Newsletter - March 2017
The event “Global Diplomacy in the Digital Age: Decoding how Technology is Transforming International Relations,” organized by MIGS alongside the Department of Political Science and the Canadian International Council, was ranked as the second best digital diplomacy conference of the year according to the State of Digital Diplomacy, 2016.
Resident fellow member General Roméo Dallaire was featured in an article in The Kingston Whig Standard “Canadians with outstanding contributions.”
MIGS became co-signatory on the letter “Syria: Make Human Rights Priority of Geneva Talks” written by Human Rights Watch, alongside many other NGOs.
MIGS, in collaboration with UQAM, organized the “21st Century Diplomacy: The Challenges and Opportunities Diplomats Face in the Digital Age.” The conference was a follow-up of the Global Diplomacy Lab aimed at discussing the practices and challenges faced by state actors as they adapt to new technologies.
General Roméo Dallaire delivered the 2017 Shaar Shalom Lecture at Dalhousie: “All Humans are Human.”
Kyle Matthews participated in the panel discussion held at Global Affairs Canada “The Digital Inclusion Lab: Leveraging Technology to Counter Online Hate.”
MIGS, in partnership with the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, ICT4Peace Foundation, the SecDev Foundation and the Canadian International Council, hosted a public discussion on extremism and the internet entitled “United Against Extremism: How the UN and Tech Companies are Confronting Online Hate”.
MIGS participated in the twenty-sixth session of Harvard World Model United Nations held in Montreal.
MIGS co-hosted the Humanitarian Diplomacy Lab Open Situation Room (OSR) titled “Cities Under Siege: Leveraging Technology and Diplomacy to Provide Humanitarian Assistance and Protection to Civilians in Dangerous and Difficult Urban Areas”.
In the media
Non-resident fellow Michael Petrou wrote an opinion piece for CBC News online “Trudeau should spend his diplomatic capital on Syria”.
Michael Petrou was cited in an article for OpenCanada.org “Five steps to take in Canada is serious about peace in Syria”.
Michael Petrou wrote an opinion piece for CBC News online “White House shift on a two-state solution could be enormously damaging to Israel”.
Kyle Matthews was quoted in an article for CBC News online “Iranian Montrealer fears death if deported to her home country”.
General Roméo Dallaire was quoted in an article for Radio Canada International “Canada signs on to Safe Schools Declaration”.
Kyle Matthews appeared on CTV News Montreal online “Analysis: Balancing migrants and being a sanctuary city” to discuss the problems Montreal faces as a Sanctuary City.
Dr. Vivek Venkatesh is launching a postdoc research program under the scope of SOMEONE (Social Media Education Every Day) entitled “Social Pedagogy to Curb Online Hate: An Interdisciplinary Program Investigating Innovative Educational and Socio-Cultural Practices for Building Resilience Against Hate Speech in an Era of Post-Web 2.0”. Further information regarding the program and application process can be found here.
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