The Canadian government has reiterated its promise to lift the visa requirement but has stayed mum on a timeframe and reason for the delay. Is Trudeau’s North American vision at stake?
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Why is Ottawa dragging its heels on the Mexican visa?

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The Canadian government has reiterated its promise to lift the visa requirement but has stayed mum on a timeframe and reason for the delay. Is Trudeau’s North American vision at stake? By Eva Salinas.
Harper

Canada’s next Conservative leader will need to renew the party — and its foreign policy

With a changing approach to interventionism and moderate conservatism in shambles globally, the next leader of the opposition will have some work to do, as Matthew Bondy writes.
Syria

Understanding the recent road to crisis in the Middle East

With Syria at the epicentre, why have Arab states failed? Jeremy Kinsman on how the region fell into chaos and how it will get itself out.  
Burundi refugees

Stories from a Burundian refugee camp in flux

While tensions between Rwanda and Burundi continue, Kylee Pederson recounts a different dynamic at one particular Burundian refugee camp, where memories of turmoil have brought people together.
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Countering threats to the world’s financial system: the case for Canadian leadership

Through training and new partnerships, Canada can help combat money laundering and terrorist financing activities. By Michael Tierney.
Potash

What is Canada’s economic ‘fourth option’?

An open letter to the prime minister from John Bruk, founding chairman of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, on why a new export strategy would serve Canada well, especially when it comes to China.

BEST OF THE WEB

The New Yorker

Up close with glaciers

For this piece in The New Yorker, Dexter Filkins travels with a group of scientists trying to measure how quickly the Chhota Shigri Glacier in India is melting. Understanding the state of the glacier, they hope, can help to save it and combat climate change more generally. But "these things don’t depend on science," one says. "They depend on politics.” 

A victim's triumph

Shandra Woworuntu thought she was coming to the U.S. for a hotel industry job. Instead, she became a victim of sex traffickers, turned away by a local police station and the Indonesian consulate, finally receiving a helping hand from an unlikely place. Woworuntu's story has found receptive ears as high at the White House, as she advocates for other victims of human slavery. For BBC Magazine.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Book Launch: "The Call of the World: A Political Memoir"

April 5, 2016, Toronto
Book launch of "The Call of the World: A Political Memoir," featuring Bill Graham in conversation with Mayo Moran. 
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Keeping Canadians Safe Abroad – Canadian Consular Services

April 11, 2016, Toronto
A talk with former Assistant Deputy Minister William Crosbie.
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Book Launch: "The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East"

April 13, 2016, Toronto
Launch of a new book by Marc Lynch.

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