Newsletter - July 2017
MIGS hosted their 3rd annual discussion panel as an institutional partner at the Global Media Forum in Bonn, Germany, with Deutsche Welle from 19 - 21 June. Marie Lamensch moderated while Kyle Matthews and MIGS Fellow André Gagné participated in the panel “Identity and diversity in the age of populism and religious extremism”. The event was covered on 20 June by Daily News Egypt in an article entitled “GMF 2017: Global in-focus perspectives on diversity between populism and turmoil”. To watch the full discussion, click here. Kyle Matthews participated in an additional panel organized by the Global Diplomacy Lab called “Managing Diversity in a Time of Turmoil”.
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MIGS will co-host in partnership with Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA), “The Milan Forum for Action on Preventing Violent Extremism and Mass Atrocities” in Milan, Italy, in partnership with the Mayor of Milan 27-28 November. This international initiative will seek to counter violent extremism by working with lawmakers from all regions of the world to create a global democratic consensus and mobilize parliamentarians to adopt effective policies to marginalize and defeat the ideology of violent extremists. For those interested in helping support this initiative, please contact Kyle Matthews via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 514-848-2424 ext. 5729
Shannon N. Green, MIGS Digital Fellow, moderated the launch of ‘The Global Peace Index 2017 Launch’ hosted by the Institute for Economics and Peace.
12 - 13 June
Nicolai Pogadl attended the 25th IEFX Strategy Conference 2017 to discuss freedom of expression and ways to strengthen resilience against attacks on human rights advocates.
MIGS hosted Mauritanian anti-slavery activist Biram Dah Abeid, President of Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement, to discuss his important work against slavery and genocide in Mauritania and the role MIGS and Canada can play in advancing his work. Biram has been named one of the ‘100 Most Influential People in the World 2017’ by Time magazine and recently participated in the #RightsCity event in Montreal.
Kyle Matthews delivered the keynote address on “Human Rights in the Age of Global Extremism” at The Lord Reading Law Society.
Following #RightsCity, MIGS and Amnistie Internationale Canada Francophone organized a public event in Montreal to help liberate Raif Badawi and other prisoners of conscience in Saudi Arabia. The event was covered by Global News in an article entitled “5 years in a Saudi prison: Blogger Raif Badawi’s supporters call on Trudeau to do more”.
18 - 21 June
MIGS Fellow Diego Osorio participated in the 6th Global Diplomacy Lab in Buenos Aires, Argentina, “Cutting Edge Networks: Interweaving Regional Capacities for Mass Atrocity Prevention at the Local Level” .
Marie Lamensch gave a lecture at the CERIUM at Universite de Montreal about “Understanding Contemporary and Armed Conflicts: Mass Violence and Genocide”.
In the media
MIGS Digital Fellow Anne Speckhard wrote an opinion piece for Modern Diplomacy called “Confronting an ISIS Emir: ICSVE’s Breaking the ISIS Brand Counter-Narrative Videos”.
Kyle Matthews was interviewed by Radio Canada International in the article “Trudeau needs to Press Aung San Suu Kyi on Rohingya ‘genocide’: expert”.
Michael Petrou wrote an opinion piece for National Post titled “Dion’s silence was embarrassing as China’s foreign affairs minister berated a Canadian reporter”.
Michael Petrou was interviewed by Radio Canada International in the article “Should Canada return to Afghanistan?”
Kyle Matthews was interviewed by Breakfast Television concerning the ‘London bridge attack’.
Romeo Dallaire was mentioned in a National Post article titled “Scheer joy at Press Gallery dinner, defending defence and citizenship borders” for his talk on Canadian national security agencies, hosted by the Canadian Museum of History, Ottawa.
Anne Speckhard wrote an article for Security Solutions Magazine on “Confronting an ISIS Emir: ICSVE’s Breaking the ISIS Brand Counter-Narrative Videos”.
MIGS Digital Fellow Marc-André Argentino published a blog post called “Encryption: the Balance Between Security and Human Rights”.
Anne Speckhard wrote a blog post for VOX-Pol Network of Excellence titled “Telegram: The Mighty Application that ISIS Loves - Part 1”.
Kyle Matthews was interviewed by Radio Canada International in the article “Trudeau presses Aung San Suu Kyi on human rights and Rohingya minority”.
Romeo Dallaire was featured in a video published by The Georgia Straight focusing on ‘Canada’s role in promoting equality around the world’.
Michael Petrou was mentioned in a blog post written by MIGS Digital Fellow Phil Gurski on Borealis Threat & Risk Consulting called “What to do About Afghanistan”, which also featured in New Canadian Media.
Michael Petrou’s was featured in NewsWire’s article “Canadian Press wins CJF Jackman Award for Excellence in Journalism” for his receiving the Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University.
Michael Petrou was interviewed by CBC Radio in the article “Canadian troops should return to Afghanistan”.
Phil Gurski published a blog post on Borealis Threat & Risk Consulting “Just what is ‘self-radicalised novice terrorist’ anyway?”.
Phil Gurski was quoted in an article by National Post called “‘It is a battle for hearts and minds’: Trudeau’s $35 million gamble to counter radicalization”.
Kyle Matthews was interviewed by CTV News Montreal in an article called “Political Analysis: Why isolate Qatar?”.
Marc-André Argentino published a blog posted titled “Da’esh’s Exploration of Social Networking Site Baaz”.
Kyle Matthews was interviewed by The Whig in an article entitled “Extremists pose real challenge”.
Michael Petrou wrote a piece for OpenCanada called “With Kurdish independence closer than ever, Canada needs to prepare a response”.
Kyle Matthews was interviewed by The Whig in an article entitled “Name the Threat: Islamism”.
Michael Petrou’s CBC Opinion Column: “Canada Should Join our Allies and Send Trainers to Afghanistan” received mentioned in The Canadian Forces Dispatch.
Kyle Matthews was interviewed by CBC News Montreal on Homerun to discuss Syria.
Anne Speckhard wrote an opinion piece for Modern Diplomacy called “Radical Islamic Terrorists”: How is President Trump doing in his first 100 days of office?”.
Kyle Matthews and Marie Lamensch were interviewed by Polish online news media Interia Fakty about mass atrocity prevention.
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