Though change is already palpable, here are seven steps the Trudeau government can take to re-engage Canada in the world.
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Is Canada ‘back’? Not quite, but here’s how it can get there

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Though change is already palpable, Kyle Matthews names seven steps the Trudeau government can take to re-engage Canada in the world.
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Five rules to guide the future of Canadian digital diplomacy

As Julian Dierkes explains, digital spaces are not simply broadcasting channels. With strategic experimentation, champions and enthusiasm, they can further Canada’s foreign policy priorities.
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Canada in Paris: Dispatches from the CIGI team at COP21

Researchers at Waterloo’s Centre for International Governance Innovation are in Paris this week for the UN climate change conference, COP21, which runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11. Their regular reports will appear here. 
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Climate is about justice: Diary of a scholar in Paris

Journalist and researcher Lauren Kaljur also reports from COP21 where communities are making themselves heard, despite a backdrop of security concerns.
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The mosquito-transmitted virus that is causing alarm in Brazil

Jean Daudelin writes from Brazil where the Zika virus has prompted a state of emergency and a recommendation that Brazilian women postpone pregnancy. It may also blow the doors open on crucial debates — from abortion to climate change.
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The Great Divide – Joseph Stiglitz on inequality

Columbia University professor and economist Joseph Stiglitz spoke recently at the University of British Columbia as the final lecturer in the Liu Institute for Global Issues’ series on inequality. In this video, the Nobel Laureate discusses the causes and consequences of inequality and what we can do about it.
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Out of options in Burundi?

Burundi is teetering dangerously on the verge of a renewed civil war, but, as Gabrielle Bardell writes, a few untested options remain for pulling the country back from the brink.
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Why the Crimean conflict is back in the spotlight

In the battle over the Crimean Peninsula, electricity, fresh water, gas and telecommunications are key to control. Is Ukraine close to completely losing the territory to Russia? By David Carment.

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Coding culture

Almost a decade ago, the UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer wondered why there was no 'British Google.' Now, programming is on the curriculum in Britain, with plans in the works for the same in New York City. Is coding the way of the future? Gaby Hinsliff explores the question in The Guardian.
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The disappearing islands

The Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean are sinking, and the nation's foreign minister is pushing hard this week at COP21 for climate negotiators to consider the peril his land is facing when setting the terms of an agreement in Paris. Coral Davenport reports for The New York Times, with stunning photos and video by Josh Haner.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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CIGI Lunch & Learn: Enter the Dragon

Dec. 10, 2015, Waterloo
Senior Fellow Hongying Wang will present the book Enter the Dragon: China in the International Financial System.
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The Syrian Refugee Crisis – Its Significance in Global Affairs & Canada’s Response

Dec. 10, 2015, Ottawa
Our panel of experts will discuss Canada’s commitment to receive 25,000 Syrian refugees.

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