Michael Petrou

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Historian, journalist and fellow-in-residence, Carleton University

Michael Petrou is an historian and journalist. He was the 2018 Martin Wise Goodman Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He is now a fellow-in-residence in Carleton University’s Global and International Studies program and an adjunct professor in its Department of History. Petrou is also a fellow at the Canadian International Council, the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, and the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights.

Most Recent Posts

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Syria’s next chapter

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December 20, 2018

Can a war end without resolution? If so, what happens to Syria’s remaining residents, warring factions and the world’s attitude toward humanitarian intervention? Michael Petrou imagines future possibilities not far off.


Surveillance in Canada: Who are the watchers?

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July 6, 2017

The Trudeau government announced new security legislation last month, including the creation of a “super” watchdog that will oversee existing agencies. But do we still lack an understanding of what these agencies do? Michael Petrou runs through the evolution — and surveillance capabilities — of the RCMP, CSIS and CSE. 


The Tehran Test

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September 16, 2016

Ottawa moves toward restoring diplomatic ties with Iran but whether this re-engagement can advance human rights—and not just business deals—will be one of the first real trials of the Trudeau government’s approach to foreign policy. By Michael Petrou.

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Video: Kurdistan Explained

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June 30, 2016

Who are the Kurds? This short video explains what you need to know about the history of this Middle Eastern ethnic group, its state-building efforts and the conflicts surrounding it. Written and narrated by journalist Michael Petrou.

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Out of Iraq’s ashes, Kurdistan grows

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June 22, 2016

Kurdish Iraqis have long dreamt of a state to call their own. With the support of Canadian troops, they are now gaining ground as the fight against ISIS continues. But what would their independence mean for the region?