Why journalism isn’t saving democracy — but still can

Michael Petrou / @michaelpetrou

Editor-in-Chief, Open Canada

Michael Petrou is a historian and journalist who has reported from across the Middle East, Europe and Central Asia. He was the 2018 Martin Wise Goodman Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and was previously a fellow-in-residence in Carleton University’s Global and International Studies program. He is now a fellow at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies and the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights. Petrou holds a doctorate in modern history from the University of Oxford.

Most Recent Posts

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.

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.

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?