Six Canadian academics reflect on the challenges of teaching in a world of fast-paced news and distrust of sources.
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How to teach international affairs in an era of flux

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Six Canadian academics reflect on the challenges of teaching in a world of fast-paced news and distrust of sources. Here are their thoughts — and advice for their colleagues. 
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The state of international relations studies in Canada

From the diversity of its scholars to the most desirable schools, the IR field has not changed much in recent years, writes Steve Saideman, as he looks at the results of a recent survey. 
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China — never a partner worth courting for Canada

China’s basic dictatorship has always been about oppression and disdain for the rule of law, argues Michael Petrou. It’s about time Canada acted accordingly.
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Canada and the World, Ep. 24: Seeking refuge in Canada

This episode discusses what the case of Saudi teen Rahaf Mohammed says about the needs of women and girl migrants and the shortcomings of the current global refugee system. Featuring Bessma MomaniLloyd Axworthy, Jenna Hennebry and Allison Petrozziello.

BEST OF THE WEB

Foreign fighters

In this piece for VICE, Ben Makuch sits down with Canadian ISIS fighter Abu Huzaifa al-Kanadi, who made headlines last year when it was revealed on a New York Times podcast that he had managed to make it back to Ontario from Syria undetected. Huzaifa’s story provides a glimpse into what he says are RCMP efforts to de-radicalize foreign fighters who have returned from abroad.

Trump’s man in Berlin

Konstantin von Hammerstein spent the last few months reporting on Richard Grenell, the US ambassador to Germany and a steadfast ally of Donald Trump. The result is this investigation in DER SPIEGEL, which paints a grim picture of Grenell’s diplomatic status in Berlin: increasingly isolated by everyone except for the far-right. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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The Middle East: Challenges And Opportunities, Confrontations And Transformations

Jan. 23, 2019, Ottawa
A discussion with Troy Lulashnyk, Director General at Global Affairs Canada of Israel, West Bank and Gaza, Egypt and Maghreb.
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Trump, Trudeau And The Rules Based Order. What Can Canada Do?

Jan. 24, 2019, Halifax
A networking reception followed by a talk from former Canadian diplomat Colin Robertson.
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Empty Planet: Preparing for the Global Population Decline

Feb. 6, 2019, Waterloo
A presentation by Darrel Bricker and John Ibbitson on their new book, EMPTY PLANET: The Shock of Global Population Decline

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