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27 August 2014 OceanCanada Partnership Project
New UBC partnership for Canada's ocean launched today
26 August 2014 Rashid Sumaila shaking hands with Prince Charles
Rashid Sumaila discussed sustaining the world's fisheries with Prince Charles
12 August 2014 Refugee mural reverberates at Queer Arts Festival in Vancouver
Liu Scholars Katherine Fobear & Shayna Plaut's refugee mural, Seeking Protection Is Not a Crime, exhibited at the Vancouver Queer Arts Festival.
06 August 2014 Canadian couple suspected of spying in China
Professor Paul Evans talks to Reuters about the Canadian couple suspected of spying in China
05 August 2014 Talk & Tour video at the Liu
UBC Talk & Tour video of the Liu Institute for Global Issues
25 July 2014 UBC professors make 2014 list of highly cited researchers
Liu Faculty Associate Jamie Peck named in Thomson Reuters list of Highly Cited Researchers
22 July 2014 International Conference on Technology, Knowledge, and Society Call for Proposals
The current deadline to submit a proposal (title and short abstract) is August 12, 2014.
18 July 2014 ‘Oorja’ in India
An article on the topic of assessing a large-scale commercial distribution of advanced biomass stoves to households.
18 July 2014 Professor Moura Quayle joins the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC as Director, July 2014
Moura Quayle, a Professor at the UBC Sauder School of Business, joins the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC as Director, July 2014.
17 July 2014 'Re-imagining the PhD: New forms and futures for graduate education' Report
'Re-imagining the PhD: New forms and futures for graduate education' report.
03 June 2014 Liu Scholar Tours Film in the Philippines
UBC PhD candidate, film producer & Liu Scholar Joshua M. Ferguson to screen film, Whispers of Life, in the Philippines
28 May 2014 Research on Cleaner Emissions from Cookstoves
Yale will collaborate with researchers from UBC and other institutions to examine cookstove adoption in India in a three-year study research study.
14 May 2014 The Eco-Business Market Advantage
The result of eco-business strategy is both bottom-line efficiency and savings and top-line innovation and growth, as illustrated in an article by Peter Dauvergne and Jane Lister.
22 April 2014 UBC Journalism project recognized by Murrow Awards
CUT, a multimedia documentary about illegal logging, has won a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award, the highest honour from the Radio, Television and Digital News Association.
14 April 2014 UBC Asia expert calls for new era in China relations
Paul Evans, an expert in Asian relations is calling for a new, comprehensive strategy for Ottawa’s dealings with Beijing, in a new, and deliberately terse, book.
14 March 2014 Not just about the money: corporatization is weakening activism and empowering big business
The corporatization of activist groups, including Greenpeace, is the focus of a new op-ed co-authored by a Peter Dauvergne.
29 January 2014 The Current State of Journalism
Taylor Owen was on the Bill Good Show earlier this week talking about the current and future state of Journalists.
18 December 2013 Wade Davis, acclaimed anthropologist and author, joins the University of British Columbia and the Liu Institute for Global Issues
Pioneering Canadian ethnographer Wade Davis has joined the University of British Columbia to advance global awareness of cultures and ecosystems at risk.
06 December 2013 LISTEN: Exploring Reconciliation: What does it mean to me? What could it mean to Canada?
On November 18, 2013, Dr. Marie Wilson presented this lecture. A podcast of this event is now available.
05 November 2013 Director, Liu Institute for Global Issues: Call for Applications or Nominations
The Faculty of Arts invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the Liu Institute for Global Issues, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2014.
24 October 2013 Liu Institute Visiting Fellow in Residence at Green College UBC 2014-15: Call for Applications
This position offers the opportunity for one influential scholar, activist, artist, leader, or practitioner to locate at the Institute for a 4-month period, and to participate in the intellectual and social life of a graduate residential college with a mandate for interdisciplinary studies.
03 October 2013 Four Liu Scholars Awarded 2013 Vanier Canada Scholarships
26 September 2013 Paul Kagame: Rwanda’s saviour or strongman?
The Liu Institute's Erin Jessee calls Rwandan president Paul Kagame “a complicated figure.”
19 August 2013 Liu Scholars receive highly competitive IDRC Doctoral Research Awards
Congratulations to Regiane Garcia and Lyndsay O'Hara who were granted awards in the April 2013 competition. The awards provide support for students to undertake thesis research in developing countries, and are intended to promote the growth of Canadian and developing-country capacity in research on sustainable and equitable development from an international perspective.
16 July 2013 Assistant Professor, Global Issues and Digital Media, Liu Institute for Global Issues and Graduate School of Journalism, UBC (Vancouver)
Deadline: September 1, 2013
17 June 2013 Genevieve LeBaron awarded prestigious Vice Chancellor’s Fellowship at the University of Sheffield
Congratulations to Genevieve!
03 April 2013 Liu Institute Visiting Fellow in Residence at Green College UBC 2013-14: Call for Applications
The position offers the opportunity for one influential scholar, activist, artist, leader, or practitioner to locate at the Institute for a 4-month period, and to participate in the intellectual and social life of a graduate residential college with a mandate for interdisciplinary studies.
27 March 2013 Liu Scholars receive highly competitive IDRC Doctoral Research Awards
In the recent International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Doctoral Research Awards competition, Liu Scholars won four of 28 grants awarded across Canada. The awards provide support for students to undertake thesis research in developing countries, and are intended to promote the growth of Canadian and developing-country capacity in research on sustainable and equitable development from an international perspective. Congratulations to Emily Anderson, Sara Elder, Magdalena Ugarte, and Sule Yaylaci!
01 February 2013 LISTEN: Forced Labour, Child Labour, Human Trafficking: Explaining the Resilience of the Worst Forms of Labour Exploitation in the Global Economy
On January 24, 2013, Professor Nicola Phillips presented this lecture. A podcast of this event is now available.
22 November 2012 Lobby Gallery Call for Submissions 2013
The Lobby Gallery at the Liu Institute for Global Issues would like to invite submissions for exhibits starting in January 2013.
05 October 2012 Liu Scholar wins award from the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice
20 September 2012 Canada Research Chair in Food Security: Now Accepting Applications
13 September 2012 UBC postdocs awarded Banting Fellowships
30 August 2012 Two Liu Scholars Awarded 2012 Vanier Canada Scholarships
28 August 2012 Liu Scholar Program: Applications due Sept 6!
08 August 2012 Does Ottawa have staying power in Southeast Asia?
Professor Brian Job writes about the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and its importance to Canada. “The Harper government, largely driven by the economic concerns of ‘swirling trade winds,’ has made ASEAN a priority for re-engagement,” he writes. “If sustained, Ottawa’s initiatives could mark the re-establishment of a meaningful Canadian presence in Southeast Asia,” writes Job. “However, past experience raises questions about Ottawa’s staying power and whether this flurry of activity will coalesce around a coherent, longer-term Asia agenda for Canada.”
01 August 2012 The late Ghanaian president's Canadian connection
The Liu Institute wishes to express our condolences on the passing on Ghanaian President, John Atta Mills.
24 April 2012 Three Liu Scholars recently awarded competitive Africa Initiative Graduate Research Grant
Congratulations to Charles Roger, Kieran Findlater, and Chris Tenove, who were recently awarded three of 10 Africa Initiative Graduate Research Grants (for Canada-based Students).
01 April 2012 Congratulations to several recent award winners at the Liu Institute!
22 March 2012 Mapping the U.S. bombing of Cambodia
Taylor Owen has been looking into a remarkable database detailing the previously classified U.S. bombing campaign in Cambodia during the Vietnam War. Bill Clinton declassified the data, which includes geospatial coordinates for thousands of bombing runs, in 2000. The information would make it easier to find and dismantle unexploded ordinance.
16 March 2012 Call for Applications: Liu Institute Visiting Fellow in Residence at Green College 2012-13
An opportunity for one influential scholar, activist, artist, leader, or practitioner to locate at the Institute for a 4-month period, and to participate in the intellectual and social life of a graduate residential college with a mandate for interdisciplinary studies. Applications due May 15, 2012!
15 March 2012 “Nanomaterials for Alternative Energy Applications” Project receives $500,000 Grant
Liu Institute Associate Professor Dr. Milind Kandlikar is a co-investigator for the “Nanomaterials for Alternative Enegery Applications” project, which has been awarded a Peter Wall Institute Major Thematic Grant.
12 March 2012 #Ugandans 2012
In this Think Tank piece for the Canadian International Council, Professor Erin Baines suggests that we celebrate #Ugandans2012, rather than #Kony2012.
01 March 2012 Liu Scholar, Chelsey Hauge, wins digital media scholarship at Microsoft Research New England
Chelsey Hauge, a PhD student in the Dept. of Language and Literacy Education (LLED) at the Faculty of Education has won an all-expense paid Digital Media and Learning Institute scholarship at Microsoft Research New England to participate in a Summer Institute, “Thinking In and Out of the Box: How Innovation and Policy Shape Networked Learning.” This one-week institute, hosted by social media superstar, danah boyd, is designed to support the development of junior scholars working in digital media and learning. Microsoft Research New England, located in Cambridge, is an emerging destination for scholarship in social media.
27 February 2012 BC researchers looking for a long-term solution to energy poverty
Researchers in British Columbia are looking for a solution to a problem affecting nearly half the planet’s population: the lack of clean burning cooking fuel. They presented their work at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. About 2.5 billion people worldwide rely on burning wood, agricultural residues or animal dung for cooking and another half a billion rely on burning coal. The World Health Organization estimates that two million people die each year due to the indoor pollution. Scientists are looking for ways to get people to switch to using cleaner cookstoves. “We’re fundamentally talking about households having to make choices to get new technologies,” said Hisham Zerriffi, with the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC. “That’s a complex decision because if you’re a household using biomass, you might be collecting that biomass for free.”
22 February 2012 Deadline approaching for Liu Institute Energy Security Postdoctoral Fellowship
Applications due March 1, 2012.
17 February 2012 Coal, wood burning kills more people than malaria
Burning coal, wood or charcoal for cooking kills two million people worldwide, each year — more than malaria — thanks to severe respiratory diseases this causes through indoor pollution, warns an expert. Energy poverty, which is about limited access to clean sources of energy, is practically driving half the global population to rely on such smoke producing sources of fuel, probably the biggest source of indoor pollution, says Hisham Zerriffi, an assistant professor at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC. “Energy poverty is one of the biggest human welfare issues of our day,” he says. The work was presented on Friday at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Vancouver.
16 February 2012 Media Release: Energy poverty creating a respiratory disease ‘epidemic’ for almost half the world’s population
Limited access to clean sources of energy, known as energy poverty, makes nearly half the world’s population reliant on burning wood, animal waste, coal or charcoal to cook. This leads to severe respiratory diseases that kill roughly two million people worldwide each year, a problem University of British Columbia researchers are trying to solve.
10 February 2012 Paulette Regan shortlisted for Canada Prize in social sciences
Research Fellow Paulette Regan has been shortlisted for The Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences’ (CFHSS) Canada Prize in Social Sciences for her book Unsettling the Settler Within: Indian Residential Schools, Truth-telling and Reconciliation in Canada. Awarded annually to one work in French and one in English in each category, the prizes are a benchmark for outstanding scholarly work in the humanities and social sciences. The four prizes are each valued at $2,500 and will be presented at a special award ceremony on March 30, 2012 at the Musée des beaux-arts in Montreal. The nominees are chosen from works supported by CFHSS’s Awards to Scholarly Publications Program and winners are selected by a jury of scholars from across the country.
09 February 2012 Canada just a ‘distant speckle’ to China: analysts
As Stephen Harper goes courting in China this week, several sinologists are offering a sobering analysis of the Canada-China relationship. Liu Institute Professor, Paul Evans, argues China has been a challenge for Conservatives who came to power in 2006 with “little experience in foreign affairs [and] an ideological antipathy for China.” The Harper crowd realized in 2007 their approach was a failure, Evans says, and reversed gears in 2009 with Harper’s first trip to China. He says Harper may be set on re-engaging with China but he has yet to explain, beyond economics, what’s behind Canada’s sudden interest.
08 February 2012 Seeing Beyond the Trees
Distinguished Fellow Linda Coady recently plumbed the future of forestry with Alternatives Journal editor-in-chief Nicola Ross.
03 February 2012 Call for Applications for Liu Institute Energy Security Postdoctoral Fellowship
Application deadline extended to MARCH 1, 2012.
01 February 2012 LISTEN: Coltan, Advocacy, and Conflict Minerals in the Congo
On January 12 2012, Michael Nest presented this lecture on Coltan. A podcast of this event is now available.
10 January 2012 LISTEN: Care and the Welfare State
On November 21 2011, Profess James Struthers of Trent University presented the Annual Dr. Richard B. Splane Lecture in Social Policy. A podcast of this event is now available.
19 December 2011 Call for Applications
Liu Institute for Global Issues Energy Security Postdoctoral Fellowship
02 December 2011 Special Issue of Energy Policy on Clean Cooking Fuels and Technologies in Developing Economies
19 November 2011 Apply scientific rigour to climate change aid decisions, UBC academics argue
As the world prepares to unleash $100-billion-a-year of climate change aid on the developing world, three academics at UBC have set the table for a rational discussion about how to spend the money. In an article published in Science, Simon Donner, Milind Kandlikar and Hisham Zerriffi argue that the world must learn from the waste and misappropriation that has characterized much of the history of foreign aid and apply scientific standards to decision-making about project funding. “In some cases rigorous, randomized control trials can test specific hypotheses about aid initiatives and policies,” writes Donner and his two colleagues.
18 November 2011 UBC researchers want ground rules for $100-billion climate fund
Three researchers at the University of B.C. are calling for tight global controls to ensure that $100 billion a year pledged by wealthy countries to help developing nations address climate change is not squandered, misappropriated or used for existing rather than new initiatives. "This is a huge amount of money to suddenly introduce into a system," said Simon Donner, an assistant professor of geography and the lead author on a paper published Thursday in the journal Science. "Let's make sure it's not wasted or misappropriated and that the money spent delivers results. This is very challenging but also very important - we can't screw it up."
17 November 2011 Experts advise on managing climate change aid
A group of climate science experts from the Liu Institute have recommended measures to manage billions of dollars earmarked to help poor countries fight climate change, and avoid problems common among aid programs. In Cancun last year world leaders pledged $100 billion annually, starting in 2020, to help developing countries adapt to climate change and mitigate the damage. In a paper published in the journal Science, Simon Donner and his colleagues Milind Kandlikar and Hisham Zerriffi, all of UBC, make three main recommendations for managing the funds. “The international aid system is fraught with problems, and by adding another $100 million a year to it, basically doubling it, we could end up worsening a lot of problems,” said Donner.
17 November 2011 Media Release: UBC researchers provide recommendations for $100 billion in annual climate change aid
Liu Institute researchers are providing recommendations for managing a $100 billion annual commitment made by the international community at last year’s United Nations climate conference to help the developing world respond to climate change – a funding promise almost equal to all existing official development aid from major donor countries today.
16 November 2011 Lobby Gallery Call for Submissions 2012
The Lobby Gallery at the Liu Institute for Global Issues would like to invite submissions for visual based exhibits starting in January 2012.
14 November 2011 LISTEN: Power, Politics, and People in Retail-Dominated Global Supply Chains
Presented by Nelson Lichtenstein, Professor of History at University of California, Santa Barbara, on October 27, 2011
14 November 2011 A better plan to stop migrant smuggling
Faculty Associate Benjamin Perrin writes about migrant smuggling and the Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada’s Immigration System Act (Bill C-4), which was re-introduced in Parliament in June 2011 and includes amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). “Bill C-4 contains a maligned provision that would automatically detain migrants who are part of a group arrival designated by the Minister for a year without access to review, unless they are released by the Minister or they are granted refugee status earlier,” he writes. Perrin suggests that Bill C-4 should be modified so that smuggled migrants should receive an initial review within 48 hours, with further reviews every three or six months thereafter; and so that minors should be exempted from the new regulations, and handled under the current rules that related to their age group.
01 November 2011 Website Developer, IDRN: Call for Applications
The International Development Research Network is seeking a student to work on website development and to improve the online presence of the Network. Applications due November 15, 2011.
25 October 2011 Activists Support U.S. Move Against Uganda Rebels
Human rights groups don’t usually cheer military forays. But they have offered loud applause for the Obama administration’s decision to send 100 military advisers to help African nations fight the notorious rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army. Invisible Children has built a grassroots movement in the U.S. demanding more focus on the LRA. They welcomed President Obama’s offer to send in the special forces troops. But the military campaign worries Erin Baines, an assistant professor at the Liu Institute for global issues at UBC. “A large proportion of the LRA itself are children who have been abducted from their homes,” Baines said. “So they are the front line of many of these battles and they are the first to be killed because they have the least knowledge of how to hide and protect and protect themselves.”
21 October 2011 Make human traffickers’ names public: law professor
Benjamin Perrin, a UBC law professor, called for law enforcement officials to begin publicly naming people convicted of crimes such as human trafficking and sexual exploitation. “There are 74 human traffickers currently before the courts in Canada,” Perrin told close to 1,000 attendees at a conference at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. Most other convicted criminals are “named and shamed,” from arsonists to relatively petty criminals, he noted. Yet those engaged in “modern slavery” are neither getting the punishment, nor the public attention, they deserve, said Perrin.
28 September 2011 Hardly draconian
Benjamin Perrin, a law professor at UBC and a senior fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, writes about the Safe Streets and Communities Act, the federal government’s package of criminal just reforms. “While not perfect, the bill introduces numerous reforms that will improve our nation’s criminal justice system,” writes Perrin. “These reforms are overdue, important, and consistent with the expectations that many Canadians have that individuals who commit serious crimes should be assisted in rehabilitation, but also punished for their crimes and deterred from reoffending.”
06 September 2011 Afghan army: If you build it, who will come?
Taylor Owen, a postdoctoral fellow at UBC, writes about the International Security Assistance Force mission, the mission to train the Afghan army so that it is capable of securing the country and keeping the national government together as NATO draws down. “Canada may no longer be fighting in Kandahar, but this new mission is nonetheless a daunting and risky task,” writes Owen. “One thing is clear: Our participation in this training process, while likely the best course of action in a very challenging situation.” “If we build this army, we had better be willing to fund it and support it long into the future. This will be added to the long-term development and humanitarian engagement we also have rightly committed to and have the obligation to maintain.”
24 August 2011 Two weeks until the next application deadline for the Liu Scholar Program!
03 August 2011 Five Liu Scholars awarded 2011 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships!
24 June 2011 Donate online to help UBC student Rumana Monzur
The University of British Columbia has set up a website to collect donations to help student Rumana Monzur, who was severely beaten in an attack by her husband.
23 June 2011 REMINDER: Human Security Postdoctoral Fellowship: Call for Applications
22 June 2011 National Online Course on Human Trafficking Launched
"Human Trafficking: Canada is Not Immune" is a free online training program for Canadian front line service providers on how to recognize, protect and assist a person who may have been trafficked.
21 June 2011 Congratulations to Prof. Jerry Spiegel, recipient of the Canadian Public Health Association (CHPA) International Award
This award recognizes contributions to promoting public health in resource-poor societies through the development of healthy public policy, strengthening of primary health care services, promotion of the value of equity in access to health promoting environments, and/or the enhancement of community participation.
16 June 2011 Liberalized laws make prostitution more dangerous
Prostitution will not become safer if a landmark court case strikes down Canada’s prostitution laws and allows for legalized pimping, bawdy houses and communicating for the purpose of prostitution. Indeed, research and evidence show that the exact opposite occurs. “All of the countries that have experimented with legalizing prostitution have really failed to make this safer for the people who are being sold,” said UBC law professor Benjamin Perrin, author of the book Invisible Chains: Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking. “In Amsterdam, in recent years, they had to shut down almost half of the red-light district because of the infiltration of organized crime and violent pimps who profit from the trade in women,” said Perrin.
15 June 2011 Sustaining global recovery is inconceivable without China
Professor Paul Evans writes the pro argument in the second of two mini-debates The Globe & Mail is hosting in advance of the June 17, 2011 Munk Debate on China’s role in the 21st century. The topic: Will the Chinese economy drive the global economic recovery?
03 June 2011 Former Visiting Scholar is raising awareness about trafficking in persons in Australia
The University of Queensland Human Trafficking Working Group, led by former Visiting Scholar Andreas Schloenhardt, has launched the ‘Be Careful What You Pay For’ campaign, to raise awareness about the reality of trafficking in persons in Australia.
02 June 2011 Terrorism and Canada’s refugee system
Law Professor Catherine Dauvergne, and Liu Scholar Asha Kaushal, have recently completed the most comprehensive investigation of how terrorism laws introduced following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks have impacted Canada’s refugee system. Catherine Dauvergne says fears that Canada’s refugee system is a back door for terrorists are grossly exaggerated.
31 May 2011 Educators gather to study up on international trends
More than 8,000 education professionals from 100 different countries will gather this week in Vancouver to discuss the latest trends in international education. The 63rd annual conference of the NAFSA: Association of International Educators will feature sessions on the impact of international learning in a globalized world, the flow of international students, recruitment practices, academic ethics across cultures and the future of higher education. One notable speaker includes Linda Coady, who was vice-president of sustainability at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Coady, now a fellow at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC, will host a seminar titled, Be a Part of the Solution: The Role of International Education in Sustainability.
18 May 2011 Liu Scholar wins Trudeau Scholarship
Congratulations to Lara Rosenoff (Liu Scholar, Lobby Gallery Curator, TJN Member, and anthropology PhD student), who was named a 2011 Trudeau Scholar, one of Canada’s most coveted awards for social sciences and humanities graduate students.
14 May 2011 Liberals have to create a new political centre
David Eaves, a specialist on public policy, collaboration and open-source methodologies, and Taylor Owen, a Banting Fellow at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC, write about the Liberal Party of Canada. “Canadians may have once valued the Liberal party, but they reject what it has become. The reason is simple. The centre is dead,” they write. Eaves and Owen say that if there is going to be a new centre, the Liberals will need to acknowledge that they failed to reform the institutions of the 20th century and, as a consequence, health care is broken and the welfare state is financially insatiable. “A progressive future lies in taking these challenges head on rather that passively avoiding them.”
12 May 2011 Human Security Postdoctoral Fellowship: Call for Applications
10 May 2011 REMINDER: Liu Institute Visiting Scholar in Residence at Green College Applications Due May 13th!
05 May 2011 Two Liu Scholars recently awarded competitive Africa Initiative Graduate Research Grant
Congratulations to Laura Lee and Angeli Rawat, who were recently awarded two of 15 Africa Initiative Graduate Research Grants.
29 April 2011 Professor Benjamin Perrin honoured with CUFA BC’s Distinguished Academics Awards
Congratulations to Ben Perrin, who has been awarded one of this year’s Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia (CUFA BC)’s Distinguished Academics Awards. These awards are presented annually by CUFA BC to recognize faculty members at B.C.’s public universities who use their research and scholarly work to make contributions to the wider community. Prof. Benjamin Perrin will receive the 2011 Early in Career Award Sponsored by Scotiabank for his work in documenting the prevalence and severity of human trafficking in Canada, and using that work to raise awareness and change laws.
27 April 2011 Citizenship & War Crimes
Visiting Research Fellow, Bruce Broomhall speaks to CBC's The Current.
15 April 2011 Congratulations to Milind Kandlikar, recipient of a Martha Piper Research Fund.
Prof. Milind Kandlikar has been awarded a Martha Piper Research Fund for his project "Can Solar Power become a Tool for Pro-Poor Development in India?"
14 April 2011 Harper’s ‘bickering’ comment during debate sparks Twitter responses
According to PoliTwitter.ca there were 42,519 election-related tweets during Tuesdsay’s English-language leaders’ debate. During the debate, Twitter traffic spiked between 7:43 and 7:50 PM, corresponding to an exchange between Conservative leader Stephen Harper and Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff. Harper talked about the bickering that goes on in parliament and Ignatieff replied that it isn’t bickering, it is democracy. “I think people engaged with it because it has definitely been at the forefront as a big election issue,” said Taylor Owen, a post-doctoral fellow at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC. He studies the role of social media in social movements and world events.
06 April 2011 R2P: More than a slogan
Taylor Owen, a post-doctoral fellow at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC, and Anouk Dey, a student completing her M.Phil in international relations at Oxford University, write about why Canada should actively promote the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and what this means for Libya. “R2P deals with a core dilemma of humanitarian intervention, that protective interventions are preventative rather than punitive,” they write. “R2P therefore seeks to engage policy-makers in the short window of time when atrocities are imminent and inevitable, but have not yet occurred.” “Supporting R2P and, by extension, the military action in Libya, is also in Canada’s self-interest,” write Owen and Dey.
17 March 2011 Liu Faculty Associate, Simon Donner awarded Google prize
Google Science Communications Fellows
09 March 2011 Congratulations to the Accessible Science Initiative team
Winners of the the College of Health Disciplines Poster Contest, held on March 9, 2011.
02 March 2011 Call for Applications: Liu Institute Visiting Scholar in Residence at Green College
Applications due April 15th!
09 February 2011 UBC shines light on North Vancouver
A new project, created by Liu Scholar Rory Tooke, is tracking the amount of sunshine and where it shines in North Vancouver. It’s hoped the data will save residents money on their energy bills by providing information for people looking to invest in solar panels. “I am interested in giving the citizens just more information on the options that they have for generating energy,” said forestry PhD student, Rory Tooke. The program shows where on their roof people should install their solar panels and how much they will save on their hydro bills. Tooke’s idea is spreading. He’s applying the same technology to the city of Munich.
31 January 2011 Death of Human Rights Champion David Kato
The Liu Institute for Global Issues is shocked and saddened by the murder last Wednesday of David Kato, an internationally known Ugandan gay rights activist.
20 January 2011 Job Announcement: Graduate Student Network Coordinator, IDRN
The International Development Research Network is seeking a graduate student to act as a part-time Network Coordinator.
06 December 2010 Sex slaves for sale on Craigslist
Craigslist, the popular online advertising site, is being accused of knowingly helping violent B.C. criminals traffic in underage and foreign sex slaves. And while the private U.S. company has removed “erotic” and “adult” ads in the United States, it is refusing to do the same here. That’s the charge made by Benjamin Perrin, a UBC law professor and author of the new book Invisible Chains: Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking. “Craigslist is the most popular website in Canada for selling unwanted furniture and apartments,” he says, “and unfortunately it is also the No. 1 website in Canada for selling people.”
01 December 2010 Office Ergonomics Reps: Saving Workplace Comfort One Workstation at a Time
Meet the Liu Institute's Tim Shew: Financial Coordinator by day, Office Ergonomics Representative, also by day. Read the Department of Health Safety and Environment's feature story on Tim to find out more!
30 November 2010 Why Wikileaks will lead to more secrecy, not less
Taylor Owen, a post-doctoral fellow at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC, writes about Wikileaks’ recent release of thousands of diplomatic cables from U.S. embassies. “These massive data leaks, while lauded by many, underline the tension between a government’s justifiable need for secrecy and the public’s demand for more open and transparent governance,” writes Owen. “Ironically, Wikileaks will likely lead to less public knowledge of government actions rather than more.”
19 November 2010 Prof takes campaign against human trafficking to Parliament Hill
Earlier this month, UBC law professor Benjamin Perrin met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper as well as Attorney General and Minister of Justice Rob Nicholson to make the case for a national action plan to combat human trafficking in Canada.
10 November 2010 Lobby Gallery Call for Submissions
10 November 2010 Representative for Children and Youth believes it’s possible to help Aboriginal youth, but not without a plan
The province’s Representative for Children and Youth repeated her call for a national children’s commissioner to advocate on the behalf of at-risk Canadian children yesterday when she gave the Dr. Richard Splane Lecture in Social Policy at UBC. Representative Mary Ellen Turpel-LaFond says Canada is not living up to the standards for kids outlined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. “We are missing something important in Canada, and that is a national children’s commissioner,” she said.
04 November 2010 Campaign to end modern-day slavery reaches millions of Canadians
In October, UBC’s Prof. Benjamin Perrin travelled across the country to reach Canadians with the compelling call to action in his new book Invisible Chains: Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking.
04 November 2010 Justice minister urges Craigslist to stop listing sex services
Justice Minister Rob Nicholson has written Craigslist, appealing to the free online advertiser to remove classifieds for erotic sex services. Nicholson said he is taking aim at Craigslist because the advertiser does not appear to take any precautions to ensure it is not getting into the business of child exploitation. Liu Institute Faculty Fellow, Benjamin Perrin, has called for criminal charges against Craigslist for “aiding and abetting human trafficking and prostitution of minors.” In a recent opinion piece, Perrin asserted that sex traffickers have relied on Craigslist to sell their victims.
02 November 2010 Liu Scholars receive highly competitive IDRC Doctoral Research Awards
In the recent International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Doctoral Research Awards competition, Liu Scholars won three of 21 grants awarded across Canada. The awards provide support for students to undertake thesis research in developing countries, and are intended to promote the growth of Canadian and developing-country capacity in research on sustainable and equitable development from an international perspective. Congratulations to Reza Kowsari, Arvind Saraswat and Beth Stewart!
22 October 2010 Exporting Perversion
Benjamin Perrin, author of Invisible Chains: Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking and a law professor at UBC, writes an editorial saying that Canada makes it easy for child sex offenders to travel abroad and sexually abuse children. “The United States requires convicted American pedophiles to notify authorities of any planned international travel…[and] also requires the destination country be notified, leaving it up to them to decide whether to admit the individual. Canada has no such law,” writes Perrin. “The federal government has yet to take decisive action on this issue. It must do so as part of a broader national action plan to combat the problem of human trafficking — a crime that is not just happening abroad, but right here in Canada.”
14 October 2010 Criminals capitalizing on lack of coordination: UBC professor
Poor coordination between law-enforcement jurisdictions is making Canada a haven for the human traffickers who prey on young, isolated and vulnerable women, says Benjamin Perrin, a Faculty Fellow at the Liu Institute. Perrin was in Winnipeg to promote his new book, Invisible Chains: Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking. Perrin also used his Winnipeg stop to call on Manitoba to ban Craigslist from advertising erotic services. “It’s the medium of choice for organized crime to sell women in the sex trade,” he said.
12 October 2010 CFIS Competition: Learn about interdisciplinary graduate programs and win an iPad
Learn about some of the exciting interdisciplinary graduate programs at UBC's College for Interdisciplinary Studies and have a chance to win an iPad!
09 October 2010 Book Review: B.C. prof shines light on modern-day slavery
The Winnipeg Free Press reviews Prof. Benjamin Perrin’s new book Invisible Chains: Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking. “The content of this compelling look at human trafficking in Canada is as brilliant as the timing of its publication.” The review explains that Perrin’s goal “is to see Canada become ‘an international leader in the abolition of human trafficking’ and ‘to end modern-day slavery.’”
09 October 2010 'It's a form of modern-day slavery'
The RCMP has been involved in an investigation of a suspected human-trafficking operation centred in the Hamilton-Niagara region of Ontario where the victims were living in basements, feeding on scraps and leftovers and forced to work construction jobs for long hours without pay. “It’s a form of modern-day slavery,” said Benjamin Perrin, a law professor at UBC and author of the book Invisible Chains: Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking. Perrin said trafficking for the purposes of forced labour is not uncommon and isn’t confined to the construction industry, but is found in the agriculture, cleaning, domestic work and the hospitality sectors as well.
07 October 2010 Prosecute Craigslist for aiding sex traffickers
Benjamin Perrin, a UBC law professor, writes about a trafficking business where children are being sold for sex on the website Craigslist. “Last month, Craigslist shut down its erotic/adult services sections completely across the U.S., but to date has refused to do so in our country. The company and its executives continue to knowingly allow the website to be used by traffickers here,” writes Perrin. “If Craigslist is unwilling to immediately end the criminal assistance that its website is providing to traffickers, then charges should be laid under the Criminal Code against the company, its founder Craig Newmark, and CEO Jim Buckmaster for aiding and abetting human trafficking and the prostitution of minors.”
01 October 2010 Sweden's fix: Jail the johns
Benjamin Perrin, a UBC law professor and author of Invisible Chains: Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking, writes about legalizing prostitution, after the recent court decision in Ontario. Perrin says that countries that have legalized prostitution have not succeeded in preventing the problems associated with prostitution such as physical violence, rape and murder. He says Sweden’s approach of punishing people who purchase sex is more effective. “If there’s any positive side effect of the Ontario decision, it might prompt Parliament to consider adopting the Swedish model, as the standing committee on the status of women recommended in 2007. Canada should commit to abolishing sexual exploitation,” writes Perrin.
27 September 2010 Sex, drugs and slavery loom large in new book season
The Vancouver Sun looks at the significant non-fiction and fiction books by British Columbia writers this season. The article discusses a new book by Benjamin Perrin, a UBC law professor. Invisible Chains: Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking exposes actual cases in B.C. and across Canada and also highlights hopeful signs.
24 September 2010 The scourge of human trafficking
In this article about the first charge of human trafficking in Manitoba's history, the author refers to Prof. Ben Perrin's new book - "Invisible Chains: Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking" - as a great and timely work, which covers extensive research into the problem and reveals all the unseen ways these traffickers manipulate their victims into remaining in their condition.
24 September 2010 Trafficking in persons
Police said a 38-year-old woman and alleged pimp is the first Manitoban to be charged with human trafficking under federal legislation introduced in 2005. The trafficking charges relate to harbouring, financial gain and withholding documents such as identification. Benjamin Perrin, a UBC professor and leading expert, said this is the first case where a police agency has laid charges for all three elements and second where a woman was charged. Perrin said Canada needs a national action plan, more safe houses and more grass-roots prevention and education to bring the issue out of the shadows.
15 September 2010 Perrin Launches National Public Awareness Campaign to End Modern-Day Slavery
Assistant Professor Benjamin Perrin is launching a seven-city awareness campaign about human trafficking running from Oct. 5-27, 2010 across the country. The campaign also has an online component with a new interactive website.
07 September 2010 Critics blast new human trafficking education campaign
Government critics are saying that a national campaign to educate Canadians about human trafficking falls short of what is needed to tackle the causes and effects of human trafficking. “It’s good news, no doubt,” said Benjamin Perrin, a professor at UBC and author of a forthcoming book documenting the depth of the problem in Canada. “These are small steps that are filling gaps, but really what is needed is a national action plan.”
30 August 2010 Institute welcomes Prof. Bruce Broomhall
26 August 2010 Institute of Asian Research launches Asia Pacific Memo
The Institute of Asian Research (IAR) at UBC has launched Asia Pacific Memo, a new online publication on contemporary Asia using new and social media.
18 August 2010 War on human smuggling could leave refugee casualties in wake
The arrival of the MV Sun Sea, carrying hundreds of Tamils from Sri Lanka, has caused the Harper government to speak out about the need to clamp down on human smuggling. “We certainly know that Canada has been a destination for smuggling and trafficking,” said Benjamin Perrin, an assistant professor at UBC’s Liu Institute for Global Issues.
13 August 2010 Suspected Smuggling of Tamil Migrants
Prof. Perrin has provided expert commentary in the media about the arrival of almost 500 Tamil migrants aboard the MV Sun Sea off the coast of B.C. and concerns about migrant smuggling.
13 August 2010 Criminals likely planned migrant ship: expert
Prof. Perrin has provided expert commentary in the media about the arrival of almost 500 Tamil migrants aboard the MV Sun Sea off the coast of B.C. and concerns about migrant smuggling.
14 July 2010 Review Conference of the International Criminal Court: A Brief Report on Outcomes
