Michael Byers to Speak in Winnipeg

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October 2007 will mark the 6th Anniversary of the presence of Canadian troops in Afghanistan. For six years Canada has been engaged in an undeclared war of occupation. There a number of significant events around this anniversary.

On Thursday, October 4th and Friday, October 5th Michael Byers will be in Winnipeg to speak on the issue of Canada’s role in Afghanistan and the policies it is pursuing on the world stage. Dr. Byers has written and spoken extensively on the issue of Canada’s military role in Afghanistan.

Thursday, October 4th: “Afghanistan: Mission Impossible”. An evening meeting hosted by the Peace Alliance Winnipeg. Hotel Fort Garry, Club Room, 7 p.m. Admission by donation ($5 suggested)

Friday, October 5th: “Intent for a Nation: Canada’s moral responsibilities on the world stage” University College, Concourse Lounge, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sponsored by the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics

Dr. Michael Byers holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia, where he also serves as a faculty member at the Liu Institute for Global Issues. Prior to July 2004, he was a tenured Professor of Law and Director of Canadian Studies at Duke University. From 1996-1999, he was a Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford University. His work focuses on the interaction of international law and international politics, especially with regard to international organizations, the use of military force, the law of the sea, human rights and Canada-United States relations. He is a regular contributor to the London Review of Books, Toronto Star and Globe and Mail, and is the author, most recently, of Intent for a Nation: What is Canada for? (Vancouver/Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre, June 2007).

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