Canada and the Challenge of Genocide in Asia

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To mark the publication of Professor David Webster’s newest book, Challenge the Strong Wind: Canada and East Timor 1975-99, we will host a roundtable discussion on Canada’s response to genocide in Asia over the last half century. The event will open with three short presentations: Webster on genocide in East Timor; Laura Madokoro on Canada’s response to the Cambodian genocide in the 1970s; and the Hon. Bob Rae on the current Rohingya crisis in Myanmar. Professor Rosemary McCarney of Trinity College will chair this roundtable.

Refreshments to follow.


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The Hon. Bob Rae was elected 11 times to federal and provincial parliaments, and served as the premier of Ontario from 1990 to 1995, and interim leader of the federal Liberal Party of Canada from 2011 to 2013. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed him Special Envoy to Myanmar on 23 October 2017.

Laura Madokoro is an Associate Professor of History at Carleton University. An expert in the history of migration and humanitarianism, she is the award-winning author of Elusive Refuge: Chinese Migrants in the Cold War (Harvard University Press, 2016) and co-editor of the Dominion of Race: Rethinking Canada’s International History (UBC Press, 2017).

Rosemary McCarney is this year’s Pearson-Sabia Distinguished Visitor at Trinity College, University of Toronto. A graduate of Trinity College, she is an award-winning humanitarian and business leader, who headed Plan International Canada, one of the oldest and largest charities in Canada, from 2005 to 2015. She served as Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament from 2015 to 2019.

David Webster is an Associate Professor of History at Bishop’s University. Canada’s leading authority on relations with Indonesia and East Timor, he is the author of Fire and the Full Moon: Canada and Indonesia in a Decolonizing World (UBC Press, 2009). He is the editor of Flowers in the Wall: Truth and Reconciliation in Timor-Leste, Indonesia and Melanesia (University of Calgary Press, 2018) and co-editor of A Samaritan State Revisited: Historical Perspectives on Canadian Foreign Aid (UCP, 2019).

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