From Brexit to the vote for UN security council seats to the G20 in Saudi Arabia, here are 11 events that will make waves this year.
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The foreign policy events to watch in 2020

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From next week's extradition hearing for Meng Wanzhou to the vote for UN security council seats to the possible end of Canada's command of the NATO mission in Iraq, here is your guide to foreign policy events expected in the weeks and months ahead. By Caleb Lauer.
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A bumpy road ahead for both Canada and Iranians

As Canada seeks justice on behalf of Flight 752 victims, Iranians also face a tough road ahead against an unpredictable and only somewhat weakened regime, writes Saeed Rahnema.
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From Maple Ridge to Kinigi: A Canadian’s new life in Rwanda

A chance visit to Rwanda as a tourist in 2001 changed Cathy Emmerson's life. The former real estate agent from B.C. tells her story to Tara Heidger, reflecting on how she found a new community and built a small development organization along the way.
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Five climate issues Canada will have to tackle in 2020

In Case You Missed It: The fires in Australia are giving rise to an even greater sense of urgency for climate action in 2020. From reducing car emissions to the decision over a proposed oil sands mine, here are the climate issues Canadians should have on their radar this year. By Kamyar Razavi.

BEST OF THE WEB

Knowing Ghanimat

“She could slip between two worlds... very proud of her heritage as a tribal nomadic person... [with] this ability to work very effectively in western science and policy contexts.” So describes Ghanimat Azhdari, the PhD student who died, along with 175 others, in the crash of Flight 752. For The Narwhal, Jimmy Thomson describes the meaningful path Azhdari was on and the impact she already made in the field of Indigenous rights.

Surprise from Russia

Russia's Vladimir Putin may not be called "president for life" like Chinese leader Xi Jinping, but, as Henry Foy and Max Seddon explain in the Financial Times, this week Putin told the world how he plans on remaining de facto leader — by rewriting the constitution and reducing the power of any future president.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Cinema Series: “Anthropocene: The Human Epoch”

Jan. 21, 2020, Waterloo
A showing of ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch, a cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet.
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After Qassem Soleimani: The future of Iran's proxy war in the Middle East

Jan. 22, 2020, Toronto
A talk featuring Ramin Jahanbegloo, the political philosopher and executive director of the Mahatma Gandhi Centre for Peace Studies.
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Should the UN be Abolished? The 6th Annual CIC Foreign Affairs Debate

Jan. 29, 2020, Toronto
Students from Hart House (University of Toronto) and Ryerson University will debate the motion “Be it Resolved That the United Nations Should be Abolished.”

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