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Effects of Community-Based Natural Resource Management on Household Welfare in Namibia
Assistant Professor, Hisham Zerriffi explores the development of a widespread community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) program in Namibia, which makes it an ideal location to analyze the connection between conservation and socioeconomic well-being of local communities.
Dialogues on Memory: Strategies for reconstructing memories in conflict and post-conflict zones
Pilar Riaño-Alcalá
This project is supported by grants from the Swiss Government and UBC Faculty of Arts and is a collaboration between the Historical Memory Commission of Colombia and the Transitional Justice Network of the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia.
Human Security and Cities
From a 2008 partnership between the Liu Institute and DFAIT, this set of articles examine the nature and scale of organized urban violence, and suggest approaches to mitigate its consequences.
A Guilty Pleasure: The Global Chocolate Economy and the Conflict in Côte d’Ivoire
The global cocoa trade, of which Côte d’Ivoire supplies 35-40% each year, casts a long shadow over both Côte d’Ivoire’s decade-long crisis and the fragile prosperity that preceded it, and can be tied to human rights violations that were endemic both before and during the conflict.
Liu Scholars receive highly competitive IDRC Doctoral Research Awards
Reza Kowsari, Arvind Saraswat, Beth Stewart
In the recent International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Doctoral Research Awards competition, Liu Scholars won three of 21 grants awarded across Canada.
Colombia: The Task of Reconstructing Historical Narratives when the Conflict is Ongoing
Pilar Riaño-Alcalá
During the ‘Week of Memory’, September 20th - 30th 2010, the Commission of Historical Memory presents four major reports on emblematic episodes of the war in Colombia. Pilar Riaño-Alcalá is one of the researchers in the commission, and the rapporteur / co-rapporteur of two reports.
Border Country
Lara Rosenoff, Liu Scholar
Liu Scholar, Lara Rosenoff’s work will be displayed at Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, in Toronto, from September 14 – October 16, 2010.
Invisible Chains: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking
Benjamin Perrin
Liu Faculty Fellow Prof. Benjamin Perrin's first book "Invisible Chains: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking" is being published this fall by Penguin Group (Canada). Hardcover copies are now available online for pre-order.
France’s Non-Proliferation Policy
David Santoro
This article provides an in-depth analysis of France’s current non-proliferation policy.
The 2010 U.S. Nuclear Posture Review: An Assessment
David Santoro
In an earlier issue of the Liu Global Focus series, David Santoro wrote that while in its first year in office the Obama administration did a good job of articulating an ambitious vision for the world in nuclear affairs, it would soon have to translate that vision into effective action. In this op-ed, David looks at how the administration have done just that, with the announcement of the much-anticipated U.S. Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) on April 6, 2010.
Global Focus: On the Edges of Conflict
Benjamin Perrin, Brian Job
Armed conflict in the early 21st century tends to be asymmetrical and protracted, fought by an array of armed groups on both physical and political battlefields, and causing disproportionate suffering and death to civilians. The Edges of Conflict Project is working to better understand the nature of such conflict and to improve respect for the rule of law in complex security environments.
Climate Change and Security Project
Brian Job, Leanne Smythe
Over the next 30 years, climate change will emerge as a global security concern of unprecedented scope and seriousness. Researchers at the Liu Institute for Global Issues have launched a research project which is exploring the security implications of climate change for Canada.
The Climate Change-Security Nexus -- A Workshop
Leanne Smythe, Brian Job
The potential security implications of climate change have received less attention in Canada than in many other countries. A January 28-29, 2010 workshop in Ottawa organized by a research team at the Liu Institute for Global Issues helped fill this gap.
Global Focus: A Daunting Nuclear Agenda for 2010
David Santoro
A year ago, President Obama took office with the stated goal of making the elimination of all nuclear weapons a central element of its nuclear policy. In a landmark speech delivered in Prague on April 5, 2009, he further detailed his vision of a world free of nuclear weapons and he outlined an ambitious arms control agenda for the next decade. The task of translating this vision into action is now upon him. In this op-ed, David Santoro looks at 2010, and the challenging task of driving that vision to completion.
Trafficking in Persons in Australia
Andreas Schloenhardt
This project, carried out jointly between The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, and The University of British Columbia, provides the first comprehensive analysis of the phenomenon of trafficking in persons, especially women and children, and their exploitation in the sex industry and other forms of forced labour in Australia.
Canada International Council: Canada - China: Collaboration on Global Issues
Brian Job
The CIC's China project is to focus on building a policy framework for Canada's resumption of an effective partnership with China. The overall project has three thematic areas: 1) domestic institutional and normative contexts for engagement; 2) economic relations; 3) collaboration on global issues. Through the Centre of International Relations, Brian Job, has assumed the role of coordinator of the third theme, along with Pascale Massot (currently a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at UBC), serving as the project’s research assistant.
