An interview with Aleem Walji, Director of the World Bank’s Innovation Labs.
Does Canada’s Arctic strategy undermine cooperation with allies and adversaries there, ask Michael Howlett and Nigel Kinney.
Canadian companies are globally competitive in many lesser-known sectors beyond oil, wheat, and autos, says Kristelle Audet.
The federal government isn’t the only government in Canada with an international strategy, explains Charles Labrecque.
Jeremy Kinsman on Canada’s strained relationship with Russia in the Arctic.
Michael Howlett and Nigel Kinney on the two large steps Canada can take to alter the existing domestic energy mix.
How Things Fall Apart
In Nigeria, writes Alex Perry for Newsweek, “prejudice, rumor and suspicion rule; certainty and knowledge are lost.” It’s a vacuum where sectarianism, self-interest, corruption, ruthlessness, and brutality can grow. Exhibit A, Boko Haram. Exhibit B, the Nigerian government and its security services.
Spying Comes Home
Glenn Greenwald‘s big story this week: “The National Security Agency and FBI have covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans—including a political candidate and several civil rights activists, academics, and lawyers—under secretive procedures intended to target terrorists and foreign spies.”
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.
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.