On the Road to Afghanada: Militarisation and Popular Culture in Canada

The Global War on Terror launched in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on the United States has had a series of perverse effects. At its most egregious, it has licensed the return of torture and political assassination (now known as ‘targeted killing’), as well as the widespread degradation of personal privacy. Closely tied to

Richard French | Realism, Pessimism, Tragedy And Hope

Realism is often misunderstood as encouraging a passive or fatalist attitude toward progress in human affairs: pessimism as resignation. An examination of the some of the most penetrating thinkers in the pessimistic tradition shows otherwise. A common tradition of pessimism and tragedy reveals a world-view which insists on the imperative of struggle in the face

Thomas Juneau | Squandered Opportunity : Iran’s Failed Foreign Policy

Thomas Juneau is an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. His research focuses mostly on the Middle East, in particular on Iran, Yemen, Syria and US foreign policy in the region. He is also interested in Canadian foreign and defence policy and in analytical methods. He is

Bessma Momani | Arab Dawn

Bessma Momani is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and the Balsillie School of International Affairs, a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, and a 2015 fellow at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. In the West, news about the Middle East is dominated by

Jean-Frédéric Morin – Les organisations-frontières dans les complexes de régimes

Présenté par le CÉPI et le Réseau en économie politique internationale (RÉPI). Les organisations-frontières dans les complexes de régimes : une analyse des réseaux de l’IPBES: Les complexes de régimes sont des ensembles d’institutions dont les mandats se chevauchent partiellement. Puisque les tensions sont fréquentes entre ces institutions, la recherche actuelle tente d’identifier des stratégies

Jerusalem Old City Initiative

The Initiative aims to find sustainable governance solutions for the Old City of Jerusalem, probably the most sensitive issues in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Our initial efforts identified the needs of stakeholders (symbolic, religious, security, economic, political and social) and posited a set of alternatives to meet them. We concluded that an effective and empowered third

Jean-Pierre Cabestan | China’s New Foreign Policy Priorities

Since Xi Jinping came to power in late 2012, China’s foreign and security policy has become more assertive by the day. Aiming to turn China into a global leader and full-fledged naval power, the new Chinese leadership is clearly prepared to take more risks in order to challenge the U.S. domination of the Western Pacific

The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Canadian and Global Responses

Many are calling the Syrian civil war the worst humanitarian disaster of our time. Millions of refugees have escaped Syria in search of refuge, and millions more are internally displaced, from a conflict that shows no sign of slowing. The global community is struggling to respond effectively to the urgent needs of these profoundly vulnerable

Philippe Beaulieu-Brossard | Can We Wage War with Post-Positivist Approaches?

Philippe Beaulieu-Brossard is a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (University of Ottawa). His research enquires the politics of knowledge in and on the Middle-East. His current project investigates the translation of critical ideas in military organizations (Israeli Defense Forces, US Army and Canadian Forces). Philippe completed a Ph.D.

Leo Victor Panitch | Imperialism, Today and Yesterday

The theme of imperialism became widely debated early in the twentieth century through monumental events in Europe, and through the scholarly work of Hobson, Hlilferding, Luxemburg, Boukharine and Lenin, amongst others. In the recent period, with the restructuring of world capitalism (usually termed as “globalization”) and the launch of the “endless war” by the United