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Building Peace with Justice in Colombia

February 10, 2016 - 12:00-

Location: Social Sciences Building, 120 University Pvt., room 5028 (5th floor) Kimberly Inksater, Executive Director, Just Governance Group (JGG), Ottawa. César Torres, Principal Researcher, ABC Paz and INDAPAZ in Bogota, and Associate, JGG. Presented by CIPS and the Fragile States Research Network, in partnership with the uO School of International Development & Global Studies. Free.…

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Minority Group Candidates and Electoral Discrimination

February 10, 2016 - 14:30

NENAD STOJANOVIC, Princeton University. Presented by the CIPS and the Chaire de recherche sur la francophonie et les politiques publiques. Free. In French. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Nenad Stojanovic is a Senior Research Fellow and a Lecturer at the Department of Political Science of the University…

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Track Two Diplomacy: In Theory and Practice

February 11, 2016 - 5:00pm

PETER JONES, University of Ottawa. Presented by the CIPS. Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. A reception will follow. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event. Track Two Diplomacy consists of informal dialogues among actors such as…

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Rethinking the Causes of Genocide

February 22, 2016 - 12:00pm

Location: Social Sciences Building, 120 University Pvt. room 5028 SCOTT STRAUS, University of Wisconsin-Madison Presented by the CIPS and the Security Studies Network. Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Scott Straus will discuss his new book, Making and Unmaking Nations: War, Leadership, and Genocide…

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The Subject of Global Justice: Kant, Du Bois, and Radical Hospitality

February 29, 2016 - 12:00

INÉS VALDEZ, Ohio State University. Presented by the CIPS and the International Theory Network. Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Scholars of Kant are often puzzled by his defense of patriotism and cosmopolitanism. Some interpretations argue that these are compatible because the domestic…

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Phantoms, Failures & Temporal Loops: Reflections on Researching Border Security Technologies

March 14, 2016 - 12:00

DEBBIE LISLE, Queen’s University. Presented by  CIPS and the Security Studies Network. Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. This paper reflects on two funded research projects examining how science and ethics shape the development and deployment of border security technologies in the EU.…

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The Global Crisis and the Architecture of Development Finance

April 7, 2016 - 12:00

ILENE GRABEL, University of Denver Presented by the CIPS and the International Political Economy Network. Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. The global crisis of 2008 generated decentralization of the developing world’s financial governance architecture. I understand this state of affairs via the…

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Doping in Sport: Creation of an International Policy Framework

May 9, 2016 - 12:00-

Location: Social Sciences Building, 120 University Pvt., room 4004 (5th floor) Dick Pound, Former president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and vice-president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Presented by CIPS Free. In English. Registration is not required but seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Cheating in sports via steroids and other performance enhancing…

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Seeing Gender in Private Security

February 4, 2016 - 12:00

MAYA EICHLER, Mount Saint Vincent University. Presented by the CIPS and the Security Studies Network. Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. The increasing reliance on private military and security companies in contemporary conflict and peacekeeping raises a host of new issues for…

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Ottawa Forum 2016: Building a Foreign Policy for Canada’s Future

January 28, 2016 - 9:00

Presented by Canada 2020 and CIPS. In English. Registration required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. The Ottawa Forum has quickly become Canada’s preeminent foreign affairs and policy platform talking about the future of Canada’s international relations, trade, and more. Headlining this year’s Forum is Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN’s…

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With Strings Attached: Conditional Cash Transfers and Female Empowerment

January 26, 2016 - 11:30

SUSAN SPRONK, University of Ottawa and MELISA HANDL, University of Ottawa Presented by the CIPS and the International Political Economy Network. Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. A light lunch will be served. Conditional cash transfers (CCTs) are one of the most important…

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From Realism to Neorealism: Kenneth Waltz, Democratic Politics and International Relations Theory

