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May 21, 2008

Featured article – Redefining “diasporas” by Rima Berns-McGown

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“Current definitions of “diaspora”—definitions used by the academy and 

policymakers alike—contribute to the marginalization of immigrant, 

minority, and ethnic communities, in terms of both societal inclusion and 

inclusion in the foreign policy process. They therefore serve to undermine 

the stated goals of the Canadian multicultural project and to skew foreign- 

policymaking as policymakers seek to protect it from the “special pleading” 

of ethnic minorities.”


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April 16, 2008

Classic article – Rhoda E. Howard’s Human rights and the culture wars

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There is a real danger that culturalist social movements will have
increasing influence in the twenty-first century. They may well join
with authoritarian governments of various kinds to suppress the
human rights movement as an inauthentic, non-indigenous, ‘Western’
cultural imposition. To argue this point, it is necessary to review a
series of debates about human rights that have been occurring since the
1970s. In discussing these debates, I will refer to culturalist reaction
because it is a more descriptive and less polemical term than funda-
mentalism or Barber’s jihad. In the end, the culturalist reaction against
the West could be one factor in a 21st-century war.

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Featured Review – Robert R. Fowler reviews The Horseshoe Table

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While lucid, informative, and thoughtful, his account is overly protec-
tive of the UN secretariat and his own key role therein vis-à-vis the security
council, particularly when he recounts the two principal disasters that befell
the United Nations on his watch: Srebrenica and Rwanda. In both
instances, his efforts at explanation and detachment grate and are uncon-

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Featured article – Ed Morgan’s Fear and loathing in jus cogens

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We were somewhere around customon the edge of the convention when
the doctrine began to take hold. The purpose of this essay is to take a
Hunter S. Thompson-like journey to the heart of international law, to cir-
cumvent the banality of the discipline—a place that is “viciously over-
crowded…where almost everybody seems vaguely happy”—and ascend the
discipline’s heights in search of norms that have profound meaning.
Despite the attractiveness of seeking to remedy breaches of the most fun-
damental global rules, the trek may be a frustrating one. As will be seen, the
unyielding proliferation of arguments has at times threatened to reduce the
international legal world to one in which “there is not much left except…”,
well, fill in the blank.

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New issue of International Journal – Diasporas: What it now means to be Canadian

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Diasporas what it now means to be Canadian

A new issue of International Journal is available. “Diasporas: What it now means to be Canadian” challenges widely held assumptions of how diversity is affecting Canada. The issue features article by Rima Berns-McGown, Robert Latham, Vic Satzewich, Ed Morgan, and more, and includes three unique perspectives on being a second-generation Canadian. 

Visit to purchase physical and electronic versions of articles, issues, and subscriptions. As well, read featured articles, featured reviews, and classic articles from IJ, and discuss these pieces on our blog. 

March 7, 2008

Featured article – Ryan Touhey’s Canada and India at 60

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“On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations, the Canada-India relationship is being re-examined in Ottawa with a sense of interest not seen since the early 1950s. After the equivalent of a prolonged diplomatic ice age punctuated by periods of high optimism from both sides, India is increasingly on Canadian minds to an extent that was unfathomable as little as seven years ago. Indeed, emerging India is now referred to as a “key” priority country by the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.”

Read our featured article and post a comment in this blog post to begin a discussion. 2.0 launches

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In March 2008, was given a new look, as well as an expanded feature list. Here are the new features of our website:
-A fresh visual upgrade that will make searching through the website easier and more pleasant.
-An expandable archive of IJ volumes that will eventually host pages for every issue of the journal from 1946.
-A new store, enabling Paypal transactions for both physical and electronic copies of the IJ, and an easier way to purchase individual electronic issues, articles, and subscriptions.
-New institutional rates for electronic articles and issues of IJ.

-Electronic Institutional subscriptions.
-A blog post corresponding with every new issue as well as every featured article that will allow readers to post comments.

We’re all very excited about the launch of the new site, and expect it to be a wonderful addition to CIC’s International Journal.

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