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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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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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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