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Canadian Foreign Policy and the Middle East Peace Process

Canadian Foreign Policy and the Middle East Peace Process

Date(s) - 05/27/2021
5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

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The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs

Join us on Thursday, May 27, for a panel discussion via webinar with Dr. Jeremy Wildeman, Emma Swan, and David Viveash. This is an important discussion that addresses and explores Canadian foreign policy toward the Middle East Peace Process and the Palestinians. The discussion will also centre around the latest addition to the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, found here:

Few issues in foreign affairs raise as much concern in Canadian governance than Israel and Palestine. Historically, they have been the primary and at times only area of Canadian interest, in a broader Middle East region whose conflicts both birthed and brought into question Canada’s Pearsonian foreign policy identity.

This presentation marks the publication of a landmark special edition journal authored by ex-Ambassadors, paracademic policymakers and leading scholarly analysts, exploring Canada’s policy relationship with the Palestinians and the Middle East Peace Process.

The discussion will explore the contemporary arc of Canadian foreign policy, dating from the 1970s through several decades of Madrid/Oslo peacebuilding and the apparent failure of the peace process, resulting in a violent, unstable status quo. Our speakers will delineate Canadian policy stances and how they have shifted over time, look at the specific application of key approaches like Canada’s feminist international assistance policy, and consider what (or if) Canada could do in the region going forward.

A Q&A panel will be held at the end.

Anyone can register and attend this event. Space is limited, secure your spot today!

This event is presented by iAffairs Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal and the Middle East Study Group at the Canadian International Council (National Capital Branch), and is supported by the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.


Date: May 27, 2021

Time: 5:00pm – 6:15pm EDT


Moderator & Panelist: Dr. Jeremy Wildeman

Fellow at the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa

Scholar of international relations, Middle East politics, Canadian foreign policy, human security, and foreign aid

Analyst for the Middle East Eye, Al-Jazeera, CBC, and CTV

Instructor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs


Panelist: Emma Swan

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Scholar

PhD Candidate at the School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa.

Scholar in gender and development, Canadian and feminist foreign policy, peace and conflict studies, critical development theory, and civil resistance and social movements with a regional focus on Palestine

Consultant for Islamic Relief, Oxfam International, and Action Against Hunger


Panelist: David Viveash

Retired Diplomat who served in Zambia, Malaysia, South Africa, Israel, and Libya

Former Public Servant at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada) and the Canadian International Development Agency

Former Canadian Representative to the Palestinian Authority

Part of the Jerusalem Old City Initiative research team, University of Windsor


* Once you register and obtain your ticket, you will gain access to the Online Event Page, where you can find information on the Zoom link.

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