MEDIA ADVISORY — The Tehran Test: How human rights cases in Iran are putting Canada’s foreign policy approach to the test

Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2016


The University of Ottawa’s Centre for International Policy Studies invites members of the media to attend a panel discussion on the Canadian government’s plans to re-open diplomatic relations with Iran. The discussion will focus on the following questions: 

  • How should Canada balance its strategic and business interests in re-engaging with its commitment to accountability, inclusion, and human rights?
  • If re-engagement leads to more Canadian influence with Tehran, how should it be used?

WHAT: A panel discussion on the challenges of diplomatic relations with Iran, trade, the role of the UN, and critical questions ahead for the Canadian government.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 22, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Social Sciences Building, Room 4004 (120 University Private, University of Ottawa êmap)


  • Michael Petrou is a two-time National Magazine Award-winning journalist and author. Petrou is a non-resident fellow at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies;
  • Thomas Juneau is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. He is the author of Squandered Opportunity: Neoclassical realism and Iranian foreign policy, co-editor of Iranian Foreign Policy since 2001: Alone in the world, and co-editor of Asie centrale et Caucase : Une sécurité mondialisée;
  • Maryam Nayeb Yazdi is an activist, writer and consultant working in the field of human rights and social change. She is the founder of, an acclaimed translation blog, and has founded numerous campaigns calling for the release of political prisoners in Iran.


Experts available for commentary:

  • Thomas Juneau, expert on the Middle East, Canadian politics, foreign policy and international relations.

Media inquiries

Sarah Foster
Media Relations Officer
Cell: 613-762-2908

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