Kurdish Iraqis have long dreamt of a state to call their own. With the support of Canadian troops, they are now gaining ground as the fight against ISIS continues. But what would their independence mean for the region? 
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Out of Iraq’s ashes, Kurdistan grows

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Kurdish Iraqis have long dreamt of a state to call their own. With the support of Canadian troops, they are now gaining ground as the fight against ISIS continues. But what would their independence mean for the region? By Michael Petrou.
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The world reacts to UK vote to leave the European Union

"We will continue to build relationships with both parties," Justin Trudeau says, as referendum results prompt predictions of dramatic regional change. Catherine Tsalikis rounds up the most telling comments of what's to come.
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Five issues the North American Leaders' Summit should address

Canada will host Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and U.S. President Barack Obama in Ottawa next week. Beyond climate change and trade, Christian Medina-Ramirez outlines what he hopes will make the agenda. 
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Alliances of Convenience: The implications of a regional strategy against ISIS

Western governments emphasize the importance of regional actors in devising a solution to Syria’s civil war, but, as John Mitton writes, the interests of those involved — from the Saudi government to the Kurds — are drastically different from our own. Part of a new series, The Making of Kurdistan.
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Is this the next UN Secretary General?

While the U.S. election steals the media spotlight, Stefan Labbé updates on another important leadership campaign — that for Secretary General of the United Nations. 
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Climate change and the rise of citizen suits

For many worried about the health of the planet, waiting on leaders to stop a concerning increase in global carbon emissions isn’t an effective strategy. David Estrin gives three examples of when effecting change through the judicial system has worked.
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Pluralism in Action: How infrastructure, immigration policy are key for Silicon Valley North

As part of the Pluralism Project, a roundtable with Kitchener-Waterloo community leaders tackles how to attract diversity beyond larger urban centres. By Tahnee Prior.

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The road to Europhobia

"Behind our present turmoil lurks a certain idea of Britain, or of England. We are trying to find our identity," writes Geoffrey Wheatcroft for The Guardian. Through chronicling the history of British nationalism, he explains this week's referendum decision to leave the EU as a crisis of national identity fuelled by Euroscepticism and a "yearning for a maybe imaginary lost age."

Kabul, Now and Then

Sparghai Basir and her mother both went to Kabul University and both worked for Save the Children. But one wore dresses and high heels and felt free - the other covers her hair and feels like an outsider in her own country. This is just one of the powerful pieces published by The Huffington Post and produced by Sahar Speaks, a project helping female Afghan journalists tell the stories of Afghan women.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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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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What Does Blockchain Innovation Mean for Governance Innovation?

June 29, 2016, Waterloo
Lunchtime talk with CIGI Senior Fellow Julie Maupin.

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