January 25, 2016 - 12:00

NICOLAS GUILHOT, New York University. Presented by  CIPS and the Security Studies Network. Free. In English with bilingual question period. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Neorealism is one of the most influential theories of international relations, and its first theorist, Kenneth Waltz, a giant of the…

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Illusive Stability: Central Banks and the Social Construction of Money

January 22, 2016 - 12:00

JULIET JOHNSON, McGill University. Presented by the CIPS and the International Political Economy Network. Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. This talk discusses how central banks build public confidence in money through strategically employing a stability narrative. This narrative asserts that central…

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Pig and Papists: On the Informal Origins of American Imperialism

January 20, 2016 - 12:00

ERIC GRYNAVISKI, George Washington University. Presented by the CIPS and the International Theory Network. Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Traditional theories about the origins of imperialism focus on political elites, either in the metropole or the periphery, asking whose interests drive imperial rule.…

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Covering the New Wars: A Conversation with C.J. Chivers

January 19, 2016 - 12:00pm

C.J. CHIVERS, New York Times Magazine. Presented by  CIPS. Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Video of the event: C. J. Chivers is a senior writer for the New York Times Magazine and the newspaper’s Investigative desk, and has covered conflict, politics,…

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Turbulent Times: Volatility in Foreign Policy

January 18, 2016 - 12:00

ELEONARA MATTIACCI, Amherst College. Presented by the CIPS and the International Theory Network. Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Under what conditions do states shift inconsistently between acts of cooperation and conflict that is, engage in volatile foreign policy behavior? Even fierce rivals…

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Facilitating Mobility, Fostering Diversity: Lessons from the Global North’s Response to Migration Challenges

January 18, 2016 - 12:00pm

FRANÇOIS CRÉPEAU, McGill University. Presented by the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, the International Commission of Jurists Canada and CIPS. Free. In English. Registration is required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. RSVP at [email protected] François Crépeau is Full Professor at McGill University, where he holds the Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer…

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A Cursed Historical Legacy: Why Turkey Has Remained in the Grip of Authoritarianism

January 12, 2016 - 9:30

HALIL M. KARAVELI, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute. Presented by  CIPS. Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Since 1923, periods of authoritarian rule have dwarfed the brief periods of democratic hope and liberalization during the last near-century of republican experience in Turkey. The conventional explanation…

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Going Forward: Canadian Policy in the Middle East

January 11, 2016 - 4:00pm

PATRICK MARTIN, Globe and Mail. Presented by  CIPS and the Middle East Policy Series. Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. During the past decade the Harper government’s “value-oriented foreign policy” meant considerable change to what had been traditional Canadian positions in the…

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On the Road to Afghanada: Militarisation and Popular Culture in Canada

December 3, 2015 - 12:00

DAVID MUTIMER, York University. Presented by the CIPS, the International Theory Network (ITN) and the Security Study Network (SSN). Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. The Global War on Terror launched in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on the United States…

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The Global Refugee Crisis: Responses and Solutions

December 3, 2015 - 5:30pm

Presented by the International Development and Globalization Students’ Association and CIPS. Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. How are human rights mediated in the global refugee crisis? How are the concepts of human security and boundaries affected? More importantly, what are the…

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Realism, Pessimism, Tragedy and Hope

December 2, 2015 - 1:00 pm

RICHARD FRENCH, University of Ottawa. Presented by the CIPS and the Security Studies Network. Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Realism is often misunderstood as encouraging a passive or fatalist attitude toward progress in human affairs: pessimism as resignation. An examination of…

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Squandered opportunity: Iran’s failed foreign policy

November 30, 2015 - 4:00pm

THOMAS JUNEAU, University of Ottawa. Presented by the CIPS and the Middle East Series. Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. The Islamic Republic of Iran faced a favorable regional environment after 2001, especially in the wake of the US invasions of Afghanistan…

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A New Peace in South Sudan? Ground-Level Realities and Options for Canada

November 27, 2015 - 11:30

Presented by the CIPS, the Fragile State Research Network and the Africa Study Group of the Canadian International Council/National Capital Branch. Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Barely two years after winning its independence from Sudan, South Sudan was plunged into a…

