Whether due to U.S. pressure or a lack of political courage — or both — Canada is expected to be absent from next week's negotiations in New York. Erin Hunt looks at the motives behind the move, and the message it sends.
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By sitting out nuclear weapons meeting, Canada backtracks on its commitment to peace

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Whether due to U.S. pressure or a lack of political courage — or both — Canada is expected to be absent from next week's negotiations in New York. Erin Hunt looks at the motives behind the move, and the message it sends.
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If Canada truly wants to advance LGBT rights, it should earmark funding

While it has recently been proposed that Canada leverage the Commonwealth to push for progress on LGBT rights, it should first try committing direct funding. By Erin Aylward and Kim Vance.
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In South Sudan, famine is but a word — suffering is the reality

Declaring famine means we have already failed the people of South Sudan, where one of the least discussed and most underfunded crises in the world persists, writes Darius Sanyatwe.
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Canada’s future foreign policymakers: Meet the millennials making a mark in international affairs

Calling young Canadians! We are working on our second edition of "Canada's future foreign policymakers" and we want to hear from you! If you are under 35 and working on international files for the Government of Canada, send your name, age and job description to editors[at]opencanada[dot]org. (Have a peek here at our first edition from 2016 for a taste of what we are up to!)

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Westminster united

In this age of polarization, it has become commonplace to disparage the political class. But here, Jonathan Freedland describes the humanity and heroics he saw during Wednesday's attack in London. Westminster became "not a metaphor, not a far-off citadel of wicked, scheming politicians but a real place, filled with real people – as vulnerable to an act of murderous violence as anybody else." For The Guardian.

Hunting hackers

For WiredGarrett Graff pieces together the many moving parts behind the story of the hunt for one of the world's most notorious cybercriminals, a Russian known as "Bogachev." The difficulty agents had in tracking him down, Graff writes, should be a warning for the analysts charged with looking into the hacking of the U.S. presidential election.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Canada’s Past and Future in the Americas

March 27, 2017, Ottawa
A one and a half day international conference on Canada's recent and current relations in the Americas.
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A New Pacific Nexus: Canada, Latin America and Asia

March 30, 2017, Vancouver
A forum focusing on shifting global demand, policy changes and investment opportunities in the Asia Pacific area.
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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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