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peshmerga

Is this an R2P mission? Are party members taking the debate seriously? Should there be a vote? By Steve Saideman.
Tehran

Iran’s Isolation Fatigue

Iranians want to re-engage with the West, say Sergio Marchi and Ken Lewis. How can Canada meet them half way?

Naomi-Klein

Pitting capitalism against the climate

With the release of Naomi Klein’s new book on climate change, she talks new economic models, collective action and indigenous rights.

Casto

The Cuba Question

Most Latin American and Caribbean countries want Cuba at the next Summit of the Americas. Canada and the United States don’t. Stephen Baranyi on how to resolve the standoff.

Scotland

Scotland, on the brink of breakaway

Tom Cooper and Andrew Reddie face off on this week’s crucial vote: Yes to a new, fairer society, or No to risky, economic instability.

Obama-and-Bush

Obama Mid East strategy: a nod to Bush era, or new shift?​

The president had hoped to chart a new course. But events have a way of disrupting the best-laid plans. By Roland Paris.

Texas

On the frontlines: drug reform in Texas

Could marijuana be legalized in one of the most conservative states in the U.S.? By Nathan Jones.

  • The Life Savers


    Matthieu Aikins spends seven days with Syria’s first responders – the people who care for the civilians caught on the front lines of the war in Aleppo: “What they were best known for – what they had become famous for in Syria and abroad – were the dramatic rescues, the lives they pulled from under the rubble.” Published by Matter.

  • Same Mistakes, Different War


    If ISIS demonstrates the ultimate failure of the Iraq War to build a stable Iraq, what is in store for Afghanistan? Bing West writes about that “forgotten war” for Politico Magazine, where he sees the same broken strategy that played out in Iraq happening all over again.

  • The Girl-Boy Switch


    Afghan families often dress their girls like boys because they need another income and girls aren’t allowed to work, because the road the school can be more dangerous for girls, or simply because Afghan society “undervalues daughters and demands sons at almost any cost.” Jenny Nordberg reports for the Atlantic.

  • Designing Peace


    Can architecture and urban planning be used to help solve political conflicts? Nate Berg explores the potential in a piece for Foreign Policy: “The urban settings of conflicts are more than just dots on a map, and any effort to help them recover will need to consider the complex relationship between human culture and space.”

  • Humanitarianism for a Networked Age


    Humanitarian NGOs are increasingly being used like Lego bricks – interchangeable not just with each other, but also with government, military or private-sector actors, writes Paul Currion for Aeon. We need a post-industrial, post-imperial model that mobilizes resources through global networks.

  • Hopeful Stories


    Stories about Afghanistan – what it was, what it has become, what it still might be – told through six different perspectives: the diplomat’s wife turned historian and activist, the wounded U.S. soldier, the young entrepreneur, the music scholar, the Afghan commando, and the television personality. The multimedia package was produced by NATO.

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