International issues were briefly mentioned during Monday's leaders' debate, and federal parties have outlined their foreign policy priorities, but at a time when much is at stake globally, a more meaningful approach is needed, writes Michael Petrou.
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WEEKLY DISPATCH

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Parties pitch Canadians on foreign policy ideas, but a grander strategy still missing

Leaders' debate
International issues were briefly mentioned during Monday's leaders' debate, and federal parties have outlined their foreign policy priorities, but at a time when much is at stake globally, a more meaningful approach is needed, writes Michael Petrou. (A guide to party platforms, included.)
Naomi Klein

Five questions with… climate journalist Naomi Klein

After spending this past year living in United States, Canadian author Naomi Klein reflects on what the momentum for the Green New Deal there can teach Canada about climate action.
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Do Canadians understand the effectiveness of foreign aid?

Critique of Andrew Scheer’s plan to cut foreign aid has been swift. But the fact Scheer thinks cuts will resonate reminds us the foreign aid story hasn’t been told well in Canada, argues Matt Gouett.
Elections Canada

Voter Privacy: What Canada can learn from abroad

Why are election-related issues such as voter privacy not more widely discussed during election time? Sabrina Wilkinson compares the access Canadian political parties have to voter data compared to their international counterparts.
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Canada joins the Arms Trade Treaty — but will it cancel the Saudi deal?

A group of arms control and human rights experts welcomes Canada’s accession to the ATT but reminds the government that such an act should require the cancellation of arms sales to Saudi Arabia. By Cesar Jaramillo and Kenneth Epps.

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Assessing Freeland

Ahead of the federal election, Globe and Mail correspondents in various continents spoke to politicians, business leaders and others to paint a picture of how Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland is perceived around the world. “She’s either one of the last, best hopes of the liberal world order,” they write, “or she’s an out-of-touch idealist who is risking trade by starting diplomatic fights that Canada can’t hope to win.”
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Offensive in Syria

This week, Turkey launched an offensive on a Kurdish militia in Syria that has been instrumental in the fight against ISIS. Tens of thousands of people are reportedly fleeing their homes, and several people have been killed. In The New York Times, Megan Specia has an explainer on Turkey’s relationship with the Kurds, how the US fits in, and what this attack could mean for an ISIS resurgence.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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China’s Kaleidoscope: Relations With Canada And The World

Oct. 15, 2019, Ottawa
A talk by Guy Saint-Jacques, who was Canada’s ambassador to China from 2012 to 2016.
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Foreign Policy and Foreign Interference in the 2019 Canadian Election

Oct. 17, 2019, Montreal
A panel about how Canada’s role in an increasingly unstable world has been addressed in this election, and what challenges might lie ahead for a new government.
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Cinema Series: “Black Code”

Oct. 22, 2019, Waterloo
Based on Ronald Deibert’s book of the same name, Nicholas de Pencier’s Black Code follows “internet sleuths” from the Toronto-based group Citizen Lab, who travel the world to expose unprecedented levels of global digital espionage.
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The Cuban Revolution at 60 International Conference

Oct. 31, 2019, Halifax
Forty internationally renowned Cuba scholars, policymakers and policy analysts will gather at Dalhousie University in Halifax for this three-day symposium, with addresses from Josefina Vidal, now Cuba’s ambassador to Canada, and Jeffrey DeLaurentis, the first US ambassador to Cuba following the renewal of relations. All sessions will be open to the public, and free.

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