Can one man change a country’s image? With one year to go until the 2019 federal election, Madelaine Drohan examines Justin Trudeau’s impact on Canada’s global reputation. 
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Has Trudeau changed Canada’s international image?

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Can one man change a country’s image? With one year to go until the 2019 federal election, Madelaine Drohan examines Justin Trudeau’s impact on Canada’s global reputation. 
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Cities on the World Stage: In California, creating a more climate-friendly future

This week, we looked at the ways in which cities and regions collaborate to push global standards. Part one of three, by Liz Enochs, shines a light on California’s climate leadership.
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Cities on the World Stage: Using the SDGs as a ‘north star’

Part two of our series looks at how cities can lead the way when global challenges — such as those identified by the Sustainable Development Goals — feel intractable. By John McArthur and Tony Pipa.
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Cities on the World Stage: A ‘superblock’ design that inspires more like it

In the third and final part of our series, Robin Mazumder takes us to Barcelona, where innovation has required a certain amount of risk-taking. 
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Canada and the World, Ep. 11: The Khashoggi Affair

This week’s guests — Randa SlimJoyce Karam, Murtaza Hussain and Henri Barkey — explore key questions in the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi: Is there a narrative to be believed? How does the United States-Turkey relationship factor in? How can we sustain attention around this story until some kind of justice can be found?

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Inside Britain’s Foreign Office

As the UK continues to struggle with its plan for leaving the EU, Prospect Magazine’s Steve Bloomfield speaks with current and former diplomats to paint a picture of the state of Britain’s Foreign Office. It’s not pretty: “It is ‘exhausted,’ said one current ambassador; in a ‘malaise’ said a recently-retired senior diplomat; a ‘shambles’ said a former ambassador.” What is the way forward, in the age of Brexit? 

Ten billion trees

In Pakistan, officials have launched what they’re calling the “10 Billion Tree Tsunami,” a tree-planting initiative they hope will raise environmental awareness. And not a moment too soon. “Pakistan will need more than a trillion new pines, cedars and eucalyptus trees to reverse decades of deforestation,” writes The Washington Post’s Pamela Constable. Luckily, “the idea of a green awakening seems to be taking root.”

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Global Trade In Transition: What It Means For Canada And Atlantic Canada

Oct. 24, 2018, Halifax
A talk with the Honourable Kevin Lynch, vice chairman of BMO Financial Group.
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The 5th Annual Student Foreign Policy Debate

Oct. 24, 2018, Toronto
This annual student debate, put on by CIC Toronto in partnership with Ryerson University and the Hart House Debating Club, will debate the motion: This House believes that all nations have a right to nuclear arms.”
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Responsible Artificial Intelligence Panel in Partnership with Communitech and the University of Waterloo

Nov. 7, 2018, Waterloo
A conversation about what it means to create and implement responsible AI. 

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