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Newsletter - September 2017

September 5, 2017
Source: MIGS


MIGS is pleased to welcome Andrei Serbin Pont as our Latin America Fellow. Andrei is an international policy analyst with a focus on foreign policy, human rights, conflict prevention, mass atrocity prevention, defense, security and regional integration. He brings a wealth of experience in working with civil society organizations, and currently holds positions as Research Director for a regional thinktank (CRIES - Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales) and as Expert Consultant at the Secretariat of Strategic Affairs (Cabinet of Ministers of the Presidency of Argentina). He is also an advisor to the Nexus Fund, a member of the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP) Steering Committee, columnist for Perfil and contributor at DEF, Forbes and Clarín.

The Simons Foundation recently published the Report of the Simons Forum on The Responsibility to Protect: Re-Energizing the Key Players. The report features discussions held during a two-day high-level invitational forum of 30 experts, including MIGS Executive Director Kyle Matthews, Distinguished Senior Fellow Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire and MIGS co-founder Frank Chalk. The forum was organized by the Simons Foundation under the auspices of the Simons Visiting Chair in International Law and Human Security, Simon Fraser University (SFU), which took place from March 22 and 24, 2017 at SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver.

Upcoming Initiatives


MIGS is partnering with Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) and the Stanley Foundation to launch the Milan Forum for Parliamentary Action in Preventing Violent Extremism and Mass Atrocities, set to take place November 27th – 28th, 2017 in Milan, Italy. With the support of the Mayor of Milan and under the patronage of the European Parliament and the Parliament of Italy, this international initiative will seek to counter violent extremism by working with parliamentarians from all regions of the world 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 at .


For the second year in a row, MIGS will participate in the Peer to Peer: Facebook Global Digital Challenge (P2P). P2P is a global university initiative create by EdVenture Partners and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and Facebook to push back on hate speech and extremism around the world. P2P challenges student team to develop and implement tactical social media and digital campaigns in the form of an initiative, product or tool to counter the online presence of extremism. Any Concordia University students interested in this opportunity should contact MIGS at:  

In the media

July 27, 2017

MIGS Non-resident Fellow Michael petrou wrote a piece for OpenCanada title "A Syrian Doctor's Story" 'There is not any light at the end of the sky.'"

MIGS Latin America Fellow Andrei Serbin Pont wrote an article for The Courier titled “Crisis Cripples Venezuela: Meaningful International Action Missing Amid Chavismo’s Unwillingness to Protect”.


August 1, 2017

MIGS Digital Fellow Phil Gurski wrote an article for the Ottawa Citizen titled "ISIL's demise is a reason to celebrate - but not too much."


August 11, 2017

MIGS Digital Fellow Phil Gurski wrote an article for Ottawa Citizen titled “Canadians, we need an honest talk about preventing terrorist attacks


August 17, 2017
MIGS Digital Fellow Alexander Corbeil wrote an article for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace titled “Hezbollah Re-Ascendant in Lebanon”.


August 18, 2017
Phil Gurski wrote an article for Ottawa Citizen titled “Radicalization is about people, not just grievances


August 21, 2017
Anne Speckhard wrote for The Daily Beast, an article titled “Beware the Women of ISIS: There are Many, and They May Be More Dangerous Than the Men”.


August 25, 2017
Anne Speckhard wrote an article titled “Inside the ISIS Machine Turning Children to ‘Monsters’” for The Daily Beast.


August 29, 2017
Phil Gurski wrote a piece for the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague titled “An Era of Near Unstoppable Terrorism?”


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