The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival began this week. In anticipation of the festival, we scoured the list for the most exciting, insightful and touching films dealing with international affairs.


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Hot Docs 2016: Top foreign affairs documentaries to watch

The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival began this week. In anticipation of the festival, Krista Hessey scoured the list for the most exciting, insightful and touching films dealing with international affairs.

Saudi deal or not, Canada still needs to ratify the Arms Trade Treaty

Canada’s leadership in banning landmines greatly impacted the international community. As a young adult, Amani Saini witnessed the effect first hand. Now, she asks: can we regain our role in the fight against illicit arms?

How to fix Canada’s broken Foreign Service

From a convoluted, promotion-based system to a lack of internationally-minded talent and suffering morale, Canada’s diplomatic corps desperately needs an overhaul, argues Bruce Mabley.

Terrorism is on the rise – but there’s a bigger threat we’re not talking about

Despite the frequency with which terrorism makes the headlines, the numbers reveal that civilians around the world are much more at risk of being killed as a result of homicide, as Robert Muggah explains.

Canada and the Anglo World – where do we stand?

Mother, stepmother, perfidious Albion—whatever metaphor is employed, Britain has always been important to Canada. But what is Canada to Britain? Depends who you ask, writes Srdjan Vucetic.

Will Canada brandish the rulebook when it comes to the South China Sea?

China’s contentious claim to one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes might soon be dealt a blow by a tribunal. Chinese officials are unlikely to recognize its ruling, but if Canada is serious about international law, we must press Beijing to abide by the Law of the Sea Convention, says Gerald Wright.

Expanding renewable energy into remote communities is a team effort

About half of the global Arctic population lives in isolated communities that must generate their own electricity, often from diesel fuel. But it doesn’t have to be that way, as Gwen Holdmann tells Arctic Deeply’s Hannah Hoag.


The end of oil

Historically, Saudi Arabia has relied on the petroleum sector for 90 percent of its budget. But the kingdom is in crisis mode, with foreign reserves being depleted at an alarming pace. For Bloomberg, Peter Waldman spends eight hours with Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who will be spearheading a $2 trillion effort to wean Saudi Arabia off its lifeblood: oil.

Running on empty in Nepal

In this piece for Harper's Magazine, Ruth Margalit visits a country wracked by two major earthquakes, deadly protests over its constitution and, as a result of India closing its border, a fuel crisis. With no imported materials to rebuild homes and no cooking gas for labourers to eat anything other than rice and lentils, the outlook on recovery from the earthquake is dim at best.


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The UK Referendum on whether to leave or to remain in the EU

May 3, 2016, Toronto
A presentation by Lord David Owen, followed by a Q&A chaired by the Honourable Bill Graham.
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Address by the United States Ambassador to Canada

May 4, 2016, Waterloo
A lecture by His Excellency Bruce Heyman, the United States Ambassador to Canada.
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An evening with Lord David Owen on why the UK should leave the European Union

May 4, 2016, Ottawa
Join CIC Ottawa for an evening with Lord David Owen, former UK Foreign Secretary. 

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