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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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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Genetics to the rescue of Canada’s boreal forest

| January 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
Genetics to the rescue of Canada’s boreal forest

Anyone who has driven by car from Vancouver to Kelowna, which lies in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, will have witnessed the devastation first-hand: mile after endless mile of dying forests that are reddish-brown in colour, instead of the rich, dark, verdant green we normally associate with the forests of British Columbia. Their silent […]

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Islamic extremism: The nightmare that never left

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Islamic extremism: The nightmare that never left

It’s like the 1979 horror sci-fi flick Alien. Just when you think the monster is dead, it jumps out at you again. A recurring nightmare. It was not so long ago that some security experts and officials were elatedly predicting al-Qaeda’s demise and with it, the end of Islamic extremism and the Jihadist threat to […]

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Big Ideas for tackling world problems

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Big Ideas for tackling world problems

It’s been called the dismal science. But it’s not really. There is a renaissance in economic thinking that is taking place outside the restrictive boundaries of the economics discipline that will revolution-​ise the way we think about macroeconomics, microeconomics and monetary policy. This revolution is being led by the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), […]

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Indonesia: Canada’s interests in the Asia-Pacific’s Muslim juggernaut

| January 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Indonesia: Canada’s interests in the Asia-Pacific’s Muslim juggernaut

During this century, all eyes have focused on Asia’s two giants, China and India. But there is another juggernaut in the making. It’s Indonesia. It’s the world’s fourth biggest country by population — a staggering 250 million and growing. It is also predominantly Muslim. Over the past several years, Indonesia’s economy has been racing along […]

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After the Arab Spring, hurricane season

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
After the Arab Spring, hurricane season

A year and a half later, the “Arab Spring” protests that have swept the Arab world look a lot more like a clash of four seasons and not simply the onset of one. Its four Rs are revolution, rebellion, religion and recidivism. As in the French and American revolutions, many of those who have taken […]

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