From Brexit to the Afghan presidential elections, 2019 is expected to be a year of new beginnings.


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10 world events to watch in 2019

From Brexit to the Afghan presidential elections, 2019 is expected to be a year of new beginnings. Stefan Labbé details the most anticipated and overlooked foreign policy events of the next 12 months. 
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Shaparak Shajarizadeh and the fight for women’s rights in Iran

In an interview with Celine Cooper, the Iranian activist speaks about her protest against the compulsory hijab and why she finally left her home for Canada. 

Canada and the World, Ep. 21: Goodbye 2018, hello 2019

As 2018 came to a close and 2019 began, podcast host Bessma Momani asked guests John Ravenhill, Robert Greenhill and Eva Salinas to look back on the biggest and most important foreign policy stories of 2018 and give a preview of what will and should be on your radar this year, from electoral integrity to women’s empowerment.

Canada and the World, Ep. 22: The IPCC report and climate change

The first official podcast episode of 2019 focuses on climate change: Why the recent IPCC report matters and the various difficulties in communicating climate science to a more general audience. Featuring host Bessma Momani and guests Thomas Homer-Dixon, Simon Dalby and Jessica West.
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Syria’s next chapter

In Case You Missed It: Michael Petrou takes an in-depth look at the current state of affairs in Syria, asking, can a war end without resolution? And, if so, what happens to Syria’s remaining residents, warring factions and the world’s attitude toward humanitarian intervention? 


The price of refusal

While Donald Trump uses gang-related violence in the United States to justify tighter border security, this investigation by ProPublica journalists Kavitha Surana and Hannah Dreier shows the complications — and life-threatening dangers — that exist for US newcomers from Central America who try to avoid participation in a gang like MS-13. 
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Redefining equality

In this profile for The New Yorker, Nathan Heller paints a picture of American philosopher Elizabeth Anderson whose work "brings together ideas from the left and right to battle increasing inequality." Are equality and freedom in fact much more intertwined than we thought? Anderson's life and work give insight into a new way of thinking around fair societies. 


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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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