My reactions to the students’ strike in Montreal in 2012, when I returned to my native Quebec after an absence of forty-four years.
This blog takes a look at the Arab Spring through the prism of other communities’ efforts to overthrow authoritarian regimes. It also puts forward some ideas on how Westerners might help speed and cushion the process.
WebPage This article discusses the particular challenges involved in training SSR practitioners and offers a series of methodologies that can be useful to trainers privileging a learning-by-doing approach. Introduction Security Sector Reform (SSR) is a complex, technical and highly political subject that is generally addressed under difficult circumstances. Set in a unique environment – characterised … [Read more…]
Three months into the Arab Spring, the Arab street has disproved the notion, for once and for all, that Arabs cannot do democracy. Well, maybe, for democracy’s chaotic beginnings have a lot of tongues wagging “I told you so.” As this blog explains, it will be a difficult path but it will be traveled.
The Arab spring is the third major global paradigm shift since the end of the Cold War. This blog looks at what the developments in MENA may mean for the region and the wider world.
A politically-engaged Canadian returns to his native Montreal after an absence of forty-four years, mostly in Europe: his thoughts.
Notwithstanding the understandable focus of the United States and its allies on bin-Laden, there are other major strategic challenges that face the West and call for new approaches.
This blog looks at the dysfunctonalities in the US approach to the Middle East and more generally, but also at the policy shortcomings of its allies as the bombing campaign in Iraq gets underway.
What are the key issues shaping the SSR agenda in its second decade? In particular, how do reform issues in developed countries affect those in developing ones, and vice versa?
An impressive book about Yugoslavia’s horrific wars.