Announcing the CIPS Annual Best Blog Award

Announcing the CIPS Annual Best Blog Award

In the academic year 2019-20, CIPS published more than 50 original blogs, written by 31 of Canada’s leading experts in international affairs. The blogs posts covered a diversity of topics, including Canadian foreign policy, China and the West, war, peace, state-building, climate change and much, much more. 

But which was the best blog? Of course, all of our blogs are excellent and marked by a high-level of expertise and understanding. But some nevertheless stand out, whether because of their timing, their pertinence or the standard of writing and argumentation. 

This year CIPS is proud to announce the launch of our first Annual Best Blog Award.

In September 2020, we will announce the winner and two runners up via our websites and social media.

The competition will take place in two phases:

First blogs will be judged by our panel of experts based on the following criteria:

  • The importance of the policy issue discussed
  • The originality of the academic insight it provides
  • The quality of the argument and the quality of the writing
  • Our judges will whittle down the competitors to a short list of the top five.

Phase two will be a public vote via social media to determine the final ranking of the top contenders.

The author of the winning blog will be awarded a small prize and a cash donation to their favourite charity.

Check out another fantastic blog from one of CIPS’ subject matter experts: Farewell “Mister Democracy”: Lee Teng-hui, 1923-2020

We are honoured to present the following judges for the first phase of our competition:

Nadia Abu-Zahra

Nadia Abu-Zahra

Professor Abu-Zahra holds the Joint Chair in Women’s Studies at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. She is also an Associate Professor in the School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa, and a member of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre. She holds a DPhil in Geography from the University of Oxford, where she subsequently worked as a Research Fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre.

Dr. Abu-Zahra has published on gender justice in colonial and conflict situations, and the implications of geographic (im)mobility for education and health. She also co-facilitates, with Professor Emily Regan Wills, “Community Mobilization in Crisis,” a project that co-creates open educational resources with community mobilizers around the world in multiple languages, and supports the use of the resources transnationally to strengthen communities.

Madelaine Drohan

Madelaine Drohan

Madelaine Drohan is an award-winning author, editor and journalist who has covered business and politics in Canada, Europe and Africa during her 40-year career. She was Canada correspondent for The Economist magazine from 2006 to 2019. Her book, Making a Killing: How and why corporations use armed force to do business, won the Ottawa Book Award and was short-listed for the National Business Book of the Year Award in 2004.

She has held research fellowships with the Public Policy Forum (2015-2016), the Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership (2004-2005) and the Reuters Foundation at Oxford University (1998-1999), and has written a series of reports on Canadian public policy. She is a member of the advisory board at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a former director of The North-South Institute, Partnership Africa Canada and Transparency International Canada. She was the first woman to win the Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism in 2001. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto.

John Kotsopoulos

John Kotsopoulos

John Kotsopoulos is a Senior Policy Advisor at Global Affairs Canada (GAC) in the Foreign Policy Research and Foresight Division, having (re-)joined GAC through the Recruitment of Policy Leaders program. Before returning home to Canada in 2017 after more than a decade abroad, John was a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn), University of Pretoria, South Africa. Prior to that he worked as an analyst at the Brussels-based European Policy Centre think-tank.

John has a PhD in International Relations (University of Kent) with a focus on negotiation dynamics between the European Union and Africa Union. He also holds Master’s degrees in European Studies and International Relations from the London School of Economics and Carleton University respectively. He has published in peer reviewed academic journals as well as in a range of other media types, in subject areas such as EU-Africa relations, South African foreign policy, human security, climate change and strategic partnerships.

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