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UNDRIP’s fundamental flaw

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2 April, 2019

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was created with intrinsic power structures intact — leaving the state with ultimate control. Can the original spirit of the declaration still be salvaged?


Mesdames Secretaries

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20 September, 2018

As many of the world’s women foreign ministers gather in Montreal, OpenCanada’s Catherine Tsalikis examines the power of sisterhood, shared stories and small numbers to spur on change.


An Apology for Multiculturalism

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13 August, 2018

Not long ago we assumed globalization, with its intensity of interactions, would breed tolerance for others. Instead, we must fight for that ideal, even if flawed, now more than ever.


Reaching Canada’s G7 summit

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6 June, 2018

As leaders come together in Charlevoix, Quebec, OpenCanada’s Catherine Tsalikis takes a look at the world’s most intimate summit, with views from those who’ve had a seat at the table.


The erasure of Indigenous thought in foreign policy

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31 July, 2017

Where is the acknowledgement of — and engagement with — Indigenous thought in the development of international relations and the practice of foreign policy? Hayden King calls out the field’s glaring gaps and asks whether a different kind of foreign policy is possible or even desirable.


Canada’s future foreign policymakers 2017: Meet the millennials making a mark in international affairs

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12 July, 2017

From representing Canada at the United Nations and supporting the Canadian foreign minister on international visits to taking part in free trade talks and working on Canada’s international assistance review, the global experiences open to young Canadians today are myriad. For the second year in a row, OpenCanada is featuring some of the best and brightest […]


Twitterati 2016: The Canadian Foreign Policy Edition

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21 December, 2016

As global interest in Canada continues, and new voices from academia and politics emerge on social media, this year OpenCanada shines a light on Canadian foreign policy Twitterati.   This group differs from our past lists, which have highlighted Canadians doing great work abroad and Canadians making valuable additions to foreign policy conversations at large. […]


Canadian Exceptionalism

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1 November, 2016

How is it that Canada has Trudeau while the United States has Trump? As a tumultuous U.S. presidential campaign ends, Stephen Marche explores the conditions that have set Canada up to emerge, in 2016, as a bright light on a dark political stage. 


Out of Iraq’s ashes, Kurdistan grows

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22 June, 2016

Kurdish Iraqis have long
dreamt of a state to call their own. With the support of Canadian troops, they
are now gaining ground as the fight against ISIS continues. But what would their
independence mean for the region?