The Future of China–US Relations

June 6, 2017 - 12:00pm

Professor Robert S. Ross, Boston College and Fairbank Centre for Chinese Studies, Harvard University

Over the last decade, relations between the United States and China have deteriorated to their lowest point since Nixon established diplomatic ties in 1972. Professor Ross …

CIPS Welcomes Mr. Saber Chowdhury, President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

May 31, 2017 - 10:00am

Presented by CIPS and the Canadian Group of the IPU

Mr. Saber Chowdhury is a distinguished politician with an impressive track record in public service in Bangladesh and extensive experience in inter-parliamentary relations. He is the 28th President of the

Protracted Crisis in South Sudan: A Conversation with Canadian Ambassador Alan Hamson

April 28, 2017 - 3:00pm

Presented by the CIPS Fragile States Research Network

The ongoing civil war and the growing famine make it difficult to envisage the road to peace in South Sudan today. What is the status of the international humanitarian response?  What are …

CIPS Welcomes Richard McLaren, O.C.

April 18, 2017 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS 

Whistleblowers put their careers, reputations, and sometimes even their lives at stake to expose wrongdoing and abuses of power. When Russian middle-distance runner Yulia Stepanova came forward with evidence of systematic doping throughout the Russian athletics program, …

Independent Politics: How American Disdain for Parties Leads to Political Inaction

April 6, 2017 - 12:00

Presented by CIPS

Independent voters now form the largest proportion of the American electorate, yet they remain misunderstood. Klar shows that the combative tone of politics stigmatizes Democrats and Republicans, driving people with clear partisan preferences to publicly identify as …

How Can Human Rights and the Rule of Law Survive the Global Disorder?

April 6, 2017 - 4:30pm

Presented by CIPS, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, as well as the International Commission of Jurists – Canadian section

Irene Khan

International norms and values are under attack and …

The 15 Year Experiment: An Update on the Afghanistan Reconstruction Effort—A Conversation with John Sopko, SIGAR (Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction)

April 5, 2017 - 1:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the Fragile States Network

Since 2012, John Sopko has undertaken the oversight and investigation of reconstruction work in Afghanistan. This has been of enormous help to the international community that provides development and military assistance to

Presidential Elections in France

April 4, 2017 - 11:30am

Presented by CIPS and the French Embassy in Ottawa

Why have the French primaries garnered so much attention? How can we explain the popularity of the Front National or voters who identify as neither left nor right wing? France will

The politics of border security in the Sahel

March 30, 2017 - 12:00

Presented by CIPS and the International Theory Network

Policymakers increasingly understand the Sahel region as a space of insecurity, in which emerging threats defy borders and thrive on weak state capacity. This talk examines how these increasingly entrenched perspectives on …

China’s Grand Strategy and Natural Resources: Geopolitical Implications and a Stocktaking of the Australian Energy, Mining, and Research Experience

March 29, 2017 - 3:30pm

Presented by CIPS

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Andrew Pickford, Director, Indo-Pacific Energy Security Program, Perth USAsia Centre

Andrew Pickford works between Perth, Australia and Mont-Tremblant, Quebec in the areas of strategy, economic analysis, and natural resources with a range of organizations, both private and …

Panel Discussion on the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN): Opportunities, Challenges and Priorities

March 29, 2017 - 12:00pm

Presented by the University of Ottawa’s Asian Studies Roundtable, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and Centre for International Policy Studies

Please join the Ambassadors of Myanmar, Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand in a panel discussion to discuss ASEAN Vision

The State of Democracy: Jean-Pierre Kingsley

March 27, 2017 - 11:30am

The University of Ottawa Centre for Continuing Education and the Centre for International Policy Studies invites you to a conversation with Mr. Jean-Pierre Kingsley on Monday, March 27, 2017.

Mr. Kingsley was Chief Electoral Officer of Elections Canada from 1990 …

Geopolitics Unraveling: The Search for a New Normal

March 23, 2017 - 4:00pm

Presented by CIPS 

Mathew Burrows serves as director of the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI). SFI works with a broad range of partners, including the US government, other governments, businesses, NGOs, and foundations, on analysing trends and possible scenarios

Women’s Economic Empowerment

March 21, 2017 - 11:30am

Presented by CIPS 

Gender equality and women’s empowerment is a proven precondition for advancing socioeconomic development, reducing poverty, and improving the health not just of women but also of entire populations. Empowered women and girls contribute to the prosperity and

Evidence and Intelligence in the Context of National Security Operations

March 21, 2017 - 12:00

Presented by CIPS and the National Security Policy Network


Philip Wright

Philip Wright

Prior to entering the law profession, Wright served as a Detective Chief Superintendent in the police service in Northern Ireland. In 2006 he received the Queen’s Police Medal

Soldiers of Empire: Indian and British Armies in World War II

March 20, 2017 - 2:30pm

Presented by CIPS, the Security Studies Network, and the Asian Studies Centre St Antony’s College, University of Oxford

How are soldiers made? Why do they fight? Military sociology and history consider these questions Eurocentrically, with the armies of Western nation-states.

