Middle East

Glenn Davidson: Personal insights on Syria

https://youtu.be/w0pgkoY21tw

Vice-Admiral Glenn Davidson was Ambassador of Canada to Syria from September 2008 until March 2012 , a period which included the beginning of the Arab Spring and Syria’s descent into civil war. He was also Ambassador of Canada to Afghanistan from May 2012 until July 2013.

Ambassador Davidson visited the University of Alberta campus on February 22, 2016, where he also gave a public talk called 'Personal insights on Syria'. For more information see https://uofa...

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Yannis Bacalis: I Am Human: Reflections from the Field in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (Summer 2015)

The recent terrorist attacks in Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkey and France are some of the many attacks connected to ISIL and the ongoing civil war and humanitarian crisis in Syria, which resulted in millions of displaced people and refugees fleeing to protect their families. Unfortunately, 4.5 years have passed by and a solution on how to decrease violations of human rights and enforce security and protect civilians has yet not been fully identified. This article is based on my research and the field work conducted in Iraq during the summer of 2015...

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John McCoy: Hope and Hopelessness: Unraveling the Connections Between Refugees and Terrorism

Writing about terrorism and refugees is difficult. From a personal and normative standpoint and, given my own liberal internationalist inclinations and commitment to multiculturalism, humanitarianism and multilateralism, it is a challenging subject. But in light of the level of controversy, fear and unabashed racism that surrounds the current debate over the admission of Syrian refugees to Canada and other western states it is crucial that academics engage with these fears from a scholarly perspective...

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Mojtaba Mahdavi: How should we respond to the rise of ISIS? (Video)

Dr. Mojtaba Mahdavi is the Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities (ECMC) Chair in Islamic Studies and an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta. For further information about his research please follow this webpage.

https://youtu.be/1SiA54Vi3SY

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