Not only are this week’s expulsions a sign of extraordinary solidarity against Russia, but such coordination significantly weakens the Kremlin’s intelligence capabilities, as Stephanie Carvin explains. 
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The West's expelling of Russian diplomats is a bold move with bite — here's why

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Not only are this week’s expulsions a sign of extraordinary solidarity against Russia, but such coordination significantly weakens the Kremlin’s intelligence capabilities, as Stephanie Carvin explains. 
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One Year to Go: Is Britain changing its mind?

In late March 2019, Britain will reach the end of the Article 50 period and is scheduled to officially leave the European Union. Is that fate sealed? Matthew Goodwin examines changing attitudes toward the EU, the Brexit process and the ongoing divisions in the UK. 
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G7 Countdown: How civil society groups hope to get through to leaders

Do grassroots concerns ever catch the ear of G7 members, in particular that of the host country? With meetings already underway ahead of the Quebec summit, Celine Cooper looks at the behind-the-scenes efforts to influence the group’s agenda. 
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A different kind of mission: How UN peacekeeping forces will benefit from more women in their ranks

OpenCanada's Catherine Tsalikis speaks with Elizabeth Spehar, head of the UN’s peacekeeping force in Cyprus, about a ‘burgeoning sisterhood’ of women leaders, the importance of the Elsie Initiative and why more women are needed in peace operations. 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Social Media and Democracy: What Can be Done?

April 4, 2018, Ottawa
The Public Policy Forum and the University of British Columbia School of Public Policy and Global Affairs will host a discussion with some of the world’s leading experts on social media.
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Panel: Towards a Feminist Foreign Policy

April 4, 2018, Toronto
Following OpenCanada's recent series on feminist foreign policy, this free talk at Ryerson University explores the concept. Featuring Foreign Policy Interrupted co-founder Elmira Bayrasli, government consultant and gender expert Lauren Dobson-Hughes, associate manager for strategy and learning at Mastercard Foundation Lamia Naji, and moderated by OpenCanada managing editor Eva Salinas. Panel begins at 6:30pm at the George Vari Computing and Engineering Centre, 245 Church St. Hosted by Ryerson's International Issues Discussion series. 
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The Fate of Humans in a New Geological Age: Beginning to Think About the Anthropocene

April 24, 2018, Waterloo
Earth System scientists have concluded that as a result of human activities the Earth has recently entered a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. In this lecture, Clive Hamilton explores some of the profound implications.

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