Episode 8: Reactions to Jerusalem - linking international law to real life

A week after Trump's dramatic announcement, the international community has roundly rejected any change in Jerusalem's status as contrary to International law, international norms and unhelpful for the 'peace process'. But what is the link between these broad, and often nebulous, concepts and real life in the city at the centre of this crisis. To answer these questions we speak to Dr. Nadia Abu-Zahra, Associate Professor in International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa.

Episode 7: Jerusalem - WTF just happened?

On 5th December, US President Donald Trump declared his intention to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. To try and get a handle on what this means, we talk to Dr Fadi Elhusseini, a Political and Media Advisor and he is an advisory board member of the New Arab Foundation. He is a senior fellow at the Centre on Governance, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa

Episode 6: Have we reached peak Putin? Russia in the contemporary international order

Interview with Simon Palamar Ph.D (Carleton University). At CIGI Simon manages the Constructive Powers Initiative, an informal, track 1.5, consultative body that brings together foreign policy planners and academic experts from a dozen countries to discuss sensitive, new, and emerging global security issues in a frank and open fashion.

Episode 2: Are We Asking the Right Questions About ISIS?

Image of Kobane, Syria, October 2014  
By PersianDutchNetwork - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

In this episode we talk to Jacqueline Lopour, a Research Associate in Global Security & Politics at the Centre for International Governance Innovation with 10 years experience as a CIA analyst and Dr. Jamie Allinson, a lecturer at University of Edinburgh, who recently wrote an article on the background to ISIS called ‘Disaster Islamism’ in Salvage Magazine.


Teaser for Globalisation Café

Brand New Podcast to Debut This Spring

Ottawa University today announced the launch of “Globalization Café”, a podcast about the global issues that affect our everyday lives, marking a new platform for political junkies and newbies to engage with research, international affairs and politics. The weekly show is hosted by Globalization Café founder and Ottawa University’s Gordon F. Henderson Post-doctoral fellow, Philip Leech-Ngo and features in-depth interviews, news and expert commentary. Launching on March 20, the show will be available on soundcloud and itunes.

Each episode will be approximately 30 minutes and will feature conversations with some of the most interesting people in the political world; expert commentary on current affairs; and other stories that are relevant to the global issues affecting Canadians.

“The show will engage listeners with current affairs and the latest research, making academia and politics accessible, fun and relevant,” said Leech-Ngo.

Special guest of the first episode of “Globalization Café” includes Prof. John Packer, Director of the Human Rights Research and Education Center. Episode two will be on the Israel-Palestine conflict. Future episodes will feature discussions on the nature of State Surveillance, ‘Trump’s world’, Environment and Climate Change, among others.