Other Events of Interest

March 25 @7:00 pm – 9:00 PM EDT  FREE

CIC National Capital (Ottawa): The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Is the Two State Solution Dead?

At this upcoming event of the CIC National Capital Branch’s Middle East Study Group, Jon Allen will briefly summarize the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict emphasizing elements that feed the two competing narratives that dominate relations between the two sides until today. He argues that despite what one hears from both Israelis and Palestinians, the status quo is not an option. He concludes by explaining why he believes the two state solution remains the only answer to the conflict and what needs to happen in order to achieve it.

Jon Allen is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Canadian International Council and a Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. From 2006-10 he was Canada’s Ambassador to Israel and from 2012-16 he was Canada’s Ambassador to Spain.

There is no charge to attend this event. We ask, however, that you register in advance with Hamid Jorjani, Chair, Middle East Study Group – hjorjani@bell.net



Thursday, March 21 and Friday, March 22

Breaking Barriers, Shaping Worlds: Women and the Search for Global Order, 1919-2019

The Historical Section (PORH) of Global Affairs Canada is pleased to sponsor a two-day conference on the history of women and Canada’s international history on the theme, Breaking Barriers, Shaping Worlds: Women and the Search for Global Order, 1919-2019. Linking past and present, this symposium will explore how Canadian women have influenced Canada’s place in the world during the 20th century and beyond. Speakers will highlight the diverse ways in which Canadian women have shaped international relations, peacebuilding, security, humanitarian aid and development, as well as offering international historical perspectives on empowered women in diplomacy. The full conference program is available here.

Robertson Room, Lester B. Pearson Building, 125 Sussex Avenue, Ottawa

There is no fee, but as space is limited, we ask participants to register in advance. Government-issued photo identification will be required for entry to the Lester B. Pearson building. Also, please note that due to renovations, access to 125 Sussex Drive is temporarily confined to the King Edward Avenue entrance at the rear of the building.

Parking at the venue is extremely limited. Attendees are encouraged to use public transportation or park in the nearby Byward Market. For information on public transportation, please visit the OC Transpo website. For information on parking in the nearby Byward Market, visit Parkopedia. A map to the Market area is available here. For more information, please email Stacey Barker or Greg Donaghy.

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2019 Conference Speaker Bios Eng_Fre



Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The GLAMorous side of Cultural Diplomacy

Library and Archives Canada, in collaboration with Global Affairs Canada, will present an international panel discussion on cultural diplomacy on March 12, 2019, in Ottawa.

The purpose of this event is to learn about different perspectives on cultural diplomacy, and to highlight how members of the gallery, library, archives and museum (GLAM) communities can play a role in building lasting links between nations.

Participants will include representatives from embassies, international cultural and heritage organizations, national GLAMs (Canada Science and Technology Museum, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Canadian Museum of History, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Canadian Museum of Nature, and National Gallery of Canada), Ms. Christine St-Pierre, former minister of culture and minister of international relations of Quebec, and keynote speaker Senator Patricia Bovey (Manitoba).

When: March 12, 2019, 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Where: Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington Street, Ottawa

Registration is free
A detailed program will be available a few weeks before the event. Stay tuned!



Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Join the Canadian International Council (CIC) National Capital Branch at its next Politics @ the Pub event!

