Global experts on drug policy gathered in Montreal recently to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing Canada as it moves ahead with its plans to legalize cannabis. Celine Cooper spoke with Drug Policy Alliance’s Hannah Hetzer for her perspective.
If leaders like Trump and Trudeau are serious about the wellbeing of Iranians, their policies should aim to change the Iranian government’s behaviour on human rights, not just end its nuclear program, argues Michael Petrou.
Following the recent NPT preparatory committee meeting in Geneva, Paul Meyer asks if member states are avoiding the most urgent questions around the fate of nuclear weapons.
In this essay, Marie Lamensch explores the ways Quebec and other regions within Canada pursue their own global agenda, undermining the myth of a unified national interest.
As the UN renews its mission in Western Sahara, Frank Elbers reports on the continued tension between local governments, natural resource companies and the Sahrawi people.
Cesar Jaramillo lays out the factors that might make or break a more sustainable peace in the Korean peninsula, from security assurances to human rights.
Last week, members of Trudeau’s G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council met for the first time to discuss ‘bold’ ideas. While the prime minister’s approach has been lauded by many feminist activists, others are calling for more measurable action, as Catherine Tsalikis reports from Ottawa.
This year marks a decade since the BRICS — once heralded as the biggest challenge to US global hegemony — first came together in the ashes of the economic crisis. But today, expectations have been tempered. Is the group still relevant?
While tensions with Russia continue to build, Western allies are under pressure to tighten ‘the financial screws’ against the country.
How to raise the bar and up the game of Canada’s foreign service? Daryl Copeland offers advice to ensure a more capable group of representatives abroad, and a higher functioning foreign ministry at home.
In the wake of last weekend's military action in Syria, Kyle Matthews warns that without prudent next steps, a more dangerous war pitting the US and its allies against Russia and Iran may be ahead.
António Guterres appears determined to rejuvenate the UN, but he has his work cut out for him. Javier Delgado Rivera takes stock of the UN chief’s tenure so far and the challenges ahead, from US disengagement to internal issues around sexual assault.
With Trudeau’s replacement for the controversial Anti-Terrorism Act (once called Bill C-51) closer to becoming law, Andrew Seal looks at the differences between the two, including surveillance tactics, review mechanisms and the no-fly list appeal process.
In a new book, Canada journalist Judi Rever details the brutal actions of Rwandan President Paul Kagame and the RPF. In this essay for OpenCanada, she explains the need to uncover the story and asks: why has the world stayed so silent on the issue?
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