As Michael Petrou argues, Canada’s decision to uphold its arms deal with the kingdom, despite the war in Yemen and now the death of Jamal Khashoggi, is not completely unexpected. But it is far from the foreign policy approach Trudeau once promised.
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Are Canada and the US treating Saudi Arabia any differently?

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As Michael Petrou argues, Canada’s decision to uphold its arms deal with the kingdom, despite the war in Yemen and now the death of Jamal Khashoggi, is not completely unexpected. But it is far from the foreign policy approach Trudeau once promised.
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Can gender equality give the WTO renewed purpose?

This week, Canada convened a two-day ministerial to discuss saving a ‘broken’ World Trade Organization. Erin Hannah, Adrienne Roberts and Silke Trommer look at how championing gender could bring new relevance to the institution.    
Brazil

With longtime leftist out of the picture, Brazil lurches right

Brash, hard-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro is cleaning up in Brazil. How bad could that be for Brazilians and for the world? Jean Daudelin explores the context ahead of this weekend's second-round vote.
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Canada and the World, Ep. 12: Attack in Afghanistan

Afghanistan, once a daily news item in Canada, has fallen off the radar for many. On October 18, a suspected Taliban-led attack killed Kandahar’s police chief and served as a reminder of the continued fragile state of the country. This new episode of Canada and the World explores the significance of the attack and the state of peace in Afghanistan. With Mariam Mufti, Bushra Ebadi, Mark Sedra and host Bessma Momani.
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Has Trudeau changed Canada’s international image?

In Case You Missed It: Madelaine Drohan examines Justin Trudeau’s impact on Canada’s global reputation, with one year to go until the 2019 federal election.

BEST OF THE WEB

A harrowing journey

On August 18, 2016, "Andrew" arrived in Sicily, Italy, after setting off in late November, 2015, from Benin City, in southern Nigeria. Yomi Kazeem traces his steps for Quartz, up Nigeria, through Niger, across the Sahara and, finally, the Mediterranean — detailing the risks migrants face and exploring the personal reasons that compel them to leave home in the first place.  

Problematic plastics

"Recycling has been promoted as the environmental answer to humanity’s growing amounts of rubbish," write Leslie Hook and John Reed for FT Magazine. But what happens when China, which, along with Hong Kong, was buying 60 percent of plastic waste from G7 countries, shuts its doors? It has "laid bare the uncomfortable economics behind household recycling, and triggered a profound re-examination of the practice."

UPCOMING EVENTS

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The Ongoing Conflict In Ukraine: Past, Present And Future

Oct. 29, 2018, Edmonton
A Politics at the Pub event with Dr. David Marples, a Distinguished University Professor at the Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta.

Major Challenges For Canadian Foreign Policy In 2019

Oct. 30, 2018, Thunder Bay
Mark Gwozdecky, Assistant Deputy Minister of International Security & Political Affairs (Political Director), will discuss the challenges for Canadian foreign policy in the coming months.
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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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