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The state of Leftist foreign policy

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Is there space for alternative, progressive foreign policies to not only be promoted but implemented? We asked eight dynamic, political voices to share their insights on the Left's role in war, intervention, global affairs and more. Essays from Vijay Prashad, Saskia Sassen, Owen Jones, Sarah Leonard, Kaavya Asoka, Paul Dewar, Terry Glavin and Eric Alterman make up this thought-provoking series.
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The progressive’s paradox

Can left-wing ideologies ever co-exist comfortably with military intervention? U.S. foreign policy over the past two decades has failed to align squarely with the two major domestic political parties — is the liberal/conservative distinction here a myth? This essay by Zach Dorfman sets the stage as Part 1 in our series on leftist foreign policy.
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In Pictures: OpenCanada's 5th Anniversary Event

This week, we marked five years of OpenCanada with a panel on leftist foreign policy in Toronto, featuring The Nation's Sarah Leonard, The National Post's Terry Glavin and The New Republic's Jeet Heer. For those who missed it, here's a visual taste.
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OpenCanada at 5: A look back at some of our favourite pieces

From the thousands of articles we’ve published so far, we compiled 25 of our favourites — from Angela Sterritt's 'A Movement Rises' to the five key moments in Canada's history of offering asylum to Ron Deibert's essay on the evolution of cybersecurity agencies.
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Re-Imagining Climate Change: A launchpad for transformation

This piece by Kiera Schuller won best overall essay in The Envoy's 2016 Global Affairs Essay Contest. "Climate change is transforming our natural and manmade world before our eyes, and changes will only accelerate in the coming years. The question is no longer will we act but how?"
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Old Europe, new perils

Also part of The Envoy's 2016 Global Affairs Essay Contest, this piece by Tudor Schlanger won the 'People's Choice' award. "If there is one boiling global economic and geopolitical issue that might burst in the immediate future, all fingers should be pointing at Europe."

BEST OF THE WEB

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Life among the dead

In this piece for The New York Times, Mujib Mashal describes a cacophony of life in the most unexpected of places: a cemetery in Kabul. Enterprising children, young lovers, bookish students and cannabis-smoking police officers all mix among the graves, while officials worry about the lack of space for bodies in a city that has seen so much death.

Blurry alliances

The latest in tensions between the U.S. and Russia is manifesting itself in Syria, where years of disappointing partnerships between anti-Assad rebels and the Obama administration have left an opening for courtship by the Kremlin. Mike Giglio of BuzzFeed speaks with commanders who have been approached by Russia in an attempt to undercut U.S. influence in the region. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Canada Isn’t Back — Yet

June 15, 2016, Victoria
A lecture by Stephen J. Toope, Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs. 
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CIC National Office: Annual General Meeting

June 16, 2016, Toronto
We would like to invite CIC members to participate in our Annual General Meeting, either in person or via conference call. 
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BREXIT: Can we work it out?

June 16, 2016, Montreal
An evening with Marko Papic, one of the world’s foremost experts on geopolitics and European affairs.
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CIGI Cinema Series: "This Changes Everything"

June 22, 2016, Waterloo
Viewing of a film directed by Avi Lewis, inspired by Naomi Klein's bestseller This Changes Everything.

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