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Ukraine

Any victory Russia might achieve in Ukraine would surely be Pyrrhic, says Christopher Westdal. It is time for Moscow to cut its losses.
WW1

Why We Remember WWI

We cannot understand the 20th century without understanding the impact of the First World War, argues Margaret MacMillan.

Lest-We-Forget

WWI, The Cold War, and Today

The world is more stable now than ever before, and we have the two world wars to thank, argues Steve Saideman.

on-patrol

Put Justice at the Heart of Global Development

Inclusive development depends on both freedom from want and freedom from fear, argues Robert Muggah.

Somalia

Kenya’s Security Dilemma in Somalia

Kenyan troops were deployed in Somalia to reduce insecurity at home. Instead, the opposite has happened. Now Kenya has to decide what to do next.

Harper-and-Putin

Protecting the Arctic Council from Crimean Flu

Whatever issues Canada may have with Russia elsewhere in the world, the Arctic is no place to air them, argues Vanessa Gastaldo.

1914

Canada Prepares for War: A history of WWI

Robert Bothwell recounts how Canada found itself at war on August 4, 1914.

  • Putin’s Challenge to Europe


    “Along with countless shells and missiles, what Russian President Vladimir Putin has lobbed into Ukraine is a set of ideological challenges to the post-Second World War peace built on progressive pluralism and European cooperation,” writes Doug Saunders for the Globe and Mail.

  • One Day in the Life of Vladimir Putin


    Ben Judah sketches out Putin’s private habits and routines based on a series of interviews with Russian officials in a rather personal look at “this latter-day dictator”, published by Newsweek: “He is obsessed with information. The thickest, fattest folders at his request are not intelligence reports: they are press clippings.”

  • Minnow Embassies


    When you’re the ambassador of a country of 100,000 people, it can be difficult to make your voice heard in a place as big as China. But when your country relies on the outside world for its livelihood, you find a way, writes Oscar Holland for That’s: “It is easy to dismiss these embassies as glorified travel agencies, but their work is wide-ranging.”

  • Beyond Borders


    “Inspired by a vision of a pre-modern world with more freedom to wander, [Ecuador] has been experimenting with making political boundaries more flexible. It’s one of the world’s boldest contemporary efforts to reinvent human migration,” writes William Wheeler for The Atlantic. The results have been mixed.

  • Failed Diplomacy


    The “explosive” (and very detailed) inside story of the failed peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine instigated by John Kerry, by Ben Birnbaum and Amir Tibon for the New Republic: “We seem to have reached the end of an era in the peace process. And no one harbors much hope for what comes next.”

  • Living Downstream from China


    One day last December, the water level of the Mekong River in northern Thailand suddenly rose by several metres. Then in February, the water level suddenly fell by a metre in some parts. Were these fluctuations the result of natural phenomenon, or were two massive dams in China to blame? Pilita Clark reports for FT.

In Depth

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