With an independence declaration looking likely, Lucía Benavides reports from Barcelona on the long history of Catalan repression, what’s at stake for the region and why Europe has been mostly quiet on the issue.
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An uncertain future for an independent Catalonia

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With an independence declaration looking likely, Lucía Benavides reports from Barcelona on the long history of Catalan repression, what’s at stake for the region and why Europe has been mostly quiet on the issue.
Iraq Kurdistan

Why the Iraqi Kurdish vote was problematic — and what can be done about it

Wisam Salih argues foreign governments should wait to support an independent Iraqi Kurdistan and outlines the steps Kurdish leaders need to take to gain legitimacy.
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The case for Indigenous nations to lead the implementation of UNDRIP

As Cheryl Knockwood writes, the Mi’kmaw people — like other Indigenous communities across Canada — must organize themselves into nations to define what reconciliation means to them.
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End of a royal era

In case you missed it: A new governor general. An aging Queen. A government trying to reconcile with its Indigenous communities. Is Canada headed for its fiercest debate yet over the monarchy? By Stefan Labbé.

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The US and Islam

In The Atlantic, Shadi Hamid, Peter Mandaville, and William McCants examine how the United States’ policies towards political Islam have shifted over the past four decades. They find that despite sometimes bombastic rhetoric, the US appears primarily guided by basic realpolitik. From rejecting Hamas’s victory at the polls, to cutting contact with the Muslim Brotherhood, US policies stem from advancing American interests. 

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Defence Spending In Canada – How Much And For What Purpose?

Oct. 12, 2017, Winnipeg
Hosted by CIC Winnipeg, this panel discussion features experts in the field on Canada’s defence policy.
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Munk debate on American democracy

Oct. 12, 2017, Toronto
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Gender Equality in the Canadian Armed Forces

Oct. 25, 2017, Waterloo
The Balsillie School of International Affairs and the Centre for International Governance Innovation are pleased to host a discussion with experts from the Canadian Armed Forces on Gender Equality in the Canadian military. 

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