As part of his doctoral dissertation research, Adam Bower recently attended (as an accredited observer), the first Review Conference of the International Criminal Court, held in Kampala, Uganda, between May 31 and June 11, 2010. Bower’s research trip was funded, in part, through a small grant from UBC’s SDF Program. What follows is a brief review of the outcomes of the Conference. Of particular interest to those in Canada’s security and defence communities is the incorporation of a definition of aggression into the Rome Statute.
28 June 2010 Reports from the Field: Goodnight, And Good Luck
23 June 2010 Reports from the Field: Summing Up
21 June 2010 Ananya Roy: Poverty Capital - Microfinance and the Making of Development
Video of Professor Ananya Roy at the Liu Institute as she discusses microfinance and development.
18 June 2010 Human trafficking bill passes Senate
Bill C-268, a private members’ bill calling for mandatory minimum sentences for child traffickers, was passed by the Senate on Thursday. Liu Institute Professor Benjamin Perrin, who helped draft Bill C-268, thinks the bill is only part of the solution to address human trafficking in Canada. Also needed are more judges who understand the crime and police officers who are willing to recommend human trafficking charges, he said. “We should be charging someone with the most serious charge that their conduct warrants,” Perrin said.
16 June 2010 New book: "Invisible Chains: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking"
New book by Liu Institute Fellow Prof. Benjamin Perrin: "Invisible Chains: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking".
15 June 2010 Dispelling the Filipino worker stereotype; They’re not just live-in caregivers. Most are nurses who want to live and work in Canada
Liu Scholar Lawrence Santiago comments in a Vancouver Sun article on Filipino immigrants in Canada. Santiago says, despite the prevalent stereotype of the Filipino nanny pushing a baby carriage, only 12 per cent of Filipinos in Canada arrive via the Live-In Caregiver program. More Filipinos are coming to Canada to work as nurses, he says. “The boom of nursing colleges in the Philippines has become a major business opportunity for many private entrepreneurs and institutions. There is a huge strain on health care delivery in Philippine hospitals.”
14 June 2010 Reports from the Field: Deal done.
11 June 2010 Reports from the Field: The final hours
11 June 2010 Reports from the Field: On the Eve of the Aggression Showdown
10 June 2010 Reports from the Field: Day 9: Emerging Consensus on Aggression?
09 June 2010 Reports from the Field: The Canadian Proposal, Unpacked
09 June 2010 Reports from the Field: Backgrounder on Aggression
09 June 2010 Reports from the Field: Day 7: The Canadian Proposal
07 June 2010 Reports from the Field: Day 6: All Aggresion, All the Time
07 June 2010 Reports from the Field: Do Victims Have a Role at the Review Conference?
07 June 2010 Reports from the Field: Reflections on the First Week in Kampala
07 June 2010 Reports from the Field: Day 5: Aggression Kicks Off
04 June 2010 Congratulations to Liu Scholars Asad Kiyani and Brenda Fitzpatrick, winners of the prestigious Vanier Canada Scholarships
Congratulations to Liu Scholars Asad Kiyani (International Law) and Brenda Fitzpatrick (Anthropology of Modern Societies), winners of the prestigious Vanier Canada Scholarships.
04 June 2010 Reports from the Field: Cushy Digs for Indicted Warlords?
03 June 2010 David Malone on International Development
David Malone, President of the International Development Research Centre, discusses international development and IDRC's role.
03 June 2010 Reports from the Field: Article 16: Peace, Justice and Political Interference in the Court
03 June 2010 Reports from the Field: Day 4: Complementarity and Cooperation
02 June 2010 Congratulations to Linda Coady, who was awarded a YWCA Women of Distinction Award last night
Congratulations to Liu Institute Distinguished Fellow, Linda Coady, who received a YWCA Women of Distinction Award in Entrepreneurship & Innovation last night (June 1st 2010).
02 June 2010 Reports from the Field: Day 3: Stocktaking Begins
02 June 2010 Reports from the Field: Canada and the ICC. Part Two: General Statement
02 June 2010 Reports from the Field: The United States and the ICC: A Slight Warming?
31 May 2010 Introducing "Reports from the Field" -- An online forum for debate and comment
The Liu Institute for Global Issues aims to bridge the gap between academics and practitioners. In our blog, Reports from the Field, Liu Institute researchers will offer information and analysis on global issues negotiations.
31 May 2010 Reports from the Field: Welcome to the ICC Forum
The International Criminal Court is many things to many people: It is the apotheosis of cosmopolitan justice-seeking. It is a threat to sovereignty and to peacekeeping. It is the only major international institution to be created since the Cold War ended, or an expensive bandage to apply after atrocities have been committed. It is a remedy for realpolitick. It is a tool of empire.
31 May 2010 Reports from the Field: ICC in the Twitter-verse
In addition to the longer blog posts, we will endeavour to provide some real-time coverage of happenings at the Rev Con via Twitter. A sidebar on the left-hand side of the blog will contain scrolling updates, but you can follow a wide array of commentators through the #ICC and #RevCon tags.
31 May 2010 Reports from the Field: Kampala Calling
And away we go... Today is Day 1 of the Review Conference. The morning session will consist of the official opening of the conference, so there will be much pomp and circumstance as national delegates are welcomed with speeches from the current President of the ICC Assembly of States Parties, ICC Chief Prosecutor, UN Secretary General, the past UN Sec. Gen. Kofi Annan, and President of Uganda. The afternoon session will see the first round of statements from national delegations; this will continue tomorrow in both the morning and afternoon sessions. There will also be a number of side-events hosted by non-governmental organizations which will run concurrently with the official plenary sessions. So, much to digest.
31 May 2010 Reports from the Field: Norms, Rules, and the Meaning of the ICC
How should we understand the purpose of the International Criminal Court? The Rome Statute is a dense and intricate document, as it incorporates an extensive set of principles and procedural rules drawn from international humanitarian, criminal, and human rights law. As such, identifying the ICC’s core functions and contributions can be difficult.
31 May 2010 Reports from the Field: Africa and the ICC – Resistance or Cooperation?
The ICC is only prosecuting situations in Africa. Given this, and the fact that in 2009 the African Union passed a resolution of “non-cooperation” with the Court, it would be useful to trace how the relationship between the Court and its most important constituency has developed over the past year. The major theme has been that Africa is being marginalized even while the Courts energies seem largely devoted to African situations.
31 May 2010 Reports from the Field: What is the Review Conference, and Why Should You Care?
Between May 31 and June 11, the International Criminal Court will host its first Review Conference in Kampala, Uganda. This is the first opportunity for States Parties to amend the Rome Statute since its creation in 1998. The current diplomatic efforts take on added significance as the present Review Conference is the only one mandated by the Rome Statute.
31 May 2010 Reports from the Field: Canada and the ICC. Part One: The Backstory
Canada has a better claim to “authoring” the International Criminal Court than any other state. I’ll offer some support for that bold (un-Canadian?) assertion below. But it’s safe to say that the Canadian delegation at the Review Conference has a cachet that few other delegations enjoy. So, one might wonder, what will Canada try to achieve in Kampala? And how will it go about doing that? Over the next two weeks I’m going to keep an eye on the public statements by the Canadian delegation, to see if I can shed some light on those questions.
28 May 2010 Prof. Benjamin Perrin featured as Reader’s Digest “Influential Canadian”
In the latest issue of Reader’s Digest (June 2010), Liu Institute Faculty Fellow, Prof. Benjamin Perrin, is featured in a story entitled “Freeing the Sex Slaves,” part of the magazine’s “Influential Canadian” series.
18 May 2010 Neglected diseases: Teach or treat?
Scientists are debating how to address neglected tropical diseases – one camp argues for more drug development, and another is pushing for more funding and research on public health strategies. Jerry Spiegel and colleagues at UBC argue that research has largely ignored the socio-environmental roots of diseases, including sanitation, access to clean water, community education, and more. “Health is far more than a biomedical challenge,” said Spiegel, director of global health at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, and a professor at UBC.
03 May 2010 Minimum sentence is only part of the solution, MP says
Supporters of a bill to impose a mandatory minimum sentence of five years on anyone found guilty of trafficking in persons under the age of 18, hope it will clear the final approval in the Senate and become law before Parliament breaks for its summer recess in late June. There have been only five convictions since human trafficking was added to Canada's Criminal Code in 2005, something the Liu Institute's Benjamin Perrin, who helped draft the bill, traces to a lack of police and law-enforcement resources. Perrin said a mandatory five year sentence is a reasonable and crucial step in the right direction."The best way to protect victims is to get the trafficker out of the community," he said.
21 April 2010 Call for Applications: Energy, Climate and Development Postdoctoral Fellowship
The Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia invites applications from outstanding researchers in the field of Energy, Climate Change and Development to hold a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Institute, beginning Fall 2010.
21 April 2010 WATCH Mr. Ramachandra Guha speak on why India will not become one of the next superpowers
On April 13, 2010, the Liu Institute co-hosted Mr. Ramachandra Guha at the UBC Asian Centre for his talk on why India will not become one of the next superpowers.
19 April 2010 Forest Trends recognized for advancing the conservation of forests and ecosystems
Forest Trends is widely credited for advancing the concept and practical application of “payments for ecosystem services,” an innovation that is gaining widespread momentum as a powerful conservation tool for forests and ecosystems. In recognition of their achievements, Forest Trends were presented with a Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship last week at the 2010 Skoll World Forum in Oxford, England. Congratulations to Distinguished Fellow, Linda Coady, who sits on the Board of Directors of Forest Trends, and who was in Oxford with President and CEO, Michael Jenkins, to receive the award.
15 April 2010 Benjamin Perrin Recognized by Human Trafficking Survivors
Congratulations to Faculty Fellow Benjamin Perrin, who was awarded the “Glendene and Jessie Foster Award” for his outstanding work and dedication to combat human trafficking.
14 April 2010 Witnessing Beatrice: Life of an Internally Displaced Person in Northern Uganda
Liu Scholar, Lara Rosenoff, is featured in DFAIT Intercultures Magazine for her Master of Fine Arts research project. Lara followed Beatrice over two years in an internal displacement camp, all the while questioning her role of witness.
08 April 2010 2010 AMS Just Desserts Award for the Liu Scholar Program
A huge thank you and congratulations to all the Liu Scholars for making this program so successful!
31 March 2010 Congratulation to Liu Scholar Laura Lee, winner of the SWAAC Graduate Student Award of Merit
Congratulations to UBC graduate student & Liu Scholar Laura Lee, selected by the Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada to receive the 2010 SWAAC Graduate Student Award of Merit.
27 March 2010 The Most Dangerous Game
It is known as the Game. It is not fun, it is not sporting. It is brutal, scary, dangerous and depressing. Some are trying to change the rules, how it’s judged and how we speak of it. Those on the outside call it prostitution, or human sex trafficking. But those on the inside call it the Game.
26 March 2010 REMINDER: Liu Institute Visiting Scholar Applications due March 31, 2001
This is a reminder that the applications for the Liu Institute Visiting Scholar program are due on Wednesday, March 31, 2010.
23 March 2010 Enslaved and Exploited: The Story of Sex Trafficking in Canada
New online documentary on human trafficking in Canada, featuring UBC Law Professor and Liu Institute Faculty Fellow Benjamin Perrin.
19 March 2010 We need to extend Pier 21 across Canada
Laura Madokoro, a PhD candidate in history at UBC and 2009 Trudeau Scholar and Liu Institute Scholar, disagrees with the Conservative government's idea for Pier 21 to represent Canada's immigration story. "Rather than concentrating all of its energies in one place, the government should be encouraging the development of immigration centres across the country," writes Madokoro. "Connecting the past with the present is the magic of Pier 21. But there's no reason why Western Canadians shouldn't experience the same thrill."
15 March 2010 Launch of the Global Health Network
The Liu Institute is launching a Global Health Network and we invite participation from faculty, students and the broader community. The Network, under the coordination of Dr. Shafik Dharamsi, is focused on sharing leading edge research and encouraging lively debate on global health related scholarship activities. The Network will sponsor a range of activities at the Liu Institute including panel discussions, guest speakers, art exhibitions, workshops, and conferences. To bring together different perspectives to the debate, your help with providing us with names of faculty members and students whose research/work with global health matters is highly appreciated.
19 February 2010 Call for Applications: Three NEW Liu Institute Visiting Scholar positions
The Liu Institute for Global Issues invites applications from globally influential activists, artists, leaders, practitioners, and scholars, to hold Visiting Scholar positions at the Institute. There are three Visiting Scholar positions available, to be offered on an annual basis, beginning in September 2010: Liu Institute Global South Visiting Scholar; Liu Institute Global Issues Visiting Scholar; Liu Institute Visiting Scholar in Residence at Green College.
19 February 2010 Major powers must stand together on Iran
David Santoro, a postdoctoral fellow at the Liu Institute, writes about how the international community should react to Iran's position on nuclear weapons. "It has never been clear whether Iran really wants nuclear weapons," writes Santoro. "Tehran is making it clear that it does not wish to work constructively with the international community. There must be consequences." "It is then imperative that Beijing stays the course on fresh sanctions against Tehran," he writes. "More than at any other time in history, major powers are united by common dangers."
08 February 2010 Legalizing sex trade isn't the answer
Re: "Time to make prostitution ordinary business", Letters, Feb. 2 Adelle Shea's claim that you can simply regulate exploitation out of the sex trade by legalizing it is not supported by any evidence. Around the world, countries that have experimented with a legalized/decriminalized sex trade have found that it has not succeeded in curbing abuse and harm and, in many cases, made the problem worse. In the Netherlands, which Shea cites as a good model, city officials in Amsterdam have had to close huge sections of its red-light district due to infiltration by organized crime. In New Zealand and Australia, health checks are done on prostituted persons, but never on the johns who come calling --who is such a system really designed to benefit?
02 February 2010 Liu Institute launches CSR Network
The Liu Institute Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Network is focused on sharing leading edge research and encouraging lively debate among academics and practitioners regarding corporations and global sustainability.
26 January 2010 The Right to Adequate Housing: Global Issues, Local Action
On November 26, 2009, Miloon Kothari, former UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, Commission on Human Rights, gave a public lecture on the right to adequate housing at the Liu Institute for Global Issues as well as an interview with Liu Institute Deputy-Director Julie Wagemakers.
22 January 2010 Canada must help the women of the Eastern Congo
The Africa Canada Accountability Coalition features in the Montreal Gazette.
18 January 2010 We are now on Twitter!
Follow us for news & events on sustainability, security, and social justice. @LiuInstituteUBC
14 January 2010 LISTEN: Raven smashes his face into a rock: Indigenous storytelling, truth-telling, and community approaches to reconciliation
On 8 January 2010, Jeff Corntassel, Chaw-win-is, and Nahla Valji explored how a process of restorying can initiate a process of truth-telling and decolonization within community contexts. They also briefly examined the structure of the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), and explored alternatives to the TRC that offer counter-narratives of Indigenous diplomacy, law, and peacemaking practices in order to promote community resurgence.
20 December 2009 Experts tackle three climate questions
Five UBC experts, including the Liu Institute's Professor Hadi Dowlatabadi and Associate Professor Milind Kandlikar, give their thoughts about human-caused global warming.
04 December 2009 Three NEW Liu Institute Postdoctoral Fellowships, beginning 2010
The Liu Institute for Global Issues, at the University of British Columbia, invites applications from outstanding researchers who have recently completed a Ph.D. to hold Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDF) at the Institute, beginning as early as 1 April 2010 and no later than 1 September 2010. There are three Postdoctoral Fellowships available: Bottom Billion Postdoctoral Fellowship; Human Security Postdoctoral Fellowship; Security and Defence Forum Postdoctoral Fellowship
19 November 2009 The “Ocean Lady”: A new challenge of illegal migration on Canada's West Coast?
The arrival off the coast of Vancouver of a ship calling itself the “Ocean Lady” has prompted much public debate around the issues of illegal migration, human smuggling and the refugee determination process. On Wednesday October 28, 2009 the Liu Institute for Global issues at the University of British Columbia welcomed experts from both Canada and Australia to discuss the law and policy surrounding these issues. The event was co-sponsored by the Liu Institute for Global issues, the Canadian Bar Association Branch (International and Immigration Law Subsections) and the Metropolis BC Center of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Diversity’s Justice, Policing and Security domain.
04 November 2009 LISTEN to an interview on Youth and Armed Conflict in Northern Uganda and Liberia
Podcast available on iTunes U! Erin Baines spoke to Chris Blattman, Professor of Economics and Political Science at Yale University, during his recent visit to Vancouver.
30 October 2009 NEW Visiting Scholar Position, beginning September 2010
We are pleased to announce the Liu Institute Visiting Scholar in Residence at Green College, a new position to be offered on an annual basis, beginning in September 2010. This new partnership with Green College offers the opportunity, each year, for one globally influential activist, artist, leader, practitioner, or scholar to locate at the Institute for a 4-month period, from September – Dec, or January – April, and to participate in the intellectual and social life of a graduate residential college with a mandate for interdisciplinary studies. The position aims to facilitate problem-based interdisciplinary research on global issues.
29 October 2009 From obscurity to action: Why Canada must tackle the security dimensions of climate change
On October 29th, 2009, Margaret Purdy spoke to the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies (CASIS) International Conference, about the security implications of climate change for Canada. Margaret outlined why the climate change-security nexus is so critical for Canada and offered five recommendations for action.
28 October 2009 76 migrants are 'classic refugees,' lawyer says
The 76 migrants who entered Canadian waters aboard a rusting vessel are true asylum seekers, their government-appointed lawyer said Wednesday. Speaking at a forum on migration at UBC's Institute for Global Issues, Daniel McLeod said that the young Tamils he has spoken to so far fear for their lives if they are forced back. Experts in refugee law said identifying these migrants accurately is a heavy responsibility. "CSIS officers are no doubt working to verify that information with evidence they collect," said Benjamin Perrin, a UBC instructor in refugee law. "And it is one of the challenges here. A post- conflict scenario creates a real opportunity for terrorists, war criminals and former combatants to simply blend in with civilians."
22 October 2009 Human cargo raises alarm
Benjamin Perrin, a faculty fellow at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, says the interception of an unflagged ship bearing the name Ocean Lady off Canada's Pacific coast is "a serious wake-up call for Canadians."
01 October 2009 Child Traffickers Beware: House of Commons Votes for Tougher Sentences
Last night, the House of Commons voted overwhelmingly to enact stiffer sentences for child trafficking, recognizing the severity of the crime and the failure of recent sentences to protect victims and hold offenders accountable.
01 October 2009 Many post-'49 migrants ambivalent about regime; Chinese who came to Vancouver after the Communist takeover were disenchanted with the party's policies but admired its ability to unite country
Laura Madokoro, a researcher at UBC and a Liu Scholar, speaks to the Vancouver Sun in a report about China's 60th anniversary. "When I started my research, I was really hoping to find a very clear story about people voting with their feet, coming to Canada, the way we hear about eastern European refugees fleeing communist countries. It seemed quite clear to me given the politics of the Cold War that anyone leaving China after 1949 was going to be a refugee, " said Madokoro. "But it just isn't the same kind of story."
30 September 2009 International Engagement and Global Influence: How Ambitious is the University of British Columbia?
President Stephen Toope presented his International Engagement discussion paper at the Liu Institute on 22 September 2009; an audio recording of this event is now available.
26 September 2009 Cybersoliciting: How the Net foils the vice squad
Earlier this month, a rare spotlight shone on Internet-advertised prostitution in Winnipeg after a bust in a residential area led to six arrests. Unlike the highly visible work of street prostitutes, unlicensed escorts selling themselves online say they are generally used to operating under the radar from law enforcement as long as they sell sex quietly. Human trafficking expert Benjamin Perrin, an Assistant Professor in the UBC faculty of law argues the Internet poses a risk for exploitation of vulnerable people. He said cyberspace is a "new frontier" for people who want to profit from sexual exploitation of minors or human trafficking victims. "The Internet has become a free and anonymous Wild West for online ads for sex," he said. He said he's familiar with cases in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario where predators used the Internet to market exploited persons.
09 September 2009 Simons Series in the Social Dynamics of Peace and Conflict – Fall 2009 Update
During the 2009-2010 academic year, the Liu Institute for Global Issues will be partnering with the School for International Studies to co-host the Simon Series in the Social Dynamics of Peace and Conflict.
03 September 2009 Application deadline extended: INDS 530A, Global Sustainability and Security: Writing and Publishing
The application deadline for Prof. Dauvergne's new Global Issues course is now Wednesday, 9 September, 2009, at 12:00 noon.
01 September 2009 Congratulations to Professor Paul Evans, the new Director of the Institute of Asian Research
CFIS Principal Michael Burgess is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Paul Evans as the new Director of the Institute of Asian Research (IAR), effective September 1, 2009, for a three-year term.
02 August 2009 Sex tourism and Canada's weak response
CTV News featured the Liu Institute's first Global Focus, "Ending the Vacation of Canada’s Travelling Sex Offenders", as one of their top stories this long-weekend. Liu Global Focus highlights a new study by researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC), which finds that Canada has fallen behind Australia and the United States in cracking down on its travelling child sex offenders, and calls on the RCMP to pro-actively enforce Canada’s so-called “child sex tourism” laws.
25 July 2009 A forewarned future. As 'climate security' forecast darkens, is Canada ready?
Flooding. Drought. Wildfires. Mass migrations of desperate people. Mike Blanchfield explains why security experts fear climate change will lead to war on a scale we have yet to see on this planet. Margaret Purdy, senior research fellow at the Center of International Relations, says "I don't want to be a scaremonger, but I am concerned climate change does not seem to be a priority within Canada's security, intelligence, defence establishment. I'm concerned that, as far as I know, Canadian security players haven't analysed the existing scientific reports." Purdy says, that with the exception of some notable work in the departments of Health and Natural Resources, no one has tried to quantify the long-term security effects of climate change in Canada.
22 July 2009 Introducing the Liu Scholars Program
Now accepting applications! A new and unique Program to bring together exceptional PhD students from across UBC.
15 July 2009 New Working Papers from CIR and SDF
08 July 2009 Former high-level bureaucrat calls for national action plan on sex trade
Benjamin Perrin, a former federal adviser who now teaches law at UBC, says Canada needs a national plan to combat human trafficking in the sex trade. Perrin, speaking at a human trafficking forum put on by the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, said police forces are inadequately staffed and trained to crack down on the underground system that ships young women and girls between controlling pimps. The two-day forum comes at a time when aboriginal leaders across Canada are calling for help in dealing with the number of missing or dead young native women, some of whom vanished after being lured into prostitution.
07 July 2009 Xinjiang violence complicates G8 talks with China
Paul Evans, an expert in Canada-China relations with UBC, comments on the Canadian government's approach to addressing a bloody clash between ethnic groups in China's Xinjiang territory. Evans says Canadians should expect ministers, not the prime minister, will do more of the talking on human-rights issues as the prime minister attempts to avoid commenting on issues of human rights and democracy. He said the Conservatives realized last year that a policy of "cool politics, warm economics" with China simply did not work. It had begun to hurt trade, and damaged their reputation domestically.
01 July 2009 Liberal-Era Diplomatic Language Killed Off
The Liu Institute’s Professor Brian Job is quoted in an article in Embassy Foreign Policy Newspaper, which discusses how key phrases like "human security", "good governance" and "public diplomacy" are being discreetly removed from Canadian foreign policy.
19 June 2009 New Director for the Liu Institute
Peter Dauvergne, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Global Environmental Politics, joins the Institute as Director, July 1 2009.
19 June 2009 Liu Institute Faculty Associate Named Hero
Professor Benjamin Perrin, whose book Journey of Injustice: Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking has just been announced for publication in October 2010, has received a “Trafficking in Persons Hero” award from the U.S. Department of State. Perrin was among seven people in the world and the only Canadian recognized as "heroes in the fight against modern-day slavery." The award is part of the annual global Trafficking in Persons report recently released by Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State. Perrin is a leading anti-trafficking activist in Canada and founder of The Future Group, an NGO dedicated to combating human trafficking and the child sex trade around the world. He has advocated for the adoption of a Canadian national action plan and has pushed for stronger enforcement and more effective victim services.
17 June 2009 2009 North Korea Crisis
In response to the newly heightened crisis following North Korea’s recent nuclear and missile testing, the Simons Center is tracking key insights and analysis of ongoing developments, with particular attention to Canadian implications and viewpoints.
10 June 2009 Craigslist open to changing sex ads section in Canada, B.C. expert says; Law professor and Peel Regional Police have discussed the issue with the online classified ad company in an effort to prevent sexual exploitation of minors
Ben Perrin, a law professor at UBC, says Craigslist officials seem open to changing their online sex ads section in Canada after dropping it altogether in the United States. Perrin, along with the RCMP and the Peel Regional Police force in Ontario have discussed the issue with the online classified ad company in an effort to prevent sexual exploitation of minors. “There's an agreement to move forward to the next stage, which is to begin to discuss some of the specific measures and assess which would be most effective in the Canadian context,” he said.
03 June 2009 N. Korea's Kim Jong-un tapped to succeed his father
Kim Jong-un, the youngest son of North Korean Leader Kim Jong-il, looks set to inherit control of the nuclear-armed state. Observers say the upcoming transfer of power just might explain North Korea's behaviour in recent weeks and months, which has been belligerent and unpredictable. "This is a very different pattern than we've seen in past North Korean brinksmanship," said Paul Evans, a professor in the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC. "There must be internal turbulence around succession issues."
02 June 2009 Understanding Swine Flu: A Panel of Experts
If you missed this panel on May 8th 2009, listen to it here!
18 May 2009 Cannon lays groundwork for Harper's China visit; Minister leaves Beijing with formal invite for PM, but critics seek more warming signals
UBC Asia expert Paul Evans says China is looking from comforting signals from Canada as the two countries grapple with ways to build trust in their sometimes tense relations. That would include cultural visits, signs that disagreements over human rights can be "managed," and possible steps on two-way investment - China would like assurances that acquisitions of Canadian oil or mining interests by its state-owned firms will be treated like any other company's. "This is from the Chinese perspective - what they're expecting in step-by- step relations," Evans said. "It's a matter of a series of confidence- building measures in the lead-in to a visit."
15 May 2009 Experts hope Canadian site will follow U.S. lead ; American Craigslist drops section advertising 'adult services'
A section of Craigslist that has been used to advertise erotic services will be replaced by a more tightly monitored adult services section in the U.S., leaving Canadian experts hopeful that a similar move may happen here. "Craigslist continues to be the leading website where individuals buy and sell old computer equipment, unwanted sofas and, in many cases, victims of human trafficking in the sex trade," said UBC-based human trafficking expert Benjamin Perrin. "You can't ignore it. "(Craigslist) has really fundamentally changed the nature of sexual exploitation in Canada and it's continued to do that very rapidly," he said.
01 May 2009 Ottawa's piracy policy flouts law, experts say; Government claims of a lack of jurisdiction called 'ludicrous' and 'quite wrong'
Michael Byers, who holds the Canadian Research Chair in International Law and Politics at UBC, argues Canada's catch-and-release approach to countering piracy off Somalia is at odds with other Western navies and flouts Ottawa's obligations under international law. "It's ludicrous for the Harper government to claim that it can't arrest and prosecute pirates," he said. "Canada has a legal obligation under the United Nations and international law to bring pirates to justice." Like most experts interviewed by the Globe and Mail, he said the international community must deal with the heart of the problem, which is the failed and anarchic state of Somalia.
30 April 2009 Pimps guilty of trafficking: Prof
Benjamin Perrin, an assistant professor at the Liu Institute, UBC, says Toronto Police Service isn't holding pimps accountable for the slave trade plaguing the city's streets. The accusation came after the arrest of an alleged pimp in the city's northwest end Tuesday. All charges point to human trafficking yet no such charge was laid, Perrin said. "It's analogous to if someone is murdered and you simply charge them with multiple assault counts or serious aggravated assaults. There's a more serious charge that should be laid," he said.
28 April 2009 Arctic dwellers must be included in international talks: world Inuit group
The day before politicians from all Arctic nations were scheduled to meet in Norway, the world's Inuit released a declaration saying they have a right to join any talks that affect the future of their frozen homeland, participation that they say has so far been denied. Michael Byers, a Liu Institute professor and Arctic expert, says Inuit continue to be excluded from crucial meetings even though they have observer status on the Arctic Council. "What we see with this declaration is an organized attempt to insert themselves back into the discussion," he said. "It's a political case. It's a moral case."
17 April 2009 Canada seeks to strengthen trade ties with China
Canadian International Trade Minister Stockwell Day has called his just-concluded trip to China a success, having launched two new trade offices in Chengdu and Shenzhen. Prof. Paul Evans of the Liu Institute for Global Studies at UBC, said Canada has to do more to encourage Chinese investment. He says the political and economic sides of diplomacy go hand in hand. "We have to get this back up to the highest level with the tone of dealing with issues of mutual interest with mutual respect," Evans said.
06 April 2009 Harper a laggard in grasping security risks of climate change -- An oped in the Toronto Star
Does Stephen Harper's team grasp the security consequences of warming temperatures, rising sea levels, extreme weather events and precipitation changes? Do they realize that climate change may represent a more complex and serious threat than terrorism and crime, their current security preoccupations? Sadly for Canada, no.
13 March 2009 Tougher terror laws not needed: experts
The precedent-setting case against Momin Khawaja proves that the Canadian legal system can deal with terrorists without further aggressive anti-terror-ism laws. "Instead of having secret prisons and courts making use of secret evidence, here we have a trial in open court where the perpetrator is sentenced to a minimum sentence of 10 years hard time," said Michael Byers, a professor at the Liu University for Global Issues, University of British Columbia. "It's a balanced, reasonable, yet weighty outcome, one that shows that our legal system, with all of its checks and balances, can deal responsibly and effectively with terrorism.
07 March 2009 Trail of a sex tourist: Canada's limited success in pursuing pedophiles
The Liu Institute's Benjamin Perrin was interviewed in a W-FIVE report looking at why Canadian authorities aren't doing more to catch its pedophiles overseas. Perrin obtained records through Access to Information requests that show between 1993 and 2008, despite few convictions at home, at least 156 Canadians faced local charges in foreign jurisdictions for offences related to child sex abuse and exploitation.
05 March 2009 Arctic sovereignty: Another threat runs silent and deep
Michael Byers, Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at UBC, argues it's "time for both Canada and the United States to stop the shenanigans -- and negotiate a comprehensive agreement on shipping in the North."
18 February 2009 Road to Beijing runs through Alberta
From the Edmonton Journal, Wed 18 Feb 2009. As Obama prepares to broaden U.S. relations with China, Canada must re-examine its own policies. And it should be heavily guided by Alberta.
15 February 2009 Potential Arctic fishery on horizon; Canada must plan for possible influx of southern species as northern waters open up, experts say
Michael Byers, a UBC expert in polar politics, says Canada needs to at least consider a moratorium on Arctic Ocean fisheries to protect and foster a potentially lucrative new resource in the region's warming waters. "Serious attention does need to be directed to the issue, and certain guiding principles applied, including the precautionary principle and a principle of first access for indigenous peoples," he said.
09 February 2009 Pushing Prices Higher: Options and Implications of Pricing Carbon
Slides are now available!
29 January 2009 B.C. expert hails bill on mandatory-minimum sentence for human trafficking
UBC law professor Ben Perrin, a leading expert on human trafficking, is urging Parliament to pass a private member's bill introduced Thursday in the House of Commons. Perrin said the bill would impose a five-year mandatory minimum sentence for those involved in trafficking people under 18. "The courts are failing us right now so there's a vital need for this private member's bill, '' he said.
21 January 2009 Canada and India vow to deepen ties
Paul Evans, a professor at UBC's Liu Institute for Global Issues and senior adviser to the Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada, says Canada faces an uphill battle in negotiating a proposed free-trade arrangement with India. Evans said concluding a traditional free-trade agreement should not be the main priority as the two countries expand their economic ties. "What we need is a New Economy relationship with India, not an old, trade-based relationship," he said.
04 January 2009 Former Liu Institute Visiting Professor elected President of Ghana
After a closely fought election, John Atta-Mills, former Liu Institute Visiting Professor, has been elected President of his home country Ghana.
22 November 2008 Genetically engineered meal close to your table
The pigs, pale pink and bristly, trot around the pen, stopping every so often to root in piles of bedding. They grunt and squeal and wag their short curlicue tails. All three like a hard scratch on the rump. In almost every way, these broad-backed oinkers are just like the other Yorkshire pigs at the opposite end of the barn. All except for the brackish green muck that oozes from their backsides. And the snippet of mouse DNA that has been slipped into their piggy chromosomes.
13 November 2008 Canada's 'troubling picture': Authorities fight losing battle against sale of human beings
"A lot. Too much." This was what the victim from Canada's latest human trafficking conviction had to say about how many others are being victimized in the Toronto area without a hope to save them.
09 November 2008 Sex slaves find hope; Craigslist introduces measures to crack down on human trafficking -- but only in America
Her body didn't look a day over her age -- 14. The stretched scraps of clothing covered just enough skin and men wanted to buy her -- upwards of $200 an hour for this one.
30 October 2008 Canada can't see human trafficking
Two years ago, the B.C. solicitor general set up a special office to combat human trafficking, leading the way for Canadian provinces. Since that time, however, there hasn't been a single victim rescued or a solitary charge laid by that body.
29 October 2008 Fingers Crossed Tories will Learn from Emerson on China
David Emerson's decision not to run for re-election has netted a fair share of disappointment that the Conservatives are losing not only their strongest internationally-minded minister, but also the government's point-man on relations with China and India.
29 October 2008 Why Canada has failed to deal with human trafficking; We need to look below surface to find sex-trade victims
Only 31 victims of human trafficking -- including four children -- have been identified in Canada in the past two years. The top source countries are Romania, the Philippines, Moldova and China.
25 October 2008 The Making of a Monster
GULU, Uganda — From the time he was a tiny child, his parents coached him: Use a fake name. Say you are from the west. Lie about your family.
20 October 2008 Getting China just right
From Monday's Globe and Mail, October 20, 2008 at 6:30 AM EDT
13 October 2008 Inside Rwanda's gender revolution
Women now outnumber men in Rwanda's parliament. But with a government anxious to suppress dissent, all is not as it seems.
06 October 2008 Environment Speaker Series: Why is it so hard to stop global warming?
Slides from the Environment Speaker Series presentation on October 6, 2008 are now available.
01 October 2008 Canada turns its back on victims
'If you compare what the U.S. is doing to what Canada is doing, it's shameful'
09 September 2008 Former Afghani ambassador speaks to students
Lalani defends Canada’s continued involvement in war-torn country.
20 August 2008 Household Level Fuel Switching in Rural Hubei
Program on Energy and Sustainable Development - Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.
01 August 2008 Seed farming: The sesame solution
Santos Machado takes off his baseball cap and wipes the sweat off his brow. It’s early August and Machado is lying on his back on the dirt driveway of his 3½-hectare farm in León, Nicaragua, halfway underneath his sembrador – a large seed and fertilizer dispenser meant to be hitched behind a pair of oxen.
26 July 2008 What more will it take to clean up Beijing?
As officials ban cars, construction and even certain clouds, those pesky particulates still threaten to wreck Chinese ambitions for the best Summer Games ever. John Allemang reports
07 July 2008 Canada considered charging overseas child abuser; Officials weighed invoking rarely used Criminal Code provision for B.C. man who eventually pleaded guilty in Thailand, documents say
Crown prosecutors in British Columbia considered turning to a rarely used provision of the Criminal Code to prosecute a Canadian accused of committing sex crimes against boys in other countries, documents released under the federal Access to Information Act reveal.
14 June 2008 Africa's Unjust Deserts
The world has spent billions in its attempt to punish those who have perpetrated horrendous crimes against their fellow Africans. But is this effort paying off? Globe and Mail correspondent Stephanie Nolen finds that not only is international justice a Catch-22, prompting unwanted leaders to cling to power, the redress it offers isn't even what the people really want.
05 June 2008 Seismic Change in the Middle Kingdom
In the wake of the tragic Sichuan earthquake, something big is astir in China. It was not just the earth that shook on this peaceful afternoon of May 12, 2008. Society and the political world moved as well.
28 May 2008 Former LRA fighters to rejoin rebels
Posted in: Regional Special
12 May 2008 Rebel army resumes campaign of abducting child fighters in Africa
The rebel Lord's Resistance Army appears to have begun a new campaign of abducting child fighters in central Africa, after balking at signing a peace deal earlier this month. The move raises fears that the group is planning to renew its decades-long insurgency and expand it beyond the borders of Uganda.
