Internal divisions are tearing both the US and the UK apart. But while the US will likely swing back to its moderate ways once Trump is gone, the UK will be forever changed post-Brexit, writes Jeremy Kinsman.
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The end of Britain as we know it?

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Internal divisions are tearing both the US and the UK apart. But while the US will likely swing back to its moderate ways once Trump is gone, the UK will be forever changed post-Brexit, writes Jeremy Kinsman.
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Facing China’s wrath, Canada cannot go it alone

With the firing of former ambassador John McCallum and the US raising the stakes in the battle against Huawei, Canada must counter China with a coalition, argues Michael Petrou.
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In search of better data protection for those caught in conflict

With millions of people around the world expected to receive humanitarian assistance in 2019, governments and NGOs are reviewing measures to protect the personal data collected in the delivery of that aid. Virgil Haden-Pawlowski asks: Will that be enough to protect the vulnerable from digital threats?
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Canada and the World, Ep. 26: Foreign policy in an age of flux

Authors of a recent piece on teaching in the Trump era — Heather Smith, Jean-Christophe Boucher and Wilfrid Greaves — join podcast host Bessma Momani to reflect on recent changes in international affairs and the challenges they present to educators and students in the field.

BEST OF THE WEB

Worlds apart

Jason Rezaian, who spent 544 days imprisoned in Iran, has released a new project inspired by his own relationship (he is American and his wife is Iranian). Together, they were able to build a life in the US, but other couples affected by the Trump administration’s travel ban haven’t been so lucky. For The Washington Post, Rezaian investigates what it looks like when bureaucracy “splits husbands and wives across a continental divide.”

Project Raven

This Reuters investigation by Christopher Bing and Joel Schectman reveals how ex-National Security Agency operatives helped the United Arab Emirates spy on human rights activists, rival leaders and journalists — even other Americans. “I am working for a foreign intelligence agency who is targeting US persons,” one member of the clandestine team called Project Raven said. “I am officially the bad kind of spy.”

UPCOMING EVENTS

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North Korea: Prospects For Peace Or War

Feb. 4, 2019, Saskatoon
A discussion with Gordon Houlden, director of the China Institute at the University of Alberta.
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Empty Planet: Preparing for the Global Population Decline

Feb. 6, 2019, Waterloo
A presentation by Darrel Bricker and John Ibbitson on their new book, EMPTY PLANET: The Shock of Global Population Decline
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Canada: Alone In The World?

Feb. 7, 2019, Montreal
Robert Greenhill, executive chairman of the Global Canada Initiative, and Ben Rowswell, president of the CIC and former Canadian diplomat, will discuss Canadian diplomacy and foreign policy.

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