Along the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, communities have worked hard to move on from a more violent time in the island’s history, when customs posts and military checkpoints were the norm. But, as Brexit looms, is a return to the past inevitable?
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Bordering on Division

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Along the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, communities have worked hard to move on from a more violent time in the island’s history, when customs posts and military checkpoints were the norm. But, as Brexit looms, is a return to the past inevitable? By Deaglán de Bréadún and Naomi O’Leary
Trudeau in China

The trouble with Canada’s ‘progressive’ trade strategy

The Liberal government’s attempts to make trade more inclusive hit a wall this week in Beijing. Hugh Stephens breaks down the idea of 'progressive trade' and asks whether it is worth its weight in marketing.
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Remembering Lester Pearson, the peacebuilder

While Lester B. Pearson is most remembered for his contributions to peacekeeping, he added just as much to Canada’s foreign policy legacy with his leadership on international assistance, argue Robert Greenhill and Marina Sharpe.
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'Hong Kong has just entered into an authoritarian era'

Three years after the Umbrella Movement began, activist Joshua Wong continues to fight for democracy. In conversation with journalist Belinda Lloyd, he discusses his time as Hong Kong's youngest political prisoner and the state of human rights in the region.

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Forgotten victims

When South Sudan gained independence in 2011, its people celebrated in the streets, and international observers were optimistic about a future without violence. But since 2013, the world's youngest nation has spiralled back into a complex civil war in which rape is used as a weapon. Tanya Birkbeck reports from Juba for The Globe and Mail on the hundreds of women who have been attacked — and the babies they must care for as a result.

Canada's top diplomat

For Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland — tasked with no less than saving NAFTA — no two days are the same, and every day is unpredictable. In this profile for Toronto Life, Jason McBride traces Freeland's journey from journalist to cabinet minister — from growing up on a Ukrainian feminist socialist co-op to being "democracy’s last best defender" in the age of Donald Trump. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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CIC Victoria: Holiday Reception

Dec. 11, 2017, Victoria
CIC members and their guests are invited to attend this holiday reception. A special reading will be given by Lisa Warden from her late father’s book: "Diplomat, Dissident, Spook: A Canadian Diplomat’s Chronicles through the Cold War and Beyond."
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Global Youth Forum: Climate Change & Sustainability in the Global Context

Dec. 15, 2017, Waterloo
An opportunity for local youth to engage with both academic experts and community groups. 

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