23 April 2008 Space fallout: We need an explicit security test; In the post-9/11 world, foreign investors want our rules to be clear
The Canadian government was right to block the sale of MacDonald Dettwiler's space division to Alliant Techsystems of Minnesota. But the way the deed was done has created the need for some additional, urgent work by federal Industry Minister Jim Prentice.
11 April 2008 Our Child Sex Offender Laws Should Cross Borders
Canada has only convicted one person in the last decade under our extraterritorial child sex offender law. This stands in stark contrast to other developed countries that actively enforce similar laws. Canadians are continuing to travel abroad and sexually abuse children, despite a criminal prohibition dating to 1997.
04 February 2008 More than peace needed in north - report
AS calm slowly returns to war affected northern Uganda, a new report suggests that focus should not only be on peace, but on reconciliation and justice which will come with that peace.
23 January 2008 Experts comment on the report's recommendations
MICHAEL BYERS - "The most striking thing for me is the second last paragraph of Mr. Manley's introduction - 'We like to talk about Canada's role in the world. Well, we have a meaningful one in Afghanistan.' That language is remarkably similar to the concluding paragraph in an article he published in Policy Options magazine last October.
21 January 2008 Uganda: Joseph Kony's Killing Fields in Northern Region
FRANK NYAKAIRU looks at the major incidents of death during the Lord's Resistance Army's rebellion led by Mr Joseph Kony in part four of this series.
01 January 2008 From Rogue Nation to World Leader
Nation needs to cast off neo-conservatism and lead on human rights and the environment.
20 December 2007 The Right Way to End India's 'Nuclear Apartheid'
Canada's exemplary record as a steadfast advocate of global nuclear disarmament faces a moment of truth. A new deal to re-open global nuclear co-operation with India is nearing completion. Canada will soon be called upon to formally support exempting India from Nuclear Suppliers Group restrictions on nuclear trade with countries lacking "full-scope" International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards on all their nuclear facilities. Drawing on the recently released Canadian Policy on Nuclear Cooperation with India[link to web page], Huntley examines the dilemmas facing Canadian policy-makers and urges that encouraging global nuclear disarmament remain a basis for building future relations with India.
03 December 2007 Prime Minister stands out as small man of humanity
In a Toronto Star op-ed, UBC Canada Research Chair Michael Byers calls Prime Minister Stephen Harper "a small man" for "playing games [with the environment] while the planet burns." "At [a recent] Commonwealth summit, Harper scuppered an initiative that would have seen developed countries take the lead in reducing greenhouse gas emissions," Byers writes. "He insisted that binding commitments must be adopted by every country or none at all."
16 November 2007 Policy wonks latch onto Bernier's 'realism'
When Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier said this week that Canadian diplomacy centered on "international realism," ears perked up among foreign policy experts. "International realism" has gained more traction in academia in recent years, said UBC political science professor Michael Byers. "From an intellectual perspective, this is encouraging and reflects a certain contemporary linkage between thinking on foreign policy in Ottawa and where academics are, in terms of having a more complex and nuanced approach to these issues," Byers said.
14 November 2007 Transfer of detainees is complicity in torture
In an Op Ed in the Toronto Star, UBC’s Michael Byers, Canada Research Chair in Global Politics, writes: “The world's most respected human rights organization has just accused this country of complicity in torture. Canadians should hang their heads in shame. “Yesterday, the London-based international secretariat of Amnesty International released a 38-page report into detainee transfers conducted by Canada and other members of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. . . . “. . . According to Amnesty International, transferred detainees remain ‘at substantial risk of torture and other ill-treatment.’”
10 November 2007 2010 will make city a magnet for human trafficking
UBC law professor Benjamin Perrin spoke in a Vancouver Sun column on a proposal to legalize prostitution for the 2010 Olympic Games. "The Olympics is not a time to test a social experiment like this that has already failed in other countries," Perrin said. Perrin's recent report on trafficking, prostitution and the 2010 Games for the anti-trafficking Future Group concluded that putting sex on sale during the Olympics will only increase exploitation of Canadian women and increase trafficking from abroad.
10 November 2007 The Mission: Halfway To Nowhere?
Michael Byers holds a Canada Research Chair in global politics and international law. He teaches at the University of British Columbia, and is the author, most recently, of Intent for a Nation: What is Canada For? Sally Armstrong is a journalist, activist and humanitarian. She first visited Afghanistan in 1997, shortly after the Taliban seized power, and is the author of Veiled Threat: The Hidden Power of Women in Afghanistan. In an e-mail exchange,they talked about the state of Afghanistan, the merits of the mission, and what would happen if we left.
05 November 2007 Canadian accused of Thai sex crimes released on bail
UBC law professor Ben Perrin participated in a CTV panel on how to stop sexual tourism. "Canada's record really speaks for itself," Perrin said. "In ten years, we've only had one successful conviction under our child sex tourism law. We've had a hundred and ten Canadians who we know have been either investigated or charged under a local law, and that's just the tip of the iceberg." "One segment of offenders that we haven't talked about are backpackers," Perrin adds. Those engaging in [child sex] in a one-shot deal because they think they can get away with it. I've seen backpacks with maple leafs on them walking through the brothel districts of Cambodia. Those are people we need to deter."
01 November 2007 Warning issued about human trafficking and sex trade at 2010 Olympics
A report by an organization that combats human trafficking is warning that the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver could be exploited by those trying to profit from prostitution.
29 October 2007 MP takes aim at pedophiles with bill
Conservative MP Joy Smith will introduce a private members bill that targets human trafficking, the lucrative organized-crime racket that typically lures boys, girls and women from small towns and turns them into sex slaves.
28 October 2007 Time to herald our northern coast?
Advocates say new words on Canada's coat of arms would help the cause of Arctic sovereignty
20 October 2007 South Pole Politics Starting to Heat Up
Two of Canada's top experts on polar politics are sounding an alarm over Britain's plan to claim more than one million square kilometres of seabed territory off the coast of Antarctica - and questioning Canada's official indifference toward the controversial proposal.
20 October 2007 Treading on Thin Ice
Stephen Harper is beefing up Canada's claims on the Arctic, but it's not clear who owns the northern sea and the potential resource windfall beneath it.
18 October 2007 Hunt continues for B.C. man in overseas sex case
UBC law professor Benjamin Perrin comments on legal scenarios facing Christopher Paul Neil, the Canadian subject of an international manhunt for the alleged rape of dozen boys in Asia. Perrin, who has worked in Cambodia with victims of child sex tourism, said Canada has a long way to go to convince foreign countries it means business when it comes to dealing with child sexual predators. "We have only successfully convicted one person in 10 years... so [foreign] governments may be reticent to turn this individual over to us," he said.
16 October 2007 Northern Leaders Like That Harper Has Expanded View of Arctic Sovereignty
Northern leaders and observers say the view of Arctic sovereignty expressed in the Conservative government's speech from the throne has finally moved beyond its military focus.
15 October 2007 A Denuclearized Korea
Re “Kim Jong-il’s Last Card” (Op-Ed, Oct. 8)
03 October 2007 Canada, U.S. should break the ice on Northwest Passage standoff
International law expert Michael Byers of the University of British Columbia earlier this year warned that "any further usage for international navigation might contribute to the Northwest Passage becoming an international strait, (making it) critically important that no further non-consensual transits occur." Canada, Byers adds, is poorly equipped to prevent such transits.
29 September 2007 Freedom comes in many shades; Monk-led revolution one of many recently using colour symbols to promote solidarity
UBC political scientists Allen Sens and Wade Huntley comment in a Toronto Star article on the "Saffron Revolution," named after the colour of robes worn by monks in Burma who are protesting 45 years of military rule. "The colour captures something that the opposition movement is trying to say: We are the nation, we are the people, these symbols are our symbols, they are not yours," says Sens.
26 September 2007 'I think, live and breathe Uganda'
Every evening when the sun set, children from the remote villages of northern Uganda would make their way through the darkness towards the nearest town.
26 September 2007 Who Are Great Canadians? Five people who prove our nation's potential
I'd like to introduce you to just a few remarkable Canadians, as exemplars of what this country is -- and could be.
16 September 2007 Where's Canada?
For anyone who loves this country, hates this country or is ambivalent about this whole vast land mass, Michael Byers' voice may be the most exciting to appear in decades.
08 September 2007 Tragic consequences: Review of "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism" by Naomi Klein
Capitalist predation, writes Naomi Klein, exacerbates the poverty, death and destruction arising from economic collapse, wars and natural disasters.
20 August 2007 Canada, by fate and geography, is destined to be an Arctic country
Whether we like it or not, Arctic policy has become foreign policy. At the same time, the success of much of that foreign policy will depend on our ability to co-operate with the people who have long called the Arctic their home
11 August 2007 Sovereignty will solve the Northwest Passage dispute
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has prudently decided to refurbish an old wharf on northern Baffin Island for use by the navy and Coast Guard. More precautionary action such as this is needed to protect Canadian and U.S. interests in the Northwest Passage, an area replete with uncertainty and risk.
11 August 2007 Arctic neighbours draw up battle lines
The Arctic is one of the world's most remote, pristine and for most people, inhospitable parts of the world. But in recent years, there has been intense interest in the region from the countries that border it.
09 August 2007 Canada backs Taiwan's push for role in WHO
Move will annoy China, experts predict.
09 August 2007 Heavy hybrids drag down savings, study finds
Thanks in part to tax incentives, the hybrid car market is gaining speed. But the full potential of these fuel-saving vehicles is being offset by the fact that 30 percent of hybrids sold in 2006 were SUVs.
08 August 2007 Canada Joins Arctic Fray
'Sovereignty Operation' to Challenge U.S., Russia
07 August 2007 Russia's Deep-Sea Flag-Planting at North Pole Strikes a Chill in Canada
A dramatic submarine dive to plant the Russian flag on the seabed at the North Pole last week has rattled Canadian politics and underscored the growing stakes as the ice cap melts in the oil-rich Arctic.
07 August 2007 PM to spread the wealth in Arctic
Northern Expedition; Harper To Bolster Canada's Territorial Claims During Trip
02 August 2007 Peace in northern Uganda, but whose justice?
We have just passed the one-year anniversary of the ongoing peace talks between the government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Both sides agree that this is the best opportunity ever for peace in northern Uganda; a region of over 2-million people that has been largely ignored, while their community and the future of their children is being completely torn apart by this 21-year conflict.
26 July 2007 Can traditional rituals bring justice to N Uganda?
Local justice offers an alternative to formal trials, but applying unwritten tribal codes may not be enough to bring closure to Uganda's brutal conflict.
25 July 2007 Russia to stake arctic claim
Mini-Submarine Crew To Raise Flag At North Pole.
18 July 2007 We are not alone in saying no
In a Globe and Mail op-ed, UBC’s Michael Byers examined support for the Afghanistan mission among NATO countries. “Travelling through Europe this month,” he wrote, “I've been struck by how national debates in different NATO countries take place in isolation from each other.” Many Germans, for instance, assume Canadians support the mission, just as many Canadians assume the 3,000 German soldiers aren’t going anywhere soon. In fact, 54 per cent of Germans think their soldiers should be withdrawn. Concludes Byers: “From country to country, support for the NATO mission is wearing thin. The roughly 15 million Canadians who want our soldiers brought home are part of a multinational majority. When we speak up, we are not alone.”
18 July 2007 Truth and Reconciliation, Ugandan Style
After 20 years of civil war, Uganda is using both diplomatic and traditional means to achieve peace and healing, including the Acholi ceremony of Mato Oput.
10 July 2007 $3B for arctic ships: PM - Vessels unable to patrol year-round
In the wake of a federal announcement to spend more than $3 billion on new “ice-strengthened” ships—in order to, as Prime Minister Harper says, “defend our sovereignty over the Arctic"—a UBC international law professor said that the vessels are a welcome addition, but the government must revitalize Canada’s ageing icebreaker fleet so it can have a regular presence in the Arctic. "That capability to operate anywhere in Canadian waters at any time of the year will not be answered with this announcement," said Michael Byers. "It's not what we really need for the decade or two ahead and it's not what [the Prime Minister] promised."
06 July 2007 GMOs Next Global Lightning Rod Issue
Our ability to tinker with nature has outstripped our ability to regulate what we create, says Yves Tiberghien, a political scientist who specializes in global regulatory mechanisms for technology and trade.
05 July 2007 A Raw Deal
Do Canadians benefit from our oil wealth?
19 June 2007 Time is right for Canada to assert control in the Arctic
If Stephen Harper is genuine in his push to assert Canadian sovereignty over the Arctic, this is the time for him to give the Americans a shove.
16 June 2007 Celebration for a nation
Despite much recent gloom and doom, Canada is a prosperous, proud and even powerful country that can chart a path apart from the U.S.
14 June 2007 UBC prof brings forth a new foreign policy
Michael Byers says the Harper government could promote global stability and save many lives with an independent approach to international affairs.
14 May 2007 Debating Iraq's Winners
Philippe Le Billon's letter to Foreign Policy on who has benefitted from the Iraq war.
13 May 2007 Debating Iraq's Winners
Philippe Le Billon's letter to Foreign Policy on who has benefitted from the Iraq war.
03 May 2007 Of hearts and minds and detainees
Did the the prisoner abuse allegations hurt our troops in the eyes of Afghanis?
29 April 2007 Is Canada's defence minister a war criminal?
Political and military leadership has been playing fast and loose with torture, says Michael Byers
28 April 2007 Is Canada's defence minister a war criminal?
Political and military leadership has been playing fast and loose with torture, says Michael Byers
26 April 2007 ICC urged to probe transfer
Michael Byers and William Schabas ask the International Criminal Court to investigate possible war crimes by O'Connor and Hillier.
25 April 2007 ICC urged to probe transfer
Michael Byers and William Schabas ask the International Criminal Court to investigate possible war crimes by O'Connor and Hillier.
11 April 2007 Afghan dangers deepen
The recent deaths of six soldiers in a roadside explosion are the first Canadian casualties after the Conservative government's controversial motion took effect extending the military mission in Afghanistan. Michael Byers, academic director of UBC's
09 April 2007 Let's work to prevent another 'accidental war'
This week, we honour the soldiers who, through their sacrifices at Vimy Ridge, secured Canada's place as an independent nation. And it is this legacy, of sovereignty and international influence, which compels us to consider how World War I began.
08 April 2007 Let's work to prevent another 'accidental war'
This week, we honour the soldiers who, through their sacrifices at Vimy Ridge, secured Canada's place as an independent nation. And it is this legacy, of sovereignty and international influence, which compels us to consider how World War I began.
01 April 2007 On sovereignty patrol in the frozen Arctic
Rangers' military mission raises questions about Canada's commitment to the North
31 March 2007 The Real Roots of Darfur
The violence in Darfur is usually attributed to ethnic hatred. But global warming may be primarily to blame.
28 March 2007 Passage’s melting ice must be addressed: scholar
The disappearance of sea ice in Canada’s Arctic is an indication that climate change is real and must be addressed if the country intends to maintain its sovereignty, says Dr. Michael Byers.
27 March 2007 How Canada has impacted international health
Embassy asked Canadian doctors and health professionals: "What has been the most significant Canadian innovation in health care equipment, technology, or methodology that's currently being used internationally?"
27 March 2007 Larger hybrid vehicles lose fuel consumption advantage
A North American trend for hybrid-electric vehicles that are heavier and more powerful is eroding the fuel consumption advantages of hybrid technology.
26 March 2007 The dirty little secret of importing power
As its name suggests, B.C. Hydro counts on water to keep the lights on, tapping a network of dams and reservoirs to churn out electricity around the clock. That network has provided British Columbians with some of the cheapest elect
22 March 2007 Unfrozen Sea
"Where has all the ice gone?" Joe Immaroitok asked. It was 24 October last year, and he was staring at Foxe Basin. A shallow expanse of ocean the size of England, the basin usually freezes over by early October, enabling the Inuit to travel across to
21 March 2007 Unfrozen Sea
"Where has all the ice gone?" Joe Immaroitok asked.
18 March 2007 A new high-tech military for China
Unease over China's growing military might deepened last Sunday when Beijing announced the largest spike in military spending in five years, two months after successfully testing its first anti-satellite missile. Of the 18 per cent increase, the larg
17 March 2007 Make good on agenda
We no longer live in an age where simply restricting local development will ensure the protection of specific species on a given parcel of land (Harper Takes Aim At Development -- March 15). Climate change will unpredictably alter biodiversity patter
16 March 2007 Make good on agenda
We no longer live in an age where simply restricting local development will ensure the protection of specific species on a given parcel of land (Harper Takes Aim At Development -- March 15). Climate change will unpredictably alter biodiversity patter
13 March 2007 Transfer of detainees to Afghanistan raises difficult issues
The issue of detainees captured by Canadian troops is back in the news. Here are some key issues.
07 March 2007 Green power or green spin?
What is green on the outside and brown on the inside? According to Kitsilano resident Donald Gordon, that would be the B.C. Energy Plan. It was unveiled February 27 by Premier Gordon Campbell and B.C. Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
01 March 2007 Australian facing war-crimes trial
The Pentagon on Thursday formally charged an Australian citizen held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, with a single count of providing material support for terrorism, setting the stage for the first military trial of a terrorism suspect under legislatio
20 February 2007 Is Hillier out of line?
Chief of defence is playing a highly unusual public role in promoting the mission in Afghanistan, even bypassing the defence minister to deal directly with the Prime Minister
19 February 2007 Is Hillier out of line?
Chief of defence is playing a highly unusual public role in promoting the mission in Afghanistan, even bypassing the defence minister to deal directly with the Prime Minister
15 February 2007 One Cheer for North Korea Arms Deal
With unique ties to Washington and Pyongyang, Canada can help keep process on track
14 February 2007 One Cheer for North Korea Arms Deal
With unique ties to Washington and Pyongyang, Canada can help keep process on track
09 February 2007 Military urged to keep track of Afghan detainees
They caused a stir on Parliament Hill, sparked two formal military probes and had the country's top general on the defensive about the conduct of his troops in Kandahar. But the identity of the three Afghan men who may have been mistr
03 February 2007 ...but on the bright side, fewer wars
Iraq notwithstanding, a new study shows 'peacemaking' actually has an impact
02 February 2007 China's Anti-Satellite Weapons Test Could Spark Arms Race in Space
China's apparent success on January 11, 2007 in destroying one of its own satellites with a ballistic missile is a rubicon moment in the weaponization of space. The technology used in the test is not new. The U.S. tested similar systems in the 1980s
01 February 2007 China's Anti-Satellite Weapons Test Could Spark Arms Race in Space
China's apparent success on January 11, 2007 in destroying one of its own satellites with a ballistic missile is a rubicon moment in the weaponization of space. The technology used in the test is not new.
19 January 2007 On the front lines of climate change
The gravity of the Arctic's plight hit home for Michael Byers as he stood on the deck of the Canadian Arctic research ship Amundsen, where some of Canada's most expert scientists were coming face-to-face with their worst fears.
17 January 2007 Violence down sharply in sub-Saharan Africa
WASHINGTON - After decades as the world's most violent region, sub-Saharan Africa has lost that unwanted title and is finding peace.
17 January 2007 Election timing linked to war
The fighting conditions in Afghanistan could influence the timing of Canada’s next federal election, according to a UBC political science professor.
20 December 2006 Melting Ice and Mild Media
On October 23, UBC law professor Michael Byers undertook an Arctic voyage that should have been too late in the season. Traveling with some of Canada's top Arctic scientists, Byers was on the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Amundsen as it became the
12 December 2006 Torture: Hand Off, Wash Hands
Canada risks war crimes by not tracking prisoners.
11 December 2006 Torture: Hand Off, Wash Hands
Canada risks war crimes by not tracking prisoners.
05 December 2006 Air pollution impacts from climate mitigation
Conventional wisdom says that climate-change policies produce ancillary health benefits. Not so fast, say two researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada.
03 December 2006 Embassies keep open lines of communication
Diplomats are like umbrellas. You only need them when it rains. The sun stopped shining on Canadian-Iranian relations in 1980 when our ambassador, Ken Taylor, helped six Americans escape the hostage-taking at the U.S. embassy in Tehran. The downp
02 December 2006 Embassies keep open lines of communication
Diplomats are like umbrellas. You only need them when it rains. The sun stopped shining on Canadian-Iranian relations in 1980 when our ambassador, Ken Taylor, helped six Americans escape the hostage-taking at the U.S. embassy in Tehran. The downp
24 November 2006 Canada must speak out at NATO summit
Next week, the leaders from the 26 member countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization will meet in Riga, Latvia to discuss the future of the alliance. Canada needs to pay attention; relations with our NATO allies are more important than ever,
23 November 2006 Canada must speak out at NATO summit
Next week, the leaders from the 26 member countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization will meet in Riga, Latvia to discuss the future of the alliance. Canada needs to pay attention; relations with our NATO allies are more important than ever,
23 November 2006 Underwater real estate
Richmond needs to start paying attention to rising sea levels
20 November 2006 What course should the Juba talks take?
FOR two intense days last week, a group of academics, educators, NGO workers, peace advocates and human rights researchers from Canada, United States, Uganda, and Europe gathered at the University of British Columbia to try to answer the question, &r
20 November 2006 They like us! They really like us!
Angus Reid's Canada and the World poll for Maclean's shows our international reputation is riding high.
16 November 2006 Whose Arctic Is It, Anyway?
With geriatric fleets of icebreakers on both sides, the dispute between Canada and the United States over the status of the Northwest Passage could fall to the U.S. side by default despite tough words from Ottawa, says an expert on the issue.
15 November 2006 Harper downplays Chinese rebuff
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is downplaying the significance of an apparent snub by China's president Hu Jintao, but in suggesting it is due to China's reluctance to talk "frankly" about "human rights" he may have worsened matters.
07 November 2006 PM risks being left adrift, exposed
With the Republicans set to lose seats in the U.S. mid-terms and with Bush's waning influence, the Prime Minister will have few allies to press his neo-con agenda.
06 November 2006 PM risks being left adrift, exposed
With the Republicans set to lose seats in the U.S. mid-terms and with Bush's waning influence, the Prime Minister will have few allies to press his neo-con agenda.
05 November 2006 Dispute Over NW Passage Revived
TORONTO -- A long-standing legal wrangle between the United States and Canada could complicate future shipping through the Arctic as global warming melts the ice in the Northwest Passage.
04 November 2006 Melting Arctic Makes Way for Man
ICEBREAKER CHANNEL, Northwest Passage -- The Amundsen's engines growl low, as if in warning. The ship steals ahead; its powerful spotlights stab at fog thick with the lore of crushed ships and frozen voyagers. Ice floes gleam from the void like the e
27 October 2006 Canada must seek deal with U.S.
"Where has all the ice gone?" Joe Immaroitok asked me on Tuesday. "It never used to be like this." The 43 year-old member of the hamlet council of Igloolik, Nunavut, was staring at Foxe Basin. A shallow expanse of ocean the size of Lake Superior,
26 October 2006 Canada must seek deal with U.S.
"Where has all the ice gone?" Joe Immaroitok asked me on Tuesday. "It never used to be like this." The 43 year-old member of the hamlet council of Igloolik, Nunavut, was staring at Foxe Basin. A shallow expanse of ocean the size of Lake Superior,
26 October 2006 Warming climate opens late-season Arctic routes
YELLOWKNIFE, N.W.T. -- Arctic straits that are typically choked solid with ice this time of year remain completely open to shipping traffic late in October, raising profound issues for Canada as it struggles to maintain its grasp on the Arctic.
22 October 2006 Ugandans welcome 'terrorists' back
PATONGO, UGANDA
Today a doe-eyed 20-something named Betty Atto, a former member of one of the world's most-brutal rebel armies, finally gets to take her first step toward redemption - toward the forgiveness she now seeks from the people she ter
16 October 2006 Canadian government cannot afford to dither on Arctic sovereignty
Pierre Berton called the Northwest Passage the ”Arctic Grail.“ From Martin Frobisher in 1576 to John Franklin in 1845, European explorers searched for a navigable route around the northern rim of North America to Asia. Their efforts were stymied by the thick ice which choked the straits and channels between the Arctic islands, even in summer.
15 October 2006 Canadian government cannot afford to dither on Arctic sovereignty
Pierre Berton called the Northwest Passage the ”Arctic Grail.“ From Martin Frobisher in 1576 to John Franklin in 1845, European explorers searched for a navigable route around the northern rim of North America to Asia. Their efforts were
14 October 2006 The Korean mouse that roared
North Korea's announcement this week that it has carried out a nuclear test has shocked the world, arousing universal condemnation. It has also exposed the frailty of international diplomacy in the face of intransigence. Could this be the start of a
13 October 2006 The Korean mouse that roared
North Korea's announcement this week that it has carried out a nuclear test has shocked the world, arousing universal condemnation. It has also exposed the frailty of international diplomacy in the face of intransigence. Could this be the start of a
12 October 2006 Losing its lustre
An anti-poverty campaigner and a bank in Bangladesh have won this year's Nobel Peace Prize. The purpose of the prize has become muddled. It may be better to withhold it next time
12 October 2006 Harper accuses Liberals of being anti-Israel
OTTAWA and TORONTO -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper yesterday accused the Liberal Party of an anti-Israeli bias, charging that Michael Ignatieff's comment that Israel committed a war crime against Lebanon this summer reflects the leanings of most Lib
07 October 2006 True North strong and . . . free to give up our sovereignty?
European countries may feel comfortable sharing their autonomy, but North America is another story, Michael Byers writes
06 October 2006 Afghanistan: Wrong Mission for Canada
The coolly reasoned case made by a leading expert in international law.
06 October 2006 True North strong and . . . free to give up our sovereignty?
European countries may feel comfortable sharing their autonomy, but North America is another story, MICHAEL BYERS writes
05 October 2006 Afghanistan: Wrong Mission for Canada
The coolly reasoned case made by a leading expert in international law.
04 October 2006 "Afghanistan: Have we reached our national tipping point?"
Professor Michael Byers spoke in Ottawa as part of the Breakfast on the Hill Lecture Series sponsored by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences on October 5th. Professor Byers holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics
03 October 2006 Clearing your conscience — and the air
Being a trendy guy, I always want to catch on early to something like becoming "carbon-neutral." So I went to www.cooldrivepass.ca, and its handy emissions calculator told me that my car (a small, fuel-efficient turbo-diesel) produces 3,170 kilograms of carbon dioxide a year.
20 September 2006 The world: just how dangerous is it?
Despite the daily headlines about violence and death in Iraq, Darfur and elsewhere, the statistics suggest that in many ways the world is a safer place now than in 1956. The number of conflicts around the globe has been dropping more or less steadily
18 September 2006 Coups are in Decline as Agents of Change
In the 1960s, military coups d'etat were frequent, as countries in Africa and Asia threw off their colonial yokes. They remained in fashion until the 1990s, as power struggles played out in postcolonial nations and the Eastern bloc resisted Soviet ru
14 September 2006 Afghanistan: Just where is Canada's national interest?
Thirty-two young Canadians killed, more than 100 seriously injured. Canada's counterinsurgency mission in Afghanistan has become a costly enterprise. Rather than consider the deployment of more troops and more armour, it's time for a hard-nosed as
14 September 2006 The paradox of being insecure in a far more peaceful world
The world has rarely been more peaceful or felt so insecure. Nightly news bulletins assail their audience with the gruesome images of war and the emotional exhibitionism that passes for much modern television reporting. George Bush speaks of a war fo
13 September 2006 Afghanistan: Just where is Canada's national interest?
Thirty-two young Canadians killed, more than 100 seriously injured. Canada's counterinsurgency mission in Afghanistan has become a costly enterprise. Rather than consider the deployment of more troops and more armour, it's time for a hard-nosed as
06 September 2006 Uganda says LRA rebels not gathering at camps yet
KAMPALA, Sept 7 (Reuters) - No Ugandan rebels have arrived yet at remote camps in south Sudan where they are supposed to assemble under the terms of a landmark truce that began last week, Ugandan negotiators said on Thursday. According to the deal
30 August 2006 Commentary: Daring to learn from a good example and break the ‘Cuba taboo’
When confronted by observations of unusually positive or negative outliers, epidemiologists and other scientists are typically drawn to better understand what could be producing such results. Recognition of diminishing HIV/AIDS prevalence in Uganda,
29 August 2006 Commentary: Daring to learn from a good example and break the ‘Cuba taboo’
When confronted by observations of unusually positive or negative outliers, epidemiologists and other scientists are typically drawn to better understand what could be producing such results. Recognition of diminishing HIV/AIDS prevalence in Uganda,
24 August 2006 Canadian wins right to prospect Hans Island
Every year Vancouver geologist John Robins fills out applications for thousands of kilometres of prospecting permits. Last year, on a lark, he included the 1.3 square kilometres of disputed Hans Island and was as surprised as anyone when he got a
23 August 2006 America cannot rely on power alone
Even the Roman empire at its zenith did not have the international influence of 21st-century America. Yet foreign policy analysts are increasingly asking why the US, with all its hegemonic power, seems unable to get its way in suppressing the Iraqi i
18 August 2006 Arctic defence
OTTAWA — Sometime soon, Michael Byers fears, a single ship is going to define the limits of Canadian sovereignty. "This week or this month or this year, a single tramp steamer could take a run through the Northwest Passage to save 7,000 kil
17 August 2006 War Crimes
‘I entirely understand the desire, and indeed need, for Israel to defend itself properly,’ Tony Blair said on 14 July. ‘As a sovereign nation, Israel has every right to defend itself,’ George W. Bush said on 16 July. By the ti
16 August 2006 War Crimes
‘I entirely understand the desire, and indeed need, for Israel to defend itself properly,’ Tony Blair said on 14 July. ‘As a sovereign nation, Israel has every right to defend itself,’ George W. Bush said on 16 July. By the ti
11 August 2006 Harper to visit Iqaluit to assert sovereignty claim
OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper will visit Iqaluit, Nunavut, today to assert the federal government's Canadian Arctic sovereignty claim as newly released military documents say global warming could open up the Northwest Passage to summertime c
05 August 2006 Not enough to say Israel has a right to defend itself
Edward Greenspan has taken Louise Arbour, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, to task for suggesting that some of Israel's actions in Lebanon could give rise to individual criminal responsibility. With all respect, she was right, w
04 August 2006 Not enough to say Israel has a right to defend itself
Edward Greenspan has taken Louise Arbour, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, to task for suggesting that some of Israel's actions in Lebanon could give rise to individual criminal responsibility. With all respect, she was right, w
16 July 2006 Examining Israel 's 'right to defend itself'
IDF dances within accepted rules of engagement, says Michael Byers
15 July 2006 Examining Israel 's 'right to defend itself'
Two years ago, over lunch, I debated self-defence with the lawyer who advises the Israeli Defence Force. The lawyer in question is a colonel with a Harvard doctorate; the invitation came while I was a visiting professor at the University of Tel Aviv.
11 July 2006 Prof. Michael Byers holds the lament
Michael Byers, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia, used [George] Grant's thesis [from Lament for a Nation], as his starting point, and argued that despite free tra
10 July 2006 Sea change coming for our motto
MONTREAL -- They're two short words that would usher in a sea change in the way Canadians view their nation. If boosters get their way, Canada would amend its "From sea to sea" motto by tacking on a reference to the Arctic Ocean. In a country defi
10 July 2006 Prof. Michael Byers holds the lament
Michael Byers, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia, used [George] Grant's thesis [from Lament for a Nation], as his starting point, and argued that despite free tra
09 July 2006 From the bush, a harsh homecoming
Abducted children, forced to fight, dream of a home that for them exists only in the past, STEPHANIE NOLEN reports.
08 July 2006 One nation, hold the lament
Forty years ago, scholar George Grant predicted economics would cause Canada to merge culturally with the U.S. Does Stephen Harper's pro-American regime prove he was right? Michael Byers says no.
08 July 2006 Expert dismisses N.Korea stance as posturing
Wade Huntley, Director for the Simons Centre fo Disarmament and Non-Proliferation was interviewed on CTV's Question Period about North Korea's recent missile testing.
07 July 2006 One nation, hold the lament by Michael Byers
Forty years ago, scholar George Grant predicted economics would cause Canada to merge culturally with the U.S. Does Stephen Harper's pro-American regime prove he was right? MICHAEL BYERS says no.
04 July 2006 CBC Radio - The Current - North Korea
Wade Huntley, Director of The Simons Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Research, discusses what North Korea hopes to achieve with their provocative missile testing over the Sea of Japan yesterday.
09 June 2006 Get a grip: Life goes on
The IRA taught the British an all-important lesson: If you are fighting to defend your way of life, you must not give up your way of life, writes Michael Byers
08 June 2006 Get a grip: Life goes on by Michael Byers
The IRA taught the British an all-important lesson: If you are fighting to defend your way of life, you must not give up your way of life, writes Michael Byers
05 June 2006 Foreign Policy: Harper's Downfall?
On Kyoto and Afghanistan, he backed Bush. What if the US attacks Iran?
04 June 2006 Foreign Policy: Harper's Downfall? by Michael Byers
On Kyoto and Afghanistan, he backed Bush. What if the US attacks Iran?
31 May 2006 The Afghan Mission: Transfer deal for detainees called lacking in safeguards
WASHINGTON -- Canada should imprison Taliban and al-Qaeda detainees in its own camp rather than handing them to Afghan military authorities, at least until NATO signs a new and more stringent transfer agreement, NDP defence critic Dawn Black said yes
30 May 2006 Panel Discussion: Rules of War
Panel discusses rules of war with Col. (Ret) Michael Drapeau, Former Director General, Department of National Defense and Professor Michael Byers, University of British Columbia.
25 May 2006 L'Arctique canadien, nouvel enjeu géostratégique
La devise du Canada - "D'un océan à l'autre" - est le symbole de sa géographie : entre Atlantique et Pacifique. Certains ont récemment proposé qu'elle soit plutôt "D'un océan aux autres", pour inclure aussi l'Arctiq
12 May 2006 Blasting the final frontier
Scientists are using dynamite to map the Arctic seabed in a push to claim valuable new territory for Canada. KATHERINE HARDING reports from Ellesmere Island
11 May 2006 A More Dangerous World? Think Again
Since 9/11 and the global war on terror, the world is a much more dangerous place. Right? Dead wrong, according to a recent in-depth study, which found that virtually every trend in global security in the past dozen years has been positive, and drama
10 May 2006 Don't Worry, Be Happy
The Times/CBS News Poll reported yesterday revealed that Americans are more pessimistic about the country's direction than at almost any time in the past 23 years. George Bush's approval numbers are so low that he's now only five points more popular
01 May 2006 We are the Torturers: The Global Erosion of Human Rights
The absolute ban on torture, a cornerstone of the international human rights edifice, is under attack.
30 April 2006 We are the Torturers: The Global Erosion of Human Rights by Michael Byers
The absolute ban on torture, a cornerstone of the international human rights edifice, is under attack. The principle we once believed to be unassailable – the inherent right to physical integrity and dignity of the person – is becoming a
30 April 2006 Liberals support expanding NORAD to coastal defence
OTTAWA -- The government's decision to add maritime surveillance to a new NORAD agreement with the United States has the support of the Official Opposition, says Liberal Leader Bill Graham...
28 April 2006 Continental integration by stealth
As Ottawa prepares to renew NORAD agreement, a bi-national panel suggests nothing less than the complete integration of Canada's military, security and foreign policy into the decision-making and operating systems of the U.S., writes Michael Byers.
27 April 2006 Continental integration by stealth by Michael Byers
As Ottawa prepares to renew NORAD agreement, a bi-national panel suggests nothing less than the complete integration of Canada's military, security and foreign policy into the decision-making and operating systems of the U.S., writes Michael Byers
26 April 2006 The Outlaw World
"Michael Byers states that the objective of his book is to "provide the interested non-lawyer with a readily comprehensible overview of the law governing the use of force in international affairs." Clear and informative, his account is particu
22 April 2006 Un Canadien errant:: Why I gave up my U.S. green card
21 April 2006 Un Canadien errant:: Why I gave up my U.S. green by Michael Byers
Michael Byers, Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia gives an insightful account of how and why he gave up his US green card.
17 April 2006 A show of sovereignty on top of the world
RESOLUTE BAY, NUNAVUT -- Next time you sing the national anthem and get to the line "True North strong and free," think of Noah Mosesee. "I love this land. It's ours. That's why I'm out here," the 24-year-old resident of Pangnirtung, Nunavut, s
15 April 2006 Profound policy shift carried out by stealth
The arguments over our military mission in Afghanistan — peacekeeping and peacemaking vs. war, operating under U.S. command vs. partnering with NATO allies, etc., etc. — are really about something much larger.
12 April 2006 Canada moves to claim territory size of Prairies
CFS ALERT - Halfway between Canada's most distant lands and the North Pole, scientists are drilling holes in the sea ice and using shockwaves from underwater explosions to peer through the Arctic Ocean into the seabed below.
09 April 2006 Legal Opinion: Arrangement for the Transfer of Detainees between the Canadian Forces and the Ministry of Defence of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
09 April 2006 Soldiers risk war-crimes charges, report warns
Deal on detainees does 'great disservice' to Canadian troops - Featuring Michael Byers