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Russia’s Endgame in Donbass

November 25, 2015 - 12:00

PAUL ROBINSON, University of Ottawa. Presented by the CIPS. Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. The Minsk agreement signed in February 2015 laid out a route to a permanent settlement of the war in Donbass by the end of the year. Paul…

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The Israeli “One State/Two States” Alternatives and their Consequences

November 23, 2015 - 4:00pm

DAN KURTZER, Princeton University and REX BRYNEN, McGill University. Presented by the CIPS and the Middle East Policy Series. Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won re-election in March 2015 thanks to a last minute pledge that the Palestinians…

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No Time for Complacency: A 21st Century Trade Strategy for Canada

November 17, 2015 - 9:30

Presented by the CIPS. Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Video of the event: What are the principal international trade and commerce challenges facing Canada—and how should Canada respond? CIPS convened a working group of seasoned policy experts and asked them to…

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Towards 2030: Building Canada’s Engagement with Global Sustainable Development

November 16, 2015 - 9:30

Presented by the CIPS. Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. How can Canada best contribute to the promotion of global sustainable development? CIPS convened a working group of seasoned policy experts and asked them to answer this question. On November 16, the…

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Politics in the Shadow of the Gun: The Political Legacies of Rebellions for Party Politics after Civil War (in Burundi and Beyond)

November 11, 2015 - 16:30

KATRIN WITTIG, Université de Montréal. Presented by the CIPS and the Fragile States Research Network (FSRN). Free. In English with bilingual question period. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Video of the event: Since the end of the Cold War, the transformation of rebel groups…

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Les organisations-frontières dans les complexes de régimes : une analyse des réseaux de l’IPBES

November 9, 2015 - 2:30

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC MORIN, Université Laval. Presented by the CIPS and the International Political Economy Network. Free. In French with bilingual question period. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Complex systems are sets of institutions whose mandates are partly overlapping. Since the tensions are common between these institutions, current research attempts…

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Human Rights in Canadian Foreign Policy: New Departures

November 9, 2015 - 9:30

Presented by the CIPS. Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Video of the event: A new Canadian government has been elected. What should it do to promote human rights in its foreign policy? How can Canada best contribute to global efforts to…

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Arab Dawn

November 5, 2015 - 11:00

BESSMA MOMANI, University of Waterloo. Presented by the CIPS. Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. In the West, news about the Middle East is dominated by an endless stream of reports and commentary about civil war, sectarian violence, religious extremism, and economic stagnation. But…

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Material Publics and the Flux of Secrecy: The Case of the 9/11 Commission

November 4, 2015 - 12:00

WILLIAM WALTERS, Carleton University. Presented by the CIPS and the International Theroy Network (ITN). Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Actor-network theory and governmentality have contributed to new understandings of publics in which objects and material practices are taken seriously. No longer can we assume…

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Between ‘Doomsday Machine’ and ‘Climate Fix’: The Ecological Political Economy of Nuclear Energy in Canada

November 3, 2015 - 11:30

RYAN KATZ-ROSENE, University of Ottawa. Presented by the CIPS and the International Political Economy Network (IPEN). Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. A light lunch will be served. Nuclear power is often touted as the only feasible response to rapidly growing global energy…

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Toward a New International Security and Defence Policy for Canada

November 3, 2015 - 10:00

Presented by the CIPS. Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. What are the principal security and defence challenges facing Canada, and how should Canada respond? CIPS asked two former senior officials, one recently retired general, and two academic security policy experts to…

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Jerusalem Old City Initiative

October 20, 2015 - 4:00 pm

JOHN BELL, Toledo Institute, Madrid & MICHAEL BELL, University of Ottawa. Presented by the CIPS and the Middle East Policy Series. Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Video of the event: The Initiative aims to find sustainable governance solutions for the Old City…

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Notes from the Archives: Preliminary Reflections on EH Carr, RG Collingwood and the ‘Idea of History’ as applied to IPE

