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Newsletter - February 2019

January 31, 2019
Source: MIGS


  • MIGS will be an official partner of the 2019 Paris Talks. This year’s theme is “The Future of Conflict” and the event will take place on March 15, 2019 at UNESCO’s headquarters. MIGS’ Executive Director Kyle Matthews will be a featured speaker on the topic of preventing terrorism.
PAris Talks
  • MIGS Distinguished Fellow, Roméo Dallaire will receive the first-ever Humanitas Award by the University of Victoria on March 15th.

  • MIGS is happy to welcome new Student Fellows for the Winter 2019: Breanna Cera-Emard, Zoë Wilkins, Alexandrine Royer, Duncan Cooper, and Sophie Lamotte.

Upcoming Events

February 7

● MIGS will host the CIC event “Canada: alone in the world?” Robert Greenhill, Executive Chairman of the Global Canada Initiative, and Ben Rowswell, president of the CIC and former Canadian Ambassador to Venezuela, will discuss Canada’s position in the power struggle between the US and China. Registration is mandatory.
  ● MIGS will be an official partner of the Dutch foreign ministry’s annual “Hague Digital Diplomacy Camp” which will be held in Brussels on February 7.
February 13

● MIGS will be hosting “Old Hatreds in a New World: A Panel Discussion on Online Antisemitism”, with panelists Steve MacDonald, Director of Policy and Strategic Communications at CIJA, and James Rubec, a data-journalist and PR professional who is currently the Product Manager at Cision Canada, discussing how to combat online anti-Semitism in an ever polarizing world. Registration in mandatory.

 February 22

● MIGS will host Michael Petrou, MIGS journalist fellow, for the event “Losing the media war to autocrats and terrorists: why liberal media fails where it’s needed most.” Registration is mandatory.

Recent events

January 22

● Marie Lamensch moderated a panel at the event “Cyber security across borders” organized by UQAM’s Institut d'Études Internationales de Montréal. Pictures are available on IEIM’s event page.


January 28
● MIGS was invited by the mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, to attend event at City Hall in support of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. MIGS and the Montreal Holocaust Museum were congratulated for their work by the City councilors at Monday’s council meeting.


January 30

● MIGS hosted Kareem Shaheen, the former Middle East and Turkey correspondent for The Guardian newspaper. He discussed his work in covering the Syrian civil war and the failed coup attempt in Turkey.



In the media

January 2

● Kyle Matthews spoke on Global News Radio about the implications of President Trump’s decision to pull American troops out of Syria.
January 16

● As part of her weekly column in Forbes, MIGS fellow Ewelina Ochab published three articles: “Religious Freedom is on The Decrease in India,” “How Religious Persecution Exacerbates The Vulnerabilities Of Marginalized Groups,” as well as “Blasphemy Laws Do Not Have A Place in The 21st Century.”
January 17

● Michael Petrou published an article in Open Canada titled, “China — never a partner worth courting for Canada.”

● MIGS' Digital Fellow Nicholas Glavin was quote in a Voice of America piece on the American soldiers killed in Manbij, Syria as well as in the New Delhi Times
January 20

● MIGS Fellow Fannie Lafontaine spoke to Radio Canada about Yemen’s recent election as Vice President of UN women.
January 21

● Amaoulgam Azé Kerté wrote a summary of Kyle Matthews’ talk at the 47th annual Conference of the Canadian Council on International Law: “La responsabilité de Facebook dans la commission de crimes de masse en Birmanie : Problématique abordée à la 47e Conférence du Conseil canadien de droit international.“
January 25
● Kyle Matthews spoke to CTV about “The State of Human Rights in China.”
● MIGS Fellow Andrei Serbin Pont wrote a piece on Venezuela in the Argentinian newspaper Perfil titled “Venezuela: ¿Un casillero más en el tablero de ajedrez geopolítico mundial?”

January 29
● Michael Petrou published an article for Open Canada titled, “Facing China’s Wrath, Canada Cannot Go it Alone.” 
January 30
● Andrei Serbin Pont published an article for the Valdai Discussion Club on the current crisis in Venezuela and its global impact.

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