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Short-term Hopes for a Unity Government as Prospects for Afghan Democracy Darken

Posted on by Nipa Banerjee

Afghanistan’s never-ending election process is continuing past the quarter-year mark as political, economic and security crises loom large on the horizon. A democratic election, providing the opportunity for popular participation… Read More

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Lauchlan Munro
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The Death of the North-South Institute

Posted on by Lauchlan Munro

Canada’s only independent think tank on international development and foreign policy, the North-South Institute, will soon close its doors. According to media reports, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD… Read More

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Natalie Brender
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Last Year’s CIPS Blog Highlights, Part 2: New Global Threats

Posted on by Natalie Brender

Here at CIPS we are pleased with the flurry of blog posts that our expert authors have submitted in the new academic year: more than a dozen in the past two weeks alone – and more in the works. This speaks to the engagement of CIPS faculty a… Read More

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FerrydeKerckhove
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Le Canada Invisible

Posted on by Ferry de Kerckhove

Par Ferry de Kerchhove et George Petrolekas; La Presse, 12 septembre 2014. C’est avec une extrême surprise que nous avons pris connaissance des propos du premier ministre Stephen Harper selon lesquels « la contribution du Canada aux aff… Read More

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Obama’s Gamble in Iraq and Syria

Posted on by Roland Paris

President Barack Obama’s speech on Wednesday marks the third major shift in United States counterterrorism strategy since 9/11, but it remains to be seen if the new approach will work better than the previous ones. The first shift followe… Read More

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Canada Should Prepare for a Long Fight Against IS

Posted on by Ferry de Kerckhove

By George Petrolekas and Ferry de Kerckhove Published in the Globe and Mail, September 12, 2014 In 1938, Neville Chamberlain returned to a hero’s welcome in London having given away parts of Czechoslovakia to Hitler at Munich. He announce… Read More

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Hedging Bets: Aid Agencies’ New Preoccupation with Failure

Posted on by Jacqueline Best

An earlier version of this essay appeared on RegBlog.org      Nobody likes to admit failure—least of all government-funded development organizations in hard economic times. Yet recent years have seen a number of prominent development… Read More

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Stephen Baranyi
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What Should Canada Do About Cuba’s Participation in the Americas Summit?

Posted on by Stephen Baranyi

This commentary reflects the public remarks and off-the-record discussion with officials at the forum on Cuba, the 2015 Americas Summit, and Beyond: Obstacles and Opportunities, which was co-sponsored by CIPS on September 4, 2014. Mos… Read More

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Can Al Qaeda Compete With ISIL?

Posted on by Wesley Wark

By Archana Sundarachari and Wesley Wark The world’s attention has been riveted for weeks on the military exploits and brutal excesses of a relatively new jihadist entity, the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIL, or ISIS or IS). ISIL… Read More

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Richard Wyn
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The Scottish Independence Referendum: How Did It Come About?

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By Richard Wyn Jones, Cardiff University. On the 18th of September, the Scottish electorate will go to the polls to vote on the proposition “Should Scotland be an independent country?” Remarkably, it’s only now that the rest of the world – a… Read More