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Climate change and the rise of citizen suits

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June 20, 2016

For many worried about the health of the planet, waiting
on leaders to stop a concerning increase in global carbon emissions isn’t an
effective strategy. Here are three examples of when bypassing government and
effecting change through the judicial system has worked.

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What next for Venezuela?

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June 17, 2016

Venezuela is on the edge and the ripples of
collapse will be felt across the region. Could the crisis trigger the next
stream of refugees? In fitting with its renewed role as a humanitarian leader, Canada
should prepare to help.

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A European unravelling

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June 16, 2016

On the eve of the UK’s referendum
over EU membership, Canada’s former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom,
Jeremy Kinsman, looks at how the debate got this far and what to expect next
week, and beyond.

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In Chinese foreign minister’s outburst, a test for Trudeau

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June 15, 2016

The dressing down of a
Canadian reporter by Wang Yi earlier this month is not the first time Chinese
officials have shown arrogance on Canadian soil.
When dealing with China going
forward, self-interest and self-respect need to be first in Trudeau’s mind,
argues John Bruk. 

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Old Europe, new perils

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June 10, 2016

This piece by Tudor Schlanger won the ‘People’s Choice’ award in The Envoy‘s 2016 Global Affairs Essay Contest. 

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OpenCanada at 5: A look back at some of our favourite pieces

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June 8, 2016

Five years ago, in the national offices of the Canadian International Council, a conversation was underway. As our founding editor Taylor Owen wrote in his first post, “the discussion was centred around a single question: What if the CIC wanted to build the online hub for international affairs discussion in Canada?” After rigorous planning and […]

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The progressive’s paradox

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June 7, 2016

Can left-wing ideologies
ever co-exist comfortably with military intervention? U.S. foreign policy over
the past two decades has failed to align squarely with the two major domestic political
parties — is the liberal/conservative distinction here a myth?