Data shows that, despite the change in government, Canada’s support for international assistance remains well below historical and international benchmarks. The human cost of this shortfall was equivalent to half a million lives in 2016 alone. 
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On paying its global share, Canada's not back—it's far back

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Data shows that, despite the change in government, Canada’s support for international assistance remains well below historical and international benchmarks. The human cost of this shortfall was equivalent to half a million lives in 2016 alone. A report by Robert Greenhill and Celine Wadhera.
Chrystia Freeland

What Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s new foreign minister, brings to the Global Affairs file

Chrystia Freeland, who found success with CETA as trade minister and is barred from Russia, replaced Stéphane Dion this week. Catherine Tsalikis lists five things to know about her.
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Why it is unlikely that U.S. automakers will withdraw from Canada

Canada offers a significant market and unique tech expertise for U.S. automakers. The automotive industry is also deeply integrated between the two countries. Should we still be worried? By Brendan Sweeney and John Holmes.
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Meet five political heavyweights who may win 2017’s most critical elections

If the last year has taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected in politics. Nevertheless, Jennifer Ferreira profiles five candidates pegged to do well in international elections this year, from France to South Korea.
Arctic

If we can't preserve the Arctic as we know it, what next?

As Douglas Clark writes for Arctic Deeply, change has always characterized the North. But with climate change accelerating the pace, it's time to ask what sort of Arctic we want to have.

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Obama's legacy

Next week, Barack Obama's time in the White House comes to an end. For the Globe and Mail, Adam Radwanski travels to Chicago to speak with community organizers from Obama's past. What emerges is a picture of the president that "serves as a useful lens for making sense of his time in office...and perhaps even the peculiar way it is ending, with an ostensibly popular president about to be replaced by his polar opposite."

Going home

After initially accepting his defeat in December's election, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, who has been in power for 22 years, is contesting the results before the Supreme Court. Despite this, President-elect Adama Barrow says he will be inaugurated next week, and this has Gambians who fled the country — journalists, protestors, lecturers — contemplating what a return home would mean. Joseph Stepansky for Al Jazeera.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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New Challenges of Consular Affairs in an Increasingly Dangerous World

Jan. 18, 2017, Ottawa
CIC National Capital Branch presents a panel with foreign service veteran Rick Kohler, Amnesty International Canada's Alex Neve, and former Director General for Consular Service Gar Pardy. 
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Book Launch: The Harper Era in Canadian Foreign Policy

Jan. 18, 2017, Toronto
The Bill Graham Centre presents the launch of The Harper Era in Canadian Foreign Policy, edited by Adam Chapnick and Christopher J. Kukucha.
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Reshaping International Trade and Investment to Serve a Complex and Changing World

Jan. 18, 2017, Ottawa
CIGI gathers top policy, legal and economic experts to discuss how to advance a progressive trade agenda in the face of uncertainty and change.
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Three Foreign Policy Challenges for a Trump Administration

Jan. 19, 2017, Vancouver
CIC Vancouver presents an evening panel at the Tap & Barrel’s TAPshack to discuss foreign policy challenges facing the Trump administration.

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