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We should support Iraqi troops, but we can’t fight their war for them, argues Roland Paris.

Leading ‘Munk’: An interview with Stephen Toope

The new director of the Munk School of Global Affairs talks funding, elections and the state of the world.


An unholy alliance: Canada and Saudi Arabia

Considering the country’s human rights record, our arms deal should be cancelled, argues Peggy Mason.


Davos and the Future of Global Governance

Undeniably, Davos is a talk shop. That perception, however, is not the whole picture, says Alejandro Reyes.


Charlie Hebdo Attack: The Missing Pieces

Three points crucial to the discussion on the recent violence in Paris. By Kjell Anderson.


Canada in Iraq: Mission Confusion?

Steve Saideman looks at what exactly are our soldiers are doing in Iraq.


On the Paris attacks, freedom of expression and human rights

Freedom of expression and civilization-clashes are not appropriate characterizations of what has happened in Paris, argues Pearl Eliadis.

  • Assad speaks

    An interview with Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad on the war, negotiating with the rebels, Syria’s relationship with Iran and Hezbollah, allegations torture, and the United States. Assad remains as slippery as ever. “Before talking about winning territory, talk about winning the hearts and minds and the support of the Syrian people. That’s what we have won.”

  • Climate Change Adaptation, Florida Style

    Florida’s long, low coastline makes it particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels. And while many U.S. politicians don’t want to talk about climate change, those conversations are happening at the local level. Adaptation means elevating roads, fortifying seawalls and, this being Miami, building floating residential areas.

  • Development through remittance?

    In 2015, workers in the West will send an estimated $454 billion to relatives in developing countries, writes Doug Saunders for the Literary Review of Canada. That’s more than three times the size of all foreign aid spending. The question is, is that money more effective at spurring development than aid?

  • To catch a terrorist

    What is the best way to stop the ‘bad guys’? The NSA thinks that collecting phone metadata is vital, because terrorists often work within networks. But if you collect all of the hay, can it make it more difficult to find the needle? Mattathias Schwartz considers the example of Basaaly Moalin, the only case where the NSA’s phone-records program proved decisive.

  • The path to the Charlie Hebdo attack

    How Chérif and Saïd Kouachi became terrorists: “The 10-year evolution from easily spooked amateur to hardened killer is a story of steadily deepening radicalism that occurred virtually under the noses of French authorities.” By Rukmini Callimachi and Jim Yardley for the New York Times.

  • France’s new antisemitism

    More and more French Jews are moving to Israel. What is driving them out of France? While there has been a dramatic waning of old-school French antisemitism over latter part of the 20th century, there has been a spike in anti-Jewish violence committed by Muslims since 2000. By Natasha Lehrer for The Guardian.

In Depth

On the Verge: What the world can expect in 2015