Did the handshaking at this year’s summit symbolize a stronger Americas? We asked two experts for their view on the state of our regional unity — and its future.
From removing the Mexico visa to naming an OAS ambassador, here’s how Canada can advance regional relations.
We examine the top 10 issues facing the International Criminal Court today. Do they signify a crisis for international justice, or have sufficient strides been made?
Does the ICC really have a bias toward prosecuting crimes in Africa?
Canada has strong ties to India, but the economic relationship is miniscule. That can and should change.
What can explain the U.S. warming to Cuba while cooling to Venezuela?
The decision to join the international mission to train Ukrainian troops was probably inevitable, argues Steve Saideman.
Don’t blame NATO for Russia’s Behaviour
Did NATO doom relations with Russia by aggressively expanding into Eastern Europe after the Cold War? Stephen Sestanovich doesn’t think so. On the contrary, “Washington was obsessively attentive to Moscow’s wounded self-regard” after the Soviet Collapse. From The American Interest.
Over the last decade, projects funded by the World Bank have physically or economically displaced an estimated 3.4 million people, according to an investigation by the ICIJ and the Huffington Post. This despite the fact that the World Bank has “safeguard” policies in place to prevent that exact thing from happening.
Inside the “informal” mining economy
Alongside the large-scale mining projects run by multinationals like Barrick and Rio Tinto in Peru is the illegal mining sector. By one estimate, there are 400,000 informal gold miners working in the country, and black-market gold has reportedly surpassed cocaine as the country’s biggest illegal export. From the New Yorker.
Modi’s formidable challenge
“Mr. Modi is the most polarizing mainstream politician in modern India,” writes Iain Marlow in a profile of India’s prime minister for the Globe and Mail. ” Can Modi bring his country together by modernizing its economy? Or will sectarian strife and grinding poverty continue to impede its growth?
Where to draw the line?
After the First World War, the victors divided up the Middle East with little knowledge of the region’s people, geography and customs. Some of those “contrived” borders are now breaking down. But drawing new ones won’t be easy and won’t necessarily solve the region’s problems. From the Wall Street Journal.
To engage or not to engage?
“Be it resolved the West should engage, not isolate Russia” is the resolution being debated at tonight’s Munk Debate. The Globe and Mail’s Mark MacKinnon posed questions to two of the debaters, journalist and author Vladimir Pozner on the pro side and chess great and pro-democracy advocate Garry Kasparov on the con side.