? What issues of domestic and foreign policy will…

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Protection of Migrant Workers

September 19, 2016 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS The 21st century, according to The Guardian, will be defined by the issue of migration. Fueled by labour shortages and economic growth, industries such as agriculture, construction and health care continue to expand the need for migrant workers. Canada’s facilitation of migrant workers dates back to the 1960s and remittances contribute significantly to the GDP of countries such as…