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2015-2016 Seminar Series and Special Event Presentation

Wednesday January 13    Lord Dalhousie Room, 2:30-4:00
Air Power the Canadian Way
  with Lieutenant-General M.J. Hood

Friday January 15             Scotia Bank Auditorium, 3:30-5:00
Visual Narratives of the Arctic: An EU Perspective     with Anna Westerstahl Stenport and Scott MacKenzie. Presented with the EUCE

Thursday January 21        University Hall - Mcdonald Bldg, 12:30-2:00
Moving Beyond GDP in Canada and the European Union: Progress, Challenges, and Next Steps? with Enrico Giovannini , Ron Colman, Gwen Colman, and Anders Hayden. Co-hosted with the EUCE, GPI Atlantic, and Ecology Action Centre

Wednesday January 27        Lord Dalhousie Room, 12:30-2:00
Nepal Earthquake 2015: The Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) Contribution with Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Mallet

Wednesday February 10        Lord Dalhousie Room, 12:30-4:00
Reality Check: The NSPS Five Years On    with Dan Middlemiss, Eric Lerhe, and Jonathan Simms

Wednesday February 24        Lord Dalhousie Room, 12:30-2:00
Parliament, Politics, and Canada’s Global Posture: From Stephen Harper to Justin Trudeau with Adam Chapnick

Wednesday March 9               Lord Dalhousie Room, 12:30-2:00
Sharing the Burden: NATO, Canada and the Second-Tier Powers  with Benjamine Zyla

Wednesday March 23               Delta Barrington, 12:30-2:00
The Trans‐Pacific Partnership: Economic, Social, and Legal Implications for Atlantic Canada with Dr. Colin Dodds, Dr. Robert Finbow, Jon Penney, and Dr. Howard Ramos. Co-hosted with CIC-Halifax and Halifax Parternship (event poster)

Wednesday March 30               Lord Dalhousie Room, 12:30-2:00
Commodity Politics: The Global Resource Rout and Development in Africa with Adam Sneyd. Co-hosted with International Development Studies (event poster)

2015-16 Fall term Events

Wednesday September 16    Lord Dalhousie Room, 12:30-2:00
Gender Roles in an Era of Transition: Pakistani University Students Today
  with David Jones

Wednesday September 16    UClub – Alumni Room, 4:30-6:30
Current Foreign Policy Issues Roundtable
Brian Bow with Scott Burbidge. Co-Sponsored with CIC

Thursday September 17        Lord Dalhousie Room, 2:30-4:30
The Syrian Refugee Crisis and Canada’s Response
with Glenn Davidson, Amal Ghazal, Ruben Zaiotti,

Wednesday September 23     Lord Dalhousie Room, 12:30-2:00
Postcards from the edge of the U.S. embargo on Cuba
with Julia Sagebien, former professsor, Dalhousie and founder of the Socially Responsible Enterprise and Local Development in Cuba project

Wednesday October 7            McCain 1116, 12:30-2:00
Rush to the Border: Internal and External Stresses from Migration on the European Union
with Michelle Legassicke and Andrew Bergel (sponsored with Political Science and the EUCE)

Wednesday October 14            Lord Dalhousie Room, 12:30-2:00
Sino-Canadian Relations: Past, Present and Future
with Hao Qian (sponsored by Chinese Studies)

Thursday October 15                Lord Dalhousie Room, 12:30-2:00
Information Shutdown: the growing fight for journalism
with Tom Henheffer, Executive Director, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (sponsored by CIC)

Monday October 19                   Federal Election Day

Wednesday October 21                Lord Dalhousie Room, 12:30-2:00
A Missing Link: The Gap in our Understanding about Disability Rights and Development with Venky Balakrishna (sponsored with IDS and Global Health)

Week of October 26                   tentative, location TBD
Gender and migration
with Eleonore Kaufman (sponsored by EUCE)

Wednesday October 28                Lord Dalhousie Room, 12:30-2:00
Law of the Oceans
with Timo Koivuova (sponsored by EUCE)

Thursday October 29                    LSC 242, 11:35-12:55
Mayors Gone Bad with Philip Slayton (sponsored with CIC)

Friday November 6                        Lord Dalhousie Room, 12:30-2:00
‘Development Studies’
After a Volatile 2015
with Tim Shaw

Wednesday November 11              Remembrance Day

Friday, November 20                        Lord Dalhousie Room, 12:30-2:00
Australia’s Security Council Campaign 2007-12- Winning was easy... or was it? with Russell Trood

Tuesday, November 24                  LSC 234, 12:00-1:30
Charlie Foxtrot: Why Canada Gets Defence Procurement So Wrong So Often
with Kim Nossalana

