Below are CJPME's most recent Position Papers. See complete list of all of CJPME's Position Papers


Position Paper: Syrian Civil War

This paper examines the decisions taken by the Canadian government regarding the Syrian civil war.


Position Paper: Syrian Refugees

This position paper discusses several points regarding how the Canadian government should handle the Syrian refugees.


Position Paper: Canada and Isis, and International & Domestic Response

This position paper lists a number of actions that Canada should take to deal more efficiently with ISIS. This paper also insists on the importance of distinguishing between terrorist groups like ISIS and other militant Islamist groups of the Middle East. 


Position Paper: Canada's Response to Middle Eastern Authoritarian Regimes

The international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is a multilateral treaty that regulates the international trade in conventional weapons. 130 of 193 UN member states have already signed it. This position paper explains why Canada should also sign it. Even more, this paper lays recommendations on how to handle the situation in Egypt and other high authoritarian regimes in the Middle East.


Position Paper: For a constructive role in the Israel Palestinian Situation

This position paper contains recommendations regarding Canada’s part in the Israel-Palestinian Situation. These recommendations address the humanitarian help that should be provided as well as the actions that the Parliamentarians should take.


Position Paper: Canada and the BDS movement

BDS Movement – The international “Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions” (BDS) movement, established in 2005 to apply economic pressure on Israel to respect international law vis-à-vis the Palestinians and its occupation of Palestinian territories.


Position Paper: Principles for a constructive and humane Canadian policy in the Middle East

The following document outlines a high-level strategy for Canada in the Middle East for the coming months.  Underlying this strategy is the conviction that Canada should apply basic principles of decency and humanity in its interactions with other countries.  These principles include: 1) support for international law; 2) an equal legal standard for all; 3) a belief that violence doesn’t lead to solutions; 4) humanitarian concern; 5) support for representative governance; and 6) a sense of urgency in responding to crises.  There is also the underlying assumption in this document that Canada is a wealthy and privileged nation, and that Canada has a responsibility to contribute constructively (and financially) to humanitarian, political and diplomatic crises in the Middle East.  


Position Paper: Canada and Militant Islamic Groups

This position paper seeks to better inform Canadian policy on four of the most well-known extremist groups in the Middle East: ISIS, Hezbollah, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.  Through numerous examples, CJPME distinguishes the various groups from one another, and demonstrates how widely different approaches to each group must be developed.  The position paper attributes the rise of such groups to a number of destabilizing regional factors, and encourages Canada and its partners to address these underlying issues.   


Position Paper: Canada and Gaza

Following the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza in the summer of 2014, CJPME issued a series of recommendations captured in this position paper.  In addition to calling for an impartial inquiry into events of the summer, the position paper also calls Canada to address the many long-terms issues inflaming the Israel-Palestine relationship, particularly those impacting Gaza.


Position Paper: Canada, Israeli Colonies and Peace in the Middle East

This position paper displays CJPME’s recommendations concerning Canada’s policy on Israel’s illegal colonies. CJPME incites Canada to denounce Israel’s activity and its colony growth and call for a settlement freeze.