Canadian soldiers could find themselves charged with war crimes in the International Criminal Court because of an agreement the government approved on the handling of detainees captured in Afghanistan, warns a report to be released today.
08 April 2006 Silent Spring: Climate change clamour heightens
Why isn't the environment one of the Tories' top priorities?

Suddenly, it seems, the environment is everywhere. Right there on the Maclean's and New York Times bestseller lists and on the table of recommended books at Chapters. And right there in the media reports from the ecology front lines in China and Mexi
06 April 2006 Our next frontier: the Arctic Ocean
The pressure's on to map an underwater area larger than Alberta. At stake is nothing less than sovereignty in the True North, says Michael Byers.
05 April 2006 Our next frontier: the Arctic Ocean by Michael Byers
The pressure's on to map an underwater area larger than Alberta. At stake is nothing less than sovereignty in the True North, says Michael Byers
03 April 2006 As ice melts, debate over Northwest Passage heats
TORONTO — Melting ice is opening up the Northwest Passage and reviving a dispute between the United States and Canada over who controls the potentially lucrative shipping route...
26 March 2006 Editorial: Peace breaks out all around us
It has been said that blood alone moves the wheels of history, and for much of our recent past there seemed little basis for disagreeing with that view. The 20th century was virtually a litany of conflict, from the two world wars to Korea and Vietnam
22 March 2006 Why Canada can't wash its hands of Afghan detainees
For four years, Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan have violated international law by transferring suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters into the custody of the United States.
21 March 2006 Why Canada can't wash its hands of Afghan detainees by Michael Byers
For four years, Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan have violated international law by transferring suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters into the custody of the United States. In one of his final acts as defence minister, Bill Graham concluded an
18 March 2006 Wonderful World?
We live in a world that is objectively more dangerous than the one we knew at the outset of the millennium; whatever our disagreements, since 9/11 both our foreign policy and our domestic politics have pivoted around this ineluctable fact. And becaus
11 March 2006 Northwest Passage: Arctic Dream
If the [Northwest Passage] waterway becomes a regular shipping route, Canada will want, among other things, to cash in on the traffic. But before the country can do that, it will need to win the international debate over the status of the waterway.
08 March 2006 Canada Struggles to Stake Claim to Arctic Waters
For centuries, explorers yearned to discover the fabled Northwest Passage—a sea route through the Canadian Arctic that would cut thousands of kilometres worth of travel time on the journey to the Pacific Ocean and open more expedient trade chan
03 March 2006 Securing the runways
Stephen Harper plans to defend Arctic sovereignty with new icebreakers, underwater sensors, a deepwater port at Iqaluit and Arctic-trained paratroopers. While doing so, he should also look up.
02 March 2006 Securing the runways by Michael Byers
Stephen Harper plans to defend Arctic sovereignty with new icebreakers, underwater sensors, a deepwater port at Iqaluit and Arctic-trained paratroopers. While doing so, he should also look up. Our northern skies have become busy of late, and we're wo
01 March 2006 United Nations peacekeeping: Quality strained
AS THE insurgency in Sudan's Darfur region spills over into Chad, efforts to strengthen the beleaguered African Union force in the region, by turning it into a fully-fledged UN blue-helmet mission with twice as many troops (14,000) and a robust manda
26 February 2006 Taking the Northwest Passage Featuring Michael Byers
Michael Byers, Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the Liu Institute, at UBC and Franklyn Griffiths, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Toronto, stress the importance of answering Arctic
24 February 2006 Walking to end terror Featuring Erin Baines
Erin Baines, research director for the conflict and development program at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, will show Adrian Bradbury and Kieran Hayward, the organizers of the GuluWalk awareness campaign, around Gulu w
19 February 2006 Voting - The Globe and Mail update
Our largest political parties' self-interest may at last be reconcilable with the public interest when it comes to electoral reform says Michael Byersand Jay Zimmerman.
19 February 2006 CBC News: Uganda's Haunted Children: A Hard Road Home Featuring Erin Baines
Thursday, February 23 at 10pm ET & 10pm PT
This documentary will interview Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni and ask him why he refuses to call in the UN when clearly he has not been able to protect the civilians in the camps from rebel
18 February 2006 Voting - The Globe and Mail update
Our largest political parties' self-interest may at last be reconcilable with the public interest when it comes to electoral reform says Michael Byers and Jay Zimmerman.
08 February 2006 Transforming Reality, Transforming Ourselves
On the fateful day of Sept 11, 2001, a group of 25 Canadian university-based and low and middle income country (LMIC) health researchers were wrapping up a workshop with funding agencies and non-governmental organizations at UBC’s Liu Institute for Global Issues.
07 February 2006 Transforming Reality, Transforming Ourselves
On the fateful day of Sept 11, 2001, a group of 25 Canadian university-based and low and middle income country (LMIC) health researchers were wrapping up a workshop with funding agencies and non-governmental organizations at UBC’s Liu Institute for Global Issues.
05 February 2006 Canada: America's silent partner in crime
Standing straight with his arms stretched out, international law expert Michael Byers poses as one would if strapped to a water board. Dripping water into a wet cloth over a suspect’s face essentially gives one the impression of drownin
01 February 2006 Book Review: 2005 Human Security Report: War and Peace in the Twenty-first Century
G. John Ikenberry reviews the Human Security Report for the January/February edition of Foreign Affairs
01 February 2006 Iraq Three Years Later: What Should Be Done?
March 19 marks the third anniversary of U.S. President George W. Bush launching the war in Iraq. Since then, the country has been savaged by insurgents, tens of thousands of people have been killed, and the infrastructure of one of the Middle East's
31 January 2006 Tories Might Tilt to Israel at the UN
With the Palestine-sympathetic Liberals out of power, the Conservatives might change how Canada votes on resolutions concerning Israel at the United Nations, a stance more in line with the U.S.
26 January 2006 U.S. to Drop Arctic Claim
Michael Byers comments on the ongoing Canada-US dispute over the Arctic waters.
25 January 2006 Andrew Mack responds to Fred Kaplan's critique of the Human Security Report in Slate
Fred Kaplan's critique of the data in the Human Security Report (which is culled from a wide variety of research institutions) is problematic in a number of areas.
24 January 2006 Les eaux de l'Arctique sont canadiennes
Le passage non autorisé du sous-marin américain USS Charlotte dans les eaux canadiennes de l'Arctique en novembre dernier a mené à une prise de conscience nécessaire.
24 January 2006 Andrew Mack responds to Fred Kaplan's critique of the Human Security Report in Slate
Fred Kaplan's critique of the data in the Human Security Report (which is culled from a wide variety of research institutions) is problematic in a number of areas.
23 January 2006 Les eaux de l'Arctique sont canadiennes - Michael Byers et Suzanne Lalonde
Le passage non autorisé du sous-marin américain USS Charlotte dans les eaux canadiennes de l'Arctique en novembre dernier a mené à une prise de conscience nécessaire. En effet, l'enjeu pour la population inuite, les écos
19 January 2006 Missile defence: It's still a bad idea
This article was signed by 10 concerned Canadians, including former external affairs minister Lloyd Axworthy, vice-chancellor, University of Winnipeg; Dale Dewar, president, Physicians for Global Survival; Mel Hurtig, founder of
18 January 2006 What if We'd Gone to Iraq?
Harper said staying out was 'a serious mistake.' Was it?
17 January 2006 Aiding Torture
Our top politicians may have violated international law. Why is that not an election issue?
16 January 2006 Aiding Torture by Michael Byers
Our top politicians may have violated international law. Why is that not an election issue?
12 January 2006 Wars are on the wane worldwide
WASHINGTON - Here are some war stories from 2005 that you might have missed: Shiite Muslim rebels in northern Yemen are giving up. Islamic extremists in Algeria are, too. In Burundi, peaceful elections ended 20 years of bloody civil war. Rebels i
11 January 2006 Reinventing diplomacy
It’s been called the new diplomacy, the new internationalism, the new institutionalism, and cooperative multilateralism. It is marked by a focus on the interests of humanity rather than national interests. Its primary method is in mobilizing ci
09 January 2006 The Peace Epidemic: The world isn't so dangerous after all
Just about every geopolitical argument put forth since 9/11 has taken as its starting point that the world has become a more violent place. Hawks reason that this new reality requires the United States to dispense with such niceties as the Geneva Con
07 January 2006 Northern Exposure
Ottawa must act quickly to assert sovereignty in Arctic says Michael Byers
06 January 2006 Northern Exposure by Michael Byers
Ottawa must act quickly to assert sovereignty in Arctic says Michael Byers
28 December 2005 Peace on Earth? Increasingly, Yes.
Seen through the eyes of the media, the world appears an evermore dangerous place.
27 December 2005 Peace on Earth? Increasingly, Yes. by Andy Mack
Seen through the eyes of the media, the world appears an evermore dangerous place. Iraq is sliding toward civil war, the slaughter in Darfur appears unending, violent insurgencies are brewing in Thailand and a dozen other countries, and terrorism str
13 December 2005 Barely better than nothing
Concessions needed to achieve a meagre compromise deprived the Montreal conference of all but the most modest results says Michael Byers.
12 December 2005 Barely better than nothing by Michael Byers
Concessions needed to achieve a meagre compromise deprived the Montreal conference of all but the most modest results says Michael Byers...
08 December 2005 Heat is on for Northwest Passage
Canada risks losing control of shipping near environmentally sensitive islands says Michael Byers, Canada research chair in global politics and international law, during a recent interview.
06 December 2005 Fighting to uphold the rule of law
Author Michael Byers describes how the U.S. is diverging from the legal rules of war
02 December 2005 The Incredible Shrinking Sea Ice
In the disaster blockbuster, "The Day After Tomorrow," the shrinking of polar ice caused by climate change unleashes an extreme weather Armaggedon which, among other things, sees the Statue of Liberty engulfed by a tidal wave. The predictions offered here by David Barber, Louis Fortier and Michael Byers are less cataclysmic but equally compelling. In relaying the scientific evidence and outlining the ecological, economic and political impacts of polar climate change, Barber, Fortier and Byers present a chilling case for heading off doomsday.
02 December 2005 The Incredible Shrinking Sea Ice
In the disaster blockbuster, ”The Day After Tomorrow,“ the shrinking of polar ice caused by climate change unleashes an extreme weather Armaggedon which, among other things, sees the Statue of Liberty engulfed by a tidal wave. The predictions offered here by David Barber, Louis Fortier and Michael Byers are less cataclysmic but equally compelling. In relaying the scientific evidence and outlining the ecological, economic and political impacts of polar climate change, Barber, Fortier and Byers present a chilling case for heading off doomsday.
01 December 2005 Report on a Round Table "Fujimori: From Fugitive to Candidate?"
On December 1, 2005 Andres Mejia Acosta, a Killam Postdoctoral Fellow (CIR) participated in a round table discussion at Yale University. The meeting was organized by UBC professor Maxwell Cameron and sponsored by The Council on Latin American
29 November 2005 Michael Byers Weblog @ the Writer´s Café
Listen to Michael Byers discuss his latest book, War Law: Understanding International Law and Conflict, as he sits down to an interview conducted with host, Robert Gougeon of The Writer's Café.
15 November 2005 Canada's Retreat from Laws of War
UBC professor of international law Michael Byers, author of the new book War Law, was invited to deliver the F.C. Cronkite Lecture in the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon on November 14.
14 November 2005 A mission to kill global distortions
UBC professor Andrew Mack, says public perception of modern violence does not reflect reality
14 November 2005 Canada's Retreat from Laws of War by Michael Byers
UBC professor of international law Michael Byers, author of the new book War Law, was invited to deliver the F.C. Cronkite Lecture in the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon on November 14. The following is tak
08 November 2005 Book Review: A not-so modest proposal
Jerry Spiegel, Director of Global Health at the Liu Institute reviews The end of poverty: economic possibilities for our time by Jeffrey D. Sachs.
07 November 2005 Book Review: A not-so modest proposal By Jerry Spiegel
Jerry Spiegel, Director of Global Health at the Liu Institute reviews The end of poverty: economic possibilities for our time by Jeffrey D. Sachs.
05 November 2005 Presidents and outlaws
The Bush administration is stoking Iran’s fears of intervention, while warning the world against steps President Ahmadinejad takes because of these fears.
04 November 2005 Presidents and outlaws by Michael Byers
The Bush administration is stoking Iran’s fears of intervention, while warning the world against steps President Ahmadinejad takes because of these fears
04 November 2005 Bringing home Uganda's child warriors
For the past 20 years, northern Uganda's killing fields have been rocked and ruined by a vicious conflict between government forces and a rebel group called the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).
03 November 2005 Lloyd Axworthy and Erin Baines - Bringing home Uganda's child warriors
For the past 20 years, northern Uganda's killing fields have been rocked and ruined by a vicious conflict between government forces and a rebel group called the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). The result is one of the most excessive cases of violations
28 October 2005 War and Peace and War
So - and this will surprise you, because it sure shocked me - happy days are here again.
27 October 2005 War and Peace and War
So - and this will surprise you, because it sure shocked me - happy days are here again.
26 October 2005 Bringing International Law Beyond the Courthouse
UBC professor, Michael Byers, guides ordinary citizens through the complexities and evolution of global authority.
25 October 2005 Bringing International Law Beyond the Courthouse
UBC professor, Michael Byers, guides ordinary citizens through the complexities and evolution of global authority.
25 October 2005 Canada on thin ice for human rights, says author Michael Byers
UBC Professor Michael Byers discusses his latest book, War Law.
24 October 2005 Canada on thin ice for human rights, says author Michael Byers
UBC Professor Michael Byers discusses his latest book, War Law.
24 October 2005 US Weaponization Planning and Implications for Canada
by Wade L. Huntley

