Guest Op-Ed

By Ekta Singla, STAND Canada Policy Team Member and guest Blog Writer   Research shows that public opinion on Canadian defence priorities is divided with people feeling strongly about how funds should be allocated between domestic and international affairs, and military spending. It is perhaps this lack of public consensus that prompted the government to… Read More


By Ekta Singla, STAND Canada Policy Researcher and Special Guest Blog Writer   International aid programmes to war torn countries have been met with mixed reactions from human rights activists, NGOs and foreign policy researchers, as it promotes in  dictatorial regimes a lack of responsibility for the poor living conditions of its own people, and hurts… Read More


By Gloria Palubjakova, STAND Canada Policy Researcher   July 9, 2011 should have marked South Sudan’s independence from the longest running civil war in Africa, however this accomplishment has emerged as a temporary one. In 2015, attempts towards a peace deal through threats of sanctions by the UN were ineffective. The failure of the UN Security… Read More


Special Guest Post by STAND Canada Policy Director Maria Simeonova   Prior to the January 20th inauguration, the Trump administration had already begun talks on suspending or altogether dismantling former President Obama’s Dodd-Frank Act, specifically section 1502 responsible for addressing conflict minerals originating from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Section 1502 of the rule… Read More


Blog shared with permission. Original post appeared January 27 on STAND USA website.   By Francesca Freeman, STAND USA’s National Student Director for the 2016-2017 school year.   “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I… Read More


A special guest blog post by Victoria Fleming, STAND Canada’s Chapters Co-Director   What does it mean to live in a culture of impunity for sexual violence? Perhaps it’s a country where victim blaming is deeply engrained in a society’s understanding of gender-based crimes. Many might argue that it’s simply a product of living in… Read More


Special Feature Blog by Laura Truesdell, Blog Writer   In January of 2016 the International Criminal Court (ICC) authorised investigation into the alleged ethnic cleansing of Georgians committed in the South Ossetia region of Georgia in 2008. Not only does this mark one the first cases undertaken by the court outside the African continent, but… Read More


Special Policy Team Guest Post by Moatasim Tungekar   On September 30, 2015, two Russian Sukhoi Su-24M bombers  struck a series of alleged ‘terrorist’ targets near the cities of Homs and Hama, in Syria. This made Russia the eleventh country to launch airstrikes against Syria this year; it was preceded by Canada, the United States, France,… Read More