How is it that Canada has Trudeau while the United States has Trump? As a tumultuous U.S. presidential campaign ends, Stephen Marche explores the conditions that have set Canada up to emerge, in 2016, as a bright light on a dark political stage. 
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How is it that Canada has Trudeau while the United States has Trump? As a tumultuous U.S. presidential campaign ends, Stephen Marche explores the conditions that have set Canada up to emerge, in 2016, as a bright light on a dark political stage. With rebuttals from John Ibbitson, Luke Savage, Susan Delacourt and Andray Domise.
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Three ways to make the most of CETA

Now that the Canada-EU trade agreement has been signed, implementation will be key. Patrick Leblond lists three challenges that will make or break the benefits of the deal.  
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Digital connections relay news from the war in Yemen. But calls to family bring home the humanity

Canadian writer Kamal Al-Solaylee shares the personal, complex questions he faces as a member of a ‘digital community of Yemen watchers.’ Part of the series, The War is Just a Click Away.
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Helping Yazidis where they’re most vulnerable: on the ground

Canada’s responsibility to protect Yazidis in Iraq should extend beyond resettlement to the creation of “safe zones” in the region, argue Kyle Matthews and Silke Melbye-Hansen.
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The security risk our connected devices pose urgently needs a policy response

The ‘Internet of Things’ already includes six billion connected devices worldwide. As a recent cyber outage shows, a formal response to prevent their disruption is sorely needed. By Robert Gorwa
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Canada and the elusive fissile material ban: Old wine in new bottles?

Last week, a Canadian-led resolution on a treaty banning the production of the essential ingredient for making nuclear weapons was adopted at the UNGA by a wide margin. But as Paul Meyer writes, it remains to be seen whether the initiative will yield real progress on what has been a very stagnant file.

BEST OF THE WEB

Frustration in Eastern Ukraine

For The World Post, Christian Borys reports from Eastern Ukraine, where the volunteer soldiers engaged in a "low intensity conflict" with Russian troops are growing increasingly frustrated. Government leaders in Kiev "have accepted [a] cease-fire, but it doesn’t work at all, so now we sit here getting shot at every night,” says one. Where does this conflict go next, and what future awaits these men?
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The Godmothers

In Italy's underworld, as more and more fathers, husbands and brothers are being sent to prison, there has been a proliferation of women taking over as Mafia crime bosses. For The Globe and MailEric Reguly and Lorenzo Tondo report on the rise of female gangsters in places like Naples and Sicily. In many cases, these "Godmothers" conduct themselves more viciously and ruthlessly than their male counterparts. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Politics @ the Pub Election Night Viewing Party

Nov. 8, 2016, Ottawa
Join CIC Ottawa at the Red Lion Pub as we await the results of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. 
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U.S. Election Viewing Party

Nov. 8, 2016, Waterloo
CIGI is hosting a live viewing party of the 2016 U.S. election. Chat with policy experts as the poll results come in.
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The Tehran Test: How human rights cases in Iran are putting Canada’s foreign policy approach to the test

Nov. 22, 2016, Ottawa
Join OpenCanada and CIPS for a panel on the challenges of diplomatic relations with Iran, how trade factors in, the role of the UN and the critical questions ahead for the current government. Featuring journalist Michael Petrou, human rights activist Maryam Nayeb Yazdi, professor Thomas Juneau and OpenCanada's Eva Salinas.

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