November 5th, 2015 - by Derek Fraser, Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria
Contested Ground: The Legacy of the Second World War for Eastern Europe, Date: October 23-24, 2015, University of Alberta
A call for a return to Yalta-Potsdam diplomacy has become for the Russians a slogan for restoring Russia’s lost great power status and equality with the United States. Russia intends to be accepted again as a great power by bringing the other former Soviet republics back under its control, weakening NATO and the EU, and establishing new East-West structures, in which Russia would have a veto, to be the principal instruments for governing European affairs. Consequently, in our relations with Russia, we are traversing a long, difficult, and dangerous period with no easy solutions. Under the circumstances, we must maintain robust sanctions against Russia, NATO, and enable Ukraine to continue to withstand a long war of attrition.
November 4th, 2015 - by Derek Fraser
, Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria
Russian foreign policy has long been aimed at restoring Russia to great power status, in part by controlling the other former Soviet republics. The current belligerence is, however, an attempt to halt a decline in Putin's popularity and to justify and protect the growing authoritarianism of the regime. There can be no easy or quick fix to the crisis this belligerence has caused:
This workshop analyzed the European Union’s strategic partnerships from a comparative perspective and provided the opportunity to evaluate the instrument’s future potential, while taking note of differing challenges in using the tool as the basis of relationships with established democracies, emerging democracies, and semi-authoritarian systems. It also helped unpack the EU’s notion of strategic partnership and offered assessment on its viability as a framework for the EU’s pursuit of a role as a global actor, as well as on the utility of the approach in terms of the EU’s underlying goals and objectives. Additionally, the workshop looked at the state of Canada’s strategic partnership with the EU and placed it in a comparative context.
January 26, 2015 - By Frédéric Mérand, CÉRIUM, Montréal Centre for International Studies
France and the rest of the world have been chocked again by the recent terrorist attacks by Islamic fundamentalists. Yet, this is not the first time that Europe and the West have experienced terrorism. To what degree is it legitimate to draw parallels between the current wave of terrorist attacks by radicalized Islamists and the radical left and nationalist terrorist groups in the 1970s? What are the similarities when it comes to the strategies adopted by both groups? Is there anything that current governments can learn from how Western societies responded to the threat of terrorism in the 1970s?