Shaping How IOs “See” Gender Equality: The OECD and CEPAL

March 17, 2017 - 11:30am

CIPS and IPEN present:

For both North and South, policies to promote the reconciliation of work and family life constitute an important agenda. For several decades, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has been an important advocate for …

The Return of Geopolitical Risks in Europe

March 16, 2017 - 2:00pm

Presented by CIPS 

Thomas Gomart, Director of the Institut français des relations internationales (IFRI) will speak about the current geopolitical climate in Europe.

Thomas Gomart’s academic and professional background has been closely related to post-Soviet space. He has been …

Technology and Innovation  

March 9, 2017 - 2:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the International Theory Network

Technology and innovation are fundamental determinants of sustained economic growth. In recent years two views have emerged. First is the so-called “racing with the machines” view that paints an optimistic picture for …

The Sharing and Collaborative Economy: Fundamental Changes in our Society

February 28, 2017 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS 

The collaborative economy (or sharing economy) is not a fad, but an irreversible social phenomenon. It impacts all spheres of activity: social, economic, and political. It transforms the way markets work, relations between individuals, and, inevitably, the …

Protecting the Government of Canada’s most important information: CSE and Cyber Security

February 27, 2017 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the National Security Policy Network

Join CIPS and Scott Jones, the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) of the Information Technology Security program at the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), for a discussion of the current state of information …

Reviving peace in South Sudan? What roles for women and for Canada?

February 27, 2017 - 6:00pm

Presented by the CIPS Fragile States Research Network, in partnership with the South Sudanese community in Ottawa and the CIC/NCB Africa Study Group.

Free. In English. Registration is not required but please come early as seating is limited.

Though President …

Corporate Power, Fossil Capital

February 16, 2017 - 12:30pm

Presented by CIPS and the International Political Economy Network

Click here to read William Carroll’s presentation slides

In an era of deepening climate crisis, Dr. William Carroll will discuss a research partnership mapping the various modalities through which carbon-sector corporations …

Reading the Evidence on Evidence-based Policy

January 31, 2017 - 11:30am

Presented by the International Political Economy Network

Richard French provides a survey of the evidence on evidence-based policy, a movement often uninterested in what research says about it’s own efficacy and prospects. His presentation will outline four schools of thought …

Operationalizing the “Whole-of-Government” approach in fragile states: What works, what doesn’t work?

January 31, 2017 - 4:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the Fragile States Research Group

Re-building fragile states poses one of the most significant challenges to the international community. It has been widely recognized that working effectively in fragile states such as Afghanistan and Haiti requires …

The European Union and Brexit: The Irish Perspective

January 30, 2017 - 12:00pm


Presented by CIPS

In a year of political upsets, few developments caused greater international surprise than Britain’s referendum decision in June to leave the European Union. The potential consequences of this decision are profound: both for the UK and …

Community Engagement in Mining: Sharing experiences and best practices

January 24, 2017 - 11:30am

Presented by CIPS

Community engagement drives economic development, so including the goals, concerns and needs, values and aspirations of communities and marginalized groups in all sectors in policy development, decision-making, and service delivery in mining communities is essential. Effective community …

Democratic Developments and Challenges in Taiwan

January 24, 2017 - 9:30am

Presented by CIPS and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre

Join Dr Der-yuan Maxwell Wu as he discusses recent developments in Taiwan-US relations and outlines several challenges for Taiwan, such as shifting political trends, the famous “phone call,”  generational …

Donald Trump in the White House: Implications for Canada and the world.

