Fen Hampson Testifies Before the Canadian Senate on the Frozen Assets Repurposing Act

WRMC President Fen Hampson testified before the Senate of Canada’s Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade about Bill S-217, An Act respecting the repurposing of certain seized, frozen or sequestrated assets, also known as the Frozen Assets Repurposing Act. What follows is the testimony as prepared. A video recording of the testimony […]

Wholesale Corruption Causing a Democracy Deficit

When Canadian foreign minister François-Philippe Champagne touched down in Beirut in late August to survey the damage from the disastrous explosion that killed hundreds, injured thousands and left hundreds of thousands homeless, he had a clear message for Lebanese President Michel Aoun: Canadian aid would be contingent on “real reforms” to the country’s political system.  […]

Pandora Papers

Canada should lead in creating an international court to fight corruption

‘Canada should take the lead in promoting the development of an International Anti-Corruption Court.’ Lloyd Axworthy and Fen Osler Hampson The stunning revelations in the Pandora Papers, a leak of offshore corporate records of the rich and famous disseminated by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, is but the latest in a string of eye-popping […]

Vaccine nationalism must not relegate the forcibly displaced to the ‘back of the queue’

Equitable vaccine distribution represents one of the most challenging, vexatious political issues facing UN member states in 2021. Governments that can afford large-scale purchases have already contracted the lion’s share of vaccine production for their own use. But they have left the rest of the world, where there is limited capability to manufacture and deliver vaccines, high and dry.