Put off by Donald Trump’s erratic tweeting, governments might be disinclined to expand their social media engagement. That would be a mistake, argues Julian Dierkes.
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Has digital diplomacy been Trumped?

Digital diplomacy
Put off by Donald Trump’s erratic tweeting, governments might be disinclined to expand their social media engagement. That would be a mistake, argues Julian Dierkes.
Article50

Reality sets in over Brexit

The implementation of Brexit is not simply a UK-EU problem — countries like Canada should also be concerned, writes Armand de Mestral, for our partners at CIGI.
World Flags

Defending globalism: Why we have a responsibility to connect

Alejandro Reyes considers a new strategy for convincing governments to uphold their global commitments while implementing domestic initiatives focused on those most vulnerable to the forces of globalization. 
Free Trade China

Where does Canada fit in the global push for open markets?

As one of the world's most successful small and open economies, Canada should make the case for the free trade of goods, services and capital — even within the country, argues Brett House

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Royal preparations

It's inevitable that one day, perhaps soon, the reign of Queen Elizabeth II will come to an end. How will the networks respond? How will Commonwealth leaders be informed? What title will Camilla have? And, perhaps most importantly, what will the Queen's death mean for the British Empire? In this fascinating piece for The Guardian, Sam Knight takes readers behind the scenes of the meticulously laid out plans for life after Elizabeth.

Closing the coal mines

For NPR, Rob Schmitz reports from one of China's largest open-pit coal mines, once a hive of activity but now marked for closure by the government. As China shuts down mines, either for efficiency purposes or as part of a green strategy, what happens to the men who are left behind — coal workers who have known no other job? 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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The Age of Consequences: Film Screening & Discussion

March 22, 2017, Edmonton
A film screening followed by a short panel discussion on the effects of climate change. 
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CETA: A New Framework for International Trade or the Last of Its Kind?

March 23, 2017, Toronto
A bilingual conference organized in collaboration with The Glendon School of Public and International Affairs and the EU Consulates.
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The Trump Era: Barking up the Wrong Tree

March 24, 2017, Nipissing
Author Gwynne Dyer will give a keynote address as part of the Undergraduate Research Conference for 2017.
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CIGI Media Panel: Reporting the Refugee Crisis

April 3, 2017, Ottawa
Policy Options Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Ditchburn moderates a discussion featuring CBC's Margaret Evans, The Globe and Mail's Mark MacKinnon, writer and producer Naheed Mustafa, OpenCanada contributor Michael Petrou, and the Toronto Star's Michelle Shephard.

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