US-Iran Tensions: Looking Beyond the Potential for War

January 23, 2020 - 1:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the Fragile States Research Network

Recent events in the Middle East have raised concerns over a potential war between Iran and the United States. While many have commented on the likelihood of such an event, few …

Ambassadors’ Series. High Commissioner of South Africa: Truth and Reconciliation

January 27, 2020 - 1:30 pm

Presented by CIPS and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA)

Organized jointly by CIPS and GSPIA, the Ambassadors’ Series, led by Mr. Jeffrey Simpson, will be hosting the High Commissioner of South Africa, Her Excellency Ms.

Arms for Influence: The Global Arms Trade and the Future of U.S. Power

January 30, 2020 - 15:00

Presented by CIPS and the International Theory Network

As with gasoline, Coca-Cola, and heroin, the global demand for major conventional weapons is both massive and hard to counteract. Moreover, one cannot understand any of these markets without acknowledging the crucial …

A Melting Arctic: Implications of Sea-Ice Loss on Governing the Arctic

January 30, 2020 - 1:30 pm

Presented by CIPS and the Observatory on Politics and Security in the Arctic (OPSA)

The Arctic region is melting at an alarming rate. Global warming has already created political, economic and social changes for Northerners and governments in charge of …

Fictions of Truth: Dominant Narratives and the Strategic Framing of Local Transitional Justice

February 3, 2020 - 12:00

Transitional justice (TJ) is suffering a legitimacy crisis. While recent critical TJ scholarship has touted the transformative potential of locally-rooted mechanisms as a possible means to “save” TJ, this budding literature rests on often shaky claims about the purported benefits …

The War in Yemen and the Southern Issue

January 21, 2020 - 6:00 pm

Presented by CIPS and the National Security Policy Network

The crisis in Yemen started as a civil war, but has since evolved into a regional conflict and a humanitarian catastrophe. This event will focus on one of the war’s often …

What Is in Store for Taiwan after the Presidential and Legislative Elections?

January 16, 2020 - 5:00 pm

Presented  by CIPS, the Asian Studies Network, and the Chair in Taiwan Studies of the Faculty of Social Sciences

Professor André Laliberté (School of Political Studies), will comment on the consequences of the historic vote of January 11th in …

Canada-Asia: Geopolitical Relations

January 16, 2020 - 1:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the Asian Studies Network

Examining security and geopolitical issues in the Asia Pacific, Stewart Beck will explore the region’s most pressing geopolitical and geo-economic issues and outline the parameters within which policy-makers can act. He will

Speculative Fiction and the Dys/U/topian Future of Political Economy

January 14, 2020 - 3:00 pm

Presented by CIPS and the International Political Economy Network (IPEN)

How do works of fiction inform our understanding of challenges in the contemporary and future global political economy? A panel discussion on works such as Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale

Genocide Against Indigenous Peoples, Genocide Elision, and the Conciliation Challenge in Canada

December 11, 2019 - 1:30pm

Presented by CIPS and the International Theory Network

This talk foregrounds the lack of discussion of genocide in the 2019 federal election, despite admissions by Prime Minister Trudeau that genocide had been committed by the state against Indigenous peoples, and …

The Asia Foundation’s 2019 Survey of the Afghan People

December 11, 2019 - 2:00 pm

Presented by the Fragile States Research Network (FSRN) at CIPS and The Asia Foundation

The past year has been marked by great uncertainty for the people of Afghanistan. Rounds of negotiations conducted between the U.S. and the Taliban—amid continued violent …

War Analytics: Towards a Study of AI-Mediated Decisions in War

November 29, 2019 - 11:30 am

Presented by CIPS and International Theory Network (ITN)

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are profoundly shaping today’s social processes, business transactions and governmental decisions. They have also captured the imagination of military forces. While much attention in recent years …

Book Launch: Exiting the Fragility Trap

November 29, 2019 - 10:00 am

Presented by CIPS and the Fragile States Research Network (FSRN) and Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA)

Book launch for Exiting the Fragility Trap: Rethinking Our Approach to the World’s Most Fragile States by David Carment and …

