Even the best efforts to build peace sometimes end up financing chaos. As Aisha Ahmad explains, it comes down to a complex web of resources, uneasy alliances and ongoing corruption. So what can be done?
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Why jihadist insurgencies persist

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Even the best efforts to build peace sometimes end up financing chaos. As Aisha Ahmad explains, it comes down to a complex web of resources, uneasy alliances and ongoing corruption. So what can be done? 
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Trump’s short-lived foreign policy successes

For about two weeks, the world thought the US president was a man of action. David McDonough explains why we should have seen failure coming over the North Korea and Iran files. 
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Canada looks abroad for lessons ahead of legalizing cannabis

Global experts on drug policy gathered in Montreal recently to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing Canada as it moves ahead with its plans to legalize cannabis. Celine Cooper spoke with Drug Policy Alliance’s Hannah Hetzer for her perspective. 
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Canada’s missing Syrians

In case you missed it: Over the past year, journalist Gareth Chantler interviewed several Syrians stuck in limbo in Turkey, awaiting responses on their applications to come to Canada. Their experiences expose a deeply problematic intake process within the Canadian refugee system — read their stories here. 

BEST OF THE WEB

Escaping Venezuela

In a widely-condemned election, President Nicolas Maduro has been re-elected for a second term, amid an economic crisis that has been driving hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans to nearby countries. In Brazil, an average of 800 arrive every day, looking for work and a new chance at life. Jill Langlois speaks with a few of these Venezuelans for the LA Times.
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Diplomatic exodus

"Many diplomats have been dismayed by the Trump Administration; since the Inauguration, sixty per cent of the State Department’s highest-ranking diplomats have left," writes Jon Lee Anderson in The New Yorker. John Feeley, the former US ambassador to Panama, is one of them, but unlike his peers, he isn't holding back when it comes to sharing his reasoning. “My values were not his values,” he says of the US president.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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The Implementation Of The Peace Process In Colombia — A View From The Ground

May 28, 2018, Ottawa
Coffee Talk presentation by Jaimi Gardner (Field Officer, United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia).
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Twitter Chat: Why do counter-insurgency efforts fail?

May 29, 2018, Online event
This Tuesday at 12pm ET, join OpenCanada and Aisha Ahmad, international security expert and author of this week's essay, 'Why jihadist insurgencies persist,' for an online discussion on the unintended consequences of intervention. Send your questions and comments using #counterinsurgency. 
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“Tell Them We’re Human” — What The Rohingya Crisis Tells Us About The World & Canada’s Foreign Policy Choices

May 30, 2018, Toronto
A discussion with Bob Rae, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Special Envoy to Myanmar.
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CIGI Cinema Series: "The Social Shift"

June 5, 2018, Waterloo
An advanced screening of the new documentary film "The Social Shift," followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Meaghan and Marie Wright.

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