With a 2017 election on the horizon, Celine Cooper speaks with Michael Bröning about the current state of politics in Germany and the ‘tremendous polarization’ of the population when it comes to opinions on taking in refugees.  
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How the refugee crisis is shaking up Germany’s politics, and its place within Europe

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With a 2017 election on the horizon, Celine Cooper speaks with Michael Bröning about the current state of politics in Germany and the ‘tremendous polarization’ of the population when it comes to opinions on taking in refugees.  
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The next UN Secretary-General: Why Guterres is the best person for the job

Former UN assistant secretary-general Ramesh Thakur on this year’s historic voting process and why former Portuguese prime minister and UNHCR head Antonio Guterres was his top pick all along.
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The view from Australia: Five questions with Melissa Conley Tyler

The Australian Institute of International Affairs’ National Executive Director, Melissa Conley Tyler, reflects on the role of think tanks, the importance of addressing inequality in society, and what lessons other countries should take from the Canadian and Australian responses to the refugee crisis. Interview by Catherine Tsalikis.
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In search of a concrete Arctic policy

While the Trudeau government's attempts to re-establish relations with Russia on the Arctic file have been welcome, this past year has seen missed opportunities to provide leadership and strategic direction, write Heather Exner-Pirot and Joël Plouffe. From our partners at Arctic Deeply.

BEST OF THE WEB

Colombia's failed peace

Steven Cohen spoke to residents of a "hardscrabble" town in Colombia in the lead up to last weekend's national referendum on the peace accords between the government and FARC. In this New Republic piece, people from all walks of life share their views on the historic accord that was ultimately rejected, throwing the country's future into limbo. 

The cobalt pipeline

For the Washington Post, Todd C. Frankel traces the global supply chain of cobalt - essential to the batteries that power smartphones, laptops and electric vehicles - from the Democratic Republic of Congo, where children labour in dangerous mines, to manufacturing sites in Asia, to consumers' hands in developed countries. As demand for cobalt increases, concerns over working conditions in the mines surface.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Foreign Policy and the U.S. Presidential Election

Oct. 12, 2016, Toronto
A discussion with former U.S. Ambassador to Finland Derek Shearer.
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CIGI Cinema Series: "The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin"

Oct. 20, 2016, Waterloo
Showing of The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin, followed by a presentation from CIGI Senior Fellow Julie Maupin on the international law dimensions of the use of block chain. 
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The Ottawa Process Twenty Years Later: The Landmine Treaty, Human Security, and Canada in the Twenty-First Century

Oct. 27, 2016, Toronto
Speakers from a variety of fields will lend their expertise to help participants understand what the Ottawa Process began twenty years ago and how Canada continues to deal with challenges, both national and international.

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