Understanding the recent wave of migrants crossing into Canada requires an explanation of the Safe Third Country Agreement. Celine Cooper lays out its origins, impact and the various reasons many are now calling for its repeal. 
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A 'safe country' dilemma for Canada

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Understanding the recent wave of migrants crossing into Canada requires an explanation of the Safe Third Country Agreement. Celine Cooper lays out its origins, impact and the various reasons many are now calling for its repeal. 
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The US as a threat. Love for NATO. This is how Canadians feel about security issues

With results in from a public opinion survey commissioned after the Department of National Defence launched its new strategy in 2017, Roland Paris summarizes the most interesting — and sometimes surprising — findings. 
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Why Brexit is sucking the oxygen out of UK politics

It has been a tumultuous few weeks for Prime Minister Theresa May. Will her Brexit plan work or is her job in peril? By Lauren Dobson-Hughes
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2018 Defence and Security Essay Competition: Calling all junior scholars!

We’re inviting junior scholars in Canada to submit a short essay explaining future defence and security challenges for Canada — what are they and how should they be tackled? Authors of five selected essays will be invited to attend the Canadian Defence Association Institute’s Graduate Student Symposium in Kingston. Submit your essay by Aug. 24. 

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White Helmets

Last weekend, the world learned of the daring rescue of 98 members of the Syrian Civil Defence — the White Helmets — and their families. In The Globe and Mail, Mark MacKinnon reveals the inside story of what he calls "a triumph of behind-the-scenes Canadian diplomacy," in which Robin Wettlaufer, Ottawa’s special envoy to Syria, and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland play a starring role. 

A quiet rebel

In Prospect magazine, Tom Fletcher pens a colourful profile of Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the outgoing United Nations human rights chief who has pulled no punches with dictators and despots, been a fiery defender of the international order and tried steadfastly to shine light in dark corners. But now he is leaving, writes Fletcher — and what does that mean for the state of the world?

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The Collapse of the American Empire

Aug. 29, 2018, Waterloo
A public event featuring celebrated author and Pulitzer Prize-winner Chris Hedges. 

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