The deal is the best chance for a peaceful resolution of the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program, despite a profound double standard.
While Toronto hosts the Pan Am Games, more concrete regional ties are eroding.
Steve Saideman looks at how the two positions differ, and what the two new appointees, U.S. Marine General Joe Dunford and Canadian Army General Jon Vance, have in common.
The international community failed at preventing mass atrocities during the Bosnian war, but has it also failed in its nation-building efforts there since?
Canada plays a key role in efforts to realize a treaty to ban the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons.
Indulge in a little R&IR this summer with these 10 recommended reads.
Can we change our world fast enough to avoid being destroyed by it? Margaret Atwood asks in an essay in Matter. Atwood describes possible scenarios for a world dependent on oil and facing critical water risks. The warning signs are already here, she says, but so are innovative solutions. Some call this speculative fiction, or even cli-fi. Truth is, it is not fiction at all.
Ukraine’s Chechen fighters
It may surprise you to know that hundreds of Chechens are fighting in the battle for Ukraine – on both sides. Some fight for Kiev, driven by anger towards Russia. But others are happy to fighting alongside pro-Russian forces in Eastern Ukraine. Shaun Walker explains why Chechens are volunteering on either side of the battle. From The Guardian.
“The crisis of the EU has two sides,” writes Timothy Snyder in The NY Review of Books. “One is political, about the lack of democracy within European institutions; the other is philosophical, about the erosion of Europe as a source of and home for universal values.” On view in Greece and Ukraine, they show why Europe’s identity needs to reform.
How to beat ISIS
Syria’s Kurds, led by the YPG, have become the most successful fighting force against ISIS. “[Their] unwavering determination,” writes Adnan R. Khan, “is a mirror image of the Islamic State: a group of fighters driven by ideology and a near-fanatical desire to establish a space for themselves… But is fanaticism the only way to kill fanaticism?” From Maclean’s.
The new Cold War
As polar ice continues to melt, the race to claim resources in the Arctic heats up. Canada, the U.S., Denmark, Norway, and Russia have all laid claims on this geopolitical hotspot. Territorial disputes and espionage are well underway to give one of them the winning advantage. Laura Kurek gives six reasons to watch this region, from The Wilson Quarterly.
The apparel industry has changed dramatically since the 90s. But Michael Hobbes argues in The Huffington Post that boycotting isn’t helping sweatshops workers. “Consumers’ power… depended on brands forcing their supply chains to do better. [Now] the really atrocious violations, the ones most likely to proliferate, are in places where we have no influence at all.”