US military planning for space dominance as an aspect of its wider plans for global military dominance have been underway since the 1990s. The Bush administration, while not initiating such planning, has expanded it and built upon it by embracing th
23 October 2005 US Weaponization Planning and Implications for Canada
by Wade L. Huntley

US military planning for space dominance as an aspect of its wider plans for global military dominance have been underway since the 1990s. The Bush administration, while not initiating such planning, has expanded it and built upon it by embracing th
21 October 2005 This round in the cultural protection fight goes to Canada by Michael Byers
From the convention banning land mines to the International Criminal Court, Canada has been good at making international law. Yesterday, we had another success: a convention on cultural diversity to help defend cultural industries against globalizing
21 October 2005 The UN - an improbable success story by Andrew Mack
It was trumpeted as the biggest-ever talkfest of the world?s leaders, a global summit to celebrate the United Nation?s 60th birthday, to review progress toward meeting the vaunted Millennium Development Goals and to mark a new beginning for the world
20 October 2005 This round in the cultural protection fight goes to Canada by Michael Byers
From the convention banning land mines to the International Criminal Court, Canada has been good at making international law. Yesterday, we had another success: a convention on cultural diversity to help defend cultural industries against globalizing
20 October 2005 The UN - an improbable success story by Andrew Mack
It was trumpeted as the biggest-ever talkfest of the world?s leaders, a global summit to celebrate the United Nation?s 60th birthday, to review progress toward meeting the vaunted Millennium Development Goals and to mark a new beginning for the world
18 October 2005 UN Press Conference:
Brief on Act for Stolen Children of Northern Uganda

