The Think TankA Thought Lab for International Affairs
En décembre le New-York Times publia un article sensationnel qui raconte la vie des femmes qui gagnent des millions sur Wall Street pendant que leurs maris surveillent maison et enfants. Leur nombre aurait augmenté de 3000 en 1980 à presque 22 000 aujourd’hui. Bien que ce soit indiscutablement une évolution positive, l’article dresse également le portrait des maris, souvent obligés de mentir sur leurs activités quotidiennes. Ils se font passés pours des artistes ou des consultants qui travaillent depuis chez eux, des pensionnés avec un palmarès impressionnant. L’article illustre bien qu’en Occident la femme carriériste est entrée dans la morale collective, alors que les hommes au foyer sont encore considérés comme des parias sociaux condamnée à une existence cachée, coupable d’une soi-disant oisiveté. Grand temps donc que les hommes rejoignent les rangs féministes. More …
What do Christine Lagarde, the Aga Khan, Ban Ki Moon, Malala, Melinda & Bill Gates, Cate Blanchett, Prime Minister Abe, President Clinton, and 3.5 billion others have in common?
They all understand that to reach, perhaps even exceed global growth targets, combat poverty, and ensure access to safe food and water we must economically empower girls and women through education and entrepreneurship, providing them an opportunity to thrive. More …
To justify Russia’s recent incursion into Ukraine, its President Vladimir Putin alongside others in the Kremlin have invoked the “responsibility to protect” (R2P). Russia’s reliance on R2P is understandable, but it should be seen for what it is: an attempt to cloak aggressive action through the mantle of humanitarian intervention.
R2P has three pillars. First, each individual state has the primary responsibility to protect its populations from genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing. Second, the international community should encourage or assist states to exercise this responsibility. And finally, the international community has the responsibility to use appropriate diplomatic, humanitarian, and other peaceful means to protect populations threatened by these crimes. When a state manifestly fails in its protection responsibilities, and peaceful means are inadequate, the international community must take stronger measures including the collective use of force authorized by the UN Security Council under Chapter VII. More …
One of the initial sources of tension between Ukraine and Russia is economic – whether Ukraine should pursue economic ties with the West or strengthen ties to Russia. In the graphic below, we chart the growth of the former Soviet economies to get a better sense of the economic balance of power in the region. More …
A few months ago, many people were shocked at new research from the World Health Organization (WHO) that found one in three females across the globe experience physical or sexual violence.
Not surprisingly, most of the commentary focused on the situation facing women in the “Global South.” According to the report, almost half of all women living in Africa experience violence. In the face of a catastrophic statistic like this, it’s tempting to brush aside the violence experienced by women in “developed” countries like Canada as ‘not that bad.’
A l’occasion de la Journée internationale de la femme, Marika Anderson et Brieuc Van Damme considèrent le rôle des hommes dans la promotion des droits des femmes.
In 2005, investigators from Guatemala’s Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office uncovered a secret archive of the National Police that documented state abuses from nearly four decades of counterinsurgent warfare. So began the process of rereading a history that had previously been denied, writes Kirsten Weld for Guernica.
Empowering girls and women through education and entrepreneurship can help grow the global economy, argues Farah Mohamed.
Russia is attempting to cloak aggressive action through the mantle of humanitarian intervention, says James P. Rudolph.
We chart the growth of the former Soviet economies to get a better sense of the economic balance of power in the region.
Putin doesn’t need to formally annex Crimea to bring it under Russian control, says Natalia Antelava for the New Yorker. He just needs to keep the conflict frozen, the borders porous, and the local leaders fully dependent on the Kremlin. And if he has that, he has a huge advantage in any future dealings with Kyiv.
The discussion surrounding International Women’s Day often focuses on the “Global South,” but Canada is not immune from gender discrimination and violence, says Mina Mawani.
An interview with Canada’s former ambassador to Iran, Egypt, and Jordan, about Iran’s current leadership and the broader role of religion in Middle Eastern politics.
“Democracy is going through a difficult time,” writes The Economist. Where autocrats have been toppled, democracies have not flourished in their place. Where democracy has long existed, disillusionment is rife. What happened? And how can we get democracy right?
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the moderate leader who reopened Iran to the West in the 1990s, disappeared from public view during the Ahmadinajad era. Now he’s back.
As Canada’s mission to Afghanistan comes to a final end this month, Roland Paris considers its long-term impact.
“The Keystone XL pipeline should be an open-and-shut case from a climate perspective, the criterion President Obama has set for judging it,” writes Mark Hertsgaard for Bloomberg Businessweek. It hasn’t been because Obama “is the president of a petro state, a country that ranks as an OPEC nation in all but name. And in a petro state, saying no to Big Oil is never easy.”
There are simply very few policy options on the table for the U.S. and NATO, argues Steve Saideman.
The legislation is not just a tragedy for Uganda’s LGBTQI community. It’s also a tragedy for the other African leaders who failed to condemn it, says David Hornsby.
Now available: Talking points to the Asia Pacific Study Group (APSG) by Dr. John Curtis, founding Chief Economist in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Internatio…
The Atlantic‘s Uri Friedman considers the Russian strategy in Crimea. It’s part of “Russia’s larger decision over the past decade to make expanding its influence in Eurasia, not creating favorable conditions for domestic economic growth, the top priority of its foreign policy.”
Politics often trumps conditions on the ground when it comes to planning troop withdrawals, says Richard Caplan.
“For much of the past 70 years, in short, the world has been ambivalent about American power, both decrying it and inviting it—sometimes simultaneously,” writes Robert Kagan for Politico Magazine. The feeling is mutual. Where that leaves the world is the question.