This International Women’s Day, we asked 10 Canadian or Canada-based women working on international issues to reflect on those who inspire them.


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IWD 2019: Ten women making waves globally

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This International Women’s Day, we’re taking the opportunity to celebrate women working on global issues whose names may not come immediately to mind. To do so, we asked 10 Canadian or Canada-based women — from climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe to Nobel Women’s Liz Bernstein — to nominate just one woman they would like to see receive more attention this year.
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Why US Ambassador Craft deserves greater credit for her time in Canada

Donald Trump’s nomination of Kelly Knight Craft to serve at the UN has sparked a debate about her time in Ottawa. Here, Christopher Sands addresses three of the harshest criticisms levelled against the diplomat.

To lead on innovation, Canada needs more ambition and a digital framework

When it comes to the digital world, Canada must move beyond current targets and spending, argues Robert Fay.

Canada and the World, Ep. 31: Oil, jobs and the energy transition debate

In this episode, guest-hosted by Patricia Goff, three experts — Julia McElgunn, Jatin Nathwani and Yonatan Strauch — provide their wish list and weigh options already on the table for a more green future, ranging from a national carbon tax and decarbonization to supplying the world with more natural gas to completely phase out coal.

2019 Graduate Symposium: Calling students interested in defence and security issues

Are you a current graduate student studying defence and security issues in Canada? The Balsillie School of International Affairs, in partnership with the CDA Institute, is hosting the annual E3 Graduate Student Symposium May 6-8 in Waterloo, Ontario, and is welcoming paper abstracts as well as longer essays. A select group will be invited to attend and be published on OpenCanada. Submit by March 22.



An interview with MacNaughton

Canada’s ambassador to the United States, David MacNaughton, holds his post at a fascinating point in Canada-US relations. In an interview with Maclean’s senior writer Paul Wells, he talks about the election of Donald Trump, the marathon NAFTA renegotiations, the departure of Justin Trudeau’s principle secretary, Gerald Butts, and more.

WWF under fire

A BuzzFeed News investigation into the World Wide Fund for Nature by Katie Baker and Tom Warren, spanning six continents and based on over 100 interviews, has uncovered shocking behaviour: “The beloved nonprofit with the cuddly panda logo funds, equips, and works directly with paramilitary forces that have been accused of beating, torturing, sexually assaulting, and murdering scores of people.”


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The Indo-Pacific: Regional Approaches and Canada’s Role

March 11, 2019, Ottawa
A public conference on the importance of the Indo-Pacific region involving scholars, former policymakers and other stakeholders from Canada, Japan, India, the United States and elsewhere.
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Breaking Barriers, Shaping Worlds: Women and the Search for Global Order, 1919-2019

March 21, 2019, Ottawa
A two-day conference that will explore how Canadian women have influenced Canada’s place in the world during the 20th century and beyond.
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Transforming the Global Refugee System: An Evening with Lloyd Axworthy

March 21, 2019, Waterloo
Join CIGI for an evening of conversation with former Canadian foreign affairs minister and World Refugee Council chair Lloyd Axworthy.

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