Introducing Canada Among Nations 2015 – Elusive Pursuits, Book Launch

By Steve Saideman

A week from today, on October 29th at noon, we are holding a book launch of the next edition of Canada Among Nations, Elusive Pursuits: Lessons from Canada’s Interventions Abroad.  The event will be in room 270, 2nd floor, Residence Commons, at Carleton University.

What is the book about?  Every year, NPSIA assesses Canada’s place in the world via a Canada Among Nations volume.  For the past few years, it has been in partnership with CIGI.  The theme of this issue is on learning the lessons from past interventions.  Why?  Because we have been profoundly frustrated by the mixed results and by the government’s refusal to learn lessons.

Afghanistan was supposed to be different, as the government did put together a serious lessons learning exercise.  At the end, it was buried–not only have I not been able to access it via Access to Information (my appeal is now more than two years old), but it was also not disseminated to the people making and implementing Canadian foreign and defence policy.

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NPSIA Event: Ambassadors Speakers Series

Germany, the European Union and Canada

Ambassador of The Federal Republic of Germany His Excellency Werner Wnendt

Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 5:30 PM
Carleton University Campus
Senate Board Room, 6th Floor, Robertson Hall (room 608)
Reception to follow, Alumni Board Room, Robertson Hall (room 617)

Limited seating. RSVP by October 21 at:

Metered Visitor Parking available on Levels 2 and 3 in the Parking Tower located directly next to Robertson Hall.

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NPSIA Event: Ambassadors Speakers Series

The Course of Haiti in History — Contribution to the Emancipation of Blacks & Haiti’s Challenges in 2014 and How Canada Can Play a Role

Ambassador of The Republic of Haiti His Excellency Frantz Liautaud

Wednesday, February 26 at 5:30 PM
Carleton University Campus
Senate Board Room, 6th Floor, Robertson Hall (room 608)
Reception to follow, Alumni Board Room, Robertson Hall (room 617)

Limited seating. RSVP by February 25 at:

Metered Visitor Parking available on Levels 2 and 3 in the Parking Tower located directly next to Robertson Hall.




NPSIA Events: NPSIA Benefit Soirée 2014

On behalf of the students of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University, we are pleased to invite you to this year’s annual NPSIA Benefit Soirée.

Friday, March 7, 2014, 6:00pm until 11:00pm.

Keynote Speaker: Michael Ignatieff
Proceeds will go to Heifer International, a charity working to end hunger and poverty.
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The NPSIA Benefit Soirée is NPSIA’s annual black-tie charity fundraiser and largest social event. Each year our graduate students invite a distinguished guest to deliver a keynote speech, preceded by a formal dinner, as a means of promoting discussion about current issues while supporting a valued charity. The event is attended by members of the academic community, prominent members of the Canadian government, foreign diplomats, the business community and the student body.

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NPSIA Event: Reflections on Gender Issues in Afghanistan

The Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies and The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University invite you to a talk:

“Reflections on Gender Issues in Afghanistan”

Former Member of the Afghan National Parliament

When: Friday, November 22, 2013
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Where: Dunton Tower, Room DT 2017
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa

Please RSVP to H. Boudreault at or 613-520-6644

NPSIA Event: NPSIA Graduate Conference

NPSIA Graduate Conference
Asia in International Affairs: The Asian Century?
Saturday March 23rd 2013 – 9:00am

Dear friends,

You are invited to join us at our inaugural graduate student conference, hosted by the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs’ Student Association (NSA) on Saturday March 23rd 2013.  The inaugural theme of the conference is Asia in International Affairs: The Asian Century? The conference will begin at 9:00am in the Senate Boardroom located on the 6th floor of the Robertson Building at Carleton University.

The conference will host three panels of presenters, who will discuss their papers on:

• Geopolitics in the Far East and Beyond
• Asian Security and Conflict Analysis
• Development and Governance in Asia

If you plan on attending, please RSVP by the noon of March 18th by sending an email to:

The NSA conference would like to recognize the support of our partners: the Confucius Institute – National Chapter, the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, and the Canadian International Council.

We hope to see you there,

Nirojan Kulendrarajah & Christopher Toews,

Conference Co-Chairs

Call for Papers: Asia in International Affairs

Asia in International Affairs: The Asian Century? Call for Papers

The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs’ Student Association (NPSIA SA) invites the submission of abstracts for its inaugural Graduate Student Conference entitled “Asia in International Affairs”.

As the world approaches what some label the “Asian Century”, it is no surprise that scholars, policy-makers and politicians are rapidly shifting their focus towards the continent. In line with this, we are inviting submissions from interested graduate students in international affairs, political science, public policy and other relevant disciplines.

Papers presented at the conference are also invited to be included in a subsequent publication of the conference proceedings.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, the following: the rising relevance of India and China, the politics of demographics, human rights, ASEAN, environmental security, ethnic cooperation/conflict and economic integration.

Please submit your abstract (no longer than 300 words) in PDF form along with your name, institution, and department to by March 5th 2013. Those selected will be contacted by March 12th 2013.

For more information please an e-mail to

Abstracts deadline: March 5th, 2013

Conference dates: Saturday, March 23rd 2013

NPSIA Event: The Deconstruction of Mass Atrocity Prevention

Roundtable: The Deconstruction of Mass Atrocity Prevention

Presented by the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs in cooperation with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity and the Centre for Security and Defence Studies (CSDS)

A Roundtable Discussion Featuring Stephen Rapp, US Ambassador at Large for War Crimes; Tibi Galis, Executive Director, Auschwitz Institute for Peace & Reconciliation (AIPR) ; Samantha Horn, Program Director, Auschwitz Institute for Peace & Reconciliation (AIPR)

Date: Thursday, February 28, 2013

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Location: Dunton Tower, Room 2017, Carleton University

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Joe Landry at

Breakfast on Terrorism

Bagels & Banter – Terrorism, Security & Society

Hosted by the Faculty of Public Affairs

Bagels & Banter is an opportunity to discuss shared research themes through informal conversation with faculty colleagues and graduate students in a relaxed setting, with the goal of hearing about each other’s work and possibly developing research collaborations.

The inaugural Bagels & Banter will be lead by Jez Littlewood (NPSIA) on the theme of “Terrorism, Security & Society.” If you are currently working on research related to this theme, or are generally interested in this topic, or just want to join in the conversation, please join us.   And please extend this invitation to any graduate students who share this research interest.   Among other things, we will be talking about funding opportunities with the Kanishka Project.

Date: Tues., Feb. 26, 2013, Time: 09:00 to 10:00

Place: Dean’s Board Room – Loeb D382


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NPSIA Event: International Affairs Management Certificate

April 16 to April 19, 2013

Training Location: Room 3112 River Building, Carleton University

International Affairs Management Certificate

Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) – Professional Training and Development

The Certificate in Practical International Affairs Management program is a 4-day workshop intended for newly recruited employees and contractors working in an international affairs environment, either abroad or in an international secretariat at home. The workshop is specifically designed to provide skills and develop competencies for the effective management and administration of international projects, programs and relations.

Student Fee: $400 + HST

Carleton Alumni (including NPSIA-PT&D Alumni and Ottawa Diplomat Members); $600.00 + HST

Early Registration – until April 3, 2013: $800+HST

Program Fee: $1000.00 + HST

Registration: For details, further information or to register please visit:

The workshop consists of 6 integrated modules that include:

1.         International Management Challenges.

2.         International Partnership Management.

3.         International Project Management.

4.         International Performance Management.

5.         International Procurement Management.

6.         Communicating and Networking Internationally.