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Newsletter - March 2024

March 18, 2024

Source: MIGS


MIGS is delighted to announce that the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Canada, the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, and Conseil des relations internationales de Montréal (CORIM) have awarded the Institute funding to help organize the second edition of Montreal International Security Summit. The event will focus on China and the Indo-Pacific and will take place in October.

MIGS congratulates Fellow Phil Gurski on being named a Visiting Fellow in International Security at the University of South Wales.

MIGS is happy to announce that journalist Bogdan Lytvynenko will be collaborating with the institute to produce digital content in the lead up to the Montreal International Security Summit. He is a graduate of Concordia’s journalism program and has been accepted as a Rhodes scholar beginning in the fall on 2024. 


Marie Lamensch published a policy brief in the Cahiers de la sécurité et de la justice, a journal published by the Institut des hautes études du ministère de l'Intérieur, titled “Femmes en Ukraine: Des combattantes.”

MIGS Fellow Joana Cook co-authored a journal article titled “The life of children in families affiliated with terrorism: an ecological systems theory approach” in the journal Critical Studies on Terrorism.

Upcoming Events

March 15

MIGS, in partnership with the Canadian International Council, will host the Japanese Deputy Head of Mission, Minister Furuya Tokuro for a discussion on the Canada-Japan relationship.

MIGS will collaborate with Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore and CIPSS at McGill University for the book launch of "Russia and Ukraine: Entangled Histories, Diverging States" by Maria Popova and Oxana Shevel. You can register  here.

March 20

In partnership with the Institute for Economics and Peace, MIGS will host a press conference at the Parliament of Canada and hold several briefings in Ottawa for the Canadian launch of the 2024 Global Terrorism Index.

March 21

MIGS will be a presenting partner of the 21th Annual Human Rights Watch Canada Film Festival taking place on March 21- 23. This year, MIGS supported the film "Mediha”, which will be screened on the opening night of the festival. The documentary tells the story of a teenage Yazidi girl recently returned from Islamic State captivity, who captures her journey as she confronts her past in order to fight for her future. 

MIGS’ Executive Director will speak at the event Global Insights organized by the John Molson International Business Association at Concordia University.

Recent Events

February 8

MIGS’ Senior Distinguished Fellow, Lt-General Roméo Dallaire, gave a lecture at Concordia University’s Journalism Department.

February 19

MIGS, in collaboration with the Canadian International Council (Montreal Branch), hosted “Democracy Drinks,"  an informal networking event bringing together active citizens and members of NGOs, international institutions, think tanks, and academia.

February 22

MIGS Fellow Joana Cook spoke at the “gender and leadership in counterterrorism symposium”hosted by the US Department of Justice and State Department of Counterterrorism as a keynote speaker.

February 29

The ​​Canadian International Council, in collaboration with the United Nations Association in Canada, hosted an event at MIGS titled "How to Build a Career in International Affairs?" 

MIGS Fellow Dr. Ewelina Ochab delivered an address at the International Conference on Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity.

March 1

MIGS Fellow Diego Osorio attended the “Gobeshona Global Conference 4”.

March 4

Dr. Ewelina Ochab spoke at the launch of the inquiry report on gender apartheid in Afghanistan and Iran issued by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute and the Inter-Parliamentary Union. She also spoke at an event titled  “Weaponization of Faith Against Uyghur Women” organized by René Cassin.

March 9

Kyle Matthews participated in a training workshop organized by the Uyghur Rights Advocacy Project.

In the Media

February 5

MIGS Executive Director Kyle Matthews gave an interview to CTV News titled “Are hackers interfering in Canada?”

February 7

Ewelina Ochab published an article in Forbes titled “Recognizing the Extraordinary Courage of Victims/Survivors of the Holocaust and Others”.

February 8

Joana Cook interviewed Martha Crenshaw and Arie Perliger on an episode of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism’s podcast titled “Anti-Institutional Extremism: Causes and Responses”.

MIGS Fellow Andrei Serbin Pont wrote an article for Bellingcat titled “Uncovering Illegal Weapons Trafficking Trends in Latin America Through Open Source Research”.

February 9

Marie Lamensch was quoted in an article in La Presse titled “Des universités nord-américaines sous pression étrangère.”

February 11

Dr. Ewelina Ochab authored an article titled “United Nations Experts’ Call For Immediate Release of Jimmy Lai” in Forbes.

Fellow Andrei Serbin Pont was interviewed by La Nacion. The article is titled as “Andrei Serbin Pont: Se puede apoyar a Israel en su lucha contra el terrorismo sin acompañarlo con la mudanza de la embajada a Jerusalén”.

February 14

Mark Kersten wrote an article in his blog ‘Justice in Conflict’ titled “An alleged Nazi was invited to Parliament. But why are there Nazis and war criminals in Canada in the first place?”.

February 17

Dr. Ewelina Ochab published an article in Forbes titled “What Is Happening In Nicaragua And Why Should We Care?”.

February 18

Dr. Ewelina Ochab wrote an article for Forbes titled “Russia’s War On Ukraine - Two Years On.”

February 19

MIGS Fellow Phil Gurski hosted a podcast episode for Borealis titled “When a country is a perpetrator AND victim of terrorism”.

Andrei Serbin Pont was interviewed in an article titled “Aviones F-16 para las Fuerzas Armadas argentinas: el análisis de Andrei Serbin Pont” by DEF Online.

February 23

Kyle Matthews spoke to CTV News about war crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine.

Andrei Serbin Pont was a guest speaker on a podcast episode hosted by the CSIS Americas Program titled “On LAC Fighters in Ukraine”.

February 26

Phil Gurski hosted a podcast on Borealis titled “Afghanistan under the Taliban (again!): what are our concerns?”.

February 27

Kyle Matthews conducted 17 syndicated interviews with the CBC regarding the conflict in Sudan and Canada’s policy to provide support to refugees. You can listen to one of the interviews here

Dr. Ewelina Ochab published an article titled “Sudan’s Humanitarian Crisis Deepens As The World Looks Away” in Forbes.

February 28

Andrei Serbin Pont was a guest speaker on the podcast Riesgo Político in an episode titled “Tráfico de Armas: Crimen Organizado en América Latina”.

March 4

Marie Lamensch wrote an article for the Center for International Governance Innovation titled “Ottawa Can Do More to Stop Transnational Repression.”

Kyle Matthews spoke to CTV News about the current crisis in Haiti.

March 5

Fellow Joana Cook interviewed Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Ian Moss, on the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism podcast.

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