Events of 2014-2015

10 SeptemberDr. David Jones, “Pakistan: Failing State or Work in Progress?”  

17 September - Polish Ambassador to Canada, Marcin Bosacki Hosted by the EUCE

24 SeptemberDr. Don Bowser on Ukraine

8 October – Former Nova Scotia Cabinet Minister Graham Steele Co-hosted with Political Science and CIC

15 October General (Retired) Walt Natynczyk: Canada’s Space Policy Framework “Launching the Next Generation” CANCELLED

20 October - Alan Trench: The UK's four national health services after devolution: Divergence without structure

22 October – Alan Trench: The referendum on Scottish independence and after: The UK on the path to quasi-federalism?

23 October - John de Graaf: Shifting from a politics of GDP growth to a politics of well-being

29 OctoberUS consul Richard Riley: "Reflections on a Diplomatic Life"

4 November - Kim Nossal: "Don't Mention the War: Domestic Politics and Canada's Afghanistan Mission"

5 NovemberWilliam Fenrick, "Prosecuting War Criminals in the Hague"

12 November – Brigadier-General Nicolas Eldaoud, Commander Land Force Atlantic Area

19 November – Gerald Cosette, FINTRAC: money laundering/cybercrime CANCELLED


8 January - Shelly Whitman: “New Approaches to Preventing the Use of Child Soldiers: A Case Study in the DRC”

14 January - Taking your Degree to the Private Sector: Employer Panel (Political Science Career Guide PDF 11MB)

16 January - Clive Schofield: "Advances in the Spatial Governance of the Oceans in Europe and Beyond" (EUCE)

21 January - Dr. Leo Panitch: "Whose crisis: Capital, state and labour today"

22 January - John Kirk: "US-Cuban Relations (Finally) Normalized: The Significance of Recent Events"

29 January - Glenn Davidson: Diplomatic Experiences in Syria and Afghanistan (Glyn Berry Lecture)

5 February - Ken Hansen: "What's the State of the Military /or Navy?" - Politics in the Pub event

12 February - Doug Saunders: "Bad Wine is a Study Bottle: How Europe Became a Place of Dysfunctional Resilience" (EUCE)

26 February - **CANCELLED** Dr. Sarah-Jane Corke: "Spying on Citizens: A Look at the National Insecurity State"  **CANCELLED**

5 March - Sara Greenblatt: "The UN Convention against Transnational Crime and the Protocols thereto in combating illicit trafficking in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe"

12 March - Steel Cage Death Match - Grad student Roundtable

19 March - Gerald Cosette (FINTRAC): Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing: What’s at Stake and How Are We Combatting the Threats?

26 March - Brian Tomlinson: Trends in Official Development Assistance: Financing the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals

26 March - General (Ret'd) Walt Natynczyk, Deputy Minister Veterans Affairs (TBC)

2 April - Jon Penney: Canada’s Anti-Terrorism Policy: Security vs. Rights – Striking the Right Balance

15 April - Howard Epstein: A Third Party in Power


June 6, 2014: National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy Workshop Series - Charting the Course

November 14, 2014: National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy Workshop Series - Human Capital and the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy

June 5, 2015: Maritime Security Workshop Series - The Arctic-Offshore Patrol Ship and its Future Operation in the Canadian North

Events of 2013-2014

March 28, 2014: Guest speaker Andrew Younger on "Preparing Nova Scotia For The Worlds Changing Electricity Markets"

March 6-8. 2014: Graduate Symposium, "Children, Youth and the Intersections of Research and Pratice"

March 6, 2014: Howard Drake on "The Canada-UK Relationship in a Changing World"

The British High Commissioner to Canada, Howard Drake, is hosting an intimate discussion with all interested students and communicty members, regardless of experience or knowledge. This is a great opportunity to engage with a high level diplomatic practitioner in an informal setting.

March 6, 2014Scott Greer on "What you thought you knew about European Union social policy is now wrong: Social policy and economic governance since 2010"

Joint hoisted by the Centre of Foreing Policy Studies.

This talk argues that the major change in the politics and power relations of the EU is the expansion of the sophistication and force of economic governance: the simultaneous deepening of European surveillance over member states' fiscal and economic standing and increase in coercive policies to enforce EU fiscal priorities. The result is to shift power within the EU: towards finance ministries, austerity policies, liberals, and the Commission; and away from line ministries, Keynesians, and member states that had been making policy without much regard to EU economic guidelines. 

February 24, 2014Lucian M. Ashworth on "The Myth of Appeasement in International Relations. What it is, and why it matters"

Lucian M. Ashworth is Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science at Memorial University. His research interests include the history of international thought, especially interwar International Relations (IR) theory, early geopolitics, and the origins of feminist IR. His latest book, A History of International Thought, was published by Routledge in 2014.

February 13, 2014RAdm John Newton on "Maritime global engagement by the Royal Canadian Navy"

RAdm John Newton will speak on RCN contributions to Government strategy in
the Arctic and Americas, maritime security and counter terrorism operations, and contribution to global engagement with partners and allies.

February 6, 2014: Glyn Berry Lecture featuring Ferry de Kerchokve

January 23, 2014: Guest speaker Akan Hurelman on "The European Political Crisis"

November 29, 2013Michael Russell on "Stands Scotland where it did?" (Macbeth IV iii)

Michael Russell: Member of the Scottish Parliament, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning

On the 26th of November 2013, the Scottish Government will be publishing the White Paper which will set out the founding structure of an independent Scotland. This will be one of the first public lectures on the White Paper by a member of the Scottish Government.

November 28, 2013: Guest speaker Farea Al-Muslimi on "Blowback: the Counterproductive Effects of Drone Policy in Yemen"

Farea Al-Muslimi, the son of a poor farmer in a poverty-stricken area of Yemen has become one of the most prominent youth activists, human rights advocates and writers in the world. His name quickly spread through international media outlets when the 23-year-old delivered a powerful testimony in a congressional hearing on American drone strikes on Yemen.

November 15, 2013: Speakers Howard Epstein and Christopher Maika on "Nova Scotia's Conservative Progressive Government: Lessons fromt he NDP's Defeat"