Exploring Your Future Education Post-Undergrad
Mar
24
4:00pm 4:00pm

Exploring Your Future Education Post-Undergrad

Upper Years and First Years! Thinking of continuing your IR education after graduation? The IR Society is organizing a degree panel featuring several graduate students who have studied International Relations and Political Science in their undergrad and are pursuing degrees in law and other fields relevant to IR. Come over to hear about their experience and ask them anything you need to know!

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Uncertain Times: Eurasia Group's Leon Levy in Conversation
Mar
16
5:00pm 5:00pm

Uncertain Times: Eurasia Group's Leon Levy in Conversation

The International Relations Society is excited to announce its new partnership with the Eurasia Group; the world's largest political risk consultancy group! 

Working alongside our friends at ESSA and the Bill Graham Centre, we're happy to announce Leon Levy as our guest speaker. This event will discuss the growing field of political risk, and how the Eurasia Group is utilizing political science and economics to help their clients make informed business decisions in a growingly unstable world. Topics of discussion will range from US politics, EU instability, and other growing risks from across the globe. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Mairi MacDonald.

This is a fantastic opportunity for IR, poli sci, economics, and PCJ students to harness the potential of their field. After all, the Economist did call the group "an inspiration for any academic with a seemingly useless degree in political science".  

We will be posting the Eventbrite and location of the event in the next few days. Please stay tuned!

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The IR Society Presents "The State of Savagery: ISIS in Syria"
Feb
13
4:00pm 4:00pm

The IR Society Presents "The State of Savagery: ISIS in Syria"

The International Relations Society and the Turkish Consulate in Toronto present a book talk about Mr. Ufuk Ulutas' new title: "The State of Savagery: ISIS in Syria." The book discusses ISIS within the context of violent non-state actors; analyzes historical, ideological and operational roots and features of the group in Syria; and positions ISIS within the matrix of the conflicting parties in Syria. Mr. Ulutas will be joined by journalist Ms. Meryem Ilayda Atlas for this discussion.

Light refreshments will be served! 

Stay tuned for upcoming speaker bios!

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Annual Conference: Climate Change & High Politics
Jan
28
10:00am10:00am

Annual Conference: Climate Change & High Politics

To register, click here.

The International Relations Society is proud to announce its annual conference, this year on “Climate Change and High Politics.” This conference will focus on unpacking the multidimensional issue of climate change, bringing together some of the nation’s premier scholars to provide insight into this complex issue. Dividing the conference into three panels, our speakers will be asked to address the following topics:

1. The Global Governance of Climate Change: Past, Present, and Future

  • What is the plausibility of COP21 actually being implemented?

  • What should Canada’s role be in the next 10 years?

  • Can states compete with China’s level of progress in enacting climate change policy?

2. Economic Growth and Sustainable Environmental Policy: Compatible or Not?

  • Will ecosystem services become more integrated in economic calculations?

  • Is sustainability achievable within an economic framework where environmental externalities remain unaccounted for?

  • How will climate change affect the availability and pricing of products of agriculture amidst increasing global demand? 

3. Climate Change’s Threat to Human Security

  • What are some of the consequences for human societies in the face of climate change?

  • Can current international standards of aid and legal systems adequately support massive displacements of persons expected due to climate change?

  • How will fundamental human rights potentially be affected by climate change and the destruction of the environment?

The conference will be held from 10:00am-4:30pm on Saturday, January 28, 2017 in the Campbell Conference Facility at the Munk School of Global Affairs at 1 Devonshire Place. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Spots are limited, so please register to confirm yours. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Gender and International Conflict
Nov
23
7:00pm 7:00pm

Gender and International Conflict

In modern armed conflict, civilians are far more likely to be victims than soldiers, particularly women and children. In these conflicts sexual violence committed against women has been used to systematically inflict terror on communities, break up families, or in some cases is used as a tool of ethnic cleansing. Despite a history of considering wartime rape to be a legitimate spoil of war, now gender based violence which includes wartime rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, and forced pregnancy or sterilization, is part of the Rome statute of the international criminal court. Clearly sexual violence during conflict is a serious issue in international relations, but often not given appropriate attention. This panel will seek to remedy this by exploring how gender based violence in recent conflicts in Rwanda, Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone, the Congo and Syria has been addressed by the UN, international law, and civil society. The panel will consider the progress of addressing gender based violence, and consider the implications of future recourse for gender based war crimes. 

