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How will China select its new leaders at its Communist Party congress?

October 18, 2017 How will China select its new leaders at its Communist Party congress? NPR reached out to Guoguang Wu for comment on the National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, which takes place every five years. In the article written for NPR's international news site "Parallels" he provided his opinion on the potential leadership changes and a critique of the event. NPR

PACTAC launches new symposium series - VECTORS.

September 22, 2017 The Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture and CTheory are pleased to announce a new symposium series, VECTORS. The series will celebrate the University of Victoria as a global leading edge of the critically engaged intellectual imagination. Here, issues key to the 21stst century future—pipeline politics, indigenous resurgence, robotics in the age of AI, and new perspectives on the three ecologies of environment, consciousness and society—will be creatively explored in all their urgency and complexity.” Poster link

Congratulations to Reeta Tremblay on publication of new book!

September 6, 2017 Congratulations to Reeta Tremblay who has just published a new book, Modi's Foreign Policy (Sage). A discourse on the goals set by Prime Minister Modi to guide India’s foreign policy In India, foreign policymaking has been based in the Prime Minister’s Office because of the institutionalization of the foreign policy structure since Independence. This book highlights that in the past three decades, due to the constraints of coalition politics, there has been little insight into India’s foreign policy. The ruling government effectively reverted the locus of authority to the new prime minister and his team, thereby not just avoiding a wider contestation between competing paradigms but instituting a paradigm shift—a shift which is a response to previous policy anomalies and failures, and creating newly articulated goals in a short time. Breaking with the past, Modi’s Foreign Policy aims to create a symbiotic relationship between the domestic goals of India and its foreign policy agendas. Link

Remembering Norman Ruff

August 23, 2017 Remembering Norman Ruff "Norman Ruff was an inspiration to generations of young scholars at UVic," says UVic President Jamie Cassels. "As a political scientist, his learned, intuitive commentary was a staple of news coverage and analysis during numerous elections. Colleagues recall media reporters lining up outside his office for the opportunity to glean even the smallest nugget of incisive wisdom and well-informed opinion of happenings on the political front. “Dr. Ruff was one of our most prominent public intellectuals and he contributed to debate and understanding of political issues, explaining complex matters in ways that made sense to people from all walks of life. It has been said that Dr. Ruff graciously observed every side of the political spectrum with equal insight, accuracy and thought. Respected by all, he was held in the highest esteem by politicians of all stripes, even among those who were in the critical crosshairs. “Perhaps the greatest tribute to Dr. Ruff is that many of his students graduated and went on to prominence, building meaningful and influential careers in public service and politics. He will long be remembered and missed by UVic and the greater community.” Obituary in Globe and Mail About Norman Ruff Associate Professor Emeritus Norman Ruff joined the University of Victoria in July 1969. He retired from the department of political science in June 2005, following a 36-year-career in teaching and research at UVic. Ruff was a respected political commentator and was widely quoted during provincial and federal elections. Ruff took to heart the concept of knowledge mobility, educating not only his students, but taking academia to the masses as well. At one point, he hosted a weekly radio show, “In the Ruff,” on CKNW Radio in Vancouver. Among many awards over a storied career, Ruff was recognized with the Pierre de Celles Award from the Institute of Public Administration of Canada in 2005, granted to “exceptionally effective and creative teachers.” “I still feel quite overwhelmed,” Ruff said at the time of the award. “It’s really something. IPAC is the professional institute for public administrators across the country, and it’s an honour to receive this award. I just retired, so I’m missing not going back to teach. Teaching has always been extremely important to me, and my students recognize that.” He said having respect for his students was part of his teaching philosophy. A scholarship was established in Ruff’s name by the department of political science, with the annual award recognizing the best undergraduate student in Canadian politics at UVic. Beyond retirement, Ruff continued as an associate professor emeritus with UVic, unselfishly giving of his time and skills for many years. Ruff’s academic credentials include BSc (Econ) Southampton; MA McMaster; PhD McGill.

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