On the eve of the UK’s referendum over EU membership, Canada’s former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Jeremy Kinsman, looks at how the debate got this far and what to expect next week, and beyond.
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WEEKLY DISPATCH

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A European unravelling

London
On the eve of the UK’s referendum over EU membership, Canada’s former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Jeremy Kinsman, looks at how the debate got this far and what to expect next week, and beyond.
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The Genocide Debate: How Parliament got it wrong

Invoking the term ‘genocide’ is a big deal — yet both Liberals and Conservatives lost the opportunity this week for constructive debate over ISIS’ crimes. By Stephanie Carvin.
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Brexit Referendum: Five reasons the UK should stay

From the impact on London as a financial hub to the impact on wages, Miranda Xafa explains why the economic implications of leaving the EU are serious. 
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What next for Venezuela?

Venezuela is on the edge and the ripples of collapse will be felt across the region. Could the crisis trigger the next stream of refugees? In fitting with its renewed role as a humanitarian leader, Canada should prepare to help. By Christian Medina-Ramirez.
Orlando

Understanding ISIS’ ‘foreign’ jihadist strategy

Was this week’s attack in Orlando part of ISIS’ plan? André Gagné explains how such violence differs from the group’s ‘domestic’ approach in Syria and Iraq and why it matters.
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In Chinese foreign minister’s outburst, a test for Trudeau

The dressing down of a Canadian reporter by Wang Yi earlier this month is not the first time Chinese officials have shown arrogance on Canadian soil. When dealing with China, self-interest and self-respect need to be first in mind, argues John Bruk

BEST OF THE WEB

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Diversity and tolerance

In the wake of the horrific killings at Pulse nightclub last weekend, Damien Cave highlights the way immigration has made a positive mark on Orlando. As Dr. Joseph Ibrahim - the son of a Muslim immigrant, who rushed to save those attacked by another son of Muslim immigrants - put it, “Here you constantly see people from all over the world, and it’s wonderful.” For The New York Times.
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The other Mexican border

"The news may surprise Mr. Trump," writes Stephanie Nolen, "but a few years ago the net flow of Mexicans into the U.S. reversed - more now leave than arrive." In The Globe and Mail, Nolen reports on Mexico's southern border, where some 400,000 migrants cross each year, braving violence, robbery and worse to escape deplorable conditions back home in Central America. 

Sudan's Blue Nile

This Al Jazeera feature by Ashley Hamer profiles the region of Blue Nile, historically aligned with South Sudan but kept a part of Sudan after the 2011 secession, cut off from its allies and periodically bombed by Khartoum. Despite the danger, refugees in Blue Nile mine for gold and gum arabic - essential for products like Coca-Cola and shoe polish - desperate to make a living in one of the world's most desolate conflict zones.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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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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Canada, the Once and Future Peacekeeper?

June 27, 2016, Nipissing
Presentation by Dr. Walter Dorn, Canadian Forces College.
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The Future of Diplomacy in a Chaotic World

June 28, 2016, Waterloo
CIGI's Fen Hampson will moderate a panel on upcoming issues and trends in international diplomacy.

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