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US Election 2016: Populism & Discontent
Oct
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

US Election 2016: Populism & Discontent

 

In the lead-up to this year's general election, the mainstream political leadership of the United States has come under scrutiny, and its legitimacy has been called to question. Candidates and nominees who brand themselves as "political outsiders" have found considerable success. What are the origins of this populist rhetoric, and reasons for its recent re-emergence? What does it tell us about unresolved political discontent in America? And crucially, how will it impact the final results of the election?

The Hart House Debates Committee and International Relations Society are proud to partner to discuss these questions with the Honourable John LaFalce, former Congressman for the State of New York. He will be joined by a panel of experts whose bios will be posted on this page in the coming days. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
7:00pm-9:00pm
Hart House Music Room
Light Refreshments will be provided

Sponsored by the Bill Graham Centre.
Register on Eventbrite ASAP to ensure your admission.

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Sep
27
1:00pm 1:00pm

First Year Elections

It's that time of the year again! Are you in First Year and looking to get involved in the International Relations Society? Now's your chance! Run for one of two First Year Representative positions! The IRSociety will be holding first year elections on September 27th in the Rigby Room in St. Hilda's (44 Devonshire Place). The voting format will be paper ballots, and results will be announced immediately. Anyone from arts and science at UofT is allowed to vote, so bring your friends! Check out the Facebook event here.

**Online applications for junior editors for the attaché will be released shortly after.

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Sep
23
10:00am10:00am

DoC Presents: The Supreme Court & Israel's Democracy

What role does the Supreme Court play in Israel's democracy? How are civil liberties affected by what goes in the Supreme Court? 

Further, how do these decisions play out in Israeli’s international affairs and those of the region at large?

On Friday, September 23rd, please join Diplomats on Campus, a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization based at the University of Toronto, for a unique opportunity to hear Dr. Asher Grunis, former President of the Supreme Court of Israel (2012-2015), speak about these and other questions in what is sure to be a very exciting discussion!

This event is brought to you by Diplomats on Campus and the Consulate of Israel in Toronto, and is also supported by the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History.

Registration required. Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-supreme-court-israels-democracy-a-discussion-with-dr-asher-grunis-tickets-27413378152?ref=estw 

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Hearts, Minds and the Art of Soft Power: U.S. Diplomats Talk Public Diplomacy
Mar
11
2:00pm 2:00pm

Hearts, Minds and the Art of Soft Power: U.S. Diplomats Talk Public Diplomacy

How can new media be harnessed around the world to shape preferences, opinions, and allegiances? What role does our generation play in interacting with states, be they foreign or our own?

Who is the focus of diplomacy? States, non-state actors―the public? Is it possible to win a conflict not just on military might, but also with ideas? As Joseph Nye defines it, “smart power.”

Join Kay Mayfield, Minister Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, for a critical discussion on public diplomacy and its relevance today.

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Mar
8
6:00pm 6:00pm

Alumni Speed Mentoring & Networking Event

  • Croft Chapter House, University College (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The IRSociety, in association with the UC Lit, is proud to present an alumni mentoring and networking opportunity! The event will feature various University College alumni who have experience in international relations or various disciplines. This is an incredibly opportunity to learn more about career possibilities in international relations. A special thank you to our IRSociety Trustee, Sara Fallaha, for organizing this great event! 

Alumni:

Jessica Horowitz is an associate lawyer at Bennett Jones LLP. She specializes in international trade and regulatory law and assists Canadian and international clients with matters relating to trade remedies, customs compliance, anti-corruption compliance, WTO law and free trade agreements, import and export controls and economic sanctions, and other trade-related issues.

