Not long ago we assumed globalization, with its intensity of interactions, would breed tolerance for others. Instead, we must fight for that ideal, even if flawed, now more than ever.
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An Apology for Multiculturalism

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Not long ago we assumed globalization, with its intensity of interactions, would breed tolerance for others. Instead, we must fight for that ideal, even if flawed, now more than ever, argues Stephen Marche.
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The Western Balkans, China’s backdoor to Europe

Where most investors shy away from the cash-strapped Western Balkans, China is finding the road it needs to build closer trading ties to Europe. The strategic entry is key to seeing its Belt and Road Initiative succeed, explains Adriano Marchese.
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Reconciliation in a digital age

Will a more equitable physical world translate into a fairer online space for Indigenous communities? In this interview with John Woodside, Alexander Dirksen reflects on reconciliation efforts in Canada and where they intersect with debates around digital access, privacy and representation.
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Canada and the World, Ep. 2: Doing business with Riyadh

In this podcast, host Bessma Momani speaks with Project Ploughshares's Cesar Jaramillo, The Globe and Mail's Steven Chase and Google's Jaqueline Lopour about the continued fallout from the Canada-Saudi spat. This is the second episode in a new podcast series on Canadian foreign affairs. It is produced through a partnership between OpenCanada.org and The Balsillie School of International Affairs. 
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2018 Defence and Security Essay Competition: Calling all junior scholars!

Deadline extended to August 31: We’re inviting junior scholars in Canada to submit a short essay explaining future defence and security challenges for Canada — what are they and how should they be tackled? Five finalists will be invited to join a new defence network for a few days in Waterloo before presenting their ideas at the Canadian Defence Association Institute’s Graduate Student Symposium in Kingston. Read the full details here.

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Greek recovery?

This month, with the last of the third aid package from the European Central Bank, the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund, Greece's economic crisis will come to a tentative end. In Spiegel OnlineGiorgos Christides and Tobias Rapp report on the uphill battle still facing the Mediterranean country as it looks to begin paying off all that debt.

From Tahrir to Trump

Not that long ago, as protests swelled during the Arab Spring, social media and digital tools were hailed as instruments of change, capable of bringing down dictators. But these technologies have also contributed to an increasingly polarized US under Donald Trump and rising authoritarianism in countries around the world, as Zeynep Tufekci reports for the MIT Technology Review

UPCOMING EVENTS

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“Open Data Endgame” Twitter Chat

Aug. 21, 2018, Online event
Join CIGI Senior Fellow Bianca Wylie, CIGI Senior Fellow Teresa Scassa and McGill University's Renee Sieber for a public Twitter chat on open data policies.
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The Collapse of the American Empire

Aug. 29, 2018, Waterloo
A public event featuring celebrated author and Pulitzer Prize-winner Chris Hedges. 

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