Published in the Globe and Mail, October 21, 2011.
Although the images of Moammar Gadhafi’s body being dragged through the streets are disturbing, one can understand why his death is being deliriously welcomed in Libya. Often regarded as a…
The full article was published in the Ottawa Citizen, October 20, 2011.
In 1991, the Italian parliament passed a law prohibiting anybody not only from paying ransom but also from even negotiating with kidnappers. Colombia later followed suit. The …READ MORE
Foreign Minister John Baird’s speech to the UN General Assembly in September was widely reported for the forceful manner in which he condemned the Palestinians’ ’unilateral’ bid for UN membership. Largely unremarked upon, however, was the Minister’s emphasis on human …READ MORE
In the aftermath of 9/11, we entered a moment of political exceptionalism: we were told that in normal times, certain basic civil rights applied, but these were exceptional times and the normal rules didn’t apply. Suddenly, practices like torture, detention …READ MORE
October 10, 2011, marks the centennial anniversary of the Hsinhai Revolution and the subsequent establishment of the Republic of China (ROC). The revolution’s political philosophy, developed by Dr. Sun Yat-sen, was the “Three Principles of the People.” Principles of minzu…READ MORE
Coptic Christians have good reason to be worried in the new Egypt. The popular revolution, led by secular young democrats who successfully overthrew the regime of Hosni Mubarak, …READ MORE
In a recent Globe and Mail column, Jeffrey Simpson notes that the Harper government’s pro-Israel stance is likely responsible for a shift of Jewish Canadians toward the Conservatives, who were supported by 52% of Jewish voters in the last election. …READ MORE
Last month saw two events of interest on the climate change front.
One is the protest on September 26 in Ottawa by activists opposing the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to be built from Alberta to Louisiana in order to take …READ MORE
Il y a un siècle, une des plus importantes révolutions de l’histoire modernes emportait l’Empire mandchou, connu aussi sous son nom chinois de dynastie Qing. Un quart de l’humanité venait de basculer dans la tourmente de la modernité politique. La …READ MORE
One of the world’s most astute financial experts and investor George Soros is warning that the debt crisis that has plagued Europe and the U.S. since 2008 reminds him of the final years and collapse of the Soviet Union. In …READ MORE
In the past nine months popular demonstrations have swept the Middle East and have led to the toppling of authoritarian governments in Tunisia, Egypt, and later Libya. At the same time, other governments in the region have been experiencing intense …READ MORE
Welcome to a new source of Canadian conversation on global affairs: the CIPS website and blog, featuring contributors from the University of Ottawa’s roster of researchers working on international issues. Our twenty-two featured bloggers for 2011-12 come from different parts …READ MORE
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