UN Press Conference: Brief on "Act for Stolen Children of Northern Uganda", a campaign to raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis in northern Uganda and provide recommendations for the peaceful resolution of the conflict
17 October 2005 UN Press Conference:
Brief on Act for Stolen Children of Northern Uganda

UN Press Conference: Brief on "Act for Stolen Children of Northern Uganda", a campaign to raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis in northern Uganda and provide recommendations for the peaceful resolution of the conflict
17 October 2005 Human Security Report News Release
Comprehensive three-year study shows surprising evidence of major declines in armed conflicts, genocides, human rights abuse, military coups and international crises, worldwide...
17 October 2005 UN Press Conference:
Prof. Andrew Mack briefs on the release of the 2005 Human Security Report

UN Press Conference: Professor Andrew Mack, Director, Human Security Centre, Liu Institute, University of British Columbia, will brief on the Human Security Report (Sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Canada
16 October 2005 Human Security Report News Release
Comprehensive three-year study shows surprising evidence of major declines in armed conflicts, genocides, human rights abuse, military coups and international crises, worldwide...
16 October 2005 UN Press Conference:
Prof. Andrew Mack briefs on the release of the 2005 Human Security Report

UN Press Conference: Professor Andrew Mack, Director, Human Security Centre, Liu Institute, University of British Columbia, will brief on the Human Security Report (Sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Canada
12 October 2005 Stolen Innocence
Canadian campaign aims at bringing to an end the barbaric practice of child soldiering.
11 October 2005 Stolen Innocence
Canadian campaign aims at bringing to an end the barbaric practice of child soldiering.
06 October 2005 Are You a 'Global Citizen'? by Michael Byers
Are you a 'Global Citizen'? Really? What does that mean? Michael Byers discusses the meanings of the term, 'Global Citizenship.'
05 October 2005 Are You a 'Global Citizen'? by Michael Byers
Are you a 'Global Citizen'? Really? What does that mean? Michael Byers discusses the meanings of the term, 'Global Citizenship.'
27 September 2005 Afghanistan: We cannot risk complicity in torture by Michael Byers
Canadians think of themselves as supporters rather than violators of international human rights. But our troops in Afghanistan could be breaching Canada's obligations under the 1949 Geneva Conventions and the 1984 Convention against Torture...
26 September 2005 Afghanistan: We cannot risk complicity in torture by Michael Byers
Canadians think of themselves as supporters rather than violators of international human rights. But our troops in Afghanistan could be breaching Canada's obligations under the 1949 Geneva Conventions and the 1984 Convention against Torture...
25 September 2005 Vers une gestion responsable des ressources énergétiques - Philippe Le Billon
Comme pour les chocs pétroliers de 1973 et 1979, la flambée des prix est aussi la conséquence de tensions géopolitiques croissantes et de conflits armés dans les régions productrices
24 September 2005 Vers une gestion responsable des ressources énergétiques - Philippe Le Billon
Comme pour les chocs pétroliers de 1973 et 1979, la flambée des prix est aussi la conséquence de tensions géopolitiques croissantes et de conflits armés dans les régions productrices
23 September 2005 China's Canadian gateway by Paul Evans
The five-day Canadian visit to Ottawa, Toronto Vancouver visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao may well be remembered as the most successful by a Chinese leader to Canada. The visit's resulting so-called ”strategic partnership“ could trans
22 September 2005 China's Canadian gateway by Paul Evans
The five-day Canadian visit to Ottawa, Toronto Vancouver visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao may well be remembered as the most successful by a Chinese leader to Canada. The visit's resulting so-called ”strategic partnership“ could trans
19 September 2005 High ground lost on UN's responsibility to protect by Michael Byers
THE Canadian government has claimed credit for the UN's recent endorsement of the "responsibility to protect." But our diplomatic success has come at a substantial price. In the search for international consensus, the content was stripped out of the
18 September 2005 High ground lost on UN's responsibility to protect by Michael Byers
THE Canadian government has claimed credit for the UN's recent endorsement of the "responsibility to protect." But our diplomatic success has come at a substantial price. In the search for international consensus, the content was stripped out of the
30 August 2005 Change in direction at Asia-Pacific Foundation
New appointments at the Asia-Pacific Foundation mark a change in direction at the Vancouver-based think-tank on Canada-Asia relations, marrying its traditional emphasis on trade, economic and immigration issues with a new focus on political and secur
29 August 2005 Change in direction at Asia-Pacific Foundation
New appointments at the Asia-Pacific Foundation mark a change in direction at the Vancouver-based think-tank on Canada-Asia relations, marrying its traditional emphasis on trade, economic and immigration issues with a new focus on political and secur
22 August 2005 Time to redefine ties with U.S. by Lloyd Axworthy
Former foreign affairs minister Lloyd Axworthy blasts Washington's "imperial attitudes" to international agreements.
21 August 2005 Time to redefine ties with U.S. by Lloyd Axworthy
Former foreign affairs minister Lloyd Axworthy blasts Washington's "imperial attitudes" to international agreements.
10 August 2005 The NPT at a Crossroads
The quinquennial Review Conference for the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) ended in May producing no new ideas or proposals for strengthening the NPT regime or for confronting the crucial challenges that the regime today faces. The conference
09 August 2005 The NPT at a Crossroads
The quinquennial Review Conference for the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) ended in May producing no new ideas or proposals for strengthening the NPT regime or for confronting the crucial challenges that the regime today faces. The conference
09 August 2005 A man who saw politics as a calling, not a career
by Lloyd Axworthy

Lloyd Axworthy, President of the University of Winnipeg, recalls the life of former British minister Robin Cook and describes him as "a man of exceptional talent and experience" who who worked hard for social justice, democratic rights and an "ethica
08 August 2005 A man who saw politics as a calling, not a career
by Lloyd Axworthy

Lloyd Axworthy, President of the University of Winnipeg, recalls the life of former British minister Robin Cook and describes him as "a man of exceptional talent and experience" who who worked hard for social justice, democratic rights and an "ethica
01 August 2005 Our Arctic sovereignty is on thin ice
by Michael Byers and Suzanne Lalonde

Climate change has other countries warming to the prospect of encroaching on the Northwest Passage. Canada must act now to freeze them out, say Michael Byers and SUSuzanne Lalonde
31 July 2005 Our Arctic sovereignty is on thin ice
by Michael Byers and Suzanne Lalonde

Climate change has other countries warming to the prospect of encroaching on the Northwest Passage. Canada must act now to freeze them out, say Michael Byers and SUSuzanne Lalonde
11 July 2005 Can laws against piracy help stop terrorism?
Michael Byers and Douglas R. Burgess Jr. debate

Michael Byers and Douglas R. Burgess, Jr. debate on the topic, Can laws against piracy help stop terrorism?
10 July 2005 Can laws against piracy help stop terrorism?
Michael Byers and Douglas R. Burgess Jr. debate

Michael Byers and Douglas R. Burgess, Jr. debate on the topic, Can laws against piracy help stop terrorism?
08 July 2005 In London, life goes on by Michael Byers
Michael Byers comments on the reactions of Londoners after the bombings that struck their city yesterday morning.
08 July 2005 A New U.N.
Former foreign ministers, including Secretary Madeleine Albright and the Honourable Lloyd Axworthy met at the Liu Institute in May 2005 to discuss UN Reform, Tsunami Relief and Nuclear Non-Proliferation. As a result of this meeting the
07 July 2005 In London, life goes on by Michael Byers
Michael Byers comments on the reactions of Londoners after the bombings that struck their city yesterday morning.
07 July 2005 A New U.N.
Former foreign ministers, including Secretary Madeleine Albright and the Honourable Lloyd Axworthy met at the Liu Institute in May 2005 to discuss UN Reform, Tsunami Relief and Nuclear Non-Proliferation. As a result of this meeting the
07 July 2005 Ministerial approval for continued funding of the Canadian Consortium on Human Security
The Canadian Consortium on Human Security (CCHS) is pleased to announce that it has received Ministerial Approval for Phase III of the Consortium. Established in December 2001, the Consortium is building on its earlier success of promoting a
06 July 2005 Ministerial approval for continued funding of the Canadian Consortium on Human Security
The Canadian Consortium on Human Security (CCHS) is pleased to announce that it has received Ministerial Approval for Phase III of the Consortium. Established in December 2001, the Consortium is building on its earlier success of promoting a
20 June 2005 Saddam's trial risks delivering a dubious justice
by Michael Byers

Saddam's trial risks delivering a dubious justice says Michael Byers
19 June 2005 Saddam's trial risks delivering a dubious justice
by Michael Byers

Saddam's trial risks delivering a dubious justice says Michael Byers
04 June 2005 The case against torture
The case against torture: First, it bears no relationship to the scenarios presented in TV shows; in reality, it degrades civilized society, it lowers the morale of a country's own soldiers and allies -- and often it doesn't work, anyway
03 June 2005 The case against torture
The case against torture: First, it bears no relationship to the scenarios presented in TV shows; in reality, it degrades civilized society, it lowers the morale of a country's own soldiers and allies -- and often it doesn't work, anyway
26 May 2005 Nato to Darfur
VANCOUVER, British Columbia On Thursday, the UN secretary general, representatives of the African Union and the secretary general of NATO will meet in Abbis Ababa, Ethiopia, to begin fleshing out plans for NATO assistance to the African Union
25 May 2005 Nato to Darfur
VANCOUVER, British Columbia On Thursday, the UN secretary general, representatives of the African Union and the secretary general of NATO will meet in Abbis Ababa, Ethiopia, to begin fleshing out plans for NATO assistance to the African Union
21 May 2005 Saturday Review: Commentary: Fear of flying:
Climate change is terrifying, argues Ian Jack, but what can we do about it?

Jack discusses four pieces of journalism that examines this topic which he describes as "writing that express the findings of good science clearly and fairly" and have "put fear in my guts." The first is the January 6 issue of the London Review of
21 May 2005 Lesson of tsunami relief effort: patience
UBC conference at the Liu Institute for Global Issues on the December disaster attracts former US and UK foreign ministers.
20 May 2005 Saturday Review: Commentary: Fear of flying:
Climate change is terrifying, argues Ian Jack, but what can we do about it?

