Human Rights & Democracy
In an interview with CTV News Channel, CIGI Distinguished Fellow Paul Heinbecker says the rebels in Syria are fighting a very uneven battle and explains how the Assad regime has the upper hand.
"The social divisions in Turkey will not close because of a police crackdown, however brutal. Only political reform, currently lagging badly behind the pace of economic progress, may allow Turkey’s power to keep growing in a way that all of its citizens can support," says CIGI Senior Fellow Bessma Momani.
A concerted effort is needed to reduce the prejudice of most South Africans against foreigners, writes CIGI Chair in Global Migration and Development Jonathan Crush.
What new global challenges and conflicts need to be managed in order to maintain stability in the international system? CIGI and the United States Institute of Peace will release a new edited volume on conflict management and global governance in an age of awakening.
With states issuing apologies to indigenous peoples and the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, it is an historically interesting time to consider questions around the internationalization of indigenous rights and governance.
There will be no intervention in Syria until the crisis explodes. Sadly, the country is already imploding under the unbearable pressure of a civil war that has already cost 80,000 lives, driven millions from their homes, and destroyed countless dollars worth of infrastructure. But Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will continue to deploy everything from airstrikes to “small-scale” chemical weapons against his own people with impunity until his atrocities spark a full-blow regional explosion.
Dual citizenship for migrants living outside their country of birth is a contentious subject in Africa. In Zambia, for example, President Rupiah Banda added these rights to the First Draft Constitution in mid-2009, but it remains the focus of speculation and debate to this day. The issue was debated in recent months in Constitution Conventions at the district and provincial level and here too opinion was divided.
CIGI Distinguished Fellow Paul Heinbecker responds to a Huffington Post blog, by Mitch Wolfe, on the Middle East.
Anthony P. Maingot, Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Anthropology at Florida International University, reviews Fixing Haiti: MINUSTAH and Beyond, which is edited by CIGI Distinguished Fellow Jorge Heine and BISA Assistant Professor Andrew S. Thompson.
In an interview with CTV News Channel, CIGI Senior Fellow Bessma Momani discusses the conflict in Syria and claims from Britain that it has evidence of Syria's chemical weapons use.