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Indulge in a little R&IR this summer with these 10 recommended reads.
U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman (C) speaks next to Japan's Economics Minister Akira Amari (centre L) and Singapore's Trade Minister Lim Hng Kiang (centre R), amongst trade ministers representing Canada, Peru, Malaysia and Mexico during a news conference at the end of a four-day Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Ministerial meeting in Singapore February 25, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) - RTR3FP55

Spotlight on TPP: Agreement key for services superpower like Canada

A new round of negotiating for the Trans Pacific Partnership is scheduled for the end of July.

A sign which reads 'Stop the Bomb' is seen as protesters gather outside the hotel where the Iran nuclear talks meetings are being held in Vienna, Austria, July 1, 2015. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano will be in Tehran on Thursday to discuss monitoring sensitive nuclear sites with senior officials as major powers and Iran seek a breakthrough in forging a lasting nuclear agreement. Iran and world powers gave themselves an extra week on Tuesday to reach an accord curbing Iran's nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief, but U.S. President Barack Obama warned there would be no deal if all pathways to an Iranian nuclear weapon were not cut off.  REUTERS/Carlos Barria  - RTX1ILLG

Managing success of the Iranian nuclear deal

Five scenarios to consider, even if an agreement is reached next week.

Women shout slogans against the government and members of the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists during a protest against the absence of a women parliamentary quota in the constitution and to demand more women rights in front of the Shura Council in Cairo November 13, 2013. According to a Thomson Reuters Foundation poll on 22 Arab states, Egypt emerged as the worst country to be a woman in the Arab world today, followed closely by Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Egypt scored badly in almost every category, including gender violence, reproductive rights, treatment of women in the family and their inclusion in politics and the economy. The banner reads, "No Brotherhood and Salafists, We are the revolutionary legitimacy." To match Analysis ARAB-WOMEN/SPRING REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany  (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTX15BQ5

Rethinking the idea of an ‘Arab Awakening’

The term is relative and its continued use is worth questioning, argues Saeed Rahnema.

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto (R) gives a speech to the media next to Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper during an official welcoming ceremony for Harper, at the National Palace in Mexico City February 18, 2014. Harper is on a two-day visit to Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero (MEXICO - Tags: POLITICS) - RTX192NM

View from Mexico: A roadmap for relations with Canada

Mexico’s Ambassador to Canada lists the top 10 issues we need to face together.

Canada's Foreign Minister Rob Nicholson (R) and his Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin take part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Kiev, Ukraine May 11, 2015.  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko - RTX1CHRK

Diaspora Politics: When domestic votes trump foreign policy

Manipulating diaspora for political gain serves only to divide us. Time for an official policy on the issue.

The President who broke the ICC’s back

Six years after the issuance of Omar al-Bashir’s arrest warrant, there doesn’t seem to be a Plan B

  • Gaza’s scars

    A year ago six boys were killed at a school Rafah, a town in Gaza, during the Israeli offensive. The war continues to haunt many locals and young Palestinians. “I wonder what the point is encouraging them to go to school,” one parent told journalist Peter Beaumont, “when I’ll risk losing them again.” Their stories of an open wound, from The Guardian.

  • Greece’s next steps

    “The Syriza government forgot the moral hazard issue and overplayed European fears of an unraveling of the euro area,” says Gikas Hardouvelis, a former finance minister for Greece. “It alienated… its potential friends and became isolated. The next few days will be crucial. ” His opinion on how to undo the damage in Greece, from The New York Times.

  • Inside Greece

    “At stake is far more than money,” write Renee Maltezou, Elizabeth Pineau and Andreas Rinke, in this special report from the Reuters team in Athens. “The Greek problem cuts to the heart of Europe’s future. In Tsipras’ eyes it is a crisis of democracy and sovereignty… For the euro zone…it is a test of unity.” A look at the breakdown that led to default.

  • A simmering war

    Max Fisher’s piece in Vox has been getting a lot of attention – and rightly so. It presents a thorough, well researched, and alarming argument for why nuclear war with Russia is plausible. “Without any intention to create the big conflict, it might happen. One step, another step, and reciprocity can become very dangerous.” Check out the WP’s response as well.

  • Enticing the lonely

    In her latest piece for The New York Times, Rukmini Callimachi interviews a young woman from rural America to illustrate the efforts ISIS goes through on social media to indoctrinate Westerners. They played on her sense of isolation, offering friendship through Muslim connections: “I actually have brothers and sisters,” she posted. “I’m crying.”

  • Bitter freedom

    Last December, six inmates were moved from Guantanamo Bay to Uruguay. All former al-Qaeda fighters, they were to be free men. Just six months later they are adrift, angry and struggling to adapt to their situation. Stephanie Nolen explains in The Globe and Mail why “Uruguay’s story of transcultural empathy stands as a cautionary tale,” for other inmates.

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