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oil

Are oil and gas being left out of current conflict narratives? By John Foster.
Vienna

From Vienna to New York: The bumpy road to nuclear disarmament

There are new options to overcome the impasse. By Paul Meyer.

India

India’s growing international clout

President Obama’s visit to India earlier this week demonstrated that country’s geopolitical weight. By Ramesh Thakur.

Land

Global land rights: Canada’s missed opportunity

Why is the Canadian government continuing to challenge “Free, Prior and Informed Consent” when it comes to land deals?

Peshmerga

Canada’s mission creep in Iraq (and why it matters)

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

Toope

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.

SA

An unholy alliance: Canada and Saudi Arabia

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

  • Big History


    Our society has an unfortunate tendency to focus on the immediate – the next election cycle, the next business quarter, the 24-hour news cycle, the instantaneous of social media. Is there an antidote to such short-termism? It could be history. But not the dry history of names and dates. Rather, the stories that connect our past to our present. From the New Statesman.

  • The humanitarian side of climate change


    Ioane Teitiota, a farmworker from the tiny Pacific island country of Kiribati living in New Zealand, could be the word’s first climate refugee. He won’t be the last. Estimates of how many people will be forced to migrate in the decades ahead range from 25 million up to 1 billion by 2050. From Foreign Policy.

  • The future of digital currency


    Bitcoin is only six years old, and already many are declaring it dead. But whether or not bitcoin itself survives misses the larger point – the technology underlying it will only become more influential going forward. The centralized global financial system is just too vulnerable to disruption. From the Wall Street Journal.

  • The independent press


    In Egypt, the major private media belong to industrial conglomerates that must maintain good relations with the government for the sake of business. But small news websites are trying to counter the official narrative while keeping the doors open. The Guardian profiles, Mada Masr, the largest among a handful of independent online news outlets.

  • 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.

In Depth

On the Verge: What the world can expect in 2015