Southeast Asia: Recent Trends and Perspectives

November 29, 2019 - 12:00pm

The CN Tellier Chair at the University of Ottawa, The Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI) at the University of Victoria and The Asian Studies Network at uOttawa’s Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS/CÉPI) are proud to present a special roundtable

Neoliberalism’s Quiet Failures

November 27, 2019 - 2:30pm

Presented by CIPS and the International Political Economy Network:

Even its greatest critics have tended to see the early days of the rise of neoliberalism as an almost mythical time, when Thatcher and Reagan swept into power and turned their …

Round-table on Taiwan’s 2020 Presidential Elections

November 27, 2019 - 5:00pm

The Asian Studies Network at CIPS, the School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies & UOttawa Research Chair on Taiwan Studies present:

On January 11, 2020, Taiwan will hold its 7th direct election for President. Although there are other issues,

What’s Next? Directions for Canadian Foreign Policy After the 2019 Federal Election

November 26, 2019 - 6:00pm

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Presented by the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS) and the Canadian International Council (CIC) – National Capital Branch

The new Canadian government faces multiple foreign policy challenges, from the rise of nationalist populism to a tense relationship …

Taiwan’s 2020 Elections: A Pivotal Moment for Taiwan Under the Shadow of China

November 13, 2019 - 5:00 pm

Presented by CIPS and the Asian Studies Network (ASN)

Description: The Jan. 11, 2020, elections will mark a pivotal moment in Taiwan’s democratic history, pitting Tsai Ing-wen of the pro-democracy camp against the Kuomintang’s Han Kuo-yu, a populist and Beijing’s …

Assembling Publics around Public-Private Financial Information-Sharing

November 7, 2019 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the International Theory Network (ITN)

Public and private security actors increasingly collaborate within partnerships to enable the prevention, detection and prosecution of money laundering and terrorism financing. Financial information-sharing partnerships (FISPs) co-develop security knowledge and typologies. …

Book Launch: Russian Conservatism

November 6, 2019 - 13:30

Presented by CIPS.

This talk is a launch for Professor Paul Robinson’s new book. Paul Robinson’s Russian Conservatism examines the history of Russian conservative thought from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present. As he shows, conservatism …

Des sentinelles pour l’environnement. Les observateurs d’oiseaux à Taiwan et Hong Kong

November 5, 2019 - 5:00 pm

La Chaire de recherche sur les études Taïwanaises, ainsi que l’École d’études sociologiques et anthropologiques et le Centre d’études en politiques internationales, vous invite à une conférence du professeur Frédéric Keck (CNRS et l’École des hautes études en sciences sociales,


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The Federal Elections and Canada’s Arctic Policy: What’s Next?

November 4, 2019 - 1:00 pm

Video of this event is available in both official languages here.

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Presented by CIPS and l’Observatoire de la politique et la sécurité de l’Arctique (OPSA)

The Government of Canada published its Arctic policy one day …

The Myth of International Order: Why Weak States Persist and Alternatives to the State Fade Away

October 30, 2019 - 11:00

Presented by CIPS

This talk address the puzzle that motivates Chowdhury’s book: most states in the international system are “weak” states—states unable to monopolize violence or provide public goods, and yet the nation-state remains the primary organizational form for world …

Myanmar’s Democracy at a Crossroads?

October 28, 2019 - 3:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre

Myanmar has been making efforts toward democracy since 2011. The election in 2015 of the NLD, and its Nobel prize-winning leader Aung San Suu Kyi, marked a new milestone …

Israel Update: Peace and Security, Two Elections Later

October 24, 2019 - 12:30 pm

Presented by CIPS and the Security Studies Network

Israelis went to the polls twice in 2019, and the surrounding election campaigns exposed significant domestic faultlines and raised questions about the future of Israel as a Jewish and democratic State, as …

Potentia Journal of International Affairs – 10th Issue Launch and Information Session

October 23, 2019 - 3:30pm

Potentia, the interdisciplinary student journal of CIPS invites you to celebrate the publication of its tenth issue! Potentia publishes academic articles written, reviewed, and edited by graduate students. This year, we are delighted to showcase the different ways to …

Multilateral Peace/Stabilization Operations and Security Sector Reform: Canadian and Japanese Approaches in an Uncertain World

October 16, 2019 - 2:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the Fragile States Research Network

Free. In English. Registration is not required; arrive early, as seating is limited.

