Canadian Ambassador Mark McDowell on the country's democratic transition, its relationship with Canada, and how it might avoid development mistakes.


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Once fallen, Burma's on the rise

Canadian Ambassador Mark McDowell speaks with Eva Salinas on the country's democratic transition, its relationship with Canada, and how it might avoid development mistakes.

The Arctic Factor: Can regional cooperation thaw relations between Canada and Russia?

We asked Rob Huebert and Heather Exner-Pirot whether the two nations could mend their rapport through shared interests in the Arctic. Published in partnership with Arctic Deeply.

Q&A: The 'dangerous misunderstanding' of violence in the name of religion

In conversation with researcher Jon Waind, UN Special Rapporteur Heiner Bielefeldt clears up misconceptions about the links between religion and violence. From our series exploring the role of religious education in the fight against extremism.

How cities you've never heard of will shape the future

The future of global security and development will be determined by our cities. Yet, understanding their fragility is an ongoing challenge, writes Robert Muggah.
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The IMF’s Final Few: What will it take for Cuba to rejoin?

Cuba and the United States have a ways to go to improve economic ties, with a question mark over IMF membership. James Boughton explains why that piece may be less straightforward than others.

Why Ottawa's justification of the Saudi deal is not enough

The growing number of red flags around the $15-billion arms deal should compel the Canadian government to come clean on the human rights implications of the military exports contract, argues Cesar Jaramillo.


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Between Punxsutawney and Pyongyang

Another day, another nuclear weapons test from North Korea - or at least that's how it feels to many. But as The Economist argues, the latest test "may actually mark the end of a period in which China was prepared to get tougher on its unruly client." What is behind China's thinking, and what does this mean for the governments of South Korea and the U.S.?

What now for Libya?

"To visit Benghazi these days is to enter a stricken city, a city at war with itself." In The Washington PostFrederic Wehrey examines the many reasons - a lack of Western assistance, the rise of localized, divided militias, events in Egypt and the rise of ISIS, to name a few - that Libya's transition to democracy failed. 


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Politics @ the Pub: Prime Minister Trudeau’s Foreign Policy

Feb. 22, 2016, Ottawa
A panel discussion on the major foreign policy questions facing Justin Trudeau. One of many CIC branch events taking place across the country next week. For all events, visit
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International Human Rights Law Conference

Feb. 26, 2016, Saskatoon
Panel discussion on human rights and environmental sustainability.
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Canada's Role in the Arctic: The Ongoing Debate

Feb. 26, 2016, Toronto
A conversation on what Canada's role is and should be in the Arctic. 

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