Jack discusses four pieces of journalism that examines this topic which he describes as "writing that express the findings of good science clearly and fairly" and have "put fear in my guts." The first is the January 6 issue of the London Review of
20 May 2005 Lesson of tsunami relief effort: patience
UBC conference at the Liu Institute for Global Issues on the December disaster attracts former US and UK foreign ministers.
16 May 2005 Setting Bolton loose at UN would provide excitement
For a journalist, the idea of John Bolton as Washington's man at the United Nations holds the prospect of unconfined joy. Even people who find Bolton's personality and politics distasteful -- and who wouldn't offer him kennel space -- agree that he
15 May 2005 Setting Bolton loose at UN would provide excitement
For a journalist, the idea of John Bolton as Washington's man at the United Nations holds the prospect of unconfined joy. Even people who find Bolton's personality and politics distasteful -- and who wouldn't offer him kennel space -- agree that he
13 May 2005 North Korea & the NPT
The problems for international security posed by North Korea's nuclear ambitions receive abundant attention and analysis. On the eve of the 2005 Review Conference for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the effect of North Korean actions on
12 May 2005 North Korea & the NPT
The problems for international security posed by North Korea's nuclear ambitions receive abundant attention and analysis. On the eve of the 2005 Review Conference for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the effect of North Korean actions on
06 May 2005 A Week in Books:
Deep-seated national hatred of unnecessary wars

Shakespeare's history plays both embodied and embedded a deep-seated national hatred of unnecessary wars, fought for ambition, vanity or short-term strategic gain. They remain a peerless school for statecraft. Next week, one other text should ideally
05 May 2005 A Week in Books:
Deep-seated national hatred of unnecessary wars

Shakespeare's history plays both embodied and embedded a deep-seated national hatred of unnecessary wars, fought for ambition, vanity or short-term strategic gain. They remain a peerless school for statecraft. Next week, one other text should ideally
02 May 2005 Michael Byers and Ross Neil
Canada can lead the way on nuclear weapons

Michael Byers, Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law, UBC and Ross Neil, former nuclear non-proliferation officer with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission looks at Canada's position on nuclear weapons.
01 May 2005 Michael Byers and Ross Neil
Canada can lead the way on nuclear weapons

Michael Byers, Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law, UBC and Ross Neil, former nuclear non-proliferation officer with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission looks at Canada's position on nuclear weapons.
01 May 2005 Devils Lake project nears end amid debate
Michael Byers, a professor of international law at the University of British Colom-bia, said Canadians have realized that the "stakes [for Devils Lake] are higher" than they thought.
30 April 2005 Devils Lake project nears end amid debate
Michael Byers, a professor of international law at the University of British Colom-bia, said Canadians have realized that the "stakes [for Devils Lake] are higher" than they thought.
28 April 2005 Flyweight Belligerents
by Michael Byers

The most important upcoming decision on Britain’s future might be made three days before the general election, when representatives from 188 countries gather in Manhattan to consider the future of the 1970 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The
27 April 2005 Flyweight Belligerents
by Michael Byers

The most important upcoming decision on Britain’s future might be made three days before the general election, when representatives from 188 countries gather in Manhattan to consider the future of the 1970 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The
27 April 2005 Face to face with the Lord's Resistance
Erin Baines, Director of the Conflict and Development Program at the Liu Institute, commments on the relationship between Harvard-educated sociologist, Betty Bigombe and the LRA.
26 April 2005 Face to face with the Lord's Resistance
Erin Baines, Director of the Conflict and Development Program at the Liu Institute, commments on the relationship between Harvard-educated sociologist, Betty Bigombe and the LRA.
25 April 2005 No nukes here: The challenge is to build on Vancouver’s status as a nuclear weapons-free zone to a similar state for the world
Ross M. Neil, recipient of a 2003/04 Graduate Research Award offered by the Simons Centre and the International Security Research and Outreach Program of Foreign Affairs Canada, comments on Vancouver's status as a Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone and
24 April 2005 No nukes here: The challenge is to build on Vancouver’s status as a nuclear weapons-free zone to a similar state for the world
Ross M. Neil, recipient of a 2003/04 Graduate Research Award offered by the Simons Centre and the International Security Research and Outreach Program of Foreign Affairs Canada, comments on Vancouver's status as a Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone and
21 April 2005 CBC Radio, The Current
Devil's Lake

Listen to Michael Byers, Academic Director, on CBC Radio - The Current as he speaks on the Devil's Lake transboundary water dispute.
20 April 2005 CBC Radio, The Current
Devil's Lake

Listen to Michael Byers, Academic Director, on CBC Radio - The Current as he speaks on the Devil's Lake transboundary water dispute.
19 April 2005 Instability in Ecuador Could Derail Energy Reform Movement
Andrés Mejía Acosta,, a research fellow at the University of British of Columbia’s Liu Institute for Global Issues comments on the effects of the political upheaval in Ecuador.
18 April 2005 Instability in Ecuador Could Derail Energy Reform Movement
Andrés Mejía Acosta,, a research fellow at the University of British of Columbia’s Liu Institute for Global Issues comments on the effects of the political upheaval in Ecuador.
18 April 2005 An Alternative Defence Policy
On CBC Radio One's WORLD REPORT, April 18, 2005, Tom Parry reported that the federal NDP is rethinking its defence policy. New Democrat MP's are talking about a new defence paper by University of British Columbia academic Michael Byers.
17 April 2005 An Alternative Defence Policy
On CBC Radio One's WORLD REPORT, April 18, 2005, Tom Parry reported that the federal NDP is rethinking its defence policy. New Democrat MP's are talking about a new defence paper by University of British Columbia academic Michael Byers.
12 April 2005 The UN Oil-for-Food Program:
The Inevitable Failure of UN Sanctions

Congressman Christopher Shays (R-CT), Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations today announced the panel will hold an oversight hearing April 12 to examine United Nations (UN) management of the
11 April 2005 The UN Oil-for-Food Program:
The Inevitable Failure of UN Sanctions

Congressman Christopher Shays (R-CT), Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations today announced the panel will hold an oversight hearing April 12 to examine United Nations (UN) management of the
07 April 2005 Are Bush & Co. War Criminals?
Some lawyers claim the U.S. is guilty of crimes against humanity.
06 April 2005 Are Bush & Co. War Criminals?
Some lawyers claim the U.S. is guilty of crimes against humanity.
05 April 2005 Byers bring international scope
After twelve years of shaping policy from abroad, Dr. Michael Byers has returned to Canada as a Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at UBC.
04 April 2005 Byers bring international scope
After twelve years of shaping policy from abroad, Dr. Michael Byers has returned to Canada as a Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at UBC.
22 March 2005 RUSSIA, CHINA URGE START TO SPACE WEAPONS TALKS
GENEVA (Reuters) - Russia and China declared on Tuesday that rapidly advancing technology made it increasingly urgent to start international talks on banning all weaponry from outer space to prevent an arms race....speaking during a two-day seminar o
21 March 2005 RUSSIA, CHINA URGE START TO SPACE WEAPONS TALKS
GENEVA (Reuters) - Russia and China declared on Tuesday that rapidly advancing technology made it increasingly urgent to start international talks on banning all weaponry from outer space to prevent an arms race....speaking during a two-day seminar o
18 March 2005 For Canada's Police Agencies, 'A Multidimensional Failure'
Michael Byers explains the difficulties of investigating terrorism conspiracies.
17 March 2005 For Canada's Police Agencies, 'A Multidimensional Failure'
Michael Byers explains the difficulties of investigating terrorism conspiracies.
17 March 2005 Why graft thrives in postconflict zones
Philippe Le Billon, Assistant Professor, Liu Institute, comments on the issue of corruption in post-conflict countries.
17 March 2005 Any Air-India appeal faces huge hurdles: experts
Michael Byers, Academic Director, believes the chances for a successful appeal are slim.
16 March 2005 Why graft thrives in postconflict zones
Philippe Le Billon, Assistant Professor, Liu Institute, comments on the issue of corruption in post-conflict countries.
16 March 2005 Any Air-India appeal faces huge hurdles: experts
Michael Byers, Academic Director, believes the chances for a successful appeal are slim.
11 March 2005 We can settle this:
Let's trade oil for fish by Michael Byers, Academic Director

An oil and gas boom in the Beaufort Sea presents Canada with a unique opportunity to resolve two long-standing maritime boundary disputes with the United States.
10 March 2005 We can settle this:
Let's trade oil for fish by Michael Byers, Academic Director

An oil and gas boom in the Beaufort Sea presents Canada with a unique opportunity to resolve two long-standing maritime boundary disputes with the United States.
08 March 2005 U.S. may have access to Canadian satellite
Grits refuse to let MPs view confidential documents

Ottawa may have given the United States carte blanche to commandeer a sophisticated Canadian satellite for military offensives and intelligence gathering - even if those actions run contrary to Canadian foreign policy, opposition MPs and internationa
07 March 2005 U.S. may have access to Canadian satellite
Grits refuse to let MPs view confidential documents

Ottawa may have given the United States carte blanche to commandeer a sophisticated Canadian satellite for military offensives and intelligence gathering - even if those actions run contrary to Canadian foreign policy, opposition MPs and internationa
03 March 2005 Missile Counter-Attack Lloyd Axworthy
Axworthy fires back at U.S. -- and Canadian -- critics of our BMD decision in An Open Letter to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
02 March 2005 Missile Counter-Attack Lloyd Axworthy
Axworthy fires back at U.S. -- and Canadian -- critics of our BMD decision in An Open Letter to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
01 March 2005 MDGS: a framework for social accountability
by Jerry Spiegel

Dr. Jerry Spiegel, Director of the Centre for Global Health at the Liu Institute speaks about Millenium Development Goal process.
28 February 2005 MDGS: a framework for social accountability
by Jerry Spiegel

Dr. Jerry Spiegel, Director of the Centre for Global Health at the Liu Institute speaks about Millenium Development Goal process.
27 February 2005 Is the Government Right to Say 'No' to Missile Defence?
Listen to Michael Byers, Academic Director on CBC Radio 1, Cross Country Checkup, on the question of "Is the Government Right to Say 'No' to Missile Defence?"
26 February 2005 Is the Government Right to Say 'No' to Missile Defence?
Listen to Michael Byers, Academic Director on CBC Radio 1, Cross Country Checkup, on the question of "Is the Government Right to Say 'No' to Missile Defence?"
15 February 2005 Troops in violation of Geneva rules: experts
Canadian troops who hooded and handcuffed prisoners in Afghanistan last year potentially violated the Geneva Convention, according to human rights specialist Alex Neve and international law specialist, Michael Byers.
15 February 2005 Hooding prisoners a possible breach of Geneva Convention: experts
Canadian troops who hooded and handcuffed prisoners in Afghanistan last year did potentially violate the Geneva Convention, say international law specialist, Michael Byers and human rights specialist, Alex Neve.
14 February 2005 Troops in violation of Geneva rules: experts
Canadian troops who hooded and handcuffed prisoners in Afghanistan last year potentially violated the Geneva Convention, according to human rights specialist Alex Neve and international law specialist, Michael Byers.
14 February 2005 Hooding prisoners a possible breach of Geneva Convention: experts
Canadian troops who hooded and handcuffed prisoners in Afghanistan last year did potentially violate the Geneva Convention, say international law specialist, Michael Byers and human rights specialist, Alex Neve.
03 February 2005 Researchers take on Ecuador’s Top Health Risks
Jerry Spiegel and a team of UBC researchers are working together in a $5-million, six-year project to help Ecuador reduce environmental health risks, preventable illness and deaths.
02 February 2005 Researchers take on Ecuador’s Top Health Risks
Jerry Spiegel and a team of UBC researchers are working together in a $5-million, six-year project to help Ecuador reduce environmental health risks, preventable illness and deaths.
02 February 2005 Hold up waterway, Ashton asks 'neighbours'
Water Stewardship Minister Steve Ashton responds to Michael Byers article, The Devil's Diversio
02 February 2005 Martin has some explaining to do
Paul Evans, Acting Director of the Liu Institute comments on PM Martin's decision not to visit the relatives of a deposed Communist party boss last month to offer condolences over his death.
01 February 2005 Hold up waterway, Ashton asks 'neighbours'
Water Stewardship Minister Steve Ashton responds to Michael Byers article, The Devil's Diversio
01 February 2005 Martin has some explaining to do
Paul Evans, Acting Director of the Liu Institute comments on PM Martin's decision not to visit the relatives of a deposed Communist party boss last month to offer condolences over his death.
01 February 2005 Killer's Fate May Rest on New Legal Concept
Michael Byers, a professor of international law at the University of British Columbia and Academic Director at the Liu Institute, comments on inmates using the death row syndrome in international extradition cases.
31 January 2005 Killer's Fate May Rest on New Legal Concept
Michael Byers, a professor of international law at the University of British Columbia and Academic Director at the Liu Institute, comments on inmates using the death row syndrome in international extradition cases.
31 January 2005 The Devils' Diversion by Michael Byers, Academic Director
Canada must act quickly to stop a North Dakota plan that threatens to harm Canadian waterways, says international-law expert, Michael Byers
30 January 2005 The Devils' Diversion by Michael Byers, Academic Director
Canada must act quickly to stop a North Dakota plan that threatens to harm Canadian waterways, says international-law expert, Michael Byers
17 January 2005 CanadaAM: International Law Prof. Michael Byers
International Law professor and Academic Director of the Liu Institute, Michael Byers, speaks on the verdict of U.S. Army Spc. Charles Graner.
16 January 2005 CanadaAM: International Law Prof. Michael Byers
International Law professor and Academic Director of the Liu Institute, Michael Byers, speaks on the verdict of U.S. Army Spc. Charles Graner.
10 January 2005 Tsunami disaster should force Ottawa to boost all foreign aid:
The world can't forget about others in need, says anti-poverty activist

The overwhelmingly generous response by Canadians to appeals for south Asian tsunami relief should force the federal government to finally boost its feeble foreign aid budget, said Michael Byers, Academic Director of the Liu Institute.
09 January 2005 Tsunami disaster should force Ottawa to boost all foreign aid:
The world can't forget about others in need, says anti-poverty activist

The overwhelmingly generous response by Canadians to appeals for south Asian tsunami relief should force the federal government to finally boost its feeble foreign aid budget, said Michael Byers, Academic Director of the Liu Institute.
08 January 2005 US Nuclear Weapons Initiatives in Strategic Context
The Bush Administration’s nuclear weapons policies reflect strategic initiatives intended not merely to meet proximate threats, but to enable an idealistic vision for an offensively active US foreign policy. Pursuit of a wide range of tactical
07 January 2005 US Nuclear Weapons Initiatives in Strategic Context
The Bush Administration’s nuclear weapons policies reflect strategic initiatives intended not merely to meet proximate threats, but to enable an idealistic vision for an offensively active US foreign policy. Pursuit of a wide range of tactical
06 January 2005 CBC News - The National

Michael Byers, Academic Director of the Liu Institute, interviewed on CBC television's The National about the deployment of the Canadian Forces Disaster Assistance Relief Team (DART) to Sri Lanka following the December 26 tsunami.
05 January 2005 CBC News - The National

Michael Byers, Academic Director of the Liu Institute, interviewed on CBC television's The National about the deployment of the Canadian Forces Disaster Assistance Relief Team (DART) to Sri Lanka following the December 26 tsunami.
05 January 2005 UBC Community Challenged to Raise $2 Million in Tsunami Response
Dr. Paul Evans, Acting Director at the Liu Institute, speaks at the "Gathering in Response to the Tsunami Disaster on the Indian Ocean Rim" memorial service at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
04 January 2005 UBC Community Challenged to Raise $2 Million in Tsunami Response
Dr. Paul Evans, Acting Director at the Liu Institute, speaks at the "Gathering in Response to the Tsunami Disaster on the Indian Ocean Rim" memorial service at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
24 December 2004 CBC Radio - The Current
Aid Workers

Dr. Erin Baines comments on the changing conditions for humanitarian work in parts of the world that lack sufficient international attention.
23 December 2004 CBC Radio - The Current
Aid Workers

Dr. Erin Baines comments on the changing conditions for humanitarian work in parts of the world that lack sufficient international attention.
21 December 2004 On Thinning Ice by Michael Byers
The polar bears stare forlornly at Hudson Bay. It's late November and they should be out on the sea ice hunting ring seals, but the ice hasn’t formed and the bears are starving. Ursus maritimus doesn’t hunt on land and normally fasts for
20 December 2004 On Thinning Ice by Michael Byers
The polar bears stare forlornly at Hudson Bay. It's late November and they should be out on the sea ice hunting ring seals, but the ice hasn’t formed and the bears are starving. Ursus maritimus doesn’t hunt on land and normally fasts for
17 December 2004 When bullets fly, some firms swoop in
Philippe Le Billon, Assistant Professor, Liu Institute, comments on foreign ventures in war-torn countries.
16 December 2004 When bullets fly, some firms swoop in
Philippe Le Billon, Assistant Professor, Liu Institute, comments on foreign ventures in war-torn countries.
13 December 2004 UBC South-North Studies Chair to be Re-named in Ivan Head's Honour
UBC’s Chair in South-North Studies will be re-named in honour of the late Dr. Ivan Head, the Chair’s first holder, at a memorial service being held today at the university.
12 December 2004 UBC South-North Studies Chair to be Re-named in Ivan Head's Honour
UBC’s Chair in South-North Studies will be re-named in honour of the late Dr. Ivan Head, the Chair’s first holder, at a memorial service being held today at the university.
12 December 2004 Carpe Diem: A message to the PM by Lloyd Axworthy
CARPE DIEM. That's right, Paul, time to hark back to the wisdom of the Roman writer Horace and "seize the day."
11 December 2004 Carpe Diem: A message to the PM by Lloyd Axworthy
CARPE DIEM. That's right, Paul, time to hark back to the wisdom of the Roman writer Horace and "seize the day."
08 December 2004 Ghana leader heads for poll win
John Atta-Mills, former Visiting Scholar at UBC and Senior Associate Professor at the Liu Institute for Global Issues still in race for Ghana presidency.
07 December 2004 Ghana leader heads for poll win
John Atta-Mills, former Visiting Scholar at UBC and Senior Associate Professor at the Liu Institute for Global Issues still in race for Ghana presidency.
07 December 2004 The high price of getting too cozy by Michael Byers, Academic Director
Where's an MP when you need one to solve a maritime defence dilemma? asks Michael Byers. Apparently lost at sea
06 December 2004 The high price of getting too cozy by Michael Byers, Academic Director
Where's an MP when you need one to solve a maritime defence dilemma? asks Michael Byers. Apparently lost at sea
04 December 2004 A far-away place next door by Michael Byers, Academic Director
Michael Byers discusses the difference between Canadians and Americans on the issue of same-sex marriage.
03 December 2004 A far-away place next door by Michael Byers, Academic Director
Michael Byers discusses the difference between Canadians and Americans on the issue of same-sex marriage.
01 December 2004 UBC Program is Helping War Victims be Heard
Dr. Erin Baines, Director of the Conflict & Development program at the Liu Institute, describes the progress of her program in her most recent trip to Uganda.
30 November 2004 CBC News - The National
The Continental Divide

Michael Byers, Academic Director at the Liu Institute, gives his insight on the difference between Canadians and Americans in the documentry entitled, The Continental Divide.
29 November 2004 CBC News - The National
The Continental Divide

Michael Byers, Academic Director at the Liu Institute, gives his insight on the difference between Canadians and Americans in the documentry entitled, The Continental Divide.
26 November 2004 Pull Welcome Mat for 'War Criminal' Bush?
Vancouver legal experts join movement to rule the U.S. president a violator of Geneva and U.N. conventions.
25 November 2004 Pull Welcome Mat for 'War Criminal' Bush?
Vancouver legal experts join movement to rule the U.S. president a violator of Geneva and U.N. conventions.
25 November 2004 Pot -- it's not just for bohemians any more
Marijuana use has doubled over the past 10 years, a survey says, and it's climbing the social ladder.

As Canadians grow more lax in their attitudes about pot, Americans remain leery about liberalizing marijuana laws, according to an Ipsos-Reid po

24 November 2004 Pot -- it's not just for bohemians any more
Marijuana use has doubled over the past 10 years, a survey says, and it's climbing the social ladder.
22 November 2004 Giving peace a chance
Contrary to popular belief, the world will continue to get safer.
Fewer people are dying as a result of war now than at almost any time since the 1920s. According to the forthcoming Human Security Report (to be published by Oxford University
21 November 2004 Giving peace a chance
Contrary to popular belief, the world will continue to get safer.
Fewer people are dying as a result of war now than at almost any time since the 1920s. According to the forthcoming Human Security Report (to be published by Oxford University
16 November 2004 Il Faut Dire Non - Michael Byers
Dans le dossier du bouclier antimissile, il est vital que le gouvernment tienne compte des valeurs de la société canadienne et de ses intérêts à long terme.
15 November 2004 Il Faut Dire Non - Michael Byers
Dans le dossier du bouclier antimissile, il est vital que le gouvernment tienne compte des valeurs de la société canadienne et de ses intérêts à long terme.
14 November 2004 Canada Likely to Face Missile Defense Issue Head-On
Government Fears Political Consequences of Joining U.S. Plan

The reelection of President Bush is pushing the Canadian government toward a decision it had hoped to avoid: whether to join a new U.S. system designed to shoot down any missile headed for North America.

