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…

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…

Vice president of the Global Strategic Security Division, Booz Allen Hamilton Harold Hongju Koh testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on the wartime executive power and the National Security Agency's surveillance authority, in Washington on February 28, 2006. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)
Harold Koh at CIPS

November 3, 2016 - 5:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the American Embassy in Ottawa Law and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Next Administration: The First 100 Days 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 22nd Legal Adviser…

Money Creation and Distributive Justice

November 10, 2016 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS and IPEN Free. In English. 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 theories, the distribution of financial resources matters. However, they ignore the…

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…

Canada and Iran
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, 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 illustrated, Iran continues to arbitrarily…

The Rise of Critical Thinking in 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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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) Britain’s vote to leave the European Union came as a shock to many in Europe and internationally and raised concerns that Britain is heading towards isolating itself not only from the rest of Europe but taking a more populist, inward-looking, and mercantilist…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…