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Canadian companies are globally competitive in many lesser-known sectors beyond oil, wheat, and autos, says Kristelle Audet.
Arctic

Energy, Security, and the Arctic

Does Canada’s Arctic strategy undermine cooperation with allies and adversaries there, ask Michael Howlett and Nigel Kinney.

Singapore

The Provinces Reach Out To Asia

The federal government isn’t the only government in Canada with an international strategy, explains Charles Labrecque.

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Arctic Sovereignty: Fear and Loathing Over Santa’s Workshop

Jeremy Kinsman on Canada’s strained relationship with Russia in the Arctic.

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Next Steps on Energy

Michael Howlett and Nigel Kinney on the two large steps Canada can take to alter the existing domestic energy mix.

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Independence Day from Above the Wall

Steve Saideman reflects on the current standing of the United States in the world.

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Clark Talks Old Days of Canadian Diplomacy, Looks to the Future

Former PM calls for new Canadian partnerships in trade and innovation.

  • GDP, What is it Good For?


    In the abstract, we tend to think the bigger the number, the better the economy. But the more you dig into where that number comes from, writes David Pilling for Financial Times, the more slippery it becomes, entirely failing “to capture the complex trade-offs between present and future, work and leisure, ‘good’ growth and ‘bad’ growth.”

  • Tough Times for Liberal Democracy


    Are the authoritarians winning? asks Michael Ignatieff in an article for the NYRoB. It’s probably not a high point for liberal democracies, what with austerity, political logjams, and a retreat from internationalism. Ignatieff’s solution: double down on liberal institutions and enough taxes to pay for them.

  • Dividing Lines


    Adnan R. Khan reports for Maclean’s from the border between Iraq’s Kurdish region and the area now under the control of ISIS, a border that is firming up: “Throughout the Kurdish-controlled areas, these are the rules of engagement: Let ISIS do what it wants in other areas, but do not allow it to enter Kurdistan.”

  • Climate End Game


    “We may be entering the high-stakes endgame on climate change,” writes Bill McKibben for the New York Review of Books. The technology and perhaps the politics are aligning for a big shift away from fossil fuels. Will we seize the opportunity, or will we dither until it’s too late? Political will is the necessary ingredient.

  • The Advance of ISIS


    From Aleppo to the suburbs of Baghdad, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has spent months maneuvering along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. This interactive map from the New York Times tracks their advance from Syria towards the capital of Iraq, taking or attacking city after city along the way.

  • Gitmo, 12 Years On


    FT‘s Richard McGregor on Gitmo, now home to 149 detainees. Its status, like many of the detainees inside, remains in limbo: “The protracted political and legal entanglement over the detention facility, and the allegations of torture, may mean it is not closed until the likes of Khaled Sheikh Mohammed and his fellow defendants die a natural death.”

In Depth

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