World leaders met in Paris this week to discuss the barriers to peace — here are five points many agreed on, from the lack of US leadership to the need for a way forward. 
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WEEKLY DISPATCH

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Five takeaways from the Paris Peace Forum

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World leaders met in Paris this week to discuss the barriers to peace — Kyle Matthews lists five points many agreed on, from the lack of US leadership to the need for a way forward. 
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Visions on the future of cyberspace clash at the UN

A fragile consensus over norms of responsible state behaviour in cyberspace, as Paul Meyer observes, has fallen victim to East–West geopolitical tensions.
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US Midterms: Democrats have work to do before 2020

With midterms over, the 2020 campaign begins. Will the Democrats offer policies and leadership that signal a real alternative? Stephen Blank gives a to-do list for the party.   
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Canada and the World, Ep. 14: A US midterm post-mortem

Following the US midterms, guests Christopher Sands and Barry Kay joined podcast host Bessma Momani to discuss the results and their implications for Trump, for policy — including relations with China, trade and immigration — and for Canada. 

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Havana syndrome

From late 2016, American diplomats and spies — as well as Canadian diplomats — posted in Cuba began experiencing unexplained bursts of sound and pressure that left them dizzy and exhausted, with symptoms of concussion and brain injury. In The New YorkerAdam Entous and Jon Lee Anderson unpack the mysterious condition known as “Havana syndrome,” or simply, “the Thing.”

Future of the Union

This week, the UK and EU agreed on a Brexit draft withdrawal plan. But somehow, the way forward looks as uncertain as ever. “It is easy to blame [Theresa] May and her bitterly divided Conservative Party,” writes Fintan O’Toole in The New York Review of Books. “But what makes that crisis all the more profound is that what we would usually expect in a parliamentary democracy…is patently not happening either."

UPCOMING EVENTS

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The War In Yemen And The Saudi-Led Military Intervention

Nov. 19, 2018, Halifax
Farea Al Muslimi, in conversation with Spencer Osberg, will provide up-to-date information about the war in Yemen and the Saudi role. 
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The Rohingya Crisis: Options For Canadian Foreign Policy

Nov. 19, 2018, Winnipeg
A panel of experts will discuss Canada’s diplomatic response to the Rohingya crisis.
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Live Webcast: Jim Balsillie at the IMF Statistical Forum and Q & A with Christine Lagarde

Nov. 20, 2018, Webcast
Jim Balsillie delivers a keynote speech at this year’s IMF Statistical Forum, followed by a one-on-one discussion with IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde.
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Does Canada Actually Have A Middle East Policy? Does It Need One?

Nov. 21, 2018, Ottawa
Talk by Rex Brynen, professor of political science at McGill University and author of Beyond the Arab Spring: Authoritarianism and Democratization in the Arab World.

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