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Obama-and-Xi-Jinping

Great powers rise and fall over time, but the transition is not always peaceful and linear, says Ramesh Thakur.

Henry Kissinger — the Peacemaker?

The former U.S. Secretary of State calls for less demonization of adversaries and explains which foreign relations are fundamental to world peace.

NAFTA

Building a better North America

The continental bonds of North America’s Three Amigos feel frayed. We can do better, says Jeremy Kinsman.

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Canadian and Mexican cooperation? Lift the visa requirement first

Lifting the requirement is Mexico’s main “ask” of Canada. We should listen.

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North American Infrastructure: A less than optimistic outlook

Will repairing old transportation systems be good enough to meet increasing demands?

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The Canadian Terrorist Attacks and Canadian Counter-Terrorism Law

Care should be taken to avoid the tendency for legislative quick fixes in the wake of these shocking and tragic events, says Kent Roach.

Cold-Lake

Debating Canada’s decision to fight ISIL: If I were MP

Adam Chapnick on what was missing from the debate over Canadian military action in Iraq.

  • Fueling the Future


    Canada has staked a great deal on the oil sands. But for oil companies, the thick crude that surrounds Fort McMurray is expensive to get out of the ground, maybe too expensive, writes Jeff Lewis for Report on Business. This article is part of a larger series on the oil sands.

  • Turkey, the Kurds, and ISIS


    Patrick Cockburn for the London Review of Books on the tangle of politics between Turkey, the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq, the PKK, and ISIS that is the background of the battle for Kobani: “In Turkey, Erdoğan said that so far as he was concerned the PKK was just as bad as Isis.”

  • Prisoner of the Nusra Front


    Journalist Theo Padnos was kidnapped by the Nusra Front, a branch of Al Qaeda in Syria that is also fighting ISIS. He tells his story here for the New York Times Magazine: “Many of the Nusra Front soldiers told me that over the previous months, their siblings and cousins had been fighting for the Islamic State. The pay was better.”

  • Mounties in Afghanistan


    An excerpt from Terry Gould’s book Worth Dying For: Canada’s Mission to Train Police in the World’s Failing States. Published by Hazlitt: “A lot of CivPol cops had to hang on day to day and sometimes minute to minute until they accepted that for the next nine months they’d be in the middle of a war ten thousand miles from their families.”

  • The next Ebola?


    The Congo Basin is “a mecca for biodiversity,” writes Elaisha Stokes for Al Jazeera. It’s home to 270 species of mammals. It’s also home to millions of viruses, many unidentified. “And the deeper that people encroach into the forest, the greater the likelihood that those viruses will make the jump to humans from other animals.”

  • Market Rules


    Twenty-five years after the end of the communism, the prevailing narrative about the postcommunist world has turned gloomy. That narrative is wrong, write Andrei Shleifer and Daniel Treisman for Foreign Affairs: “Not every change has been for the better. But writing off postcommunist reforms as a failure would be a mistake.” (metered paywall)

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