While attempts to transition from dictatorship to democracy have largely failed elsewhere over the last decade, the Venezuelan story is unlike any other, writes Michael Petrou.
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Crisis in Venezuela: Is this the dark before dawn?

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While attempts to transition from dictatorship to democracy have largely failed elsewhere over the last decade, the Venezuelan story is unlike any other, writes Michael Petrou.
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Bringing the migration compact home

Canada was a leader in helping to win others over on the global compact for migration. As Jenna Hennebry asks: can it now walk the talk back home?
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Protests in Sudan: A primer on the ongoing unrest, two months on

As demonstrations hit the two-month mark, Latifa Abdin looks at why they differ from those that came before, the reaction from the international community, and the resolutions being proposed.
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Canada and the World, Ep. 30: Electoral integrity in Canada’s 2019 federal election

In this episode, Bessma Momani speaks with Andrew Potter, Anna Esselment and Stephanie MacLellan about the upcoming Canadian federal election: its vulnerability to voter manipulation and foreign interference, how the SNC-Lavalin controversy factors in and the NDP’s prospects in Quebec.
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2019 Graduate Symposium: Calling students interested in defence and security issues

Are you a current graduate student studying defence and security issues in Canada? The Balsillie School of International Affairs, in partnership with the CDA Institute, is hosting the annual E3 Graduate Student Symposium May 6-8, 2019 in Waterloo, Ontario, and is welcoming paper abstracts as well as longer essays. A select group will be invited to attend and be published on OpenCanada. Submit by March 22.

BEST OF THE WEB

Kashmir clashes

This week has seen a growing military escalation between India and Pakistan — two nuclear powers — over Kashmir. That’s the bad news. The good news, writes Lawrence Pintak in Foreign Policy from Karachi, is that for now, cooler heads seem to be prevailing: “The only thing keeping [a] potential catastrophe in check has been the mostly good faith efforts of the leaders of these two historic enemies.” Will these efforts last?

ISIS returnees

Amidst the collapse of the so-called Islamic State, officials in Canada, the US, the UK and other Western countries find themselves grappling with how to deal with foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria wishing to come home. In this piece for Global News, Stewart Bell examines how the RCMP is preparing itself for the return of at least a dozen suspected Canadian ISIS members.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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North Korea: Threat To World And Canadian Security?

March 6, 2019, Winnipeg
A talk with James Fergusson, deputy director of the Centre for Defence and Security Studies and professor in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Manitoba.
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International Development Professionals Networking Event

March 6, 2019, Halifax
A networking event for young professionals, new graduates and students interested in a career in international development.
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Disarming Myths about Women, Weapons and War

March 7, 2019, Waterloo
An evening with Allison Pytlak, manager for Reaching Critical Will, the disarmament program of the WILPF.

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