The Macron Experiment

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September 8, 2017

Emmanuel Macron’s popularity is falling, but don’t let that fool you — the real story is his En Marche! party. As Colin Horgan details, its development as a new kind of political party means Macron’s trajectory as France’s president will be full of surprises, if not promise. 


The case for accelerating the rebuilding of Aleppo

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September 8, 2017

With the war in Syria ongoing, it may feel too soon to think about the country’s reconstruction. Not so, argues former diplomat François LaRochelle, as he lays out how Canada and the international community can contribute to efforts already underway.

NAFTA talks

NAFTA lessons: What I've learned negotiating with the US

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September 1, 2017

As a Canadian ambassador once said, negotiating with the US means coping with ‘a country of a thousand players who can deliver a thousand wounds.’ As NAFTA talks continue, veteran diplomat Jeremy Kinsman reflects on his own experience and cautions against appearing too eager for an accord.

Sierra Leone

Do Sierra Leonean lives matter?

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August 28, 2017

When events in the US dominate the news, is there still an appetite for political and humanitarian response to crises like the mudslides in Sierra Leone?

Indigenous foreign policy

The erasure of Indigenous thought in foreign policy

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July 31, 2017

Where is the acknowledgement of — and engagement with — Indigenous thought in the development of international relations and the practice of foreign policy? Hayden King calls out the field’s glaring gaps and asks whether a different kind of foreign policy is possible or even desirable.


A foreign service worth fighting for

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July 26, 2017

Somewhere between ‘golden age’ and ‘culture of complaint’ lies the state of Canada’s foreign service. OpenCanada’s Catherine Tsalikis interviewed nearly two dozen diplomats and experts to discover a gradual tarnishing of the diplomatic corps over the years — but many are rooting for its restoration.