On infrastructure, reconciliation, climate change and foreign policy, Canada’s Liberal government is well-placed to make a real impact in the Arctic. 


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Canada's North could be Trudeau's policy sweet spot — here's why

On infrastructure, reconciliation, climate change and foreign policy, Canada’s Liberal government is well-placed to make a real impact in the Arctic. By Tom Axworthy.

Lead up to Istanbul: Five ways we can better respond to crises

The first World Humanitarian Summit is bringing NGOs, government, the private sector and many others together in May. Rhonda Gossen and Clark Soriano detail here what participants — and the sector at large — should keep in mind.

Why Trudeau doesn’t need Obama (or any future U.S. president)

There will be political deadlock in the U.S., no matter the outcome of its presidential election, writes Stephen Blank. It’s an opportunity for Canada to turn to civil society to build a collaborative North America.
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The challenge of setting defence spending levels

Unlike development dollars, defence spending should not be based on national GDP, nor should it be the sole measurement of a country’s contribution to fostering global peace and security, argues Ernie Regehr.
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Tearing down walls: What a group of Israeli and Palestinian youth teaches us about fighting extremism

As Claudia Colvin explains, while dialogue between those from opposing sides of war is not always peaceful or easy, it teaches participants how to think critically, an essential aspect of peacebuilding. From this month's series on religious education, published in partnership with McGill University.


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Modern day witch hunts

In poor, remote areas of northeast India, more than 2,000 people - mostly women - have been killed over the last 15 years after being levelled with charges of witchcraft. In this article and video for The New York Times, videojournalist Vikram Singh tells the story of one activist fighting to protect victims from accusers who often have calculated reasons for crying "witch." 

Ebola's ghosts

Ebola might be off the front page, but its story is far from over. Survivors in West Africa have been left to deal with the stigma of the virus, ostracized by family and friends. But even worse, in some cases, some are getting sick again. As Oliver Franklin-Wallis writes for Wired, understanding their survival and complications is vital to anticipating the next outbreak. 
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Understanding the Kurds

Turkey's fight against ISIS is coloured by the country's long, complicated and fraught relationship with the Kurdish people. Here is Patrick Martin's Globe and Mail explainer on the Kurds, who number 30 million and are spread throughout Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran. 


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CIGI Cinema Series: "Kandahar Journals"

Feb. 29, 2016, Waterloo
Photojournalist Louie Palu will introduce his film, Kandahar Journals.
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CIC Halifax: Sharing the Burden – Canada’s role in NATO

March 9, 2016, Halifax
Benjamin Zyla examines Canada's commitments to and policy towards NATO.
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The Future of Canada’s Oil Sands in an Emissions Constrained World

March 16, 2016, Vancouver
CIGI Senior Fellow Jeff Rubin shares his long-term outlook on Canada’s fossil fuel production.

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