The Fat Tech Dragon: Commercial and Strategic Implications of China’s Hi-Tech Drive

April 26, 2018 - 3:30pm

Presented by the Asian Studies Network and the China Policy Centre Scott Kennedy will discuss China’s high-tech drive which has drawn both fierce criticism for being unfair and breathless praise for its recent successes. His presentation will attempt to cut through the hyperbole on both sides to examine the evolution of China’s high-tech policies and its recent performance…

China in the Arctic: What does it mean for Canada?

April 16, 2018 - 13:00

Organized in cooperation with the Conference of Defence Associations Institute (CDAI) Non-Arctic states have recently shown interest in the Arctic region, generating opportunities but also fear among Arctic states. Chinese activism in the region attracted the most attention, more negative than positive in Canada. The Chinese Road and Belt initiative, published last year, had an…

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La réforme du système d’octroi de l’asile au Canada : où en sommes-nous?

April 5, 2018 - 12:00

Organisé par le Carrefour des réfugiés : Au cours des deux dernières décennies, le Canada a adopté un ensemble de mesures restrictives à l’égard des demandeurs du statut de réfugié. Ces mesures reflètent une approche sécuritaire des migrations, qui a commencé à la fin des années 1990 et qui s’est nettement intensifiée sous le gouvernement…

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Town Hall discussion with NATO’s Secretary General

April 4, 2018 - 10:00

Presented by CIPS Please join us for a town hall discussion with NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, who will present the Atlantic Alliance and its important role at a time when the rules-based international order, that Canada helped bring about and of which it remains a steadfast supporter, is being challenged.  Jens Stoltenberg is Norwegian…

Governing Free Speech on the Internet

April 3, 2018 - 12:00pm


The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres

March 29, 2018 - 12:00

Presented by CIPS and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre The Killing Season examines one of the largest and swiftest instances of mass killing and incarceration in the twentieth century—the shocking anti-leftist purge that gripped Indonesia in 1965–66, leaving some five hundred thousand people dead and more than a million others in detention. Challenging conventional…

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Nihilism and Technology

March 27, 2018 - 12:00

According to Dr Nolen Gertz, Assistant Professor of Applied Philosophy, there is a tendency in technological production called the “leisure-as-liberation” model of technological design.  In this lecture, he will outline how it has evolved from Aristotle to Marx, to today. In addition, Gertz aims to demonstrate how Nietzsche would criticize the idea that we could find liberation through leisure and…

Out of Fragility?

March 27, 2018 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the Fragile States Research Network State fragility is widespread. Depending on the definition, up to half of all states are fragile and lack essential state capacities. They cannot provide basic services security, and participation in governance processes to citizens. State fragility also hinders economic development, weakens accountability and makes violent conflicts…

CIPSS/CIPS Graduate Student Conference 2018

March 23, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The Centre for International Policy Studies and the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies will host their 2018 joint annual conference on March 23 at Allsaints on 10 Blackburn Ave., a short walk from the uOttawa campus. Please join us 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. for four panels that will explore the theme: Navigating Power…

Ethics Workshop: Research with People in Situations of Forced Migration

March 19, 2018 - 12:00

Do you or your students conduct research, evaluation or information-gathering activities with refugees? This workshop will present recently published guidelines on research in situations of forced migration (Read article here) and provide participants with the opportunity to think through potential ethical dilemmas. In situations of forced migration, research may pose particular risks because of precarious legal…

Inequality and Secular Stagnation: Industrial Organization, Intellectual Property, and Global Governance

March 15, 2018 - 12:00

Presented by CIPS and IPEN IPEN Speaker Series with Herman Schwartz, University of Virginia What explains the slowdown in global (and especially rich OECD) growth rates after 1990? The change in corporate profit strategy and industrial structure from the control over physical capital embedded in vertically integrated firms towards profits strategies based on control over…

I didn’t know freedom would be so cold: The hopes and challenges of LGBTI migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa to Canada

