Author: CIC Editorial Staff

Ben Rowswell on The Agenda: Time for Canada to Scrap Pearsonian Diplomacy?

As the rules-based international order faces unprecedented threats, what’s Canada – a country that has thrived in traditional multilateralism – to do? Is it time to for Canada to abandon its historical “Pearsonian approach” to world diplomacy and focus more on power? To provide context, Ben Rowswell, president of the Canadian International Council joined Jennifer Welsh, director of the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies at McGill University; and Lloyd Axworthy, chair of the World Refugee & Migration Council, and former foreign minister of Canada on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin to discuss the issue....

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CIC Victoria Member Jonathan Manthorpe is set to release a timely new book on August 25th on Restoring Democracy Worldwide

Manthorpe’s new book, “Restoring Democracy in the Age of Populists and Pestilence” which is set to be released on August 25th is a thoughtful account of how we can save democracies from the despots and populists who provide easy answers to complicated situations. This is Manthorpe’s fourth book and is shortlisted for the 2020 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. Read the press release below and be sure to purchase the book when it’s released on August 25th. Learn more about Jonathan's book here Jonathan Manthorpe CIC Victoria...

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Ben Rowswell On Political Appointees to Diplomatic Missions

Challenging common wisdom, Ben Rowswell outlines why political appointments to high profile diplomatic posts, such as Prime Minister Trudeau’s recent appointment of Bob Rae to be the next Canadian ambassador to the UN, can actually be a good thing as they bring new perspectives and distinct skillsets to their positions. Read Ben's article on the Hill Times Ben Rowswell President...

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CIC President Ben Rowswell Calls for a Foreign Policy Update

In a recent article published on the Hill Times, CIC President Ben Rowswell called for an update to Canada’s foreign policy in preparation for a post-pandemic world. “The rules-based international order as it once was no longer exists.” Read the Full Article Ben Rowswell President...

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CIC President Ben Rowswell Provides a Perspective of Power Politics in Canadian Foreign Policy

CIC President Ben Rowswell’s article “Populist Unilateralism and the Threat to Canadian Power” was published in the most recent issue of the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal. Following the article, Ben spoke with iAffairs Canada to discuss the article and the state of Canadian foreign relations. Read the Interview Transcript Read the Full Article Ben Rowswell President...

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Our Response to the Death of George Floyd and Ongoing Protests against Anti-Black Racism

Our Response to the Death of George Floyd and Ongoing Protests against Anti-Black Racism Since George Floyd was killed by the Minneapolis Police Department on May 25, we as an organization have been in deep reflection. While this movement is not about us, we believe strongly that this matter concerns us all. At the CIC, we would like to use this as an opportunity to support our members and we hope to contribute to global efforts to break an unsustainable status quo. We are using our platform in solidarity with people’s lived experiences of racism to make a tangible...

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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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CIC Distinguished Fellow Jon Allen on Trump’s Proposed Peace-Plan

  Jon Allen Distinguished Fellow Jon Allen is currently a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Canadian International Council, a Diplomat in Residence at Fulbright Canada and a Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. He is engaged in research and writing on tax havens, Spanish and Israeli-Palestinian issues and populism. Among other diplomatic postings, from 2006 to 2010, he was Ambassador of Canada to Israel. From 2012 to 2016 he was Ambassador to Spain and Andorra. From December 2012 to July 2014, he was Chargé d’affaires a.i. to the Holy See.   Profile  ...

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An Invitation to Members to Engage in Discussion on Populism and Democracy

Populism – and particularly its authoritarian variant – has been making increasingly frequent appearances in liberal democracies, and solidifying gains in illiberal ones. In Canada, such a phenomenon can appear a distant threat, it hovers over foes and allies alike, but hasn’t yet taken hold north of the 49th parallel. But with a handful of similar electoral systems still wrestling with populism’s rearranging of the political landscape, we’d be wise to engage in a serious discussion on its proliferation. Consequently, the Canadian International Council has initiated a series of talks and events, all with the intention of familiarizing Canadians...

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CIC Vancouver: How to End Homophobic Laws Across the Globe

On August 1, 2019, the CIC Vancouver, in partnership with Pride Vancouver, held a public speaking event on How to End Homophobic Laws Across the Globe. Jason Jones explained how his legal victory in Jones v. Trinidad and Tobago helped set the precedent for India in getting homosexuality decriminalized, thereby guaranteeing freedom for over 50 million Indian LGBTQ2+ citizens.

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CIC Victoria: Vancouver Island University Model United Nations Conference 2019

On 8-9 March 2019, students at Vancouver Island University (VIU), joined by students from local high schools, held a very successful Model United Nations (MUN) conference in Nanaimo, British Columbia. the conference commenced with a key note speech by Dr. Chris Kilford, President of CIC Victoria. Chris was joined by CIC Victoria Executive Committee member, Gerry Thompson. Gerry is the CIC Victoria, VIU liaison officer, and later in the day he had the honour to present a donation of $500 from CIC Victoria to the conference organizers

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