With just over a year left before the vote, Canada needs to kick its campaign for a UNSC seat into high gear. Here are six must-dos over the next 12 months.
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Six steps Canada must take to win a UN Security Council seat

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With just over a year left before the vote, Canada needs to kick its campaign for a UNSC seat into high gear. Ola Mohajer lists six must-dos over the next 12 months.
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The invisible hand in Latin American democracy

There is a long history of military involvement in political transitions in Latin America. So, as Luis Horacio Nájera asks, can we actually expect a peaceful transfer of power in Venezuela?
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Bleak prospects for the ‘cornerstone’ Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

The United States is attempting to shift gears when it comes to nuclear disarmament. But, Paul Meyer writes, if it truly wishes to improve the international security environment, it should start by implementing its own existing commitments.
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How artificial intelligence is reshaping global power and Canadian foreign policy

In Case You Missed It: Last week, Sarah Shoker explained why we need a better understanding of the use of AI in foreign policy and Canada’s approach to it.

BEST OF THE WEB

European Parliament elections

More than 370 million people will be eligible to cast their vote in next week’s European Parliament elections, which will take place between May 23 and 26 in the EU’s 28 countries (751 seats are up for grabs). Chris Harris at Euronews has put together an explainer on why the vote is important, how Brexit will affect things, what exactly MEPs do, and more.
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Torture in Syria

As the war in Syria winds down, Anne Barnard writes, the world’s attention to atrocities there is fading, and countries are starting to normalize their relations with Bashar al-Assad. But, far from letting up, the “pace of new arrests, torture and execution is increasing.” For The New York Times, Barnard gives readers a harrowing look inside Syria’s secret torture prisons.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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How Democracy Dies: Lessons Canadians Can Draw From Venezuela And The United States

May 23, 2019, Saskatoon
A talk by Ben Rowswell, former Canadian ambassador to Venezuela.
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Economics for a Burning Planet: Challenging the Logic of the Growth Economy

May 23, 2019, Waterloo
A panel will explore alternative approaches to sustainability that address the desired outcomes of UN SDG 8, including the ‘degrowth’ movement.
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Monitoring Presidential Elections In Ukraine 2019

May 27, 2019, Winnipeg
Two election monitors for the recent presidential elections in Ukraine will share highlights of their experiences and discuss Canada’s involvement in international elections monitoring.

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