March 14, 2018 - 11:30am

Presented by CIPS and The Refugee Hub In the face of ongoing challenges faced by LGBTI individuals around the world, Canada operates a refugee program that prioritizes the admission of individuals facing persecution on the basis of their sexuality.  This wonderfully successful program recognizes that although Canadian law officially recognizes the equality of LGBTI individuals,…

Elections in Somalia: Looking ahead to 2020

March 13, 2018 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre The National Independent Election Commission has the legal mandate to conduct elections in Somalia and has spent the past year putting in place its strategic plan for elections in 2020, registering political parties, conducting by-elections, conducting broad-based consultations on the development of a new…

Rethinking the Emerging Power Approach to IPE: The Case of Brazil

March 7, 2018 - 12:00

Presented by CIPS and IPEN One of the preoccupations of Anglo-Saxon scholars over the last decade has been: what does the rise of the BRICS mean for the existing structure of the international system. Are these emerging actors going to tear down the post-World War Two order and try to take over? How will the global governance system change as…

Disorder, Disruptions, Directions: A New Era in Global Diplomacy?

March 7, 2018 - 6:00pm

Presented by CIPS The Oxford English Dictionary defines diplomacy as ‘the management of international relations by negotiation; the method by which these relations are adjusted and managed by ambassadors and envoys’. On the eve of International Women’s Day, please join us for a special panel featuring the Ambassadors of Germany and France as well as the High…

Country Briefing: South Sudan

March 6, 2018 - 9:00

Presented by CIPS and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre Thousands of civilians have been killed, often because of their ethnicity or perceived political alliances in South Sudan’s ongoing conflict.  More than 4 million people have been forced to flee their homes.  Large parts of key towns and essential civilian infrastructure such as clinics,…

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Elon Musk, President of Mars?

March 5, 2018 - 17:00

Who owns Outer Space? Could Elon Musk become President of Mars? How would one negotiate a treaty with aliens? Space is becoming a very busy place, with 90 orbital launches occurring in 2017 alone. Many of the governance challenges that currently exist on Earth will soon exist in Space. Yet the unique conditions of Space,…

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Zimbabwe after Mugabe

March 5, 2018 - 12:00

David Moore, Professor of Development Studies at the University of Johannesburg, has been trying to figure out the complexities and contradictions of Zimbabwean politics since 1984, when he started fieldwork for his York University doctorate. Since then he has written about 60 interventions of various sorts on Zimbabwe’s history, political economy, elections, and parties. One…

Reconciliation After Genocide? Some reflections on Canada’s Indian Residential Schools and Indigenous-Settler Relations

March 2, 2018 - 12:00

Terms like genocide and cultural genocide have been widely used to make sense of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools and some other aspects of settler colonial history. This presentation outlines how genocide was committed both in the schools and through the sixties scoop – both of which were means through which Indigenous children were forcibly removed…

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The return of illiberalism and the future of IPE research

March 1, 2018 - 12:00 pm

CIPS and IPEN present a roundtable with Craig Murphy and Juliet Johnson The events of the past two years—ranging from Trump’s election, the Brexit vote, and the rise of the Far Right in Europe and around the world—raise some fundamental questions about the sustainability of the political and economic of the current (neo)liberal global order. This panel will…

Peace building, justice and security: taking stock of the past 25 years

March 1, 2018 - 9:00am

There is no registration fee but attendees should register at the following address if they want access to the lunch buffet: Register Here The justice system and the security sector constitute two such power structures that experienced a great deal of activism. The launch of truth and reconciliation commissions as well as the implementation of a…

The Five Faces of Global Inequality: a modest proposal to make the world a better place for all

February 28, 2018 - 17:30

Craig N. Murphy‘s paper is the draft of the introductory chapter of a book tentatively titled Equality or Extinction, which looks at the small set of global problems that are the focus of those discussions of global governance that embrace the principle of subsidiarity.  As one of the of earliest definitions (from 1969) put it, these are “problems of world-wide…

