The stories that stayed with us — and were critical to our understanding of the world this past year.


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Year in Review: 2019

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As 2019 comes to a close, a thank you from our editorial team — and a look back on the stories that have been critical to our understanding of the world this year, from women’s rights in Sudan and the fight for democracy in Hong Kong, to the complexities of the Canada-Cuba relationship and why media freedom matters the world over.

As the decade ends, Canada stands largely alone in commitment to human rights

Despite some glaring mistakes, in recent years Canada has made a difference when it comes to human rights, refugees and conflict, especially in the Middle East. But with the bar set low globally, that work must continue, writes Kareem Shaheen.
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Canada to join NATO’s cyber defence research centre

It may be a late start, but joining allies at NATO’s cyber defence centre will help Canada better defend its interests in cyberspace. Josh Gold explains why the move is welcome.

Inside India’s surrogacy debate

Who should shape a policy that involves women’s rights, politics, inequality and global ‘health tourism’? Natasha Comeau reports on a new bill in India and how it compares to Canada’s approach.

What does the Trump administration have to show for its trade war with China?

The United States and China have announced a “phase one” agreement, but problematic Chinese trading practices are barely addressed in any meaningful way, argues Paul Blustein. From our partners at the Centre for International Governance Innovation.


Holiday talk

For many readers, the holidays will include spirited conversations with relatives of various political stripes, and this BuzzFeed essay by Scaachi Koul might resonate. Koul has found herself largely at odds with her Hindu family over the recent crisis in Kashmir. “For the first time in my life,” she writes, “I engaged in a pastime that I thought was largely reserved for white people: fighting with my family on Facebook about their terrible politics.”
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Cambridge controversy

Two years ago, Canadian scholar Stephen Toope became the first non-British vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge, promising to bring some new ideas to the institution. One of them involves seeking answers and justice for how the university benefited in the past from enslaved labour. The effort has divided academics, as Paul Waldie reports in The Globe and Mail.


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Does Canada Need a Foreign Policy Review?

Jan. 9, 2020, Waterloo
A talk with Randolph Mank, a three time former Canadian ambassador and business executive who led the Policy Planning team from 2000-03 during the last Canadian foreign policy review.
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Liberal Internationalism, Then and Now: The Foreign Policy of Pierre Trudeau Conference

Jan. 10, 2020, Toronto
This fall marked the 100-year anniversary of the birth of Pierre Trudeau — join the Public Policy department at Massey College for a conference series exploring his life and career.
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Cinema Series: “Anthropocene: The Human Epoch”

Jan. 21, 2020, Waterloo
A showing of ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch, a cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet.

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