January 20, 2017 - 3:00pm

Presented by CIPS 

On January 20th, 2017, Donald J. Trump will take office as the 45th President of the United States of America. The implications of this change at the White House are far-reaching for Canada and for the rest

Humanitarian Action on the Front Lines

January 19, 2017 - 2:30pm

Presented by CIPS, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the Canadian Red Cross 
A conversation with Dominik Stillhart, Global Director of Operations for the International Committee of the Red Cross 

Armed conflicts in the Middle East, Africa,

Thoughts on King’s Legacy: A Conversation with Dr. Kalenda Eaton

January 16, 2017 - 4:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the American Embassy in Ottawa

Livestream Link

Join us on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day as CIPS and the American Embassy in Ottawa welcome Dr. Kalenda Eaton. Prof. Eaton’s research examines the relationship between global

The Collingridge Dilemma and the Proactive Governance of Emerging Technologies

January 13, 2017 - 12h00pm

Marc Saner advocates the tremendous potential for change of emerging technologies (such as nanotechnologies, biotechnologies, information technologies, and robotics). Their development, he argues, is justified by their potential to lessen most of our key problems, including energy insecurity, food insecurity,

Narrative as Scholarship in International Relations

January 11, 2017 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the International Theory Network

Professor Dauphinee will explore the recent growth of narrative methods in IR and the conceptual and political possibilities that narrative can illuminate. She will discuss what narrative texts are ‘doing’ in IR, …

Challenges Facing Latin America

December 16, 2016 - 2:30pm

Presented by CIPS and organised in partnership with the Latin America & Caribbean Group of the Canadian International Council (CIC) National Capital Branch

Livestream Link

A conversation with Luis Almagro, Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS).

Latin America …

Queer International Relations: Sovereignty, Sexuality, and the Will to Knowledge

December 14, 2016 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the International Theory Network

Livestream Link

Asked about queer work in international relations, most IR scholars would almost certainly answer that queer studies is a non-issue for the subdiscipline — a topic beyond the scope and …

Exporting Private Refugee Sponsorship: Lessons from Canada

December 13, 2016 - 7:00pm

Presented by CIPS 

In this Town Hall event, Patti Tamara Lenard of the University of Ottawa will moderate a discussion between stakeholders in Canada’s private refugee sponsorship program. The Government of Canada has partnered with the University of Ottawa, UNHCR, …

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)

The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence events are co-funded by a grant from the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

Britain’s vote to leave the European Union

The Rise of Critical Thinking in the 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 …

Introducing a Middle-Ground into Resource Politics: Regional Influences on National Resource Policies

November 29, 2016 - 11:30am

Presented by CIPS and IPEN

In terms of natural resource politics in developing countries, what are the regional dimensions of what happens at the national level? Taking Latin America (2000–2015) as an example, regional trends have substantial effects on national …

Rethinking the “Success” and “Failure” of Food Change Initiatives

November 24, 2016 - 4:00pm

Presented by CIPS, IPEN, and Food Lab LISF-LEILA

Rethinking the “Success” and “Failure” of Food Change Initiatives

What do “success” and “failure” mean in terms of initiatives aiming to transform the agrofood system? Harriet Friedmann will use transition and resilience …

CSE: What do we Know? What do we Need to Know?

November 23, 2016 - 11:30am

Presented by CIPS and the National Security Network: 

The Communications Security Establishment (CSE) is one of Canada’s most important intelligence agencies. It may also be one of its least known.  With a history dating back to World War Two, CSE …

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

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 …

Chinese–Canadian Relations Going Forward?

November 16, 2016 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS

Free. Presentation in French. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

Guy Saint-Jacques recently retired from the Canadian Foreign Affairs Department, which he joined in 1977. His …

The Big National Security Experiment: Responding to the Government’s Green Paper on National Security

November 14, 2016 - 11:30am

Presented by CIPS National Security Network: 

The Canadian government recently launched an unprecedented public consultation on national security issues to fulfill an election platform promise. This student-led presentation takes up the call to engage with the Liberal Government’s National Security

Money Creation and Distributive Justice

November 10, 2016 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS,  IPEN, and the Political Thought Network

Free. Bilingual presentation. 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

A Consultation on Our Security, Our Rights: National Security Green Paper

November 10, 2016 - 8:30am

Presented by the International Commission of Jurist Canada in collaboration with CIPS and the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa:

How best to respond to terrorism while protecting rights and freedoms is a highly complex issue. As the …

Canada and Mali: Towards peace and sustainable democracy or an unmanageable complexity

November 10, 2016 - 6:00pm

Presented by CIPS’ Fragile States Research Network, the FrancoPaix Centre in conflict resolution and peace missions, and the Africa Study Group of the Canadian International Council (GRA/CIC):

Following a military coup, the eruption of armed conflict, robust intervention by France

Harold Koh at CIPS

November 3, 2016 - 5:00pm

Presented by CIPS, the University of Ottawa Law Faculty, ICJ Canada and the American Embassy in Ottawa

Law and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Next Administration

Harold Hongju Koh is Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School. He …

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …