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The making of a gender-balanced foreign service

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Justin Trudeau has made gender representation in diplomacy a priority, and for the first time ever, the number of Canadian heads of mission is nearing parity. So why are women in top diplomatic positions still seen as the exception, rather than the norm? A new feature story from OpenCanada's Catherine Tsalikis.
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Stephen Harper takes up the torch for modern conservatism

With a new role on the global stage, Canada’s former Conservative prime minister is filling a leadership gap between liberal centrists and the extreme right, argues Matthew Bondy.
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Rohingya Crisis: 17 recommendations for Canada

An excerpt from the April 3 report from Bob Rae, Canada's special envoy to Myanmar.
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Russian expulsions: ‘If there was ever a time for diplomacy, this is it’

Former Canadian ambassador to Russia Jeremy Kinsman calls for a new, robust roadmap for dealing with Putin and asks: which global leader is prepared to stick to it?

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The ISIS files

Over more than a year, The New York Times' Rukmini Callimachi made five trips to Iraq, recovering more than 15,000 pages of documents left behind by Islamic State militants as their hold on territory gave way. "The world knows the Islamic State for its brutality," Callimachi writes, "but the militants did not rule by the sword alone. They wielded power through two complementary tools: brutality and bureaucracy."
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Remaking the Middle East

In The New Yorker, Dexter Filkins delves into what's driving Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, the country's most influential figure. Is MBS trying to modernize Saudi Arabia and rid it of extremism? Or is he simply consolidating his power? And how does his relationship with the Trump White House explain recent events in the Middle East? 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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The Other Three Amigos: International Negotiations – Cuba, Mexico And The US

April 10, 2018, Halifax
Join us for a luncheon presentation and discussion on international negotiations among Cuba, Mexico and the United States.
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The Canadian Armed Forces ‘Journey’: Modernizing Support For Military Members And Their Families, From Enrolment To Retirement

April 10, 2018, Nipissing
Colonel Krista Brodie will share the vision of Canada's new defence policy, one that puts people first, invests in the future force and modernizes the business of defence. 
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The Fate of Humans in a New Geological Age: Beginning to Think About the Anthropocene

April 24, 2018, Waterloo
Earth System scientists have concluded that as a result of human activities the Earth has recently entered a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. In this lecture, Clive Hamilton explores some of the profound implications.

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