Multipolarity and Pragmatic Peacekeeping

May 23, 2023 - 5:30 pm

Hybrid event: in person and on Zoom

Registration: Eventbrite

Presented by CIPS

Peacekeeping is a foundational component of the United Nations but its historical trajectory has been marked by great debate over its form and purpose. In the 21st

Regional and Opposition Perspectives on the Crisis in Myanmar

May 8, 2023 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS and The Asia Foundation

As Myanmar’s crisis deepens in the wake of the 2021 military coup, relations between opposition groups remain complex. Ethnic leaders show signs of greater unity in pursuing their respective paths, while their links …

Reshoring, Friendshoring and Decoupling of Supply Chains: Implications for Canada

April 27, 2023 - 11:30am


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Presented by CIPS, IPEN, the CN-Paul M. Tellier Chair on Business and Public Policy, and the Hyman Soloway Chair on

Do We Need to Scale Up Nuclear Power to Combat Climate Change? A Public Debate

April 25, 2023 - 5:00 pm

Presented by CIPS

Climate change is increasingly visible and disruptive, and it is widely understood that the world urgently needs to transition to low carbon emitting energy. Citing the climate crisis, the Canadian nuclear industry is advocating for a major …

Why Humans Fight: The Social Dynamics of Close-Range Violence

April 6, 2023 - 4:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the International Theory Network (ITN)

Malešević offers a novel sociological answer to the age-old question: ‘Why do humans fight?’. Instead of focusing on the motivations of solitary individuals, he emphasises the centrality of the social and

Are NGO Mediators the Future of Peacemaking?

April 3, 2023 - 12:00 pm

Presented by CIPS and Ottawa Dialogue

Can informal actors such as NGOs mediate peace agreements? If so, how does it work and what are the consequences for international peace mediation? This book tackles these questions and more through looking at …

The Annual Global Ideas Lecture – Against Decolonisation: On Africa’s Place in the Global Circuit of Ideas

March 30, 2023 - 5:30

Presented by CIPS and The University Research Chair in Global Political Thought as part of the 15th anniversary of CIPS

5:30pm – Reception

6:00pm – Lecture

Location: Desmarais Building, room 4101 (55 Laurier Avenue East)

Why doesn’t the world beat …

Graduate Student Conference 2023

March 30, 2023 - 9:00am

For all of the details, take a look at the conference website

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Panel 1 – 9h-10h30

La philosophie de la BRI : Quels fondements normatifs ? (Adam Laroussi, Université de Montréal)

Infrastructure Development …

The Way Ahead for the Alliance for Democracy and Freedom in Iran

March 27, 2023 - 2:00pm

Presented by CIPS

The Islamic Republic of Iran has seen large-scale street protests since September 2022. As a result, the regime is now in a more vulnerable domestic position than ever. To start planning for an eventual post-Islamic Republic transition, …

Crisis at the Crossroads: What Can Afghanistan’s Neighbours Do to Help Stabilization and Peacebuilding in Afghanistan?

March 24, 2023 - 9:00 am

Presented by the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS), the Asian Studies Network (ASN), and the York Centre for Asian Research, York University

The 2021 regime change in Afghanistan, precipitated by the withdrawal of US troops, has created a new …

Making War Remote: Waging Contemporary War through Distance

March 23, 2023 - 1:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the International Theory Network (ITN)

This talk examines how contemporary war is waged through the manipulation and remaking of relations of distance. Significant attention has been devoted to how states seek to project military force across …

Unofficial Peace Diplomacy: Private Peace Entrepreneurs in Conflict Resolution Processes

March 21, 2023 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS and Ottawa Dialogue

Join us for an event with Dr. Lior Lehrs who will be discussing his book Unofficial Peace Diplomacy: Private Peace Entrepreneurs in Conflict Resolution Processes (Manchester University Press, “Key Studies in Diplomacy” series, 2022).…

Arbitrary Power and Its Constraints: Reflecting on Authoritarianism in Africa

March 20, 2023 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS

Recent years have confirmed the strength of authoritarianism in Africa. To shine light on this phenomenon, Rebecca Tapscott discusses the conceptual relationship between arbitrary power—the unrestrained and unaccountable power of the executive—and its institutional and legal restraints. …

Oversight of Transnational Secret Service Coalitions: Impossible or Essential?

