The world spent much of this past week scrambling to make sense of a new U.S. executive order. What does it mean for Canada?


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Four things Canadians need to know about Trump's immigration ban

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The world spent much of this past week scrambling to make sense of a new U.S. executive order. What does it mean for Canada? By Jennifer Ferreira.

What the Harper era tells us about how parliament and politics play into foreign policy

A new collection of essays looks at how Stephen Harper conducted foreign policy under both minority and majority governments. Catherine Tsalikis speaks to one of its editors to find out what they learned.

Our man in DC: Ambassador David MacNaughton on walking a tightrope with Trump

While interactions with the new administration have so far been positive, Canada must now work to shape decisions on hot files before the White House commits to actions that could damage both countries, says diplomat David MacNaughton

While democracy is tested in the U.S., it flourishes in several African states

If the world is looking for a more positive news story, try Gambia, South Africa or Ghana, writes Darren Schemmer, former Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana and Ambassador to Togo.


The birth of Standing Rock

For The New York Times, Saul Elbein recounts how an anti-suicide campaign led by young Native Americans formed a movement that gained international traction and achieved policy change. Though their victory was short-lived, Elbein explains how Standing Rock galvanized new momentum among Native American activists and environmental groups, just as Trump entered the Oval.

The rules matter most

The year is 2021, as U.S. President Donald Trump is about to be sworn in for a second term. With allegations of fraud in the TrumpWorks infrastructure program and the increasing wealth of the First Family, David Frum paints a grim picture of America’s future for The Atlantic  — one rooted in a repressive kleptocracy –and urges readers to hold the U.S. government responsible for its actions.


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Trumped: A Global Citizen’s Guide to Media and Politics in a “Post-truth” Era

Feb. 9, 2017, Online
OpenCanada’s Eva Salinas and CIGI research associate Stephanie MacLellan will be doing a Facebook Live chat on media and politics in a “post-truth” era. Watch online at OpenCanada's Facebook page. 1pm PST / 4pm ET.
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Europe on the Brink: Populism, Nationalism, and Brexit

Feb. 15, 2017, Toronto
Featuring former Canadian ambassador to the EU Jeremy Kinsman, The Globe and Mail's European bureau chief Eric Reguly and Jason Langrish, Executive Director of the Canada Europe Roundtable for Business. Moderated by OpenCanada's Eva Salinas. Free. 245 Church St.
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Canada’s Contentious Maritime Boundaries: the West Coast and Arctic

Feb. 22, 2017, Victoria
A lecture by Robert Hage, formerly Director General of the Legal Bureau at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Canada’s representative to the UN Conference on the Law of the Sea.

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