Changing Orders: Shaping the Future and Securing Rights in a World in Transformation

Bringing together leading research centres and institutes at the University of Ottawa, Changing Orders seeks to reveal the fundamental dynamics underlying today’s governance and human rights challenges – at the national and global levels – and to generate new and innovative ideas and policy responses to them. The initiative will mobilize cutting-edge research and networks of decision-makers from a variety of fields to analyse these challenges and co-produce effective solutions to address them. It will also build upon and amplify cutting-edge public interest legal interventions being conducted by project partners at both the domestic and international levels, aimed at securing rights in a changing order.
The research project has received funding from the Alex Trebek Forum for Dialogue: “Smart Changes for a Better World” Public Policy Research Agenda.
The project is jointly led by CIPS, the Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP), Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC), and The Refugee Hub.

The Evolution of Arctic Governance

The Arctic region is experiencing fundamental transformations, caused by climate change. These transformations have the potential to alter the core nature and dynamics of the circumpolar North. The ice melt will mean increased access to this space, although the speed and extent of this access are still up for debate. At the same time, the regional governance is evolving. Since the early 2010s, non-Arctic states (China, South Korea, Great Britain, Germany) have come to the fore to play a role in a region that was until now dominated by Arctic states. Other types of actors have also become active stakeholders: sub-national governments, companies, civil society, and Indigenous groups.
This research project, a collaboration between the Observatory on Politics and Security in the Arctic (OPSA) and CIPS, analyzes the evolution of the political and geostrategic Arctic landscape. The project organizes events (conferences, workshops, roundtables) in order to bring together Arctic scholars and practitioners and support research on these questions.
OPSA receives funding from the Ministère des Relations Internationales et de la Francophonie (MRIF) of the Government of Québec.

The World Order Research Programme

At a time when the post-war liberal world order is under severe strain and illiberal forces are on the rise across the world, the ‘World Order Research Programme’ brings together CIPS scholars from different disciplines and perspectives to analyze the current challenges and investigate opportunities for building a more democratic, just and inclusive world order. Ranging from the rise of populism and the Far Right, to economic transformations and geopolitical realignments, the Programme’s distinct, yet connected projects provide a comprehensive analysis of some of the most important issues facing Canada and the world.

Canadian Defence Policy

Canadian Defence Policy in Theory and Practice is a recently published book (2020), edited by Philippe Lagassé (Norman Patterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University), Srdjan Vucetic and Thomas Juneau (both Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa). The content emphasizes the process of defence policy-making rather than just the outcomes of that process, focusing especially on how political and organizational interests impact planning and standard operating procedures that shape Canadian defence policy and practices. The authors’ workshop for this volume, held in 2017, was supported by CIPS and the Department of National Defence Engagement Grant.