Global Compact on Refugees

February 26, 2018 - 12:00

Presented by CIPS and Refugee Hub The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees will propose a Global Compact on Refugees in his annual report to the General Assembly in 2018. In response to the recently released “zero draft” of this compact, panelists will discuss the origins of the compact, prospects for international collaboration to improve…

Recognizing International Status: A Relational Approach

February 21, 2018 - 12:00

How do states achieve status? Although we rely on status to explain important phenomena in international politics—such as wars and the foreign policy of emerging powers—we still do not understand what status is or where it comes from. Previous research treats status as a function of state attributes, such as wealth and military capability. Following…

The Authority Trap

February 13, 2018 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the Security Studies Network  The Authority Trap, published by Cornell University Press: Not all international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) are created equal, Some have emerged as “leading INGOs” that command deference from various powerful audiences and are well-positioned to influence the practices of states, corporations, and other INGOs. Yet Sarah S. Stroup…

How do we value ecosystem services? The Evolution of a Concept

February 7, 2018 - 12:00

CIPS and IPEN present a Lunchtime Seminar with Jennifer Allan   The concept of ecosystem services gained prominence in international policymaking circles as a mechanism to achieve sustainable development, and became shorthand for efforts to value nature’s contribution to human wellbeing, usually in economic terms. This paper traces the history and evolution of actors shaping and…

The Twilight of “War” and the New Global Landscape of Organised Violence

February 1, 2018 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS The traditional understanding of war that arose with the Westphalian international order and the Weberian states that compose it appears to be in terminal crisis today. Established political and juridical framings of war no longer seem operant in an age of contingent, pre-emptive projections of force. Conventional figures of political enmity are…

Hegemonic Orders and Entangled Modernities: How to Make Sense of Russia’s Difference?

January 30, 2018 - 12:00

CIPS and the International Theory Network present: The concept of hegemony holds significant promise for both theoretical and empirical studies of global inequalities and hierarchies. There is a divide among neo-Gramscian scholars between historical materialist approaches and poststructuralist theories foregrounding the discursive dimension of hegemony. Using Russian national identity debate as an empirical illustration, I…

Innovation Methodologies for Defence Challenges

January 30, 2018

Saint Paul University together with the Canadian Forces College’s Centre for National Security Studies, the Royal Military College Saint-Jean, the Center for International Policy Studies, and the Mapping and Charting Establishment are proud to present “Innovation Methodologies for Defence Challenges: Towards Practical Strategies.” To be held at Saint Paul University in Ottawa from 30 Jan to…

A public dialogue on Canada’s presidency of the G7: Perspectives and challenges

January 26, 2018 - 10:00

With Peter M. BOEHM, Deputy Minister for the G7 Summit and Prime Minister Trudeau’s personal representative (sherpa) at the G7. In preparation for the G7 summit that Canada will host in June 2018, the Government of Canada is engaging with stakeholders to seek their input on Canada’s G7 agenda. As host of the G7, Canada…

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NATO’s About Face: Gender Mainstreaming in an Alliance Setting

January 24, 2018 - 12:30

Following UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in 2000, many international organizations adopted policies to include more women and encourage more gender-based analysis in policy and operational planning. Existing scholarship has identified resistance to such change, especially in military organizations, but has not examined the practical impacts of the gender turn. This talk uses a rationalist…

Feminist perspectives on women’s health in displacement and protracted crisis: Syrian refugees in Lebanon

January 22, 2018 - 11:30

Community Mobilization in Crisis and CIPS present a talk followed by a networking lunch with members of the uOttawa community working on refugee-related issues.  In this talk, Sawsan Abdulrahim examines two social and health outcomes that affect women in displacement – early marriage and poor birth outcomes – through a feminist approach based on examining…

Fracking and finance: can investor-activism reshape energy governance?

