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Dr. Lawrence H. Summers's remarks at the CIC Globalist of the Year Gala on the upheavals of the 20th century and how to avoid them in the 21st.

Returning to the Responsiblity to Protect

If we want to make R2P’s hope of “never again” a reality, we need to turn away from the critique of sovereignty and the example of Libya, argues John Duncan.


In Afghanistan, Signs of Democracy Taking Hold

The Afghan election was preceded by pessimistic speculations that it would be rigged or undermined by violence. Election day put to rest many of those concerns, says Scott Smith.


Peacekeepers Will Not Save the Central African Republic

Peacekeeping missions will not succeed when there is no peace to keep, says Josh Scheinert.


Today’s Digital Witnesses Can Prevent Tomorrow’s War Crimes

A growing cadre of scholars, practitioners, and hobbyists are leveraging new tools to help prevent gross violations of human rights and holding perpetrators to account after heinous crimes are committed, says Robert Muggah.


The Least and Most Canada Can Do

The six CF-18s Canada is sending to Eastern Europe is both an ordinary and remarkable contribution, says Steve Saideman.


Renewing R2P

There is still much work to be done on how to define and apply R2P, but there is hope for the concept, says Lloyd Axworthy.

  • Why Shale Is the Next Shale

    The shale revolution is nothing less than a paradigm shift in thinking about hydrocarbons, writes Edward L. Morse in a piece for Foreign Affairs. By the end of the decade, the U.S. will be one of the biggest gas exporters in the world. It will soon be the biggest oil producer. And now the revolution is going global.

  • Maliki’s Iraq

    The New Yorker‘s Dexter Filkins on the current state of Iraq: “The resurgence of Iraq’s Shiites is the greatest legacy of the American invasion, which overthrew Sunni rule and replaced it with a government led by Shiites—the first since the eighteenth century. Eight years after Maliki took power, Iraqis are sorting through the consequences.”

  • The New Battle for India

    Narendra Modi is widely expected to become India’s next prime minister at the head of a BJP government. Will he introduce inclusive economic reforms and clean up corruption, or will he deepen sectarian divisions in the country? Iain Marlow reports for the Globe and Mail.

  • “Each week feels like a year”

    Homosexuality is now a punishable offense in 36 of Africa’s 54 countries. Uganda is the latest to pass an anti-gay law, one of the most draconian on the continent, which makes “aggravated homosexuality” punishable with sentences of up to life in prison. It has resulted in a “cloud of fear” for homosexuals in the country, writes Jan Puhl for Spiegel Online.

  • A Five-Step Plan to Feed the World

    There’s more of us to feed and we’re getting richer, driving up the demand for meat, eggs, and dairy. And that means more stress on the environment. How do we increase the availability of food while simultaneously cutting the environmental harm caused by agriculture? Jonathan Foley offers a five-step program.

  • Reinventing the Toilet

    Approximately 2.5 billion people lack basic sanitation. Of those, an estimated 1.1 billion defecate in the bush, contaminating drinking water and food. What is the solution? The Gates Foundation is betting on a new kind of cutting-edge toilet. But will it pan out? Jeremy Keehn reports for The Walrus.

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