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Bush visit experts

2010-03-19

Queen’s experts are ready to comment on:

African Development
Defence
Environmental Policy
Foreign Policy
International Business
Organized Protest
Social Policy
Surveillance
Trade Policy

African Development

Robert Shenton

Queen’s historian Robert Shenton says that imposing an embargo on Sudanese oil would be an effective way for the international community to respond to the crisis in the Sudan. He feels the UN has been wholly ineffective in dealing with the crises and says that the African Union forces are “laughably” equipped.

Shenton studies modern African history and the history of development. His research experience includes a five-year stay in Nigeria and the co-management of a four-year project in Uganda funded by the International Development Research Centre. He is the co-author of Doctrines of Development (Routledge [UK], 2000) and a frequent contributor to the Review of African Political Economy. He is currently at work on a study of communitarianism, civil society, and the state in Africa.

Defence

David Haglund

Political Studies professor David Haglund is an expert on transatlantic security, and on Canadian and American foreign and security policy.

Some of his recent publications include: Over Here and Over There: Canada-US Defence Cooperation in an Era of Interoperability (2001); The North Atlantic Triangle Revisited: Canadian Grand Strategy at Century's End (2000); and The France-US Leadership Race: Closely Watched Allies (2000); Will NATO Go East? The Debate Over Enlarging the Atlantic Alliance (1996); The "New Peacekeeping" and European Security: German and Canadian Interests and Issues (1995); The Canadian Defence Industry in the New Global Environment, (1995).

Douglas Bland

Douglas Bland, Chair Queen's Defence Management Studies Program is an expert in defense policy. He is available to discuss current missile defence issues, and Canadians going to Afghanistan again to support Bush's efforts there.
Professor Bland is co-author of a recent Queen's study entitled Canada without Armed Forces? The study highlights the national crisis of the "future force" caused by a cascading policy entanglement that was initiated by the rapid collapse of Canadian Forces core assets and core capabilities.

He has participated actively in public debates on defence policy, writing extensively in the national news media and making presentations in a variety of forums, including the Conference of Defence Associations, the graduating class at Trinity College, a DND issues conference, and the Federation of the United Services Institute in Kingston.

Other publications include:
A Sow's Ear from a Silk Purse, International Journal 54(1), (Winter 1998/99)
A Unified Theory of Civil-Military Relations,
Armed Forces and Society 26(1), (Autumn 1999).
Issues in Defence Management, volume 2. Published as part of the Queen?s Policy Studies series.

Kim Nossal
Also a Foreign Policy expert. See below.

Environmental Policy

Anita Krajnc,/I>

Anita Krajnc, expert in peace and conflict studies, can comment on the different approaches Canada and the U.S. are taking on the Kyoto Protocol on global climate change, and how environmentalgroups in Canada and the US view President Bush's environmental record.

Kranjnc is the first Policy Studies Skelton-Clark Postdoctoral Fellow. She is working on a book, Adapting Social Movement Strategies, which explains major changes in social movement strategies in response to changes in the domestic and international environments. It builds on her doctoral work on the Canadian environmental movement.
Her doctoral thesis was entitled "Green Learning: The Role of Scientists and the Environmental Movement."

Foreign Policy

Kim Nossal

Kim Nossal, head of Political Studies at Queen’s, researches Canadian foreign and defence policy, and Canadian-American relations and can offer general commentary on these subjects. His other research interests include: humanitarian intervention in Canadian foreign policy; NGOs and the anti-globalization movement in Australia and Canada; and the effects of international sanctions on particular countries, economies, and groups.

Recent publications include: Diplomatic Departures: The Conservative Era in Canadian Foreign Policy, 1984-93 (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2001); 'Life with uncle revisited: the United States and the issue of leadership,' in David G. Haglund, ed., The France-US Leadership Race: Closely Watched Allies (Kingston: Queen's Quarterly Press, 2000), 157-79; The Patterns of World Politics (Scarborough, Ont: Prentice Hall Canada, 1998); The Politics of Canadian Foreign Policy, 3rd ed. (Scarborough, Ont: Prentice Hall Canada, 1997).

International Business

Marc Busch

Marc Busch can speak to the importance of economic geography in U.S. trade politics, the workings of GATT/WTO dispute settlement, the patterns of non-tariff barrier protectionism across the advanced industrial states, and trends in regional economic integration. He is currently researching the relationship between the United States’ Section 301 of GATT/WTO dispute settlement, and “forum-shopping” for dispute settlement in Canada-U.S. trade.

He is an associate professor at Queen’s School of Business, a Queen’s National Scholar and the author of Trade Warriors (Cambridge University Press, 1999), which explains the strategic-trade policies of governments in high technology industries.

David Detomasi,

David Detomasi can comment on expectations surrounding post-war contracts in Iraq. His research interests include international corporate/social responsibility, the international political economy, government-business relations, public-sector management, and corporate governance.

He has taught international business and country analysis at Queen's University. In the private sector, he has consulted with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and The World Economic Forum in examining the strategic and governance practices of the world's most influential companies.

Organized Protest

Richard Day

Richard Day, Queen's sociology professor is an expert in organized protest. Dr. Day is a radical who will be in Ottawa protesting President Bush’s visit. Although he supports public protest since it is an active rather than a passive response to disempowerment, he is convinced that attempting to influence state power is the least effective method of achieving radical social change. One is much better off engaging in various sorts of direct action, ranging from creating alternatives to existing structures, to resisting and impeding their operation. This latter tactic is obvious in Europe right now, with people doing whatever they can to hinder the movement of troops and supplies to the Gulf region as a way of directly counteracting the US/British escalation of the war in Iraq.

