Justin Trudeau heads to New York next week, just as a ground-breaking treaty opens for signature. As Erin Hunt asks, can he turn around Canada’s deteriorating reputation as a leader on disarmament?
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As UN General Assembly kicks off, all eyes on Canada’s disarmament stance

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Justin Trudeau heads to New York next week, just as a ground-breaking treaty opens for signature. As Erin Hunt asks, can he turn around Canada’s deteriorating reputation as a leader on disarmament?
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UNDRIP at 10: Are we making progress in the global fight for Indigenous rights?

Writing from New Zealand, Rawiri Taonui looks at what has been achieved in the 10 years since UNDRIP was first adopted and the Indigenous rights issues still in need of attention. 
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Five steps to move Canada’s feminist development policy forward

With the world watching, Canada’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy is a great opportunity — if implementation is done right. Shaughn McArthur outlines five steps to move things along as parliament gets back to business.  
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Stepping into struggle: Hina Jilani on the pull of human rights work and how to improve global refugee policy

Internationally renowned human rights activist Hina Jilani speaks to OpenCanada's Catherine Tsalikis about her new focus on the global refugee crisis and her upcoming trip to Jordan. 

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Jihadi mindset

A decade ago, three University of Manitoba students mysteriously disappeared, and then surfaced in the remote tribal areas of Pakistan, where they allegedly joined al-Qaeda. Clues to their state of mind are revealed in newly released letters to family left behind in Canada. With reporting by The Globe and Mail's Joanna Slater and Colin Freeze, and analysis from Amarnath Amarasingam.

High-tech warfare

"Cheap Chinese-made sensors. Mad Max-style vehicle mods. Consumer drones turned into mortar-dropping weapons." For Wired, John Beck explores how warfare is changing in Iraq and Syria, from low end improvised devices to increasingly high-tech tactics. From modified humvees to drones delivering bombs from above, the future of urban warfare is playing out now in the fight against ISIS. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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What’s Going On – US Foreign Policy

Sept. 20, 2017, Victoria
Presentation by Harvey Rishikof of the US Department of Defense.
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Understanding the 2017 German Election

Sept. 21, 2017, Toronto
A panel of experts will discuss the German political system, and changes — particularly conservative shifts — taking place among the political parties.
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6 Degrees Citizen Space

Sept. 25, 2017, Toronto
6 Degrees drives a global conversation on citizenship and inclusion. This year's Toronto edition runs September 25-27 and features artist Ai Weiwei, Harvard professor Michael Sandel, former Mayor of Mexico City Marcelo Ebrard, Indigenous artist Kent Monkman and many more. OpenCanada is the proud digital media sponsor of the 2017 event.

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