In a pilot project, the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers is getting a full-time president. OpenCanada spoke with Pamela Isfeld, the longtime Canadian diplomat who has taken on the role, about her to-do list, the ‘Havana Syndrome’ crisis, and more.
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A new full-time voice for Canada’s diplomatic corps

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In a pilot project, the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers is getting a full-time president. OpenCanada's Catherine Tsalikis spoke with Pamela Isfeld, the longtime Canadian diplomat who has taken on the role, about her to-do list, the ‘Havana Syndrome’ crisis, and more.
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Venezuela: The foreign players with the most at stake

Who really has skin in the Venezuela game? From China to the United States, Jean Daudelin lists the foreign governments that are closely watching events there, which result they may be hoping for and why.
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With eyes on Iran, now’s the time for Magnitsky sanctions

This week marked 40 years since the Iranian Revolution. As Irwin Cotler and Yonah Diamond argue, the anniversary is an opportunity to renew efforts to hold the architects of the ongoing repression to account.
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Canada and the World, Ep. 28: Talking 'shit' in politics

This week, podcast host Bessma Momani asks her guests — Aaron Ettinger, Emma Dreher and Christopher Bennett — to leave their politeness at the door and help listeners understand when dropping an f-bomb or two matters in politics. They break down the moments in history that stand out and the context that matters when evaluating swearing in political discourse.

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Remembering UNAMIR II

In The Globe and Mail, Gloria Galloway reports on how Canadian troops’ work helping Rwandans to rebuild after the 1994 genocide was a “quiet success” — but you wouldn’t know it looking at the official history of Canada’s involvement on government websites. Twenty-five years later, veterans who were forever changed by their nightmare deployment are looking to be remembered.
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Iranian Revolution

Forty years ago, the Iranian Revolution ushered in Ayatollah Khomeini and, with him, an Islamic republic. Reflecting on Iran today, New York Times correspondent Thomas Erdbrink describes a country where society is changing faster than the current regime: “Iran’s leaders face a growing dilemma of whether to start translating the social changes into new laws and customs or try to hang on to the 40-year-old ideals of the revolution.”

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Conflict Reduction Through Disaster Risk Reduction In The Middle East?

Feb. 20, 2019, Ottawa
Join the CIC National Capital Branch’s Middle East Study Group at this event featuring Dr. Danielle Stodilka.
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Cinema Series: “Dawnland”

Feb. 20, 2019, Waterloo
A showing of feature-length documentary Dawnland, which follows the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to contemporary Wabanaki communities to witness intimate, sacred moments of truth-telling and healing.
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Insights On Saudi Arabia And The Middle East

Feb. 21, 2019, Vancouver
An evening with Dennis Horak, Canada’s former ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

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