Michael Petrou

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Journalist, author and non-resident fellow at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies.

Michael Petrou is a two-time National Magazine Award-winning journalist and author who has reported from across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. His latest book, Is This Your First War? Travels Through the Post-9/11 Islamic World, won the Ottawa Book Award for non-fiction. Petrou has a DPhil in Modern History from the University of Oxford. He is also a non-resident fellow at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies.

Most Recent Posts

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Surveillance in Canada: Who are the watchers?

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July 6, 2017

The Trudeau government announced new security legislation last month, including the creation of a “super” watchdog that will oversee existing agencies. But do we still lack an understanding of what these agencies do? Michael Petrou runs through the evolution — and surveillance capabilities — of the RCMP, CSIS and CSE. 

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The Tehran Test

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September 16, 2016

Ottawa moves toward restoring diplomatic ties with Iran but whether this re-engagement can advance human rights—and not just business deals—will be one of the first real trials of the Trudeau government’s approach to foreign policy. By Michael Petrou.

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Video: Kurdistan Explained

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June 30, 2016

Who are the Kurds? This short video explains what you need to know about the history of this Middle Eastern ethnic group, its state-building efforts and the conflicts surrounding it. Written and narrated by journalist Michael Petrou.

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Out of Iraq’s ashes, Kurdistan grows

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June 22, 2016

Kurdish Iraqis have long dreamt of a state to call their own. With the support of Canadian troops, they are now gaining ground as the fight against ISIS continues. But what would their independence mean for the region?