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Peace Prospects in the Biden Era: Online discussion featuring Douglas Roche

April 1, 2021 at 6:30 EDT

Douglas Roche, former Senator and longtime Canadian peace advocate, launches his new book, Recovery: Peace Prospects in the Biden Era, with an online discussion with WFMC Executive Director Fergus Watt.

The session also includes Peggy Mason, president of the Rideau Institute and former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament, and Tamara Lorincz, PhD candidate at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

This event is co-hosted by WFMC, PeaceQuest, the Rideau Institute, and the Sisters of Providence of St Vincent de Paul.

Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C. is a former Senator, Member of Parliament, Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament, and Visiting Professor at the University of Alberta. He was elected Chairman of the United Nations Disarmament Committee at the 43rd General Assembly in 1988. His previous books include The Human Right to Peace (2003) and The United Nations in the 21st Century (2015). He holds nine honorary doctorates. In 2018, the International Peace Bureau awarded him the prestigious Sean MacBride Prize for his “indefatigable work, in particular as President of the U.N. Association and who, as Ambassador for Disarmament during the height of the Cold War, helped maintain strong Canadian public support for the ideals of multilateralism in one of the most turbulent times in modern history.” In 2010, the City of Hiroshima named him an Honorary Citizen for his nuclear disarmament work and particularly for founding the Middle Powers Initiative. In 2009, he received the Distinguished Service Award of the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians for his “promotion of human welfare, human rights and parliamentary democracy in Canada and abroad.”

Fergus Watt is Executive Director of the World Federalist Movement – Canada. His work with civil society to advance global governance reforms and the rule of law has included participation in a range of broad-based networks, in Canada and internationally. He presently serves as Coordinator for the Coalition for the UN We Need, which works to build support for initiatives to strengthen multilateralism and the United Nations system.

Tamara Lorincz is a PhD candidate in Global Governance at the Balsillie School for International Affairs at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has a Masters in International Politics & Security Studies from the University of Bradford and a Law degree and MBA specializing from Dalhousie She’s a member of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and she’s a fellow with the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute.

Peggy Mason is a former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament to the UN and is currently President of the Rideau Institute and lead author of the blog at

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