Council for Security Cooperation in the Asian Pacific - Regional Security Outlook
Brian Job
The CSCAP Regional Security Outlook (CRSO), CSCAP's flagship publication is edited by Brian Job and Erin Williams of the CIR and published by the CIR for CSCAP. The CRSO mandate is to survey the most pressing security issues of today and to provide informed policy-relevant recommendations as to how Track One (official) and Track Two (non-official) actors, working together, can advance regional multilateral solutions to these issues.
Global Focus: Her name is Beatrice, my name is Lara
Lara Rosenoff
"Her Name is Beatrice, My Name is Lara: experiences in witnessing, internal displacement and conflict in Northern Uganda after 23 years of war" is a documentary project examining a documentary’s potentials and pitfalls in critical 'witnessing,' while exploring how voices from those living in the centre of conflict can challenge dominant media and humanitarian narratives. A photo- and video-based exhibition will be featured in the Liu Institute's lobby starting 14 January 2010.
Global Focus: What should Canada be doing in Afghanistan post-2011?
Taylor Owen, Emily Padden
To discuss this issue, the Liu Institute hosted a workshop on "Peacebuilding - Afghanistan after 2011", chaired by Taylor Owen and Emily Paddon, with support from Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and the Trudeau Foundation.
Global Focus: From obscurity to action: Why Canada must tackle the security dimensions of climate change
Margaret Purdy, Resident Scholar at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, spoke at the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies (CASIS) International Conference on October 29th, 2009.
Global Focus: Rape in the DR Congo: Canada, where are you?
Africa Canada Accountability Coalition
On September 14, 2009, the Africa Canada Accountability Coalition, a student led initiative at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, spoke before the Canada Senate Committee for Human Rights about why and how Canada should address mass rape in the eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo; regions where mineral exploitation fuels a conflict that preys upon women and girls, and where Canada is the largest non-African investor in the mining industry.
Organized Crime Offences in the Asia Pacific Region
Andreas Schloenhardt
This study analyses organised crime legislation in the Asia Pacific region, and its aim is to to assess the adequacy and efficiency of the existing provisions under domestic and international laws, and to develop recommendations for law reform to prevent and suppress organised crime more effectively in the region.
Iran in the World
Soushiant Zanganehpour
The Simons Centers "Iran in the World" project aims to explore the particular historical, regional, social and political contexts of Iranian motivations for pursuing nuclear technologies.
Geographies of violence in ‘post-conflict’ situations: a survey of perceptions, experiences, and coping mechanisms in contemporary Cambodia
Philippe Le Billon
To develop a ‘grassroots’ conceptualisation of ‘post-conflict’ violence; To document individual perceptions and experiences of violence, as well as coping mechanism, by a large sample of Cambodians (survey questionnaire of 1,200 persons); To inform debates about human security and ‘post-conflict’ policies.
Natural disasters and political transformations: the cases of Aceh, Sri Lanka, and Kashmir
Philippe Le Billon
To identify current knowledge and research gaps on the links between natural disasters, political transformation and conflict resolution; (2) improve understanding of the political consequences of recent disasters in Aceh, Sri Lanka, and Kashmir based on published sources; (3) apply for a major research grant to fill gaps identified in the literrature and inform the security and disaster policy communities.
Resource governance and armed conflicts: the cases of Sierra Leone and Iraq
Philippe Le Billon
To develop a conceptual framework for analyzing resource governance in conflict-affected countries; examine patterns of external intervention in resource governance in conflict-affected countries over the past decade; analyze the evolution, legitimacy, and impacts of external intervention in resource governance in Sierra Leone (diamonds) and Iraq (petroleum).
Southeast Asia Cooperation Program
A three-year program (2000-03) working with think tanks and policy-related institutes in Southeast Asia focusing on the concepts of cooperative and human security and their impact on regional institutions. Funded by the Canadian International Development Agency with additional support from institutes in the region.
Rebuilding American Security
A three-year program (2004-07) assessing Asian views of current US security policy, especially on non-proliferation and counter-terrorism. It included extensive use of survey research on public attitudes with special attention to South Korea and Indonesia in advance of international workshops in partnership with the East Asia Institute in Seoul and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta. The main theme was the ways in which democratization pluralizes security discussion and complicates the management of bilateral issues. Rather than simple "anti-Americanism" or rejection of basic American values, the project discovered a more complex and sophisticated pattern of responses to specific policies of the Bush administration. Funded by the Ford Foundation.
Justice and Reconciliation Project
Erin Baines
JRP works with youth and their communities to strengthen locally owned approaches to the reintegration of ex-combatants, justice and reconciliation in war torn northern Uganda. The project is based at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia.
Southeast Asian Views on the Responsibility to Protect
A series of meetings in Singapore, Bangkok, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur in in 2003 on regional reactions to the report of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty. Funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and partner institutions in Southeast Asia.
Linking Development and Cooperative Security in Northeast Asia
A three-year program (1999-2002) for building multilateral cooperation on development and security issues in Northeast Asia. It included exchange, training, and research cooperation with policy-related institutes in China, Mongolia, North Korea, and the Russian Far East. Funded by the Canadian Indian International Development Agency and with additional support from institutes and foundations in the United States and Japan.
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