Fen Osler Hampson

Fen Osler Hampson is Distinguished
Fellow and Director of Global Security at
the Centre for International Governance
Innovation (CIGI) and Chancellor’s Professor
at Carleton University.

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The online threat to democracy

| December 29, 2018 | 0 Comments
The online  threat to democracy

When U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in late October 2018, one of the clear messages he delivered to Putin was to stop meddling in U.S. elections. Bolton underlined that Russian interference, particularly in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, had damaged Russia’s own interests and also been “particularly harmful […]

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Dealing with Russia: To confront or co-operate?

| October 7, 2018 | 0 Comments
Dealing with Russia: To confront or co-operate?

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump have a lot in common. Trump wants to “make America great again.” Putin wants to do the same for Russia. Each leader sees himself as a strong man who can deal with the other. Trump obviously doesn’t think Russia is as much of a threat to […]

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Brian Mulroney’s lasting international legacy 

| July 2, 2018 | 0 Comments
Brian Mulroney’s lasting international legacy 

During the 2015 election campaign, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to “bring Canada back” into the world. There is little doubt that he and his foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, are highly visible personalities on the world stage. If the number of selfies in which Trudeau has already appeared is any indication, he is already an […]

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North America upended

| December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
North America upended

It’s not just Washington and the United States that President Donald Trump is turning upside down with his political antics and barrage of unending tweets. He’s about to upend North America with the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in his bid to “make America great again.” Since NAFTA was signed in […]

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The mounting risks of nuclear war

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
The mounting risks of nuclear war

The 1951 Civil Defence film, which was shown to millions of school children, told them what to do in the event of a nuclear attack. Like Bert the Turtle, they were told to “duck and cover.” If they were at school, that meant hiding under their desks and putting their heads between their knees. Though […]

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Is there hope for Europe?

| June 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
Is there hope for Europe?

In the run-up to the French election following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, there were dire predictions about Europe’s future. France’s mainstream parties struggled to find their footing and Marine Le Pen, the right-wing, anti-Europe, anti-immigration candidate, gained traction with French voters who had grown increasingly disgusted with the status quo and yearned […]

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A UN supertanker dangerously adrift

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
A UN supertanker dangerously adrift

Like a giant supertanker foundering in stormy seas off a rocky coast, the United Nations requires a strong, firm hand at the tiller, someone who can steer the ship away from the perilous course on which it is now headed. The new occupant of the White House, Donald Trump, is no fan of the organization, […]

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American Agenda 2017

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
American Agenda 2017

The next American president, Donald Trump, faces a daunting set of international challenges on the economic and national security front. How he handles those problems will profoundly affect the future stability and trajectory of the global order. His condemnation on the campaign trail of free trade, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and […]

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Globalization as a bad word

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Globalization as a bad word

Globalization — defined as the free movement of goods, services, capital, people, ideas and information, which is supported by the values of neoliberal institutions — is under threat by the forces of virulent nationalism, xenophobia and protectionism. These forces are prevalent everywhere — in Europe, North America, Asia, Latin America and Africa. As countries erect […]

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2016: Political, economic and social upheaval

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
2016: Political, economic and social upheaval

Danish physicist Niels Bohr once said: “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.” Bohr’s injunction is worth keeping in mind as we explore some of the major trends that will shape the global political and economic landscape in 2016. The shocking terrorist attacks in San Bernadino, California, in December and Paris in […]

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