A referendum on independence for Iraqi Kurds is set for September. Given Canada’s support of Kurdish forces in the country — and by extension their nation-building efforts — it can’t avoid involvement in the future of Iraq, writes Michael Petrou. 
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With Kurdish independence closer than ever, Canada needs to prepare a response

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A referendum on independence for Iraqi Kurds is set for September. Given Canada’s support of Kurdish forces in the country — and by extension their nation-building efforts — it can’t avoid involvement in the future of Iraq, writes Michael Petrou
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With new feminist focus, Bibeau faces challenges around money and momentum

As International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau learned last weekend in South Sudan, world leaders heard Canada’s recent call to invest in women’s empowerment. But can such a goal succeed without new funds? By Kevin Carmichael.
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How sponsoring a Syrian family gave me a first-hand look at the resilience of refugees

To mark Refugee Week, Shenaz Kermalli shares her story of sponsoring a Syrian refugee family in Toronto: "There’s a misconception out there that supporting a refugee is solely an act of kindness... I would argue that it’s mutually beneficial." 
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Humanitarians under fire

In case you missed it: Is the mantle of humanitarian neutrality is slipping? Stefan Labbé shares stories from Afghanistan and Sierra Leone in this exploration of the changing threats to aid work around the world.

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Venezuela’s HIV/AIDS program

As Stephanie Nolen writes for The Globe and Mail, back when she was covering the African AIDS epidemic, Venezuela's AIDS program was held up as a model. But with the country's economic and political crisis, that program is in tatters. Nolen speaks to those affected and looks at the challenges around securing international funding in the face of government inaction. 
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The boys of Boko Haram

"Over the course of a four-day siege in January 2015, Boko Haram carted away the boys of Baga," writes Sarah Topol. "No one knows exactly how many were taken, but by the end...virtually an entire town’s worth of children vanished." In this feature for The New York Times, Topol tells the story of four boy soldiers and includes horrific details of life under the terrorist group that have never been reported before.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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CIGI at the European Financial Management Association Annual Meetings

June 28, 2017, Athens, Greece
Miranda Xafa, CIGI Senior Fellow, will participate in the panel discussion "Bank governance in the post-crisis era: How might bank governance be improved?"
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Out of Africa – Bringing Stories Home

June 28, 2017, Halifax
Kayla Hounsell, an award-winning journalist, will speak about her experiences in Africa, and why she believes international reporting is important.
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A Life on the Front Lines of Public and Private Organizations – An Evening with Marie-Lucie Morin

June 29, 2017, Ottawa
A conversation with Marie-Lucie Morin on her experience as executive director for Canada at the World Bank in Washington from 2010-2013, national security advisor to the Prime Minister, associate secretary to the Cabinet, deputy minister of international trade, and associate deputy minister of foreign affairs. 

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