Month: March 2020

Results of the CIC Survey

This survey of the CIC membership was conducted between February 11th and March, and was filled out by 252 participants (approx. 20% of membership). The asked questions focused along two streams: demographic, and satisfaction. The CIC thanks National Office intern Hamza Naim for his work in organizing and running this survey. CIC Members: Education CIC Members: Income CIC Members: Gender CIC Members: Birth Place CIC Members: Determining Canada’s Role 1 CIC Members: Determining Canada’s Role 2...

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The Trump Peace Plan: Neither Peace Nor Stability

Published: 2020    |    By: Jon Allen  |    Volume 68, No. 3 Download PDF Summary Jon Allen examines the Trump Peace Plan and explains why, if implemented, it would bring neither peace nor stability to the region. In addition to drawing on his experience as former ambassador to Israel, Allen reviews the political context in which the plan was announced, its content and what its implementation could mean for both the region and the international community. About the Author Jon Allen (LL.B., University of Western Ontario, 1976; LL.M., International Law, University of London School of Economics, 1977)...

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Populism in Canada: Observations from the 2019 Federal Election: Should We Be Worried?

Published: 2020     |    By: Anders Bretsen and Chelsea Tao |    Volume 68, No. 4 Download PDF Summary The authors present their findings after conducting extensive research on the nature of populism in the recent Canadian federal election, surveying a wide range of public statements from political candidates. These were compiled and assessed to determine whether Canadian democracy was risk of being eroded. Daniel Ziblatt and Steven Levitsky’s 2018 book, How Democracies Die, was used to establish benchmarks for what constituted a threat to democratic institutions and processes. Ultimately, there were no instances where Ziblatt and Levitsky’s...

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The Peace, Order and Good Government Centre: An Exciting Opportunity for Canada

Published: 2020    |    By: Sujit Choudhry  |    Volume 68, No. 1 Download PDF Summary In response to the mandate letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs directing the establishment of a Canadian Centre for Peace, Order and Good Government (CCPOGG), Sujit Choudhry provides some preliminary ideas on how such a center could operate. This article includes an overview of the current global context and its respective challenges, a look at Canada’s comparative advantages in addressing these challenges, and proposals for the structure of activities while highlighting four thematic areas on which CCPOGG could focus. About the...

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How Populism Threatens Liberal Democracy Around The World And What Canada Should Do About It

Published: 2020    |    By: Michael Petrou  |    Volume 68, No. 2 Download PDF Summary Michael Petrou takes stock of the current state of the global international order, the status of global populist movements, and the impact populism exerts at the start of a new decade. He goes on to examine why Canada should care about the weakening of global democracy, and what it can do to combat rising populist tides. About the Author Michael Petrou is a historian and journalist. He is fellow-in-residence in Carleton University’s Bachelor ofGlobal and International Studies program, where he teaches a...

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CIC National Capital (Ottawa): Lebanon: Refugee Women, NGOs, and Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Please join us at the next event of the CIC National Capital Branch’s Middle East Study Group (MESG), being held in honour of International Women’s Day Overview: How do we, as Westerners, think of women in the Middle East? Do we imagine mysterious figures, shrouded in black robes? Do we picture Disney’s Princess Jasmine? Or do we simply assume they are in need of saving and liberation from their oppressive and patriarchal cultures? Like all stereotypes, these imaginings are not only reductionist and problematic, but they transform Middle Eastern women into objects. Yet, Middle Eastern women – as with women everywhere – are economically and politically active agents, working tirelessly to improve their lives and societies – on their own terms. Indeed, the region is home to many women-led, feminist non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that provide educational and vocational/leadership training. Amongst the Middle East’s very diverse countries, Lebanon stands out as an important example. Lebanon is one country that, as a result of regional conflicts, houses three different nationalities: Lebanese, Palestinians, and more recently, Syrians. Lebanese law, further, disempowers refugees relative to Lebanese citizens, in the form of very serious bureaucratic obstacles, such as work permits and the complete ban of their employment in numerous professions (law, medicine, engineering). These barriers have forced Lebanon’s refugee populations to seek employment in the black labor market. As an already marginalized portion of marginalized populations, refugee...

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