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When it comes to Greece and Europe, EU leadership must think in terms of decades & centuries, not weeks & months.

The refugee crisis: Canada’s role

The world is witnessing the largest movement of displaced people since the end of the Second World War. Canada needs to do more.


Star-crossed: An international code of conduct for outer space?

The BRICS and U.S. positions on an outer space code of conduct are at odds, and Canada is walking a tightrope between them. By Paul Meyer

U.S. election: Notes on the circus to the South

How a divided Republican vote will likely mean another fragmented government to come. By Stephen Blank

North American cooperation: A must for next government

Time for Canada’s national leaders to address how they will better manage integration between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.

Election 2015: Where is the debate on defence and security?

Instead of a passing reference during general debates, Hugh Segal explains why there should be a specific discussion on defence issues.

We’re hiring: Senior Research Analyst, Arctic Affairs

OpenCanada, on behalf of CIGI and in collaboration with News Deeply, is hiring a Senior Research Analyst focused on Arctic affairs.

  • Walking in the path of refugees

    In an ongoing series for The New York Times, Anemona Hartocollis and a team of reporters follow in the footsteps of refugees as they sneak across borders, fight for places on trains inward to Europe, entrust smugglers with their savings, and search for a ‘truly developed land of opportunity.”

  • Syria’s resilient revolution

    In the New Internationalist, Daniel Adamson looks at an unlikely by-product of the Assad regime’s brutal crackdown: civil society. “The people who had marched for freedom now ran hospitals and schools, documented violations and reported news,” he writes. “For all its flaws, the revolutionary movement was lit up by the courage of the Syrian people.”

  • Fortune-teller of Kabul

    For centuries, mystics in Afghanistan have played the role of “village elder, a judge, a psychiatrist, a fixer of all things.” In this Guardian piece, May Jeong speaks to one particular fortune-teller in Kabul, whose clients seek an escape – emotional or physical – from the suffering of every day life in a country ravaged by war.

  • El Salvador’s children at risk

    For the Globe and Mail, Stephanie Nolen chronicles what it’s like to be a parent in El Salvador today, facing the impossible choice between sending children north with smugglers or seeing them forced into gang membership. “If I send him, he may die,” one mother says. “But if I keep him here, he will die.”

  • Blood diamonds

    The global effort to stop the spread of ‘blood diamonds’ began 15 years ago, but has it become any easier to identify stones mined in unethical and deplorable conditions? “The lineage of one of the most valuable products that many consumers will ever buy in their lifetime remains shrouded in uncertainty,” reports Aryn Baker for TIME.

  • The banlieues of Paris

    After the massacre at the Charlie Hebdo offices earlier this year, tensions are high in France, with both anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim sentiments seemingly on the rise. For The New Yorker, George Packer spends time in France’s ‘banlieues’ and asks: are the city’s immigrant suburbs really incubators of terrorism?

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