Former Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Lloyd Axworthy discusses a new report from the World Refugee Council, which calls for a ‘major overhaul’ of how the international system is responding to the worst displacement crisis since World War II.
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Lloyd Axworthy on countering the ‘globalism of indifference’ facing refugees

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With OpenCanada senior editor Catherine Tsalikis, former Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Lloyd Axworthy discusses a new report from the World Refugee Council, which calls for a ‘major overhaul’ of how the international system is responding to the worst displacement crisis since World War II.
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Why ‘killer robots’ are neither feminist nor ethical

Autonomous weapons do not align with Canada’s current approach to foreign policy — and, as a new survey shows, Canadians’ opposition to their use is on the rise. Erin Hunt asks: Is it time for an outright ban?
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Canada and the World, Ep. 25: Democracy? There’s an app for that

Bessma Momani, Ben Rowswell, Roy Norton and Pamela Simpson look at divisive societies and what lessons they offer us for preserving democracy.
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How to teach international affairs in an era of flux

In Case You Missed It: 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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Chaos in Caracas

This week, Canada and the US announced they would no longer recognize Nicolás Maduro as the president of Venezuela, condemning his “illegitimate mandate” and throwing their support behind opposition leader Juan Guaidó. Vox’s Alex Ward has a primer on recent protests and how Venezuela reached its “boiling point.”
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Cryptocurrency in Georgia

For The New York Times, Liz Alderman visits Tbilisi, where Georgians are betting big on Bitcoin. “Even as the currency has tumbled in value,” she writes, “thousands of Georgians have jumped into the game and sold cars — even cows — to buy high-powered computers to mine Bitcoin and join what has become a state-supported dash toward data supremacy.”

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Brazil’s Election: Descent Into Fascism Or A Return To Business As Normal?

Jan. 29, 2019, Ottawa
A panel discussion featuring four leading international experts on Brazil.
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Glendon Global Debates

Jan. 31, 2019, Toronto
A debate on whether smart cities are a help or hindrance for governance.
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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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