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SFU African Studies Reading & Discussion Group
Monday, April 29, 12-2pm
SFU Harbour Centre, Room 2065

This will be the first session of the SFU African Studies reading group and we will meet monthly thereafter. The first work we will read and discuss on April 29 is Achille Mbembe's chapter 'Introduction: Time on the Move ' from his book On the Postcolony. Everyone is welcome to join this reading group.

For more information and to register, please contact Jackie at aswg@sfu.ca.

The 2019 Ismaili Centre Conversations

Who Are We, Where Are We Headed?

May 4, 2019: Life and Death: The Ethics of Identity with Akber Mithani, Regional Medical Director for Fraser Health Residential Care-Assisted Living, and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at UBC. 

All events are free unless indicated otherwise.

Canadian Journal of Development Studies

Read and share the June 2019 issue of Canadian Journal of Development Studies! Note the introduction to our special section on the future of Smallholder Farms is FREE ACCESS. Also check out the March issue on "China's Changing Food System."

The School provides the editorial office of CJDS.

Simons Working Papers in Security and Development (SWP)

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April 3, 2019: Ramesh Thakur, Director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament at Australian National University, visited the School and spoke with students in our core graduate seminar. Professor Thakur was a member of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS), which articulated the doctrine of Responsibility to Protect, and he also served as Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations. During his visit, he addressed the topic of "Global Justice and National Interests: How R2P Reconciles the Two Agendas on Atrocity Crimes". He also fielded questions from students about R2P and a range of related topics. Members of the seminar appreciated having this chance to speak with him.

April 2, 2019: Paul Meyer's article “Creating an Environment for Nuclear Disarmament: Striding Forward or Stepping Back?” has been published in the April issue of “Arms Control Today”. It takes a critical look at a new US policy departure with respect to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) and suggests other remedial measures that nuclear weapon states can take in advance of the crucial 2020 NPT Review Conference. A link to the article is here but it has restricted access. “Arms Control Today” is available at SFU’s Library at Harbour Centre.

March 27-30, 2019: IS is very well represented at the International Studies Association's 60th Annual Convention in Toronto.  Timo Thoms is participating in a poster session and chairing a panel on truth commissions; Paul Meyer is on a roundtable addressing the rise of the nuclear ban treaty and the fall of the NPT; Leslie Armijo is giving a paper on the international relations of big infrastructure; and Jeff Checkel is presenting a draft article on IR theory and identity at a pre-conference workshop sponsored by the European Journal of International Relations.

March 25, 2019: Congratulations to the African Studies Working Group on the official launch of their website! Visit them at www.sfu.ca/african-studies-group to learn more about Africa-related research and events at SFU.

March 23, 2019: Tamir Moustafa delivered the keynote address at the 11th Annual Middle East and Islamic Studies Consortium (MEICON) of BC student conference.

March 21, 2019: New faculty member Irene Pang brings interest in social inequality to SFU International Studies.

March 21, 2019: After a six-year absence, Paul Meyer attended the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference last week in Washington D.C. He reports that it was a disturbing event in many ways given the current US-Russian assault on the strategic arms control framework and the lack of strong protesting voices from other stakeholders. “Open Canada” has just published Paul's commentary, available to read here: https://www.opencanada.org/features/whats-at-stake-when-restraints-on-nuclear-powers-go-out-the-window/

March 20, 2019: Congratulations to Martha Snodgrass and Gerardo Otero on 3 more years of SSHRC funding for the editorial operations of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies. Total award: $100,000. Well done!

March 8, 2019: IS alumna Jenna Dixon (MAIS 2015) gave a short talk in Dr. Oskar Timo Thoms' Transitional Justice Seminar on her experiences working for several UN missions. Thanks for visiting, Jenna!

March 7, 2019: Nicole Jackson discussed "Russia-China Security Cooperation in multilateral organizations: Canadian interests and perspectives" on a "Fast Talk" panel organized by Security and Defence Relations Division (IGR) Global Affairs Canada.