March 13, 2023 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS

This talk focuses on the large-scale coercive or intrusive surveillance operations undertaken by secret services and private actors and asks to what extent their activities are adequately monitored and regulated by national supervisory authorities. In the most …

Success or Failure in Afghanistan? A Preliminary Assessment and What We Should Do to Help Afghans Today

March 13, 2023 - 5:00pm

Registration: Eventbrite

Presented by CIPS and the Fragile States Research Network

The sudden and rather hasty withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan in 2021 prompted calls for an official review process of international peacebuilders’ intervention in Afghanistan.  While the …

The Security Council, One Year After Ukraine

March 9, 2023 - 12:00pm

Registration: Eventbrite

Presented by CIPS

In 2022, the UN Security Council proved unable to prevent or reverse Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  Some analysts predicted paralysis for the Security Council over this ongoing breach of international law by a permanent member, …

Global Corpse Politics

March 7, 2023 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the International Theory Network

Jessica Auchter’s talk will discuss her recent book, Global Corpse Politics: The Obscenity Taboo (Cambridge University Press, 2021). The talk will focus on the functioning of the obscenity taboo in global politics …

Safety, Sanctuary and Care Beyond Borders: Feminist Responses to Crisis in Venezuela, Haiti and Poland

March 2, 2023 - 11:00am

Presented by CIPS and Fòs Feminista

How are Ukrainian refugees in Poland navigating the restrictive abortion laws and high risks of violence and exploitation? What have been the consequences of the disappearance of birth control for Venezuelan women and their …

Paying for a Warming World: Contemporary Challenges in Climate Finance After COP27

March 1, 2023 - 11:00am

Presented by CIPS and IPEN

Ottawa’s International Political Economy Network (IPEN) invite you to attend an expert panel seeking to contextualize the latest developments in the world of climate finance.

In recent years the international community has sought to …

The Rise of Illiberal Democracies in Central Europe, a Threat or an Opportunity?

February 27, 2023 - 6:00pm

Presented by CIPS

The fall of communism at the end of the 1980s was celebrated as a victory for democracy over the last major authoritarian ideology of the twentieth century. Thirty years later, Central European countries, which in the meantime

Roots, Routes, and Reckonings: On Blackness and Belonging in North America

February 13, 2023 - 1:00pm

Registration: Eventbrite

Presented by CIPS as part of Black History Month

Through an intimate exploration of the roots of Black identities in North America and the routes taken by we who have crisscrossed the world’s longest undefended border in search …

Deploying Feminism: The Role of Gender in NATO Military Operations

February 2, 2023 - 5:00pm

Registration for those who wish to participate via Zoom: Eventbrite

Presented by CIPS

In her new book Deploying Feminism, Stéfanie von Hlatky tells the story of how the military has been delegated authority to advance gender equality as part

The Climate of Counterinsurgency in the Sahel

January 31, 2023 - 1:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the Security Studies Network

The Sahel is regularly conceived as a space where the interaction between climate and conflict can be observed. With a high-dependence on rain-fed agriculture and livestock, climate variability leaves pastoralists and small …

Challenges to the Economic Rules-Based Order: An Indo-Pacific Perspective

January 30, 2023 - 8:00pm

Presented by CIPS and The Council on International Policy

The international rules-based order, ushered in after the end of World War II, has brought economic success and stability. While imperfections continue to exist, this framework of liberal political and economic …

Five Eyes and Modern Intelligence

January 30, 2023 - 5:30pm

Professor John Ferris’s talk will touch upon his 2020 book: Behind the Enigma: The Authorised History of GCHQ, Britain’s Secret Cyber-Intelligence Agency.

For a hundred years GCHQ – Government Communications Headquarters – has been at the forefront of British

Book Launch: “Youth without Representation: The Absence of Young Adults in Parliaments, Cabinets and Candidacies”

January 24, 2023 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS

Daniel Stockemer will give a talk about his recently published book: Youth without Representation: The Absence of Young Adults in Parliaments, Cabinets and Candidacies (co-authored with Aksel Sundström).

Officeholders in contemporary parliaments and cabinets are more likely

Arctic Year 2022 and a Look at the Arctic in 2023

January 24, 2023 - 2:30pm

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Presented by OPSA and CIPS

This conference will see experts from the Arctic region analyze the salient developments that occurred in the Arctic region in 2022. In addition, there will be a look ahead …

In the Face of Chinese Ambitions for “Reunification,” What Future Is Possible for Taiwan?

