Author Archives: Joël Paré J.

COLOMBIA AFTER THE FARC. THE COSTS AND DIVIDENDS OF PEACE

As Barack Obama was leaving Cuba after his historical visit, the first by a U.S. president in 80 years, and as Belgium and the world were mourning the victims of Brussels’ recent terrorist attacks, an important date in Colombia’s history went by almost unnoticed on the world stage. March 23rd 2016 marked the self-imposed deadline […]

Gender equity in Politics. Time for quotas.

As the 2016 U.S. Presidential election nears, all eyes are turned on the Republican primaries, already a very entertaining political waltz, to say the least. On the other side of the fence, Hillary Clinton is still leading the Democratic primaries and is a strong contender for the presidency. The inexplicable feeling of being witness to […]

Make the Arctic a land of opportunity, not a new Far West

As the global climate changes, the Arctic gets increasingly accessible. Receding ice opens navigational ways to commerce and to the very appealing potentials of the region’s natural resources. If these fascinating new promises make the bordering states see the North Pole as a new Klondike, the contested territorial waters and the blurry Exclusive Economic Zones […]

The Canadian Senate: the downfall of an institution?

Toronto’s controversial mayor Rob Ford is not the only politician in the limelight in Canada. An avalanche of scandals in the Senate has reinstated the debate between Senate reformist and abolishers. This institution has been the hub of some heated debate and bold moves by the official opposition, the Liberal party, and Prime Minister Stephen […]