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Syrian refugee children form the word "Syria" during an event to commemorate 4 years of the Syrian conflict, at the Mrajeeb Al Fhood refugee camp, east of Zarqa

Providing asylum should be just as valued as a response in R2P cases, including the Syrian crisis.
Negotiators of Iran and six world powers face each other at a table in the historic basement of Palais Coburg hotel in Vienna

U.S. and Iran: A diplomatic lesson for Canada

Few relationships are as adversarial as that of the US and Iran. But negotiating with one’s enemy is the most important kind of diplomacy — Canada should take note.

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Boko Haram: The missing piece in the fight against extremists

Every aspect of Boko Haram’s violence in Nigeria and West Africa demands as much international attention as ISIS has been given.

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Three wishes for Canada’s new Development Finance Initiative

Above all, poverty reduction should be at the heart of the $300-million DFI.

Anti-nuclear protesters attend a demonstration in Paris

A problematic nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty

From the review conference in New York, Paul Meyer outlines the treaty’s flaws. Can an ‘outcome’ document fix them?

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Alberta and the world of oil

Energy policies are central to global geopolitics. As a result, Alberta — and its new government — is an important player for Canada on the international stage.

  • An unwanted people


    Thousands of migrants, many of whom are Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar, travel to Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia despite a recent crackdown on human trafficking. As Niniek Karmin writes in the Globe and Mail, the Rohingya are “one of the world’s most persecuted minorities, yet their situation has long been ignored.”

  • The Colder War


    Much ink has been spilled on whether Russia is a military threat in the Arctic. We should be more worried about technical espionage than battleships: “Over the past few years, in fact, the Arctic Ocean countries have been busy building up their espionage armories with imaging satellites, reconnaissance drones, eavesdropping bases, spy planes, and stealthy subs.”

  • Chrystia Freeland’s Ukraine


    The Canadian politician reflects on the conflict between Ukraine, the homeland of her maternal grandparents, and Russia, in this essay for Brookings: “At its heart… the conflicts within Ukraine, and the fight Putin has picked with Ukraine, are about post-Soviet kleptocracy, and where and whether there is a popular will to resist it.”

  • Burundi’s barricades


    Street protests have rocked Burundi. At issue is President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term, despite evidence that this would violate both the constitution and the agreement that ended the country’s 12-year civil war. How the protests play out could reverberate across Africa. By Geoffrey York for the Globe and Mail.

  • Belief and betrayal in Mali


    A #longread from the Atavist Magazine on Mali through the lens of two friends who started a music festival that attracted some of the biggest rock stars in the world. That friendship would then be severed by ideology when one turned to radical Islam. A personal story as much as one about geopolitics.

  • The great migration goes home


    In 2015, an estimated 170 million people travelled from China’s largest cities to their hometowns, mostly in the countryside, for the lunar New Year. That tide of migrants from the countryside to the cities has fueled the country’s economic growth. And it might be coming to an end. From Financial Times.

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