According to Michael Byers, Acade

13 November 2004 Canada Likely to Face Missile Defense Issue Head-On
Government Fears Political Consequences of Joining U.S. Plan

The reelection of President Bush is pushing the Canadian government toward a decision it had hoped to avoid: whether to join a new U.S. system designed to shoot down any missile headed for North America.
11 November 2004 War is no answer to a WMD threat
Weapons of mass destruction constitute the greatest threat to global peace and security today. Hans Blix and Wade Huntley write that the problem of WMD proliferation among states is even more acute than the headline-grabbing prospect o
10 November 2004 War is no answer to a WMD threat
Weapons of mass destruction constitute the greatest threat to global peace and security today. Hans Blix and Wade Huntley write that the problem of WMD proliferation among states is even more acute than the headline-grabbing prospect o
08 November 2004 The Peace Revolution
Remembrance Day is also a time to ponder how far we've come

Peace and stability, fragile but real, are breaking out all over. It may be a revolution. 'War between states is incredibly rare now. Iraq is the exception," says Andrew Mack, head of the University of B.C.'s Human Security Centre.
07 November 2004 The Peace Revolution
Remembrance Day is also a time to ponder how far we've come

Peace and stability, fragile but real, are breaking out all over. It may be a revolution. 'War between states is incredibly rare now. Iraq is the exception," says Andrew Mack, head of the University of B.C.'s Human Security Centre.
07 November 2004 Sleeping with a restless elephant by Michael Byers
PIERRE TRUDEAU once compared Canada's relationship with the United States to sleeping with a well-meaning, albeit inattentive, elephant. Yet the American elephant has harmed Canada these last four years, making George W. Bush's re-election a major ch
06 November 2004 Sleeping with a restless elephant by Michael Byers
PIERRE TRUDEAU once compared Canada's relationship with the United States to sleeping with a well-meaning, albeit inattentive, elephant. Yet the American elephant has harmed Canada these last four years, making George W. Bush's re-election a major ch
03 November 2004 Now we know: the high cost of war in Iraq
by Andrew Mack

Andrew Mack, Director of the Human Security Centre at the Liu Institute reveals the shocking truth about the civilian death toll in Iraq.
02 November 2004 Now we know: the high cost of war in Iraq
by Andrew Mack

Andrew Mack, Director of the Human Security Centre at the Liu Institute reveals the shocking truth about the civilian death toll in Iraq.
01 November 2004 Mixing military with aid compromised aid organizations
Erin Baines, Director of the Conflict & Development program at the Liu Institute discusses the changes in the role of humanitarian aid groups post-Cold War.
31 October 2004 Mixing military with aid compromised aid organizations
Erin Baines, Director of the Conflict & Development program at the Liu Institute discusses the changes in the role of humanitarian aid groups post-Cold War.
24 October 2004 Memo Lets CIA Take Detainees Out of Iraq
Practice Is Called Serious Breach of Geneva Conventions

Michael Byers, Liu Institute Academic Director, professor and international law expert at UBC said that creating a legal justification for removing protected persons from Iraq "is extraordinarily disturbing."
23 October 2004 Memo Lets CIA Take Detainees Out of Iraq
Practice Is Called Serious Breach of Geneva Conventions

Michael Byers, Liu Institute Academic Director, professor and international law expert at UBC said that creating a legal justification for removing protected persons from Iraq "is extraordinarily disturbing."
16 October 2004 Missile-defense plan shot down
Reviewed by Michael Byers, Academic Director

Michael Byers gives a review of Mel Hurtig's latest book, Rushing to Armageddon: The Shocking Truth About Canada, Missile Defence, and Star Wars
15 October 2004 Missile-defense plan shot down
Reviewed by Michael Byers, Academic Director

Michael Byers gives a review of Mel Hurtig's latest book, Rushing to Armageddon: The Shocking Truth About Canada, Missile Defence, and Star Wars
03 October 2004 Paul Martin and 'the responsiblity to protect':
What about prevention?
by Michael Byers, Academic Director

With Prime Minister Paul Martin's visit to the United Nations last week, the humanitarian concept of 'the responsibility to protect' is back in the news -- at least in Canada.
The 'responsibility to protect' that he chose to articulate was a water
02 October 2004 Paul Martin and 'the responsiblity to protect':
What about prevention?
by Michael Byers, Academic Director

With Prime Minister Paul Martin's visit to the United Nations last week, the humanitarian concept of 'the responsibility to protect' is back in the news -- at least in Canada.
The 'responsibility to protect' that he chose to articulate was a water
04 September 2004 Simplify the terror war, amplify the terror
by Jon Tinker

Schoolchildren slaughtered in Russia. More bus bombs in Israel. Nepali cooks and French journalists facing on-camera death in Iraq. This past week, the terrorist threat has rarely seemed more global or more deadly. Presidents Vladimir Putin and Ge
03 September 2004 Simplify the terror war, amplify the terror
by Jon Tinker

Schoolchildren slaughtered in Russia. More bus bombs in Israel. Nepali cooks and French journalists facing on-camera death in Iraq.
02 September 2004 Head scarves, yes
By Philippe Le Billon

As students in France return to school today, a chapter in the war on terrorism is playing out across the country. France fears the brutal execution of two journalists in Iraq, and Muslim girls are now banned from wearing head scarves to school.
02 September 2004 The Return of the Native
After more than a decade abroad, international law expert Michael Byers has come home to western Canada. But will the new academic director of the Liu Institute for Global Issues see the world differently now that he’s far from the centres of p
01 September 2004 The Return of the Native
After more than a decade abroad, international law expert Michael Byers has come home to western Canada. But will the new academic director of the Liu Institute for Global Issues see the world differently now that he’s far from the centres of p
01 September 2004 Head scarves, yes
By Philippe Le Billon

As students in France return to school today, a chapter in the war on terrorism is playing out across the country. France fears the brutal execution of two journalists in Iraq, and Muslim girls are now banned from wearing head scarves to school.
29 August 2004 War making headlines, but peace breaks out
The chilling sights and sounds of war fill newspapers and television screens worldwide, but war itself is in decline, peace researchers report.

The continuing wars in Algeria, Chechnya and Turkey are among those that have subsided into low-intens

28 August 2004 War making headlines, but peace breaks out
The chilling sights and sounds of war fill newspapers and television screens worldwide, but war itself is in decline, peace researchers report.
23 August 2004 Drilling into a cross-border treaty
A local environmental dispute in the far southeast corner of British Columbia is quickly escalating into an international kerfuffle with implications for all Canadians.
22 August 2004 Drilling into a cross-border treaty
A local environmental dispute in the far southeast corner of British Columbia is quickly escalating into an international kerfuffle with implications for all Canadians.
06 August 2004 Missile defence: sorta, kinda, maybe
Yesterday's cautious step opens the door to a rigorous debate about Canada's involvement, says Michael Byers.
05 August 2004 Missile defence: sorta, kinda, maybe
Yesterday's cautious step opens the door to a rigorous debate about Canada's involvement, says Michael Byers.
26 July 2004 Don't Water Down Canada's Deal
The 49th parallel cuts arbitrarily across the geography of western North America, bisecting important waterways. The mighty Columbia River drains much of southern British Columbia but flows into the Pacific Ocean near Astoria, Ore. The Red River has
25 July 2004 Don't Water Down Canada's Deal
The 49th parallel cuts arbitrarily across the geography of western North America, bisecting important waterways. The mighty Columbia River drains much of southern British Columbia but flows into the Pacific Ocean near Astoria, Ore. The Red River has
21 July 2004 Alleged War Criminals
The CIA could not break the former Iraqi president. After nearly seven months of interrogation and solitary confinement, a fit and imperious looking Saddam Hussein surveyed the US-financed Iraqi special tribunal, smiled and then pronounced: 'This is
20 July 2004 Alleged War Criminals
The CIA could not break the former Iraqi president. After nearly seven months of interrogation and solitary confinement, a fit and imperious looking Saddam Hussein surveyed the US-financed Iraqi special tribunal, smiled and then pronounced: 'This is
11 July 2004 Dictators in the Dock: On trial are not just two men but two approaches to international justice
Two courtrooms, two dictators accused of genocide and war crimes, and both offering the same defense — it's a riveting moment in the history of global justice. But despite the obvious similarities, the trials of Slobodan Milosevic and Saddam Hu
10 July 2004 Dictators in the Dock: On trial are not just two men but two approaches to international justice
Two courtrooms, two dictators accused of genocide and war crimes, and both offering the same defense — it's a riveting moment in the history of global justice. But despite the obvious similarities, the trials of Slobodan Milosevic and Saddam Hu
07 July 2004 Michael Byers Joins the Liu Institute
for Global Issues at UBC

(Vancouver – July 7, 2004) Michael Byers joins the University of British Columbia as a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law, effective July 1st, 2004. As Academic Director at the Liu Institute for Global Issues,
06 July 2004 Michael Byers Joins the Liu Institute
for Global Issues at UBC

(Vancouver – July 7, 2004) Michael Byers joins the University of British Columbia as a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law, effective July 1st, 2004. As Academic Director at the Liu Institute for Global Issues,
25 June 2004 Colombia: Accord Exempting U.S. Citizens from Prosecution Compromises International Justice
Vancouver – A bilateral accord was signed this week in Colombia, exempting citizens of the United States in the South American country from being prosecuted by the International Criminal Court. Robert Adamson, Director of the Liu Institute's Gl
24 June 2004 Colombia: Accord Exempting U.S. Citizens from Prosecution Compromises International Justice
Vancouver – A bilateral accord was signed this week in Colombia, exempting citizens of the United States in the South American country from being prosecuted by the International Criminal Court. Robert Adamson, Director of the Liu Institute's Gl
17 June 2004 A Wolf in 'Compassionate Conservative' Clothing?
It's not often that Canadian politics are a heated topic of discussion among Americans. But last week, during a series of meetings in New York, I found myself peppered with questions about our federal election and the significance of the Conservative
16 June 2004 A Wolf in 'Compassionate Conservative' Clothing?
It's not often that Canadian politics are a heated topic of discussion among Americans. But last week, during a series of meetings in New York, I found myself peppered with questions about our federal election and the significance of the Conservative
06 June 2004 Gorillas in the Mess
There's an 800-pound gorilla sitting in the corner of this election campaign, a political issue so massively daunting that neither Paul Martin nor Stephen Harper wants to even admit it's there. Climate change is shaping up to be the dominant poli
05 June 2004 Gorillas in the Mess
There's an 800-pound gorilla sitting in the corner of this election campaign, a political issue so massively daunting that neither Paul Martin nor Stephen Harper wants to even admit it's there. Climate change is shaping up to be the dominant poli
29 May 2004 Canada Must Once Again Cut Its Own Path
In this article, the author summarizes comments he made to a recent symposium organized by the Sheldon Chumir Foundation in Calgary.
28 May 2004 Canada Must Once Again Cut Its Own Path
In this article, the author summarizes comments he made to a recent symposium organized by the Sheldon Chumir Foundation in Calgary.
14 May 2004 Protecting Our Cities from Terrorist, Environmental and Other Threats in the 21st Century
The Liu Institute in collaboration with Western Economic Diversification Canada and VanCity Savings release The Secure City, addressing the creation of homegrown solutions and of supportive policies at the regional, national and global levels.
13 May 2004 Protecting Our Cities from Terrorist, Environmental and Other Threats in the 21st Century
The Liu Institute in collaboration with Western Economic Diversification Canada and VanCity Savings release The Secure City, addressing the creation of homegrown solutions and of supportive policies at the regional, national and global levels.
12 May 2004 Oil for Food Scandal:The Security Council is to blame
"UNSCAM," "Oil-for-Fraud" and "Scams 'R' Us" are just some of the epithets being used by critics to describe the scandal over the United Nations' Oil-for-Food program. The UN secretary general, Kofi Annan, has set up a high-level independent pane
11 May 2004 Oil for Food Scandal:The Security Council is to blame
"UNSCAM," "Oil-for-Fraud" and "Scams 'R' Us" are just some of the epithets being used by critics to describe the scandal over the United Nations' Oil-for-Food program. The UN secretary general, Kofi Annan, has set up a high-level independent pane
06 May 2004 A New Type of War
Michael Byers on Blair and Bush's attempt to change international law.
05 May 2004 A New Type of War
Michael Byers on Blair and Bush's attempt to change international law.
02 April 2004 Remembering Rwanda: Ten Years After Genocide
Vancouver – It has been 10 years since the loss of one million lives in the Rwandan Genocide. The Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia has formed a partnership with Rwandan Associations across Canada to commemo
01 April 2004 Remembering Rwanda: Ten Years After Genocide
Vancouver – It has been 10 years since the loss of one million lives in the Rwandan Genocide. The Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia has formed a partnership with Rwandan Associations across Canada to commemo
24 March 2004 One Million Drumbeats to Remember Rwanda
Vancouver - The Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia is commemorating the one million lives lost in the 1994 Rwandan genocide by inviting students and community members to participate in a drum circle, Wednesday, Marc
23 March 2004 One Million Drumbeats to Remember Rwanda
Vancouver - The Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia is commemorating the one million lives lost in the 1994 Rwandan genocide by inviting students and community members to participate in a drum circle, Wednesday, Marc
18 February 2004 The Honourable Lloyd Axworthy Embarks on Peacekeeping Mission
Former Canadian foreign minister Lloyd Axworthy embarks on the first stage of the peacekeeping mission to Ethiopia and Eritrea as Special Envoy to the UN Secretary-General.
17 February 2004 The Honourable Lloyd Axworthy Embarks on Peacekeeping Mission
Former Canadian foreign minister Lloyd Axworthy embarks on the first stage of the peacekeeping mission to Ethiopia and Eritrea as Special Envoy to the UN Secretary-General.
30 January 2004 Canada's Axworthy named UN envoy to Eritrea, Ethiopia
New York - Concerned about the lack of progress in arbitrating the border dispute between Ethiopia and Eritrea according to the Algiers Agreement, United Nations Kofi Annan today appointed former Canadian Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy his Special E
29 January 2004 Canada's Axworthy named UN envoy to Eritrea, Ethiopia
New York - Concerned about the lack of progress in arbitrating the border dispute between Ethiopia and Eritrea according to the Algiers Agreement, United Nations Kofi Annan today appointed former Canadian Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy his Special E
04 December 2003 Axworthy: “U.S. Must Respect Canadian Passport”
Vancouver – The comments made by United States Ambassador Paul Cellucci on the Mahar Arer case could have a profound negative effect on Canada-U.S. relations, former Foreign Minister and Liu Institute for Global Issues Executive Director Lloyd
03 December 2003 Axworthy: “U.S. Must Respect Canadian Passport”
Vancouver – The comments made by United States Ambassador Paul Cellucci on the Mahar Arer case could have a profound negative effect on Canada-U.S. relations, former Foreign Minister and Liu Institute for Global Issues Executive Director Lloyd
03 December 2003 Canada Moving By Stealth to Support American Missile Defence Plan
Vancouver - A new report by an international team of strategic and defence experts says Canada is ”moving by stealth“ to support the American government’s controversial Ballistic Missile Defence initiative.
02 December 2003 Canada Moving By Stealth to Support American Missile Defence Plan
Vancouver - A new report by an international team of strategic and defence experts says Canada is ”moving by stealth“ to support the American government’s controversial Ballistic Missile Defence initiative.
17 November 2003 May I come to your ranch?
Canada is in the throes of its own form of regime change. As the new Liberal leader and putative prime minister, Paul Martin will soon put his personal stamp on crucial policy areas.
16 November 2003 May I come to your ranch?
Canada is in the throes of its own form of regime change. As the new Liberal leader and putative prime minister, Paul Martin will soon put his personal stamp on crucial policy areas.
18 September 2003 Colombia: HRW Issues Report On Child Combatants
Santa Fe de Bogota – Human Rights Watch released a comprehensive report on how armed groups in Colombia have recruited a significant number of child soldiers in recent years. The document titled ”You’ll Learn Not to Cry: Child C
17 September 2003 Colombia: HRW Issues Report On Child Combatants
Santa Fe de Bogota – Human Rights Watch released a comprehensive report on how armed groups in Colombia have recruited a significant number of child soldiers in recent years. The document titled ”You’ll Learn Not to Cry: Child C
08 September 2003 Affirming our duty to protect
Iraq has returned with a vengeance to the agenda of the United Nations.
07 September 2003 Affirming our duty to protect
Iraq has returned with a vengeance to the agenda of the United Nations.
03 September 2003 Head of International Criminal Court says effectiveness, efficiency are key
VANCOUVER (CP) - The International Criminal Court, which could hear its first case next year, can demonstrate its worth despite being opposed by the powerful United States by being effective, the court's Canadian president said Wednesday.
02 September 2003 Head of International Criminal Court says effectiveness, efficiency are key
VANCOUVER (CP) - The International Criminal Court, which could hear its first case next year, can demonstrate its worth despite being opposed by the powerful United States by being effective, the court's Canadian president said Wednesday.
15 July 2003 World must intervene in Uganda
Former Canadian foreign affairs minister Lloyd Axworthy said Tuesday that suffering in northern Uganda's civil war has reached the point that it cannot be solved locally and requires urgent international intervention.
14 July 2003 World must intervene in Uganda
Former Canadian foreign affairs minister Lloyd Axworthy said Tuesday that suffering in northern Uganda's civil war has reached the point that it cannot be solved locally and requires urgent international intervention.
28 March 2003 The Great Canadian Divide
In the offices of the nation's defence and foreign affairs bureaucracies and in Ottawa's corridors of power, a struggle is being waged for the soul of Canada's foreign policy between the conservative "continentalists" and the beleaguered internationa
27 March 2003 The Great Canadian Divide
In the offices of the nation's defence and foreign affairs bureaucracies and in Ottawa's corridors of power, a struggle is being waged for the soul of Canada's foreign policy between the conservative "continentalists" and the beleaguered internationa
23 March 2003 THE UNITED NATIONS:
More relevant now than ever

"A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens, set in revolutionary France, begins with the observation that it was the best of times and the worst of times. So might it be said, thanks in no small measure to France, of the tale of two cities of conte
22 March 2003 THE UNITED NATIONS:
More relevant now than ever

"A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens, set in revolutionary France, begins with the observation that it was the best of times and the worst of times. So might it be said, thanks in no small measure to France, of the tale of two cities of conte
13 March 2003 War Won't Kill the UN
Listen to the naysayers and one could be excused for thinking the United Nations is finished as a global security institution. The Bush administration has repeatedly warned that, if the Security Council thwarts its ambitions to depose Saddam Hussein,
12 March 2003 War Won't Kill the UN
Listen to the naysayers and one could be excused for thinking the United Nations is finished as a global security institution. The Bush administration has repeatedly warned that, if the Security Council thwarts its ambitions to depose Saddam Hussein,
15 January 2003 North Korea's Matches - Our Powder Keg
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is often described as the legal cornerstone of international efforts to curb the spread of nuclear weapons. Today the effectiveness of the treaty, which entered into force in 1970 and has been ratified by no
14 January 2003 North Korea's Matches - Our Powder Keg
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is often described as the legal cornerstone of international efforts to curb the spread of nuclear weapons. Today the effectiveness of the treaty, which entered into force in 1970 and has been ratified by no
26 November 2002 Containing Saddam
Critics of America's plans to oust Saddam Hussein militarily have mounted powerful arguments, but not one has articulated a coherent nonmilitary strategy to bring about the demise of the monstrous Iraqi regime. But there is an alternative strategy, o
25 November 2002 Containing Saddam
Critics of America's plans to oust Saddam Hussein militarily have mounted powerful arguments, but not one has articulated a coherent nonmilitary strategy to bring about the demise of the monstrous Iraqi regime. But there is an alternative strategy, o
12 November 2002 What I'd Do In His Shoes
Last week, the UN Security Council passed a unanimous resolution that leaves the Iraqis confronting the prospect of an unprecedentedly tough weapons inspections regime -- and the certainty of war if they are caught lying about their hidden weapons st
11 November 2002 What I'd Do In His Shoes
Last week, the UN Security Council passed a unanimous resolution that leaves the Iraqis confronting the prospect of an unprecedentedly tough weapons inspections regime -- and the certainty of war if they are caught lying about their hidden weapons st
21 October 2002 A Rogue State With a Sting
With last week's surprise admission that it is pursuing a new clandestine nuclear weapons program, North Korea has once again leveraged itself into the world's headlines and created a huge diplomatic headache for the US. Pyongyang's revelation pla
21 October 2002 North Korea's Latest Nuclear Gambit
This essay focuses on the consequences and future implications of relations between North Korea and the United States given the North Korea's surprise admission of a clandestine nuclear weapons program via enriched uranium.
20 October 2002 A Rogue State With a Sting
With last week's surprise admission that it is pursuing a new clandestine nuclear weapons program, North Korea has once again leveraged itself into the world's headlines and created a huge diplomatic headache for the US. Pyongyang's revelation pla
20 October 2002 North Korea's Latest Nuclear Gambit
This essay focuses on the consequences and future implications of relations between North Korea and the United States given the North Korea's surprise admission of a clandestine nuclear weapons program via enriched uranium.
10 October 2002 Iraq: Deterrence Not War
As the debate over the looming war with Iraq becomes more strident, dispassionate analysis of the Bush Administration's case for war against Iraq becomes ever more important - particularly for its critics. This means accepting that some central tenet
09 October 2002 Iraq: Deterrence Not War
As the debate over the looming war with Iraq becomes more strident, dispassionate analysis of the Bush Administration's case for war against Iraq becomes ever more important - particularly for its critics. This means accepting that some central tenet
01 September 2002 Iraq: Regime Change Without War
As the debate over the looming war with Iraq becomes ever more strident, dispassionate analysis of the Bush Administration’s case for war against Iraq becomes ever more important – particularly for its critics. This means accepting that s
31 August 2002 Iraq: Regime Change Without War
As the debate over the looming war with Iraq becomes ever more strident, dispassionate analysis of the Bush Administration’s case for war against Iraq becomes ever more important – particularly for its critics. This means accepting that s
16 July 2002 How Not to Get Rid of Saddam
Members of Iraq's opposition-in-exile concluded a three-day meeting in London on Sunday just days after new reports of Washington's military plans to oust Saddam Hussein were leaked to the U.S. media. The meeting, which was organized by the relati
15 July 2002 How Not to Get Rid of Saddam
Members of Iraq's opposition-in-exile concluded a three-day meeting in London on Sunday just days after new reports of Washington's military plans to oust Saddam Hussein were leaked to the U.S. media. The meeting, which was organized by the relati
06 July 2002 The Struggle Against World Poverty:
Why Inequality Matters

The G-8 leaders completed their Canadian talkfest with much predictable mutual congratulation - especially about the new aid package for Africa. Critics were unimpressed, arguing that too little assistance was offered and that the promises made were
05 July 2002 The Struggle Against World Poverty:
Why Inequality Matters

The G-8 leaders completed their Canadian talkfest with much predictable mutual congratulation - especially about the new aid package for Africa. Critics were unimpressed, arguing that too little assistance was offered and that the promises made were
07 May 2002 Sharon's Algerian shadow
Ariel Sharon's recent bedtime reading has included a magisterial study of Algeria's war for independence against France. His choice is not surprising (and may inform his talks today with George W. Bush about a Middle East settlement). But if the war'
06 May 2002 Sharon's Algerian shadow
Ariel Sharon's recent bedtime reading has included a magisterial study of Algeria's war for independence against France. His choice is not surprising (and may inform his talks today with George W. Bush about a Middle East settlement). But if the war'
01 February 2002 La Cour Pénale Internationale ouvre une nouvelle ère dans les rapports entre les Etats et la communauté internationale
Maintenant, c'est sûr. Avec le dépôt des instruments de ratification par plus de soixante Etats membres des Nations Unies, le 1er juillet 2002 – quatre ans seulement après son adoption – entrera en vigueur le Statut qu
31 January 2002 La Cour Pénale Internationale ouvre une nouvelle ère dans les rapports entre les Etats et la communauté internationale
Maintenant, c'est sûr. Avec le dépôt des instruments de ratification par plus de soixante Etats membres des Nations Unies, le 1er juillet 2002 – quatre ans seulement après son adoption – entrera en vigueur le Statut qu
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