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Year in Review 2018

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As another fast-paced, unpredictable year in foreign policy comes to a close, we’ve put together our annual list of highlights from our coverage over the past twelve months, featuring stories that took our readers from Mongolia to Turkey to Bangladesh, and ones that put a spotlight on underreported issues closer to home, here in Canada. We’d like to wish all of our readers and contributors a happy holiday — see you in 2019!
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Syria’s next chapter

Can a war end without resolution? If so, what happens to Syria’s remaining residents, warring factions and the world’s attitude toward humanitarian intervention? In our last longread of the year, Michael Petrou imagines future possibilities not far off. 

Twelve recommended reads for the 2018 holiday

Friends of OpenCanada, including Charlie Foran, Roland Paris, Stephanie Carvin, Sally Armstrong, Ben Rowswell and many others, suggest global affairs books — and one report — to dive into this season.

A Cameroonian’s journey for justice

Can Canada serve as an example to Cameroon of how to uphold the rights of minority groups? Human rights lawyer Felix Agbor Nkongho travelled to Canada recently to find out. By Melissa Tessler

Canada finally gets into the development finance game — will it work?

As Susanne Courtney explains, while Global Affairs Canada continues to flesh out its larger development finance strategy, FinDev Canada moves forward with its own initiatives. 

Canada and the World, Ep. 20: The Huawei dilemma

As China retaliates for the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver with the detention of at least two Canadians, this episode tackles the bigger questions around Canada-Chinese relations and the relationship between trade and security interests. Featuring host Bessma Momani and guests Stephanie Carvin, Richard Fadden and Samantha Bradshaw


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Transatlantic frenemies

For The New Yorker, Susan B. Glasser takes a deep look into the fraught relationship between US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who are “almost epically mismatched.” The stakes are high as 2018 comes to a close. “Call your friends enemies long enough, and eventually they may start to believe you,” Glasser writes. “Is this, then, finally, the end of Pax Americana? 

Centre Block

This month, Parliament Hill’s Centre Block closed for renovations, and it will be at least a decade before the Ottawa building re-opens. While most Canadians will associate it with politicians and parliamentary debate, journalists have also been a staple of its hallowed halls. For Maclean’sJohn Geddes looks back at how Centre Block has honoured the fourth estate.


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Crossing Lines: Recent Developments In The Korean Peninsula

Jan. 14, 2019, Thunder Bay
A presentation by Carl Young, associate professor in the history department at Western University.
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Cinema Series: “The Serengeti Rules”

Jan. 16, 2019, Waterloo
A showing of “The Serengeti Rules,” which presents one of the most important but untold science stories of our time.

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