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Lloyd Axworthy
Dr. Lloyd Axworthy served as President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Winnipeg from 2004-2014. There, he worked to renew the campus and its downtown community with the view to making post-secondary education more accessible to inner-city, Aboriginal, new immigrant and refugee students.

Before becoming President of The University of Winnipeg, Dr. Axworthy’s political career spanned 27 years, six of which he served in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly and 21 in the Federal Parliament. He held several Cabinet positions, notably Minister of Employment and Immigration, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Minister of Transport, Minister of Human Resources Development, Minister of Western Economic Diversification and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1996-2000. On leaving public office, Dr. Axworthy served as Director and CEO of the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Colombia prior to his appointment at The University of Winnipeg.

In the Foreign Affairs portfolio, Dr. Axworthy became internationally known for his advancement of the human security concept, in particular, the Ottawa Treaty - a landmark global treaty banning anti-personnel landmines. For his leadership on landmines, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. For his efforts in establishing the International Criminal Court and the Protocol on child soldiers, he received the North-South Prize of the Council of Europe.

He has been a board member for a number of organizations, including The MacArthur Foundation, STARS Air Ambulance, CUSO International, the Conference Board of Canada, Apathy is Boring – Council on Youth Electoral Engagement, the Aspen Ministers Forum and the Coalition for the International Criminal Court.

In 2010, Dr. Axworthy was made an honourary member of Sagkeeng First Nation and was given the name Waapshki Pinaysee Inini, which translates to White Thunderbird Man. In 2012, Dr. Axworthy become a Pipe Carrier in a community ceremony conducted by local Aboriginal elders and chiefs. Dr. Axworthy has been named to the Order of Manitoba and the Order of Canada and has received honorary doctorates from 12 universities.

His book Navigating a New World - Canada’s Global Future, Knopf Canada, was published in the fall of 2003.

Entries by Lloyd Axworthy

Escalating Tensions Challenge U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council

(3) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 12:32 AM

Co-authored by Paul Arthur Berkman, Lloyd N. Axworthy, and Oran R. Young

Ukraine escalates urgency to prevent an Arctic Cold War.
Already events are moving in dangerous directions, undermining decades of east-west cooperation that have established the high north as a region of low tensions. As the U.S....

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Lessons From Malaysia and Russia: Sovereignty Has Put the World in Danger

(4) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 8:08 AM

Time for New International Architecture

What can the missing Malaysian airliner and the Russian takeover of Crimea have in common, aside from competing for airtime on the 24-hour news channels?

Let's consider this common thread: both events demonstrate the absence of any working, collaborative governance system to deal with...

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Kofi Annan's Advice to the United Nations

(3) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 4:32 PM

Recently, I had the privilege of hearing Kofi Annan speak in New York. On the cusp of his 75th birthday, he hasn't yet lost his quiet cadence and he remains a man of fine fashion and well-honed politesse. Without effort, he held the attention of a distinguished crowd of now...

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Will Barack Obama Help Syria?

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 1:56 PM

Now that the U.S. Election is over...

While post-election attention focuses on the looming battle between President Obama and congressional Republicans about the fiscal cliff, it is important also to remember the abyss in Syria. Thousands are being killed every month. The UN predicts four million will be in need...

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Canadians Can Help Stop the Persecution of Iran's Baha'i

(18) Comments | Posted January 5, 2012 | 9:42 AM

With the eyes of the world on the Arab Spring, the populist struggles in Iran have faded from view. Yet some in Iran continue to face appalling levels of abuse, oppression, and injustice. The hopes for reform in Iran that were raised in June 2009 have proven empty, while the...

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Protecting R2P

(3) Comments | Posted July 23, 2009 | 5:19 PM

This week, a principle adopted by world leaders four years ago to prevent mass atrocity will face a crucial test. The Responsibility to Protect, or R2P, stipulates that states, individually and collectively, have an obligation to protect populations from genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes or crimes against humanity. It expressly...

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Good News for Darfur

(3) Comments | Posted March 4, 2009 | 3:42 PM

Finally, some good news for Darfur: an arrest warrant for Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has been issued by the International Criminal Court. But Sudan and its allies are arguing that the United Nations Security Council must intercede to suspend the court's work. They contend that applying the rules of justice...

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