January 19, 2023 - 4:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the Research Chair in Taiwan Studies

Is Taiwan’s fate in the balance? Since its foundation, the PRC has made the “reunification” of the island a non-negotiable objective, and has never renounced the use of force, with …

Military Lessons Learned from the War in Ukraine

January 18, 2023 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS

Over the past 30 years military analysts have made numerous claims that the character, or even the very nature, of war has undergone fundamental change. In this talk, Paul Robinson will compare theories of the changing character


Africa in the World

January 17, 2023 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the Institute for Security Studies

This seminar examines the ‘development ceiling’ that the global context places on Africa in four global scenarios, a Sustainable World, a Divided World, a World at War and a Growth World. …

Roundtable: Global and Local Narratives of ‘Transnational Organized Crime’ in West Africa

December 5, 2022 - 11:30am

Presented by CIPS and the Security Studies Network

There is much debate about the salience of ‘organized crime’ as a lens on smuggling and cross-border crime in West Africa. This roundtable brings together four scholars who draw on their collective

Nuclear Threats and Canada’s Disarmament Diplomacy

November 28, 2022 - 4:00 pm

Event start time: 4:00 pm EST
Followed by a reception at 5:30 pm

Presented by Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention and the Centre for International Policy Studies

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has ushered in a period of exceptional geo-political

Under the AUKUS Umbrella: Australia-US Relations in the Shadow of China’s Rise

November 23, 2022 - 12:00

Presented by CIPS and The University Research Chair in Global Political Thought

In recent years, the Australian government has doubled down on its historical policy of seeking closer security ties to the United States and adopting a “tough” attitude toward

How to Articulate a Haitian Solution to International Assistance?

November 16, 2022 - 12:00

Organized by CIPS’ Fragile States Research Network, in partnership with the uOttawa’s Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire et de valorisation des savoirs en Haïti (CRIVASH)

Once again, the security, governance and socio-economic crisis that is afflicting Haiti is making headlines in …

Women in Diplomacy

November 16, 2022 - 6:00 pm

Registration: Eventbrite

Presented by the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS), H.E. Ambassador Reem Alkhaled, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait and Chair of Women Heads of Diplomatic Missions of Ottawa (WHDMO), and the Graduate School of Public and International

Book Launch: Canada and the Middle East

November 15, 2022 - 5:00pm

Register here to receive the Zoom link if you will be attending online: Eventbrite

Presented by CIPS

In this event, Bessma Momani and Thomas Juneau will discuss their recent book, Middle Power in the Middle East: Canada’s Foreign and Defence

Scotland in a Changing World Order

November 10, 2022 - 11:00

Presented by CIPS, the Scottish Council of Global Affairs and The University Research Chair in Global Political Thought

The political and economic upheavals of the past decade have presented formidable challenges for Scotland. These challenges are linked to its role …

Feminist Foreign Policies: What’s Next? Perspectives from Canada, Scotland and Beyond

November 10, 2022 - 2:00 pm

If you prefer to join remotely, the Zoom link for event is:

Presented by CIPS and the School of International Development and Global Studies

Since Sweden’s 2014 adoption of a feminist foreign policy, several other countries have since announced


Potentia Journal of International Affairs – 13th Issue Launch and Information Session

November 2, 2022 - 5:30pm

This event will be held in person in room FSS 4004 but those who wish to join the event via Zoom, please register here: Eventbrite

Potentia, the interdisciplinary student journal of CIPS invites you to celebrate the publication of …

Options for Afghanistan: One Year after the Return of the Taliban

October 19, 2022 - 9:30 am

Presented by CIPS, the Fragile States Research Network and the Asian Studies Network

The Centre for International Policy Studies invites you to join us for a webinar with human rights, conflict and aid experts who will discuss the unfolding humanitarian …

Electoral Violence and Civic Education in Côte d’Ivoire

October 5, 2022 - 12:00 pm

Presented by CIPS

Two years after President Ouattara won a contested election that was boycotted by the opposition, Côte d’Ivoire appears more peaceful despite the high level of political polarization. This talk analyses the electoral violence that took place during …

AUKUS Among Democracies: One Year Later

October 3, 2022

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A full-day hybrid workshop. The audience is welcome to join via Zoom.

Presented by CIPS, in collaboration with Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security (MINDS)

“Seismic.” “Tectonic.” “Earthquake.” We cannot fault the media for using geological …

Englishness: The Political Force Transforming Britain

September 21, 2022 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS

Until the Brexit referendum, there was widespread doubt as to whether English nationalism existed at all, at least beyond a small fringe. Since then, it has come to be regarded an obvious explanation for the vote to …

How Ideas and Ideologies Shape African Politics

September 13, 2022 - 3:30

Presented by CIPS

In this talk, Professor Nic Cheeseman will draw on his new research project on this history of African political thought to reflect on how ideas and ideologies have shaped political beliefs, actions and outcomes in post-colonial Africa. …

The Third Quantum Revolution: Science and Technology, Geopolitics and Ethics

September 12, 2022 - 11:30 am

Registration: Eventbrite

The talk will be in English.
A light lunch will be served.

Presented by CIPS and ISSP

The Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS) and the Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP) are very pleased to host …