While staying as a figurehead, Brazil’s president may be relinquishing power, leaving the government in Lula’s hands. Here are four developments that have led to this remarkable turn of events.
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Dilma's soft auto-coup

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While staying as a figurehead, Brazil’s president may be relinquishing power, leaving the government in Lula’s hands. Here are four developments that have led to this remarkable turn of events. By Jean Daudelin
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Dron’t Panic! What to know about Canada’s use of drones

Canada may be purchasing drones with armed capability but its program would be markedly different than that of the CIA. Stephanie Carvin explains how, and notes the questions Canadians should instead be focused on.
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Washington’s state dinner is over — what’s next?

Obama and Trudeau announced their shared vision last week. Krista Hessey, OpenCanada's editorial assistant, asks: were the new initiatives the end goal of the trip and will there be time to implement them? 
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The Expert View: U.S.-Canada Arctic Leadership

Last week, Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau issued a statement spelling out their joint vision on climate, energy and Arctic leadership. Arctic Deeply's Hannah Hoag asked three experts for their views on its potential impact.
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In the Gobi, clues to China’s shifting position on climate change

While China’s commitment to combating climate change has long been contentious, the government now recognizes that an environmental strategy and economic growth go hand in hand, writes Henry Lotin.

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The drone operators

As the Canadian military makes the case for spending up to $1.5b on armed UAVs, Emma Loop speaks with three former drone operators for BuzzFeed. The emotional scars borne by the three, responsible for identifying kill targets through the electronic eyes of machines, speak to the need for greater support of those destined to do the same job in the future.

Being honest about Iraq

"It’s been more than five years since U.S. combat troops left Iraq," writes Neil Swidey in the Boston Globe. "It took about that long after Vietnam for the nation to begin wrestling honestly with the forces that had led us into that mistaken war." To do the same with Iraq, Swidey starts with the case of L. Paul Bremer, from whose failed policies many draw a line to the rise of ISIS.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends

March 21, 2016, Waterloo
A panel event to mark the Waterloo launch of the 2016 World Development Report.
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Politics in the Pub: European Union-Prospects for Cohesion

March 21, 2016, Victoria
A discussion of the prospects for continued cohesion amongst the nations of the European Union.
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Book Launch: "Australia, Canada, and Iraq"

March 22, 2016, Toronto
Book launch with a panel discussion with Jack Cunningham, Ramesh Thakur and Tim Sayle, chaired by John English.

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