Stay tuned for more alumni biographies!

Registration is now open! Click here to RSVP! 

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Canada's Role in the Arctic: The Ongoing Debate
Feb
26
2:00pm 2:00pm

Canada's Role in the Arctic: The Ongoing Debate

The International Relations Society is proud to present a conversation with John Hannaford, Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet (Foreign and Defence Policy) at the Privy Council Office, and Thomas S. Axworthy, Chair of Public Policy at Massey College on Canada's Arctic Policy. They will make their comments to address: What is Canada's role in the Arctic? What should Canada's role be? 

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Canada’s Role in the Syrian Refugee Crisis: Minister John McCallum in Conversation
Feb
12
3:30pm 3:30pm

Canada’s Role in the Syrian Refugee Crisis: Minister John McCallum in Conversation

Join the University of Toronto Liberals, the University of Toronto International Relations Society, and the Munk School of Global Affairs G7 Research Group as they welcome Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship John McCallum in conversation about the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Featuring Lifeline Syria Co-Founder and former Deputy Minister Naomi Alboim and moderated by Director of the University of Toronto’s International Human Rights Program Samer Muscati, this event will present a phenomenal opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to engage on an issue of great import.

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 Creating a Modern Foreign Service: A Conversation With Audri Mukhopadhyay
Jan
29
4:00pm 4:00pm

Creating a Modern Foreign Service: A Conversation With Audri Mukhopadhyay

Are you interested in foreign policy, public service, or management strategy? 

Join the International Relations Society and Audri Mukhopadhyay, Director of Global Affairs Canada's Blueprint 2020 modernization initiative and founder of Global Affairs Canada's Strategic Initiatives Division, for a conversation this Friday in Trinity's Junior Common Room. 

Mr. Mukhopadhyay will discuss Global Affairs Canada's strategy to modernize by 2020 in response to a changing world. The event will be a window into management strategies, the evolving public service, and the future of Canada's foreign service. 

This conversation will feature a short presentation followed by a Q&A . Attendees are invited to spark discussion on issues ranging from public service modernization, to careers, the Canadian foreign service, management strategy, and more. 

All are welcome! Light refreshments will be provided. We hope you will join us for this engaging conversation. 

Speaker's biography: 

Audri Mukhopadhyay is the Director of 2020@International at Global Affairs Canada. Previously, he has served in a variety of positions, including as the Consul General of Canada in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, from 2009 to 2013. 

Audri joined the Department now called Global Affairs Canada in 2005 when he founded the Strategic Initiatives Division. Afterwards, he was the Director of South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania Commercial Relations from 2007 to 2009. 

Prior to joining Global Affairs Canada, Audri was the Government of Canada’s representative to ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). He has also worked as an economist with Finance Canada, and for the private sector in Silicon Valley, California. 

A Rhodes Scholar, Audri holds two degrees from Oxford University: an M.B.A. and an M.Phil in Economics, as well as a B.A. in Economics from Dalhousie University. He has presented guest lectures at universities in Canada, the United Kingdom, Hungary, and Vietnam. Audri was appointed Dean of the Ho Chi Minh City Diplomatic Corps in 2013, and he is a recipient of the Government of Canada’s Public Service Award of Excellence.

Audri grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and speaks English, French, and Bengali.

Registration Link 
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 The "New" New Diplomacy: Three Consuls General in Conversation
Jan
21
11:30am11:30am

The "New" New Diplomacy: Three Consuls General in Conversation

What are the most pressing global issues today? How are the role and craft of diplomacy changing to meet these challenges?

Three high profile diplomats weigh in. Join the Consuls General of Germany, Israel, and the United States, in Toronto for a engaging discussion and question session aiming to answer these questions.

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Find an Internship Seminar
Nov
27
6:30pm 6:30pm

Find an Internship Seminar

  • Junior Common Room, Trinity College (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Looking to gain some experience in international relations outside of UofT? Come and join us before our social to hear about the experiences of upper-year students in finding IR-related internships! Our student panel will speak about their paid and unpaid internships working in a variety of fields, including diplomacy, policy think tanks, financial institutions and more! Learn about the range of opportunities available to you, where to find them, and how to apply. 

