Category: The Americas

The Life and (Rumoured) Death of the Modern Political Party

Our current culture of political analyses, with many polls considered, has created a space for frequent declarations proclaiming the death of one political party or another. Such political foretelling happens so often and so quickly that it is now a…

The Hidden War: Canada, Cartels and Transnational Crime

The global drug trade, which generates economic activity reaching $321 billion according to the United Nations (UN), has been a major source of violent conflict. This is especially true in Latin America, where Mexico in particular is responsible for violence that…

“A Friendly Neighbour to the North”: Canadian Mining and Human Rights Abuses

Canadians, for the most part, have a global reputation as a peace-loving and human-rights-respecting people; there is a reason so many Americans continue to wear the Canadian flag when travelling. Throughout the world though, Canadian mining companies are consistently involved…

Welcome to The Whisky Rebellion

Welcome to The Whisky Rebellion, American foreign policy and international affairs for American patriots. 217 years ago, George Washington cautioned the nation in his farewell address against entangling ourselves overseas and take advantage of the isolation the ocean provided to…

Welcome to Of Soldiers and Statesmen

The subfield of Civil-Military relations, a discipline under the broad umbrella of security studies, starts with somewhat of a paradox; namely, how can society effectively govern those with the guns? More explicitly, how do civilians maintain power over those who…

#ogiganteacourdou, #TürkiyemDireniyor: Comparing Social Media Use in Brazil and Turkey’s Summer 2013 Protests

By now, the Arab Spring of 2011 has become a quintessential case study of popular uprisings in political science classes. Yet, much less has been said about the Turkish and Brazilian protests of the summer of 2013. While neither movement…

Welcome to Bolivar

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Latin America has long captivated the hearts and souls of North Americans and Europeans with an inexorable, unrelenting and perhaps almost mystical fascination. From the pursuit of the golden city of El Dorado by the Spanish conquistadors, to the countless…

MIR Interview: Amin Meleika

(Amin Meleika is the deputy assistant foreign minister for North American affairs at the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is currently Egypt’s consul-general for Montreal, holding ambassadorial status and serving communities in Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes. He agreed…

Welcome to Loon Calls

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  Welcome to Loon Calls, the McGill International Review’s blog on Canadian politics! Why Canada?  While Canada and its politics may be less “interesting” than those of most of the rest of the world, it is still an important place to…