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OpenCanada is turning 5!

a June 9 panel on the state of leftist foreign policy, OpenCanada marks its
fifth anniversary! Join our team, The New Republic’s Jeet Heer, The Nation’s Sarah Leonard, and Postmedia’s Terry Glavin at CSI Spadina.

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20 May, 2016
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It’s been five short years since jumped into the digital scene, somewhere in that new, emerging space between mainstream media, think tanks and academic journals. Countless of articles, infographics, Q&As, and a few COPA awards later, here we are, covering Canada’s foreign policy and global affairs with as much fire as ever before.

To mark our fifth anniversary, OpenCanada is hosting its first public event — a panel on the state of leftist foreign policy.

Join special guests Sarah Leonard, senior editor at The Nation, Terry Glavin, Postmedia columnist, and Jeet Heer, senior editor at the New Republic, in conversation with OpenCanada managing editor Eva Salinas, as we delve into the issue of foreign policy along political lines — from the crisis of liberalism in North America to the emergence of alternative, progressive voices in Europe and beyond. Does a leftist foreign policy exist? Are liberal movements united when it comes to conflict, intervention and foreign policy? Should they be?

The evening runs in tandem with an online series exploring a similar theme, with contributions from an exciting group of global thinkers. Read Part 1 and Part 2 of the series here.

So, for those in Toronto, join us June 9, and for the rest of our readers, stay tuned to and follow the conversation online with #leftfp.

OpenCanada 5th Anniversary Panel: The Left At War

Thursday June 9, 2016

Spadina Lounge, Centre for Social Innovation (CSI)
215 Spadina Ave, Suite 400

Doors: 5:30 p.m.
Discussion: 6 p.m.
Reception: 7 p.m. 

Space is limited — RSVP here. 

About the panelists

Sarah Leonard is a senior editor at the Nation, as well as editor of the online journal The New Inquiry and of Occupy!: Scenes from Occupied America. Leonard, who lives in New York, has written for n+1Bookforum, and Dissent.

Terry Glavin is a Postmedia columnist. Assignments in recent years have taken him to Afghanistan, Israel, the Russian Far East, the Eastern Himalayas, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Jordan, Geneva, China and Central America. His most recent book is Come From the Shadows – The Long and Lonely Struggle For Peace in Afghanistan.

Jeet Heer is a senior editor at the New Republic who has published in a wide array of journals including The New YorkerThe Paris Review, and VQR. He is the author of two books: In Love With Art: Francoise Mouly’s Adventures in Comics with Art Spiegelman and Sweet Lechery: Essays, Profiles and Reviews.

About OpenCanada

Founded in June 2011, the award-winning is a digital publication sitting at the intersection of public policy, scholarship and journalism. With contributors around the world, the site produces multimedia content to explain, analyze and tell stories about the increasingly complex world of foreign policy and international affairs. It is produced through a partnership of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, the Canadian International Council and the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History

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Open Canada is published by the Canadian International Council, but that’s only the beginning of what the CIC does. Through its research and live events hosted by its 18 branches across the country, the CIC is dedicated to engaging Canadians from all walks of life in an ongoing conversation about Canada’s place in the world.

By becoming a member, you’ll be joining a community of Canadians who seek to shape Canada’s role in the world, and you’ll help Open Canada continue to publish thoughtful and provocative reporting and analysis.

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