Over the past decade, there have been concerted efforts to reform United Nations peace/ stabilization operations and link …

North Korea/USA Relations: The Paradox of Summit Diplomacy, Negotiation and Confrontation in the Age of Trump and Kim

October 8, 2019 - 12:00 pm

Presented by CIPS

This presentation analyzes the current state of North Korea/US relations in the context of historical patterns, unprecedented summit meetings, US policy and North Korean strategic goals and assess the impact of an unpredictable and norm-breaking US President, …

National Versus Human Security: Australian and Canadian Military Interventions

October 7, 2019 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS

By examining two military interventions that have defined the post-Cold War period, Somalia (1992-1995) and Afghanistan (2001-2014), this book argues that for Australia and Canada, the concept of human security works better in practice than it does …

Book launch: Yellow Star, Red Star: Holocaust Remembrance After Communism

October 3, 2019 - 11:30

Presented by CIPS and the International Theory Network

Jelena Subotic is Professor in the Department of Political Science at Georgia State University (PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007). Dr. Subotic writes broadly about international relations theory, memory politics, human rights, transitional …

Culture and Identities in Canada and Mexico

October 3, 2019 - 14:00

Presented by CIPS, Global Affairs Canada and the Embassy of Mexico

To mark the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Mexico, the Centre for International Policy Studies, the Embassy of Mexico and Global Affairs Canada invite you to …

Facing the Heat? Canada and Climate Change

October 1, 2019 - 6:00 pm

Video recording of the event is available here.

The effects of climate change are becoming ever more evident. Rising temperatures, drought, and  extreme weather events seem part of nearly every news cycle. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has called …

Speeding towards the Abyss: Contemporary Arms Racing and Global Security

September 26, 2019 - 09:00am

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Video recording of the event is available here.

Presented by CIPS and the Canadian Pugwash Group 

The ‘arms race’ is a concept associated with the Cold War and often assumed to have ended with it. The current international …

Assessing Policy towards a Changing and Tumultuous Middle East

September 25, 2019 - 1:00 pm

Presented by CIPS and the Fragile States Research Network (FSRN):

Over the last 20 years, the Middle East has been one of the most tumultuous and strategically important regions in the world. We have seen cases where countries have undergone …

Is Canada Still a Good International Citizen?

September 24, 2019 - 6:00 pm

Video recording of the event is available here.

The Economist recently called Canada ‘A nice country in a nasty world’.  Canadians frequently see themselves and their country as ‘good international citizens’, as evidenced in consistent public support for the UN, …

Strong and Secure? How Should Canada Respond to New Security Challenges?

September 17, 2019 - 6:00 pm

Video recording of the event is available here.

Canada is a peaceful country in a turbulent world. Today’s global security threats are complex and multiple, ranging from the spread of violent extremism to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction …

Global Right: Radical Conservatism and Global Order

September 16, 2019 - 12:00

Presented by CIPS

The rise of radical conservative political movements is one of the most striking developments in global politics. From Asia to Africa, from the Eastern European ‘new democracies’ to the Nordic social democracies, not to mention Russia, the …

Border Security and the Insights of Data

September 12, 2019 - 11:00 am

Video recording of the event is available here.

The rise of big data and complex analytics have altered the way that wars are fought, populations are policed, democracy functions, commerce works and security is produced. Authorities counter widespread concerns about


Alone in the World? Directions for Canada in a Changing World

September 10, 2019 - 6:00 pm

Video recording of the event is available here.

The 2019 elections will take place in an international climate of uncertainty and rapid change. Liberal internationalism is in crisis and multilateral cooperation is fraying. Our powerful neighbour to the south has …