Trudeau revealed his new cabinet members Wednesday. With Champagne as foreign minister, it is time for a fresh look at the portfolio, writes Jocelyn Coulon.
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A tough mandate for Canada’s new foreign minister, François-Philippe Champagne

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Justin Trudeau revealed his new cabinet members Wednesday. With Champagne as foreign minister, it is time for a fresh look at the portfolio, writes Jocelyn Coulon.
Refugees

Canada and Refugees: An enduring relationship in need of a renewed commitment

There are three ways Trudeau’s new cabinet can help reframe the discussion over Canada’s asylum system, says the UNHCR’s Jean-Nicolas Beuze — an urgent task for this minority government.
Nicolas Moyer

Five questions with… humanitarian Nicolas Moyer, head of the CCIC

With a summit on Canada’s global leadership taking place next week, Nicolas Moyer explains to OpenCanada’s Eva Salinas why the recent election campaign was a ‘wake-up call’ for the humanitarian sector and what Canada’s priorities on the world stage should be.
India

Q & A: Exploring opportunities for partnership between Canada and India

CIGI president Rohinton Medhora on how Canada and India can work together on reforming the global trading system, data governance, India’s upcoming G20 summit and more.
Cyber activities

A new process for an old problem — governing state behaviour in cyberspace

With the next session of a new UN working group on cyber activity around the corner, Paul Meyer reviews the state of the debate.
CSIS

At Canada’s spy agency, a new Women’s Network safeguards progress on gender equality

In Case You Missed It: When CSIS was created, its culture mirrored the male-dominated environment at the RCMP. Thirty-five years later, women are taking up space, on surveillance missions and around the executive table. A new report from Catherine Tsalikis.

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A cinematic escape

In The Globe and Mail, Michelle Zilio recounts how Iranian-Canadian Maryam Mombeini and her sons devised a plan to get Mombeini out of Iran — where she had been living a nightmare, forbidden from leaving the country for nearly 600 days, after the mysterious death of her husband in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison. Her sons hope that Mombeini, now safe in Canada, can live a “good, happy and healthy life.”

State of diplomacy

For career foreign service officers, can the current state of diplomatic relations be described as an ice age? Many would say yes, Stephen Brown reports in POLITICO, as he takes stock of how the age of Trump has impacted diplomatic dealings. “The rules-based post-war order is being broken by those who made it,” said one EU diplomat. “It’s becoming the Wild West, and they’re sending in the cowboys.”

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Russian-Canadian Relations: History and Potential

Nov. 27, 2019, Toronto
The International Issues Discussion Series presents a talk by Consul General of Russia in Toronto Kirill Mikhaylov.
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Ending the Cycle: Leveraging Tech, Data and Governance to Combat Human Trafficking

Nov. 27, 2019, Waterloo
A panel of experts explore the diverse challenges of tackling human trafficking, at this special Communitech Data Hub Session, in partnership with the Centre for International Governance Innovation.
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The New Frontline

Nov. 30, 2019, Ottawa
The third annual Peter Stursberg Foreign Correspondents Lecture will be delivered by the CBC’s Adrienne Arsenault, award-winning senior correspondent and a host of The National.

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