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Christian-Paradis

How to fight poverty while earning a profit

Brett House on why Canada needs to add development finance institutions to its aid toolbox.

Chabahar

Iran’s port in the storm

Could the new deep sea port in Chabahar alter Asia’s trade dynamics?

Hagel

A new U.S. Secretary of Defense: Obama’s opportunity to shore up alliances

A new secretary with the right message is an opportunity for the U.S. to recalibrate its foreign policy narrative and strategy.

Eyes

The Cyber Security Syndrome

Nowhere is the tension between global citizenship and the nation-state system so apparent as it is in cyberspace.

Putin

Ukraine and the Limits of Power

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

Sierra-Madre

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.

  • The warlord and the tire company


    Charles Taylor orchestrated a bloody civil war in Liberia that killed or seriously injured 200,000 people. He did it with the support of the tire company Firestone, which ran a large rubber plantation there. Should Firestone have worked with Taylor? Firestone still thinks so. From Frontline and ProPublica.

  • Breakdown in Ukraine


    A step-by-step breakdown of how the West lost Russia over Ukraine, from Spiegel Online: “The story of the run-up to Vilnius is one filled with errors in judgment, misunderstandings, failures and blind spots… The idea that Moscow might be prepared to use force to prevent a further expansion of the Western sphere of influence didn’t seem to register with anyone.”

  • The Kurdish Dilemma


    When ISIS swept through Northern Iraq, it was an opportunity for Iraqi Kurds to finally establish an independent Kurdistan. But when ISIS started threatening Kurdish territory, the regional government faced a dilemma: If Iraq disintegrates, independence could be possible. But for a peaceful divorce they need a functioning Iraq. By Roula Khalaf for FT.

  • 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.”

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