Iranians want to re-engage with the West, say Sergio Marchi and Ken Lewis. How can Canada meet them half way?
Most Latin American and Caribbean countries want Cuba at the next Summit of the Americas. Canada and the United States don’t. Stephen Baranyi on how to resolve the standoff.
Tom Cooper and Andrew Reddie face off on this week’s crucial vote: Yes to a new, fairer society, or No to risky, economic instability.
The president had hoped to chart a new course. But events have a way of disrupting the best-laid plans. By Roland Paris.
Could marijuana be legalized in one of the most conservative states in the U.S.? By Nathan Jones.
An online panel discussion on some of the most pressing questions around global drug reform. Friday, Sept. 12 at 12 p.m. ET.
The Life Savers
Matthieu Aikins spends seven days with Syria’s first responders – the people who care for the civilians caught on the front lines of the war in Aleppo: “What they were best known for – what they had become famous for in Syria and abroad – were the dramatic rescues, the lives they pulled from under the rubble.” Published by Matter.
Same Mistakes, Different War
If ISIS demonstrates the ultimate failure of the Iraq War to build a stable Iraq, what is in store for Afghanistan? Bing West writes about that “forgotten war” for Politico Magazine, where he sees the same broken strategy that played out in Iraq happening all over again.
The Girl-Boy Switch
Afghan families often dress their girls like boys because they need another income and girls aren’t allowed to work, because the road the school can be more dangerous for girls, or simply because Afghan society “undervalues daughters and demands sons at almost any cost.” Jenny Nordberg reports for the Atlantic.
Can architecture and urban planning be used to help solve political conflicts? Nate Berg explores the potential in a piece for Foreign Policy: “The urban settings of conflicts are more than just dots on a map, and any effort to help them recover will need to consider the complex relationship between human culture and space.”
Humanitarianism for a Networked Age
Humanitarian NGOs are increasingly being used like Lego bricks – interchangeable not just with each other, but also with government, military or private-sector actors, writes Paul Currion for Aeon. We need a post-industrial, post-imperial model that mobilizes resources through global networks.
Stories about Afghanistan – what it was, what it has become, what it still might be – told through six different perspectives: the diplomat’s wife turned historian and activist, the wounded U.S. soldier, the young entrepreneur, the music scholar, the Afghan commando, and the television personality. The multimedia package was produced by NATO.