Brutally destroyed by ISIS, Palmyra is now back in the hands of the Assad regime. But, as Michael Petrou writes, make no mistake, despite the illusion of liberation, this is nothing to celebrate. 
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With Canada watching, a plague returns in Syria

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Brutally destroyed by ISIS, Palmyra is now back in the hands of the Assad regime. But, as Michael Petrou writes, make no mistake, despite the illusion of liberation, this is nothing to celebrate. 
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Why the thinking and planning around drought is often wrong

By the time droughts make the headlines — like last year’s events in California and Western Canada — it is largely too late to prevent costly impacts. Understanding that the phenomenon is neither local nor synonymous with shortage can help make communities more resilient. By Dustin Garrick 
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How Bernie Sanders has emboldened America’s Left

Even if Clinton takes the nomination, will the fire sparked by Sanders’ conviction smoulder on? CNN’s Sally Kohn talks to OpenCanada's Krista Hessey on politics and the U.S. election.
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What to know about this week’s UN meeting on drugs

Though expectations for this week’s discussions — preparations for which have been years in the making — were disappointingly low, Canada emerges as a new leader in progressive drug policy. By Nazlee Maghsoudi
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Are the IMF and G20 ready to get serious about tax evasion?

At the IMF Spring Meetings in DC, tax policy topped a varied agenda. Business journalist and CIGI fellow Kevin Carmichael shares the highlights, from the impact of the Panama Papers, to China’s economy and Canada’s surprisingly strong presence in Washington.
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Canadian Arctic Security: Russia’s Not Coming

Canada's Arctic is facing real security concerns, but the prospect of an incursion from Russia is far-fetched at best, argue Adam Lajeunesse and Whitney Lackenbauer. From our partners at Arctic Deeply.

BEST OF THE WEB

Paying it forward

Howard Buffett, son of billionaire Warren Buffett, has spent most of his life as a farmer, enjoying the feeling of soil in his hands. Now, in a uniform of khakis and John Deere t-shirts, he runs a multi-billion dollar foundation that has as its goal the eradication of world hunger. In The Atlantic, Nina Munk profiles Buffett Jr.'s work and philosophy: “The only way you know what works is to fail.” 
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The people of Calais

French author Emmanuel Carrère pens this wonderfully written piece for The Guardian, in which he visits Calais with the goal of focusing on the residents of a place now associated with one thing - the migrant crisis. In the French port city he finds fear and hope, racism and optimism, and is unable to separate the Calaisians from those stranded there out of necessity, all desperate for a better life.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Responsible Conviction: The Future of Canada’s Relationship with Iran

April 25, 2016, Ottawaa
This Politics @ the Pub will feature a panel discussion on Canada’s Iran policy.
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CIGI Cinema Series: "Watchers of the Sky"

April 25, 2016, Waterloo
Screening of Watchers of the Sky, a film about the life of the man who created the word "genocide."
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The Middle East Today: Myths and Realities

April 26, 2016, Montreal
An intimate evening with one of the world's foremost experts on the Middle East, Nadim Shehadi.

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