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 invite… 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 local… 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 Council… 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 mandates… 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 lift my… Read More