Jennifer Welsh’s “The Return of History”: (Re)Defining Liberal Democracy for the 21st Century

As I browsed bookstores last December for holiday gifts (and a few gifts for myself), one book repeatedly caught my eye – The Return of History: Conflict, Migration, and Geopolitics in the Twenty-First Century, by Canadian international relations scholar Jennifer Welsh. I noticed it for three reasons: (1) the title was a clear rhetorical response to one of…

Top Global News Stories to Follow in 2016

At just over a week old, 2016 promises to be a powerful year for stories that will shape our world. We’ve already seen the simmering Cold War between Saudi Arabia and Iran ratchet up a couple levels, and a reminder of the instability North Korea brings to international relations with its test of a purported hydrogen bomb. Meanwhile,…

Burma Votes: What Does Myanmar’s Election Mean for the West?

The Story On Sunday, November 8, the citizens of the Southeast Asian country Myanmar (commonly known as Burma) voted in the country’s first mostly free elections since a military takeover, more than 50 years ago. The country’s election committee is expected to take weeks in tabulating the official results, especially from rural areas. However, the preliminary…

Viewpoint: Four Ways to Help Fix Canada’s Refugee Policy

Ed. Note: With this post, I am introducing a new feature to Pine Tree Republic called “Viewpoints”. This monthly series will present a distinct opinion and set of policy recommendations on a recent political or international relations issue, complementing our “Front Page News” features, which will remain as objective as possible in analyzing the wider…

20 Years After Srebrenica: How Do We Get to “Never Again”?

The 20th Anniversary of Srebrenica Saturday, July 11, marked the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica Massacre – widely considered the most horrifying instance of mass murder during the Balkan Wars, and one of the starkest examples of attempted genocide since World War II. (Note: The use of the term “genocide” is still highly debated among governments in the region;…