CLAWS OF THE PANDA: Beijing’s Campaign of Influence and Intimidation in Canada

Recent events are forcing us to take stock of Canada’s relationship with China and, indeed, of the manner in which we have managed our engagement with China’s government and society since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1970. There is disturbing evidence that the Chinese Communist Party has been advancing its interests in Canada in ways that are not always transparent and not always consistent with Canadian values and interests. Have we been naïve in the enthusiasm with which we have pursued closer ties with China and in assuming that China would adopt our values as its economy grew and it acquired more experience as a member of the international community? There is a pressing need to assess exactly what Chinese actors have been doing in Canada and factor that into what is bound to be a thorough reassessment of our stance towards the would-be superpower.
Our speaker will be Jonathan Manthorpe. China’s influence in Canada is the subject of his new book, Claws of the Panda, which is drawing wide attention and favourable comment from experienced observers. Margaret McCuaig Johnston, a member of the National Capital Branch, will act as discussant.
Jonathan Manthorpe has had a fifty-five year career as a journalist, serving as a foreign correspondent in Asia, Africa and Europe for Southam News, as the European Bureau Chief for the Toronto Star and as the national political reporter for The Globe and Mail. He is the author of three books on international relations, politics and history. He is based in Victoria, British Columbia.
Margaret McCuaig Johnston has served in senior management positions in the Government of Canada and is now a Senior Fellow in the Institute for Science, Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa, as well as being a Senior Fellow of the China Institute of the University of Alberta, a Distinguished Fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, and a Research Associate of Duke Kunshan University in China.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 27 – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Heart and Crown, 67 Clarence St, Ottawa, ON, K1N 5P5
Tickets are $10.00 for CIC members and $15.00 for non-members, and include a beer or glass of wine.
To register online: https://cicncbfeb272019.eventbrite.ca
** While tickets will be sold at the door up to the capacity of the venue, we highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance to ensure a spot.


Wednesday,  April 17, 2019



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Those RHOMA members interested in attending are invited to contact the
Rideau Club directly at: Reservations@rideauclub.ca.

They should note that the event is sponsored by Rideau Club member Robert
Peck and that the Rideau Club dress code applies.


Tuesday, December 4, 2018


Usher in the holiday season with friends and colleagues at the CIC National Capital Branch’s next event


On December 1st Andrés Manuel López Obrador, known as AMLO, will assume the Mexican presidency, brought to power in a political tsunami that swept aside Mexico’s traditional political parties. AMLO had lost two previous attempts at the presidency and was dismissed by his detractors as a “tropical Messiah” or Mexican imitator of Hugo Chávez. Nevertheless, he attracted more than twice as many voters as his nearest rival, and his new leftist political party, Morena, won control of both houses of the federal government, and five out of the eight governorships that were up for grabs. With this enormous mandate, he has a level of political control unprecedented since the governing party, the PRI, lost office in 2000. He enters office with considerable power but also faces almost intractable challenges.

Dr. Laura Macdonald, Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University, will help shed light on the reasons for AMLO’s victory and his likely approach to the problems that confront Mexico. These include corruption, high and rising levels of violence, human rights violations and a culture of impunity, low rates of growth and high levels of poverty and social marginalization. She will also discuss the AMLO-Trump relationship and evaluate his chances of success in addressing USA-Mexico issues related to trade, border control and migration.

Colin Robertson, Vice President and Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and host of its Global Exchange podcasts, will assess the prospects of Canada’s trade relations with Mexico under AMLO. With three-quarters of Canada’s trade being within North America, Canada has a strong stake in ensuring that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), also known as NAFTA 2.0, is ratified. He will explore how best Canada can harness its new trade deal with Mexico to support this outcome in the face of the Trump presidency in the aftermath of the recent mid-term elections in the USA, and will evaluate what we can expect.


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

5:30 pm: Registration, networking reception

6:30 pm: Presentation, discussion


KPMG, 150 Elgin Street, Suite 1800 (18th floor), Ottawa, K2P 2P8

Parking options include across the street at Ottawa City Hall.


For a list of ticket prices and to register: https://cicncbdec042018.eventbrite.ca

or contact the event administrator by e-mail at ottawa@thecic.org or telephone 613-903-4011.

The deadline for registration and cancellation is Sunday, December 2 at 10pm.

To join, or renew your membership to the CIC please go to https://thecic.org/get-involved/

Elizabeth Kingston


CIC National Capital Branch


https://canada.projectrozana.org/event-in-ottawa-building-bridges-of-peace-through-healthcare/ – on November 21st at 11am at St. Bartholomew’s Church, 125 Mackay Street, Ottawa. It is sponsored by Project Rozana Canada, an organization focussed on building bridges of peace through healthcare, with two RHOMA members – Jon Allen and Laurette Glasgow – serving on its Board of Directors.

Ottawa Symphony Orchestra November 4th concert at City Hall:



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