Afghanistan prisons are notorious for torture and other human rights violations. To pretend otherwise is naive, says CIGI Senior Fellow Mark Sedra. While recent testimony that Afghanistan detainees handed over by Canadian Forces were subjected to torture created an uproar in Ottawa, such revelations are not new. While torture is all too common, prison reform has received little attention.
Afghanistan prisons are notorious for torture and other human rights violations. To pretend otherwise is naive.
Aid is hindering rather than helping growth and development in Africa, says economist and author Dr. Dambisa Moyo. Calling for a shakeup, Dr. Moyo says innovation can lead to better alternatives for aid delivery to the continent. Dr. Moyo spoke before a large audience a CIGI-sponsored event held at the University of Waterloo on November 13, 2009.
Aid to Africa in its current form hinders growth and development, says Zambian-born economist and writer Dr. Dambisa Moyo. Her new book, Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa, has attracted significant attention. Dr. Moyo spoke at the University of Waterloo on November 13, 2009.
The challenge of humanitarian intervention in conflicts, as former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan originally framed it, saw a bitter divide split Western from developing countries. When the Canadian-sponsored independent international commission held a regional meeting in New Delhi in June 2001, only the protocol officer from the External Affairs Ministry attended the reception hosted by the Swiss ambassador. India's opposition was that strong.
Iraq is no longer on the front pages, as the war in Afghanistan becomes the preoccupying concern of governments in Ottawa and Washington. But it is still a story filled with drama and violence, of a society in a difficult transition from authoritarianism to a more representative form of government.