To mark Refugee Week, one Canadian shares her story of sponsoring a Syrian refugee family in Toronto: "There’s a misconception out there that supporting a refugee is solely an act of kindness... I would argue that it’s mutually beneficial."
As International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau learned this weekend in South Sudan, world leaders heard Canada’s recent call to invest in women’s empowerment. But can such a goal succeed without new funds?
A referendum on independence for Iraqi Kurds is set for September. Given Canada’s support of Kurdish forces in the country — and by extension their nation-building efforts — it can’t avoid involvement in the future of Iraq, writes Michael Petrou.
As Klein launches a new book, she speaks to OpenCanada about Trump’s brand, his influence on foreign affairs and the crucial stories we’re missing when distracted by his shock factor.
The vision of a feminist policy needs practical approaches to implementation, writes John Sinclair, in this assessment of the winners and losers of the new policy and the many steps to help improve its impact.
The recent murder of two UN investigators and multiple bombings of MSF hospitals have contributed to a rising sense that the mantle of humanitarian neutrality is slipping. Stefan Labbé shares stories from Afghanistan and Sierra Leone in this exploration of the changing threats to aid work around the world.
A defence minister who served in Afghanistan. A new International Criminal Court investigation. Ongoing calls for an inquiry. Will Canada's handover of detainees come back to haunt this government?
Supporters of a case before a Spanish court hope it will send the message that impunity will not go unpunished — but the case’s progress is far from assured, as Cristina Roca reports.
Major shifts are taking places in Asia that are re-shaping the global order — a foreign policy that doesn’t take these shifts into account remains superficial and incomplete, argues Canada’s former ambassador to Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.
Canada's former High Commissioner to the UK, Jeremy Kinsman, on the many lessons that should be taken from Thursday’s results: ‘Division of societies won't work any more.’
After a long consultation process, the Canadian Defence Policy Review arrived Wednesday. Will the $62 billion pledged be enough to cover the new initiatives Harjit Sajjan is pitching?
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland used a major foreign policy speech this week to underscore Canada's deep commitment to the international order and to outline its priorities, from global trade to feminism.
"One day, a different U.S. president may embrace this vision," writes Roland Paris. "For as long as Trump remains in office, however, America’s traditional partners will need to work together."
While the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement could have an effect on international efforts, Maria Banda argues three factors could lessen the impact: the role of sub-national government, private sector initiatives and climate litigation.
As Canada marks its 150th anniversary, Luke Savage looks at why its image as a multicultural, multilateral country of peacekeepers, drawn from an era now gone by, persists despite bearing little relation to its present actions on the world stage. Does this sanitized national narrative hold the country back from imagining something better?
As the U.S. announces it is withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, Matthew Hoffmann argues it had already abandoned leadership on climate change. That’s why other countries — such as Canada and China — and corporations need to step up.
If a serious rift between the U.S. and Europe were to develop, “Canada might potentially play a bridge-building role,” Achim Hurrelmann says in an interview.
This weekend's G7 summit in Italy will be one to watch, writes Domenico Lombardi, not for its new commitments but for the opportunity it provides to convince Donald Trump of the benefits of global governance.
On Canada and the G7’s watch, 30 million people in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen are facing life-threatening conditions. But just as political failure led to these crises, political leadership can resolve them, writes executive director Winnie Byanyima.
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