Emmanuel Macron’s popularity is falling, but don’t let that fool you — the real story is his En Marche! party. As Colin Horgan details, its development as a new kind of political party means Macron’s trajectory as France’s president will be full of surprises, if not promise. 
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The Macron Experiment

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Emmanuel Macron’s popularity is falling, but don’t let that fool you — the real story is his En Marche! party. As Colin Horgan details, its development as a new kind of political party means Macron’s trajectory as France’s president will be full of surprises, if not promise. 
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Why Trump’s low approval rating doesn’t secure a future for the Democrats

By comparing polling to voting stats, Stephen Blank explains why growing anti-Trump sentiments do not threaten the Republicans' midterm chances.   
Aleppo

The case for accelerating the rebuilding of Aleppo

With the war in Syria ongoing, it may feel too soon to think about the country’s reconstruction. Not so, argues former diplomat François LaRochelle, as he lays out how Canada and the international community can contribute to efforts already underway.
Indigenous foreign policy

The erasure of Indigenous thought in foreign policy

A summer read you may have missed: Where is the acknowledgement of — and engagement with — Indigenous thought in the development of international relations and the practice of foreign policy? Hayden King calls out the field’s glaring gaps and asks whether a different kind of foreign policy is possible or even desirable.
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A foreign service worth fighting for

Another summer read: Somewhere between ‘golden age’ and ‘culture of complaint’ lies the state of Canada’s foreign service. OpenCanada’s Catherine Tsalikis interviewed nearly two dozen diplomats and experts to discover a gradual tarnishing of the diplomatic corps over the years — but many are rooting for its restoration. 
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NAFTA Negotiations: Your guide to the players and priorities that matter

When the first round of the North American Free Trade Agreement talks kicked off in Washington, our correspondents rounded up the most important players you need to know. Here's the list, with reports from Bryan Borzykowski in Toronto, Liz Enochs in San Francisco and David Agren in Mexico City.

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Germany votes

“I have never before seen so much anger and hatred among test subjects,” says psychologist Stephan Grünewald in an interview with Der Spiegel’s Nils Minkmar, speaking of the German public in the lead up to this month’s election. He found that while current leader Angela Merkel is likely to win, voters are largely angry and disillusioned with the campaign, which may spell trouble for Germany down the road.
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Women's basketball in Somalia

In The New YorkerAlexis Okeowo tells the story of Aisha, a young woman from Mogadishu whose love of basketball has made her a target of al-Shabaab extremists. The resilience shown by women athletes like Aisha in the face of death threats is an important reminder of the struggle for justice countless women around the world face.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Mexico, Canada, NAFTA And Beyond

Sept. 12, 2017, Ottawa
A discussion with Mexico's ambassador to Canada, Dionisio Pérez-Jácome, on the NAFTA renegotiation process.
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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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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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