ISIL: History & The Future

This week, the University of Winnipeg will be hosting what it dubs Middle East Week. Every year, the fourth-ranked undergraduate university in Canada hosts a variety of lectures, debates, and screenings in order to examine critical issues within the Middle East.

This year, the University will be hosting Canadian journalist Gwynne Dyer who speaks Monday night (February 22nd) at 7:00 PM. Dyer will be speaking about the future of ISIL. In anticipation of his appearance, Terry McLeod of CBC Radio interviewed both Dyer and Professor Rory Dixon from the University of Winnipeg on Sunday, February 21st.

ISIL’s emergence and future is complex and takes a great deal of careful research, listening, reflection, and critical thought. As such, let’s delve into how ISIL and the complexity of the Middle East came to be and what potential solutions might exist. For those in Global Issues, this might play well into your research for your major papers and Take Action Projects.

The BBC: Why Border Lines Drawn with a Ruler in WWI still Rock the Middle East

Below this post, share your thoughts on why you think there is such disruption and destruction in the region and how or if it might end.

Al Jazeera: How Can ISIL be Defeated?

Furthermore, what should Canada’s response be? How is this now more than a regional conflict?

Al Jazeera: What Would TE Lawrence do?

Ensure that you use evidence to support your arguments and that when you respond to peers, please be courteous. Please also only use first names.

 

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Canada’s Response to ISIS

Photo taken form the Guardian.

Photo taken form the Guardian.

As we know, Parliament recently voted to send support to help with the fight against ISIS in northern Iraq. As we read in the Globe and Mail, this amounted to six CF-18s, two bombers, and a refueling plane (not to mention 600 personnel).

The debate in Parliament has created a debate across the country as to what Canada’s role should be in the world.

Robert Fowler, a former diplomat and representative of Canada to the UN, has recently suggested that Canada’s plan will actually be destructive to the movement against ISIS. Below you will find an article from the Globe and Mail and an interview he performed on the CBC’s As it Happens.

CBC – As it Happens – October 6th, 2014

Folwer – Half Measures in the Fight Against the Islamic State…

What do you think? What should Canada’s role be in the fight against ISIS? Do you agree with Mr. Fowler?

In response, be sure to have a strong research question and thesis and use evidence to support all claims that which you make. Respond to your colleagues with dignity and decorum.

Bio on Fowler from the Globe and Mail:

Robert R. Fowler is a Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and the author of A Season in Hell: My 130 Days in the Sahara with Al Qaeda. He has served as a foreign-policy adviser to three Canadian prime ministers, as personal representative to Africa for three others, and as deputy minister of national defence, and was Canada’s longest-serving ambassador to the United Nations.

Robert Fowler – A Season in Hell from Matt Henderson on Vimeo.