He is against the continuation of the war in Iraq because he doesn't accept any of the arguments put forward by the Bush regime to justify its desire to violently replace a government it no longer likes with one it thinks it might like better. Even the quest for oil should be considered as secondary to the desire to consolidate America's position as a centre of power in the emerging global capitalist police-state. This is to say that, for him, war and globalization are intimately linked. Hence, anti-war and anti-globalization activism are, or should be, intimately linked as well.

Social Policy

Kathleen Lahey

Law professor Kathleen Lahey is an expert on the Charter of Rights (women, lesbians, gays and other minorities) and property-related issues related to marital status, gender, and sexuality.

She is shocked at what's happening to women in the U.S. including the widespread use of intrusive body checks and pat downs on women airline passengers in the name of national security and the attachment of a clause barring states from giving women abortion services, contraception, and contraception information to a spending bill that 'must' be passed in order to keep the government operating.

She is also concerned about civil rights infringements that include: the use of legal and informal channels to mute political critique and discussion of unpopular government policies and the use of anti-terrorist rules to give immigration laws more harsh enforcement, such as the right to immediate deportation of illegal immigrants who are forced to leave minor children behind; and the insistence that the Geneva Conventions on the treatment of prisoners of war are not binding on the federal government in the Iraq war.

Professor Lahey is an outspoken advocate for the legal recognition of same-sex partnerships. She appeared in the Supreme Court of Canada in the Same-Sex Marriage Reference argued on Oct. 6-7 2004, as counsel for the BC Couples who won the marriage case in the BCCA

Recent publications include: Same-Sex Marriage: The Personal and the Political, (Insomniac Press, 2004), with Dr. Kevin Alderson; Removing fiscal barriers to women's labour force participation (Status of Women Canada, in publication) and "Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships in Canada" in Robert Wintermute, ed., Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships in Domestic and International Law (Harper Press, 2001).

Keith Banting

Policy Studies Professor Keith Banting Is an expert in the differences in Canada and U.S. approaches to social policy and multiculturalism, particularly the value differences between the two countries. As one of Canada's leading scholars in the areas of federalism and social policy he is recognized internationally for his expertise on the politics of the welfare state and

His book The Welfare State and Canadian Federalism has influenced a generation of scholars in both Canada and abroad. Subsequently his books have examined whether globalization, especially in tandem with NAFTA, erodes Canada's policy sovereignty; the growing importance of the voluntary sector for its social policy and institutional overtones; and an examination of the relationships between ethnicity, multiculturalism and social policy.

Professor Banting has been recognized for his distinguished contributions with visiting appointments at Harvard University's Center for European Studies, the European University Institute (Florence), the London School of Economics and Oxford University.
He served as Director of Queen's School for Policy Studies from 1993 through 2003, where his astute leadership contributed to the development of Canada's pre-eminent network for policy-oriented teaching and research.

Surveillance

David Lyon

Sociologist David Lyon is head of the Queen’s-based Surveillance Project and a world expert on technological surveillance. His recent publications include: 'ID Cards: Social Sorting by Database', an 'Issue Brief' available at the website of the Oxford Internet Institute, http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/resources/;"Technology vs. 'Terrorism': Circuits of City Surveillance Since September 11" in Cities, War and Terrorism, ed. Steve Graham, Blackwell, September 2004; and 'Globalizing Surveillance: Comparative and Sociological Perspectives' International Sociology, 19:2, 2004.

Elia Zureik

Sociology professor Elia Zureik can comment on the surveillance climate post-911. He researches the impact of information and communications technology on society. He is also part of the Surveillance Project for which he is examining workplace surveillance and the use of biometrics technology for surveillance purposes in society generally.
His publications include: Computers, Surveillance, and Privacy (University of Minnesota Press, 1996). The Social Context of Information and Communication Technology: A Bibliography, (Peter Lang Publishers, 1987).
His articles appear in the British Journal of Sociology, Sociological Review, Political Studies, the British Journal of Political Science, Telecommunications Policy, Journal of Industrial Relations, and Computers and Society.

Trade Policy

Robert Wolfe

Queen's School of Policy Studies professor Robert Wolfe says that “whether the President and the Prime Minister get along makes little difference in a Montana court [that issued the injunction against Canadian cattle imports].” Wolfe, an expert in WTO, trade policy, foreign affairs and Canada-U.S. relations, is the author of ‘Where’s the Beef? Law, Institutions and the Canada-U.S. Border,' (August 2004).
His current research projects include: The Doha Round in the WTO Democracy and the WTO Good governance at home and abroad; Institutions for North American Integration; Trade and regulation (food safety, telecoms); and Dynamic density and Canadian diplomacy. Queen's School of Policy Studies.

In Ottawa he worked in the National Security Section, the U.S. Trade and Economic Relations Division, as Executive Assistant to the Ambassador for Multilateral Trade Negotiations and Prime Minister's Personal Representative, Economic Summit, and in the International Economic Relations Division.

Contact Lorinda Peterson, 613.533.3234, petersn@post.queensu.ca or Sarah Withrows, 613.533.3280, withrows@post.queensu.ca, News and Media Services.

 
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