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? 
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Once seen as edging out US dominance, do BRICS still hold weight?

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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, as Stefan Labbé writes, expectations have been tempered. Is the group still relevant? 
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New economic targets in the political battle against Russia?

While tensions with Russia continue to build, Western allies are under pressure to tighten ‘the financial screws’ against the country. By Corbett Hancey
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Five ways to sharpen the effectiveness of Canada’s diplomatic corps

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.  

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Food and facts in bottles

North Korea’s Kim family has remained in power for seven decades partly by shutting off all information from the outside world and convincing citizens they live in a social paradise, writes Anna Fifield in The Washington Post. But what happens when this is exposed as a lie? Fifield reports on the effort to do just that, via water bottles set adrift filled with rice, health supplies and USB keys.

Early elections

Last week, catching the country's opposition — and mostly everybody — off guard, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that presidential and parliamentary elections will be taking place in June, more than a year ahead of schedule. In Foreign PolicyBorzou Daragahi lays out the economic factors underpinning Erdogan's decision, and how his opponents are already rallying to take him down.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Has The Wave Broken? Populism’s Rise And The Transatlantic Relationship

April 30, 2018, Ottawa
Join the Canadian International Council for the first ever Big Issue Lecture featuring the Rt. Hon. Douglas Alexander and a discussion moderated by David Common of the CBC.
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The Latest and Greatest Challenges of Brexit

May 3, 2018, London
A one-day conference on the current issues and challenges of Brexit negotiations and their international law implications. 
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Trudeau, Les Casques Bleus Et L’ONU – Discussion Avec Jocelyn Coulon

May 3, 2018, Montreal
A conversation with Jocelyn Coulon about his new book, Un selfie avec Justin Trudeau.

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