January 18, 2018 - 12:00

Presented by CIPS and IPEN (International Political Economy Network) Abstract: Shareholder resolutions—usually non-binding requests to corporations for changes to environmental, social, and governance practices—have taken on new significance as financial actors gain increased power in commodity chains. With a focus on shareholder resolutions on hydraulic fracturing in the US, I argue that these investor actions…

Re “image” ining Indigenous Gang Involvement in Canada, Australia and New Zealand

January 16, 2018 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS This talk will focus on Robert Henry’s research with Indigenous men and women who were involved in street gangs. Through modified photovoice methods, Robert examines the ways in which Indigenous men and women engage in street lifestyles, where the street gang becomes a site of survivance challenging settler colonialism. Linkages between Canada, Aotearoa/New…

Protecting LGBTI Rights Abroad

December 7, 2017 - 4:30

Presented by CIPS and the Pride Centre: You are invited to a panel discussion on LGBTI Issues around the World, which will be hosted by Matt DeCourcey and Omar Alghabra, Parliamentary Secretaries to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, in partnership with the Pride Centre and the Centre for International Policy Studies at the University of Ottawa.…

The Transformational Potential of Global Indigenous Rights and Politics.

December 7, 2017 - 1:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the International Theory Network Professor Lightfoot’s talk will focus on how Indigenous peoples’ rights and Indigenous rights movements represent an important and often overlooked shift in international politics – a shift that powerful states are actively resisting in a multitude of ways. While Indigenous peoples are often dismissed as marginal non-state…

Book Launch – Kevin McMillan, The Constitution of Social Practices

November 30, 2017 - 12:00 pm

Presented by CIPS and the International Theory Network (ITN). Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. This book contends that practices are perhaps the most fundamental building-block of social reality.  What then would social scientists’ research look like if they took this insight seriously?  The book…

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Questioning the Policing of Financial Conduct: Suspicion and Denunciation in Canada

November 29, 2017 - 14:30

Anthony Amicelle is Assistant Professor in Criminology at the Université de Montréal. His research examines practices of policing, surveillance and intelligence at the interface of finance and security, especially with respect to counter-terrorism and anti-money laundering. His recent and forthcoming publications include ‘Suspicion-in-the-Making: Surveillance and Denunciation in Financial Policing’ (The British Journal of Criminology, 2017);…

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Who cast the spell?: Class struggle and resource curse in South America

November 22, 2017 - 12:00 pm

Le français suivra The International Political Economy Network (IPEN) invites you to a lunchtime seminar with Thomas Chiasson-LeBel, 12-1:30pm on Wednesday, November 22nd , 2017 (Room FSS 4006). Thomas Chiasson-LeBel is a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow affiliated with the department of Latin American and Latino Studies of the University of California Santa Cruz. His dissertation (2016 – Political Science,…

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The EU Global Strategy; navigating uncertainty

November 21, 2017 - 11:00

THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED  CIPS and the Security Studies Network present: Nathalie Tocci is Director of the Istituto Affari Internazionali, Honorary Professor at the University of Tübingen, and Special Adviser to EU HRVP Federica Mogherini, on behalf of whom she wrote the European Global Strategy and is now working on its implementation, notably in the field of security and…

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Should Security (Ever) Trump Rights?

November 20, 2017 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the International Theory Network (ITN) Are the Trump administration’s attempts to restrict entry into the US a response to legitimate security concerns or an abrogation of basic legal protections for individuals and families? To what extent is Brexit driven by concern of Eastern European migrants or Syrian refugees? Do EU designations…

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Contemporary Security Politics and the Paradox of Territorial Integrity

November 16, 2017 - 14:30

Sebastian Schmidt, Johns Hopkins University For much of the history of the modern state system, the presence of a military force in a given territory was tightly linked with authority over that territory. That is, the territory on which a state’s military was stationed was either an integral part of that state or a subjugated…

