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NSI

The NSI stood out for its capacity to bring contending politicians towards common understandings, says Adam Sneyd.
Harper-and-Obama

Canada: The bridge between weak and powerful states

Don’t cut ties with Russia and let the U.S. be the bad cop, writes Hanna Kassab. Canada must keep its ‘good cop’ status.

London

The Learning Curve for Canadian Companies in Europe

The Canadian firms that will benefit most from the trade agreement with the EU will be those that can innovate and adapt to the European market, argues Danielle Goldfarb.

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The Debate Over the Iraq Deployment: Confusion Reigns

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?

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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.

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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.

  • In the Dust of This City


    “Timbuktu, city of gold, ancient centre of learning, is slowly turning to dust,” writes Alex Duval Smith for the Guardian. That dust is both literal and figurative: “Under-development and corruption are the co-conspirators of desertification. The city is not only garrisoned physically, it is mentally sanded in.”

  • As China Goes, So Goes the World


    “Climate change is a global issue,” writes Jeff Goodell for Rolling Stone. “Nothing any single nation does is going to matter much when it comes to solving the problem. Except, that is, for China.” If China can curb their carbon emissions, the world has a chance to stabilize the climate. And China knows it.

  • 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.”

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