Canadian International Council

Canadian International Council

June 21, 2011 12:37 ET

CIC Launches Online Hub to Expand Conversations on International Affairs

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 21, 2011) - A new website,, launched today by the Canadian International Council (CIC) will be a hub for Canadian commentary and analysis on major international affairs content produced in Canada and around the world.

The site's signature blog, Roundtable, presents timely views and opinions of four dynamic young Canadian thinkers on international affairs, two in Canada, and two from outside the country: John Hancock from the World Trade Organization, Roland Paris from the University of Ottawa, André Pratte from La Presse, and Jennifer Welsh from the University of Oxford.

The Think Tank aggregates important work on international affairs and solicits multimedia responses from Canadian and global experts. This section profiles and analyzes the work of think tanks, research institutes, and opinion-makers from around the world.

Rapid Response features the reactions of a group of eminent Canadians to a weekly question. This section gives readers intimate access to the opinions of policy makers, corporate leaders, academics and journalists. Our expanding Rapid Responders group at launch includes: Sally Armstrong, Roméo Dallaire, Dominic D'Alessandro, Louise Fréchette, Bill Graham, Alex Himelfarb, John Manley, Don Newman, Indira Samarasekera, Janice Stein and Stephen Toope, amongst others.

"This site will serve as the hub for commentary and analysis of current affairs, bringing the best content on global affairs produced in Canada and around the world into Canadian discussions. The new site takes the CIC's mandate to foster discussion and debate in international issues online, where more voices can participate in these important conversations," says Jennifer Jeffs, the CIC's president.

Taylor Owen is Senior Editor of the site. He is a Banting Fellow at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, teaches at the Graduate School of Journalism at UBC, and is the Research Director of the Munk Debates. Anouk Dey, an Action Canada Fellow, is Deputy Editor. The Mark, an online media company, is powering the site for the CIC.

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The Canadian International Council (CIC) is an independent, member-based council established to strengthen Canada's role in international affairs. The CIC reflects the ideas and interests of a broad constituency of Canadians who believe that a country's foreign policy is not an esoteric concern of experts but directly affects the lives and prosperity of its citizens. The CIC uses its deep historical roots, its cross-country network and its active research program to advance debate on international issues across academic disciplines, policy areas and economic sectors. The CIC's research program is managed by the national office in Toronto. Its 16 branches across Canada offer CIC members speakers' programs, study groups, conferences and seminars.

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