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To confront Putin, we need consensus. And when the politics are so different, consensus is mighty hard to achieve, says Steve Saideman.

The South China Sea – Canada’s backyard as a maritime nation?

Lee-Michael J. Pronko on why Canada should not ignore territorial disputes in the South China Sea.


Talking politics with Mexico’s Gael Garcia Bernal

‘Without journalists, there is no democracy,’ says star of Jon Stewart’s Rosewater.


Are smart cities a bright idea for the Global South?

Robert Muggah looks at what makes a city ‘smart’ and how they can exacerbate — rather than diminish — economic divides around the world.


Brisbane G20: Small Successes, Big Disappointments

John Kirton on how the G20 leaders failed to confront and control today’s central global challenges.


Redrawing borders

What do borders mean today? In this graphic, we consider a number of ways of conceptualizing the divisions between us beyond just nationality.


Doing justice to the Snowden case

Laura Poitras’s documentary Citizenfour highlights the legal loopholes in international law that allow for electronic surveillance.

  • The rise of Angela Merkel

    Is Angela Merkel the most powerful woman in the world? The New Yorker‘s George Packer makes the case for the German leader who is both an outsider and whose political clout has experienced an extraordinary rise. “In a country where passionate rhetoric and macho strutting led to ruin, her lack of apparent ego is a strength.”

  • The Middle East Tangle

    Confused about who are friends, who are enemies, and who are somewhere in between in the Middle East? Patrick Martin has you covered with this interactive guide for the Globe and Mail that “cuts through the tangled web of alliances and enmities in the region.”

  • The day I was nearly abducted

    Gregory D. Johnsen, writing for Buzzfeed, reflects on his failed kidnapping in Yemen: “The other man had circled around behind me. Grabbing my arm, he started pulling me toward the street. My eyes followed my body and I saw the yellow-and-white taxi: driver inside, back door open. And then I knew.”

  • The front lines of a asymmetrical war

    The Korengal Valley saw some of the bloodiest fighting during the Afghanistan War. Now, it offers “a glimpse of where the country is heading,” write Matt Trevithick and Daniel Seckman for The Daily Beast. “With the…fight increasingly Afghan against Afghan, time will tell if anything comes of his balancing act.”

  • Drones over Pakistan

    “Between mid-2008 and mid-2013, C.I.A.-operated drones waged what amounted to an undeclared, remotely controlled air war over North and South Waziristan,” writes Steve Coll for the New Yorker. For the U.S., the campaign was a major success. For the Pakistani military, it symbolized American arrogance. For a great many civilians, it proved deadly.

  • Turning a blind eye in Rwanda

    Two Canadian priests were killed in post-Genocide Rwanda, possibly by security forces of President Paul Kagame. The Canadian government never properly investigated the murders but has continued to support the Kagame government for two decades. Geoffrey York and Judi Rever report for the Globe and Mail.

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