OpenCanada's John Woodside recommends some of this year's best political reads for those who can't fully tune the world out — even on summer vacation. 


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2016 Reads: Five books for your last five weeks of summer

OpenCanada's John Woodside recommends some of this year's best political reads for those who can't fully tune the world out — even on summer vacation. 

Afghanistan in Review: Looking back at Canada’s longest war

In this new series, we revisit Canada’s war effort in Afghanistan, and ask what role we may still have to play in the country, from women's rights to the detainee scandal. With contributions from Bruce Mabley, Bill Graham, John Duncan, May Jeong, Naheed Mustafa, Steve Saideman and more.
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The Democratic National Convention, in 10 key moments

From history made to leaked emails, Krista Hessey compiles the takeaways you may have missed from this week’s convention in Philadelphia. 
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Global terrorism: A new age of unpredictability

André Gagné explains what the so-called ‘lone-wolf’ attacker in Nice, France, tells us about the new norms of jihad and how ideology is key to understanding this phenomenon.

Not for nothing: The fight to improve human and women’s rights in Afghanistan

International human rights lawyer and activist Georgette Gagnon spent five years in Afghanistan and saw first-hand the contribution made by Canadians. She shares insights from her time as director of human rights for the UN in Afghanistan with our own Catherine Tsalikis. Part of a new series from OpenCanada.
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He was an unlikely pick for president. How will Pedro Pablo Kuczynski govern Peru?

After a close runoff vote and an unexpected alliance between sectors of the left and the right, the pro-trade Kuczynski takes reign over Peru on July 28. Could he now be a global partner on mining sector reform and environment protection? By Christian Medina-Ramirez.
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North America’s Climate Action Plan: Why the Arctic matters beyond its borders

North American leaders met in June to tackle the shared challenge of climate change. For OpenCanada and Arctic DeeplyThomas F. Pedersen explains why the Arctic is the key piece to that puzzle and why the new action plan stops one step short.  


Austria's far right

In all the furor over Brexit, the question of whether Austria could become the first Western European country since World War II to have a far right president has flown under the radar (answer: there's going to be an election in October, and it could be quite close). In this New York Review of Books piece, Jan-Werner Muller examines why the far right has been so successful in a country whose population seems to be doing relatively well.

Death of a diplomat

A car bombing in Washington in 1976 left the remains of one man, a woman on the side of the road, "and a crazed man... screaming about an organization called DINA." For the Atavist Magazine, Zach Dorfman dives into the killing of Chilean diplomat Orlando Letelier, revealing much about U.S. foreign policy, and a conversation between Henry Kissinger and Chilean minister Hernan Cubillos on the case.


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Canadian Climate Solutions: What Should be in the National Climate Plan?

Aug. 11, 2016, Waterloo
An expert panel presenting cutting-edge research and policy recommendations for the federal government's climate strategy. 
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Beggar-thy-Neighbour: Hurdles of International Trade Governance

Sept. 8, 2016, Waterloo
Lecture by Jim Stanford, one of Canada’s best-known economic commentators.

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