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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The erasure of Indigenous thought in foreign policy

Indigenous foreign policy
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.
Venezuela

‘What many are calling the end of the world’: The latest on the crisis in Venezuela

As pro-government forces prepare to re-write Venezuela’s constitution, the opposition faces an existential threat — and a desperate nation hangs in the balance. An update from Stefan Labbé on the crisis and how things got to this point. 
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Seven reasons why R2P is relevant today

As Canada marks 150 years, seven global experts look at how the Responsibility to Protect doctrine can protect human rights in the 21st century, and how it can evolve going forward. 
GAC

A foreign service worth fighting for

In case you missed it: Catherine Tsalikis takes a look inside Canada’s foreign service. After almost a decade of cuts under Stephen Harper, has funding been restored? Has morale? And what gets lost when Canada isn’t playing at full capacity on the battlegrounds of diplomacy?

BEST OF THE WEB

Partition, 70 years on

Seven decades ago, British colonial rulers left India and split the country into two sections: Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan. Chaos and sectarian violence broke out and millions were displaced. In this feature by the BBC, 12 people reflect on how partition affected their lives. Says one: "They say we are independent but what good is that when you have lost everything?"

The 'forever crisis'

"If what’s happening in Jerusalem looks like déjà vu," writes Yardena Schwartz for Foreign Policy, "then welcome to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which often resembles the theater of the absurd." The last two weeks saw escalating violence as both sides clashed over the holy site of Temple Mount — but, as Schwartz reminds readers, it’s a struggle decades in the making. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Myanmar, Moldova And The Rule Of Law

Aug. 10, 2017, Hamilton
A lecture by John Pearson, whsoe extensive background as a Crown Prosecutor should yield for interesting discussion and insights into domestic and international law.
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International Law Graduate Student Conference

Aug. 14, 2017, Waterloo
This conference will examine the history and practices of International Law in Canada over the past 150 years as they relate to each of the ILRP themes: environmental law, economic law, intellectual property law and Indigenous law. 

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