As a Canadian ambassador once said, negotiating with the US means coping with ‘a country of a thousand players who can deliver a thousand wounds.’ As NAFTA talks continue, veteran diplomat Jeremy Kinsman reflects on his own experience and cautions against appearing too eager for an accord.
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NAFTA lessons: What I've learned negotiating with the US

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As a Canadian ambassador once said, negotiating with the US means coping with ‘a country of a thousand players who can deliver a thousand wounds.’ As NAFTA talks continue, veteran diplomat Jeremy Kinsman reflects on his own experience and cautions against appearing too eager for an accord.
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Hurricane Harvey is a disaster. It is also political — here’s why

Matthew Hoffmann writes in defence of politicizing climate change, even as the US deals with the aftermath of this week’s tropical storm.
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Do Sierra Leonean lives matter?

When events in the US dominate the news, is there still an appetite for political and humanitarian response to crises like the mudslides in Sierra Leone? By Jugal Shah.

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A changing Hezbollah

For much of its existence, militant group Hezbollah was focused on fighting Israel. Now, as Ben Hubbard writes for The New York Times, it is involved in nearly every conflict that matters to Iran — whether that be in Syria, Iraq or Yemen. From interviews with officials, experts and members of Hezbollah itself, Hubbard explores how a rising Tehran uses the group in its quest to remake the Middle East.
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Rocket science and nuclear war

If recent media reports on escalating tension between the US and North Korea weren't worrisome enough, here is Aaron Hutchins with a bone-chilling breakdown of what would happen if the Kim regime decided to launch a nuclear weapon at Manhattan. Long story short: “It’s a situation that should be avoided at virtually all costs.” For Maclean's.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Trump, North Korea And The Nuclear Threat

Sept. 7, 2017, Halifax
Featuring Bob Huish, Associate Professor, International Development Studies at Dalhousie University.
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Gathering In The Shadows Of A Nuclear Winter Conference

Sept. 9, 2017, Vancouver
This conference will bring together in conversation nuclear scientists, scholars, writers and anti-nuclear and peace activists from India, Pakistan, Canada, and the US.
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Doors Open Waterloo Region

Sept. 16, 2017, Waterloo
A CIGI Campus open house, featuring tours highlighting the architecture of the building as well as presentations throughout the day from CIGI experts.

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