Welcoming refugees: Changing the Public Conversation

November 16, 2017 - 18:30

Sponsored by CIPS, The Global Centre for Pluralism and Refugee 613 The world is dealing with the largest number of global refugees since the Second World War. Asylum seekers arriving at shorelines and borders – at times in considerable distress – must be dealt with in a way that respects their humanity. This roundtable will…

Making a Difference? Assessing the Legacy of Africa’s First Elected Woman President

November 15, 2017 - 12:00pm

After 12 years and two terms as Liberia’s president, Africa’s first elected female head of state –  Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – will leave office in January 2018. President Sirleaf’s election in 2005 was widely heralded as a victory for women’s empowerment and her contributions to women’s rights were given the highest recognition with the award…

Justice for Syria and Universal Jurisdiction

November 10, 2017 - 9:00am

Presented by CIPS, the International Commission of Jurists- Canada and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre The Syrian crisis has claimed the lives of an estimated 475,000 people as of July 2017, and all sides to the conflict have committed serious crimes amid a climate of impunity. International efforts to achieve justice for past…

Stranger Friendships: Solidarity and subterfuge in a Palestinian camp

November 8, 2017 - 1:30pm

Presented by CIPS, the International Theory Network, the Human Rights Research and Education Centre as well the School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies. Drawing on ethnographic material from the Shatila camp in Beirut and the informal gathering of Jal el Bahr in Tyre, in southern Lebanon, this talk explores the possibilities suggested by various forms of…

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A Global Education Strategy for Canada

November 8, 2017 - 10:30

A new report, Global Education for Canadians, to be released at this event, sounds an urgent warning that Canada is not preparing its young people to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world. International learning provides students with skills and knowledge that are essential for their success and for Canada’s future. Yet Canada is lagging…

Who is the enemy? On the contemporary transformation of military-strategic and political discourses.

November 7, 2017 - 12:30pm

Presented by CIPS This presentation discusses the contemporary transformations of the political and military-strategic discourses. More specifically, it offers an archaeological description of the discourse of the ‘war against terrorism’ by unpacking it, in order to show how this discourse disarticulates the conceptual matrix of modern war by dislocating some of its crucial concepts when…

Protecting Academic Freedom at Home and Abroad

November 2, 2017 - 17:30

CIPS is pleased to partner with The Human Rights Research and Education Centre and the  Scholars at Risk (SAR) Network to present a debate on academic freedom in Canada and abroad. Speakers: Jan GRABOWSKI | Full Professor, Department of History, Faculty of Arts, University of Ottawa Joyce PISARELLO | Senior Program Officer for Membership and University Relations at Scholars at…

Trump, Year One: Chaos and Confusion on the Potomac

November 1, 2017 - 12:00

  Presented by CIPS and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. As Donald Trump’s presidency approaches its first anniversary, join our panel for a review of the past 12 months and a look ahead to what we might expect next. From twitter storm to twitter storm, the Trump presidency has been marked by…

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Nuclear Power Ousted by… Renewables?

November 1, 2017 - 3:00pm

Access the Powerpoint presentation here. Presented by CIPS and Smart Prosperity Institute CIPS and Smart Prosperity Initative invite you to the Canada launch of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017. Nuclear utilities are struggling with low wholesale power prices, high debt loads, a shrinking client base with declining electricity consumption, increasing production costs at aging facilities, and stiff…

CIPS presents: President Juan Manuel Santos

October 30, 2017 - 2:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA)  In 2010, Juan Manuel Santos was elected President of Colombia for a four-year term and re-elected in 2014 for a second term. Under his administration, Colombia has achieved several milestones. These include: moving a majority of the country’s 48 million people into…

Come and meet the editorial team of Potentia, the Centre for International Policy Studies bilingual student  journal to celebrate the publication of the 2017 edition!