October 15, 2015

RANDALL GERMAN, Carleton University. Presented by the CIPS and the International Political Economy Network (IPEN). Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. A light lunch will be served. Randall Germain will discuss some of the results from two archival trips to look at the…

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The Current Crisis in Yemen: Causes and Prognosis

October 15, 2015 - 13:00

Presented by The Human Rights Research and Education Centre and CIPS. Free. In English. Registration is required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. To register, please contact [email protected] PANELISTS: John Packer, Director, HRREC and former Member of the UN Standby Team of Mediation Experts (2012-2013) George Anderson, Member of the UN Standby Team…

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The United Nations at 70: Looking Ahead

October 9, 2015 - 10:30

Presented by the CIPS. Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Video of the event: On the occasion of the UN’s 70th anniversary, this panel of distinguished Canadians will consider ways of strengthening the world body, drawing on the lessons of its past…

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China’s New Foreign Policy Priorities

October 7, 2015

JEAN-PIERRE CABESTAN, Hong Kong Baptist University. Presented by the CIPS.Free. In French with bilingual question period. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Since Xi Jinping came to power in late 2012, China’s foreign and security policy has become more assertive by the day. Aiming to turn China into…

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International Hierarchy and Symbolic Capital: the Ming Treasure Fleets and the Apollo Missions

October 6, 2015 - 12:00

DANIEL NEXON, Georgetown University. Presented by the 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. Why do dominant actors invest in costly projects with few immediate benefits? We argue they may do so when they perceive fundamental threats…

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Making Peace in a Divided World

October 5, 2015 - 12:00

RICHARD GOWAN, Columbia University. Presented by the CIPS. Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Video of the event: In a period in which new wars and violent extremism are spreading in the Middle East, Africa and Eurasia, the United Nations and other international…

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Edward Snowden, Mass Surveillance and the Future of Privacy

September 29, 2015

BEN WIZNER, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project. Presented by the CIPS. Free.In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Ben Wizner is director of the ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project. He has litigated numerous cases involving post-9/11 civil liberties abuses, including challenges to airport security policies,…

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The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Canadian and Global Responses

September 29, 2015 - 13:30

Presented by the CIPS. Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Many are calling the Syrian civil war the worst humanitarian disaster of our time. Millions of refugees have escaped Syria in search of refuge, and millions more are internally displaced, from a…

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Contested Multilateralism

September 24, 2015

ROBERT O. KEOHANE, Princeton University. Presented by the CIPS and the International Political Economy Network (IPEN). Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Video of the event: “Contested multilateralism” describes the situation that results from the pursuit of strategies by states, multilateral organizations, and non-state…

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Can We Wage War with Post-Positivist Approaches? Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Stories

September 22, 2015 - 12:00

PHILIPPE BEAULIEU-BROSSARD, University of Ottawa. Presented by the CIPS and the Security Studies Network. Free. In English with bilingual question period. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Post-positivist approaches became gradually popular in International Relations (IR) from the late 1980s onwards. This phenomenon was not isolated.…

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Recalling ROC’s Role in WWII: Taiwan as a Peace and Security Stakeholder in Western Pacific Region

September 18, 2015

ANDREW N.D. YANG, National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (Republic of China). Presented by the School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada, and CIPS. Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. The talk will be followed by a…

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Sharing the Burden? NATO and its Second-Tier Powers

September 17, 2015 - 12:00

BENJAMIN ZYLA, University of Ottawa. Presented by the CIPS and the Fragile States Research Network. Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Video of the event: Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, NATO’s middle powers have been pressured into shouldering an increasing…

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Producing the Climate: Scientists, States, and the Emergence of Global Climate Governance

September 14, 2015 - 12:00

BENTLEY B. ALLAN, Johns Hopkins University. Presented by the 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. From the 16th century until the 1950s, “the climate” referred to local weather patterns. Today, it is a global geophysical system…