Lloyd Axworthy

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Lloyd Axworthy is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg. He was Canada’s Foreign Minister from 1995 to 2000, and became internationally known for his advancement of the Ottawa Treaty – a landmark global treaty banning anti-personnel landmines.

Lloyd Axworthy est recteur et vice-chancelier de l’UniversitĂ© de Winnipeg. Il Ă©tait le ministre des Affaires Ă©trangĂšres du Canada de 1995 Ă  2000. Il est internationalement connu pour son implication dans l’élaboration du TraitĂ© d'Ottawa – un traitĂ© historique interdisant les mines anti-personnelles.

Ukraine, A Non-violent Resistance

April 21st 2014
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Several days after returning from an international observer mission to Ukraine — sponsored by NDI (National Democratic Institute) — I latched onto to the flood tide of news and commentary coming from that besieged country. A revelation slowly began to take shape: Ukrainians were in their own, distinct way using the principle... 

The Iranian Dividend

October 9th 2013
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Please will the naysayers park for a moment their negativity over the possibility that the new Iranian President Rouhani’s overtures to US President Obama might just be worth considering. Granted, this comes as a shock to long-held positions that Iran is the bĂȘte noire of the Middle East, which is an arguably justifiable position... 

A Second Wind for Human Security

June 18th 2013
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The Canadian Prime Minister is at the G8 summit this week and he has drawn a line between Russia and the rest, based on their active role in preventing global action in Syria. I believe this accusation falls short. While there have been talks a by many states and international organizations about what can and should be done regarding... 

The shift: Indigenous Rights in Canada

January 18th 2013
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The past few weeks in Canada have seen a serious shift in the relations between Indigenous people and the rest of Canadians. The ostensible evidence of this has been first the flourishing across the country of a series of protests, declarations and demands by primarily young, grassroots activists, inspired by the hunger strike of... 

New Governance Needed for a New Year

December 18th 2012
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I write this under a certain cloud of apprehension. Ancient Mayan prophecies predict the end of the world on December 21st, 2012, which just happens to be my birthday. So in addition to preparing for another ring on the tree of life, I labour under the prediction that the aging process may not matter a hill of beans, it may just...