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Michael Petrou est un historien et journaliste qui a trainé son carnet de notes aux quatre coins du globe, du Moyen-Orient à l’Asie centrale en passant par l’Europe. En 2018, il a remporté la bourse canadienne Martin Wise Goodman Nieman à l’Université de Harvard et a obtenu une bourse de résidence dans le programme d’études mondiales et internationales de l’Université de Carleton. Il est désormais chercheur à l'Institut montréalais d'études sur le génocide et les droits de la personne de l'Université Concordia et au Centre Raoul Wallenberg pour les droits de la personne. Il détient un doctorat en histoire moderne de l’Université d’Oxford.

Most Recent Posts

Betrayal

Betrayal

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August 16, 2021

After the West’s abandonment of Afghanistan, no one we promise to help will ever trust us again.

An apology rooted in falsehood

An apology rooted in falsehood

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May 4, 2021

A small number of Italian-Canadians were interned during the Second World War because they were suspected fascists, not because of their ethnicity

Opaque by default

Opaque by default

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February 17, 2021

How Global Affairs Canada hid behind the Access to Information Act for eight years to avoid disclosing embarrassing information

Author Q&A: Arash Azizi

Author Q&A: Arash Azizi

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January 25, 2021

Open Canada contributor Arash Azizi, a PhD candidate in history at New York University, is the author of The Shadow Commander: Soleimani, the U.S., and Iran’s Global Ambitions (Oneworld, 2020).

Author Q&A: John Stackhouse

Author Q&A: John Stackhouse

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November 18, 2020

John Stackhouse, a senior vice-president at Royal Bank of Canada and former editor-in-chief of the Globe and Mail, is the author of Planet Canada: How Our Expats Are Shaping the Future. Penguin Random House Canada, 2020.

The high stakes in Hong Kong’s battle for democracy

The high stakes in Hong Kong’s battle for democracy

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August 15, 2019

There are two possible outcomes of the current Hong Kong protests: success for pro-democracy demonstrators or an authoritarian triumph for China. As Michael Petrou writes, either result will have dire consequences for democracy everywhere.

Syria’s next chapter

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.

Are Canada and the US treating Saudi Arabia any differently?

Are Canada and the US treating Saudi Arabia any differently?

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October 22, 2018

As
Michael Petrou argues, Canada’s decision to uphold its arms deal with the kingdom,
despite the war in Yemen and now the death of Jamal Khashoggi, is not
completely unexpected. But it is far from the foreign policy approach Trudeau
once promised.

Surveillance in Canada: Who are the watchers?

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

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.

Video: Kurdistan Explained

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.

Out of Iraq’s ashes, Kurdistan grows

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? 

With Canada watching, a plague returns in Syria

With Canada watching, a plague returns in Syria

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April 20, 2016

Brutally destroyed by ISIS, Palmyra is now
back in the hands of the Assad regime. But, 
as Michael Petrou writes, make no mistake, despite the
illusion of liberation, this is nothing to celebrate.