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Arctic Insecurities in the 21st Century
Nov
6
12:00pm12:00pm

Arctic Insecurities in the 21st Century

With the ice melting rapidly, the Arctic is becoming more accessible to tourists, corporations, and politicians who wish to take advantage of the North for its changing environment. What does this mean for the Arctic peoples and states? How will the future of Arctic governance look like? Please join the former premier of Yukon, Tony Penikett, as he delivers his remarks on this topic and discusses his upcoming book. All are welcome to attend.

This event is being co-hosted with the International Relations Society and the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International Relations

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CCR2P Roundtable: "Canadian Foreign Policy & Mainstreaming R2P"
Oct
22
12:00pm12:00pm

CCR2P Roundtable: "Canadian Foreign Policy & Mainstreaming R2P"

You are cordially invited to our roundtable discussion on "Canadian Foreign Policy & Mainstreaming Responsibility to Protect."

In the post-election climate, we hope to bring together key thinkers and practitioners of Canadian foreign policy to generate a discussion on how we can turn the R2P from promise to practice, as we witness on-going crises in Syria, Yemen, South Sudan and North Korea. Join us for an engaging discussion with Dr. Jennifer Welsh (UN Secretary-General's Special Advisor on R2P), Ambassador Marius Grinius, Master Hugh Segal of Massey College and Dr. Stephen Toope. Following presentations, there will be an opportunity for Q&A with the audience. 

Co-sponsored by the Munk School of Global Affairs & Canadian Studies Program at University College.

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Critical Infrastructure And Cyber Security – Are We Safe?
Oct
16
9:30am 9:30am

Critical Infrastructure And Cyber Security – Are We Safe?

The IRSociety, in partnership with the Mackenzie Institute and the NATO Association of Canada, will be organizing a one day conference to inform you on national and global security matters while providing a forum to discuss the sociological consequences of security measures on individual Canadians. 

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First Year Elections, Attache Journal Launch & IR Clubs Fair
Sep
25
3:00pm 3:00pm

First Year Elections, Attache Journal Launch & IR Clubs Fair

Interested in getting involved with the IRSociety? We will be hosting elections for first year representatives for the executive and junior editor positions for the Attache Journal of International Affairs on Friday, September 25 from 3-5PM at the Rigby Room! All first year students in the Faculty of Arts and Science, St. George Campus, with an interest in pursuing international relations as a Subject POSt are eligible to run in this election.

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Spring Elections!
Mar
20
3:00pm 3:00pm

Spring Elections!

Want to get more involved with the IRS? Here's your chance! On Friday March 20th from 3-4pm we will be hosting our annual general meeting and spring elections. The event will take place in the Rigby Room at St. Hilda's. 

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The Problem with Military Intervention: Why we shouldn’t go to war with ISIS
Mar
4
3:00pm 3:00pm

The Problem with Military Intervention: Why we shouldn’t go to war with ISIS

Whether to intervene militarily in the Middle East has been a defining question for governments across North America and Europe in the past 15 years. As yet another international crisis rears its head in Iraq and Syria, the question remains: what should be Canada's role? 

Come to the Junior Common Room at Trinity College to hear Professor and former Intelligence Officer Paul Robinson's firm take on the controversial topic of military intervention. Hosted in partnership with the Institute for Liberal Studies.

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Career Mentorship and Social
Feb
5
2:00pm 2:00pm

Career Mentorship and Social

January and February are the busiest times of the year for figuring out summer opportunities! On February 5th at 2pm, a representative from the UofT Career Centre will be coming in to provide advice on resumes, cover letters, and job opportunities available to students in social science and the humanities. Feel free to bring in a copy of your resume to receive advice on structure, formatting, and content! At 4pm, we will be heading to a nearby restaurant for our first Mentorship Social of the year! Drinks and snacks will be provided! If you can’t make the preceding event, definitely join us at our social. More details to follow.

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