October 30, 2017 - 17:00

Potentia, the interdisciplinary student journal of CIPS invites you to celebrate the publication of its 2017 journal. Potentia publishes academic articles by graduate students with the support of professors and GSPIA. These articles are peer-reviwed and published in both official languages online and in a print on an annual basis. Pizza and refreshments will be served. http://www.cips-cepi.ca/cipsprojects/graduate-student-projects/cips-graduate-student-journal/  …

Canadian and American Defence Policy: Challenges and Opportunities

October 19, 2017 - 14:30

The establishment of new Administrations in both Canada and the United States in the past two years has led to a substantial amount of overhaul of both countries’ defence strategy frameworks.  In Canada, this culminated in June with the release of the Defence Policy Review.  Before release, the DPR was significantly delayed, due in part…

What’s new in Canada’s approach to peacekeeping and peacebuilding in fragile and conflict-affected states?

October 13, 2017 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the Fragile States Research Network Since taking office in late 2015, the Trudeau government has clearly signaled its intent to reorient Canada’s engagement in fragile and conflict-affected states (FCAS) – by increasing its engagement in UN peace operations especially in Africa, and by taking a feminist approach to diplomacy, development and…

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Justice and Markets – New Challenges to Open Borders

October 12, 2017 - 6:00pm

CIPS and the CN-Paul M. Tellier Chair on Business and Public Policy present: Justice and Markets – New Challenges to Open Borders Markets are seen internationally as both a vehicle for the realization of justice goals, as well as a hurdle for such goals. On the one hand, many argued that the best way to realize…

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Understanding Brazilian South-South Cooperation with Haiti

October 11, 2017 - 12:00 pm

The International Political Economy Network (IPEN) invites you to a lunchtime seminar with Megan Pickup, 12-1:30pm on Wednesday, October 11 th , 2017 (Room FSS 5028). Le réseau en économie politique internationale (REPI) vous invite à un séminaire avec Megan Pickup, le mercredi le 11 octobre, 2017 de midi à 13:30 (local FSS 5028). Megan…

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Blue Future – why oceans are key to global developments. A view from Norway

October 3, 2017 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS The oceans offer huge potential for human development. According to the UN, the world’s population is set to reach 9.7 billion in 2050. All these people will need food and energy, and population growth will drive an expansion of trade and maritime transport. However, there is growing concern about the state of…

NATO and the New Security Challenges

September 27, 2017 - 12:15

NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, Ambassador Tacan Ildem, will share NATO’s perspective on the current security and policy challenges facing the Euro-Atlantic region in an age of disinformation. Ambassador Ildem will also address the importance of Canada in the transatlantic relationship. Ambassador Tacan Ildem was appointed Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy in…

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Germany after the election: Analysis and outlook

September 25, 2017 - 12:30pm

The event is co-sponsored by the Jean Monnet Chair “Democracy in the European Union” in the Centre for European Studies (CES) at Carleton University, the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS) at the University of Ottawa, and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany. Germany will hold federal elections on September 24, 2017. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian…

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CIPS Welcomes Michael Lynk, UN Special Rapporteur on the Occupied Palestinian Territories

September 21, 2017 - 2:00pm

Mr. Michael Lynk is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, Western University, in London, Ontario. He joined the Faculty in 1999, and has taught courses in labour, human rights, disability, constitutional and administrative law. He served as Associate Dean of the Faculty between 2008-11. Professor Lynk has also taught labour law courses at the University…

Image, Violence, Power: Public Spectacles and the War against Islamic State

September 18, 2017 - 1:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the Security Studies Network Islamic State has become notorious for its public displays of violence. Through slick, high-definition videos showing beheadings, immolations, and other executions, Islamic State has repeatedly captured the imagination of a global public, triggering intense emotional reactions. Simone Molin Friis examines the spectacle of violence created by Islamic…

Book Launch — Running on Empty: Revisiting Refugee Resettlement in Canada and Around the World

September 13, 2017 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs Running on Empty is the first full description of Canada’s resettlement of 70,000 refugees displaced by war, tyranny, and genocide in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos between 1975 and 1980. It describes the decisions of Canadian politicians and public servants who crafted the policies and…