Category: Interviews

Interview with Michael Chong: The Candidate for the Conservative Party Leadership On Kellie Leitch, Nationalism and the Normalization of Hate

Originally published in French on Februrary 6, 2017: During a recent meet-and-greet in downtown Montréal, Mr. Chong agreed to speak with me on several pertinent questions pervading this campaign for leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC). Chong…

David Farrell (University College Dublin) on Participatory Democracy


MIR is pleased to present our first interview in a semester-long video series, Multiculturalism in the Age of Trump, in which we aim to analyze the concept of multiculturalism as both a policy framework in democracies around the world and a social reality that manifests in numerous aspects of everyday life. The rise (or, more worryingly, the political legitimization) of white nationalist extremism in the U.S. and Europe threatens both these conceptions of multiculturalism, with disastrous repercussions on people’s livelihoods and international cooperation. Through a series of interviews with academics, NGOs, policymakers and even fellow students, MIR hopes to present a nuanced picture of multiculturalism and its many facets.

We sat down with Professor David Farrell of the University College Dublin, ahead of his lecture at Montréal’s Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship. Farrell, a member of the Royal Irish Academy and expert in the field of electoral systems and party dynamics, has conducted extensive research on the innovative 2012-14 Irish Constitutional Convention, in which Irish parliamentarians as well as rank-and-file citizens randomly selected from the populace were ‘coupled’ in a deliberative process. We spoke about this convention, its implications for other democracies around the world and the potential dangers of populist rhetoric.

Video Production:
Lily Payton (camerawork)
Juliette Bélis (editing)
Ben Aloi (interviewer/media team leader)

Review’s Radio: Canadian Same Sex Marriage, a Story about Love, Rights and International Impact

In the fifth episode of Review’s Radio on Demand: a story about unintentional and unexpected Canadian leadership in the legalization of same sex marriage worldwide. In her beautiful MISC ‘Sabbatical’ office, Professor Valerie Korinek elaborates on her very interesting new research on the Canadian redefinition of marriage and the history of gay and lesbian marriage activism.

A radio documentary on love, rights and international impact, curated by Rosa Rupert.




Dr. Ram Jakhu and the Meteoric Rise of Air and Space Law

We sat down with Dr. Ram Jakhu, the director of McGill University’s world-leading Institute of Air and Space Law, to discuss his fascinating field as well as contemporary and historical issues in space exploration. For more about Dr. Ram Jakhu and his groundbreaking work in international space law and space commercialization:

Video Production:

Ben Aloi–Editing, Narration and Interview
Kate Chamberlin–Direction

Review’s Radio: to the Economic Roots of Hungary’s Illiberal Democracy and the Future of the EU

Professor Juliet Johnson, McGill Director of the European Union Center of Excellence, executive member of PONARS Eurasia and a former member of the McGill Board of Governors talks about her intriguing new paper on Hungary that gives unprecedented insights in what…

Marc Seltzer (Democrats Abroad Montréal) on the 2016 U.S. Election

We sat down with Marc Seltzer, the chair of Democrats Abroad’s Montréal chapter, to discuss a variety of topics pertaining to the 2016 U.S. Election, including:

-The perspective of American expats in Canada on the election and the role Democrats Abroad plays in facilitating their continued involvement in the political process
-Hillary Clinton’s presidential credentials
-The influence of the Left (i.e. Black Lives Matter, social justice groups, the Bernie Sanders campaign) on the Democratic Party platform
-The “lesser evil” narrative
-Long-term sustainability of the two-party system and the role of third parties

Thank you to Marc Seltzer for the thoroughly-engaging interview!

Video Production:
Ben Aloi–media team leader, interviewer
Kate Chamberlin–direction
Neal Won–editing

Review’s Radio: Exploring the Possibilities of a Renewed Cold War with Prof. Brawley

In this second episode of the engaging biweekly podcast series of the McGill International Review, Review’s Radio ‘on Demand’, we explore the possibilities of renewed Cold War tensions (or worse, “a hot war”, as former Soviet statesman Mikhail Gorbachev called…