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North American foreign ministers meeting: What's at stake?

Friday, January 29, 2016 Staff
CTV News
Foreign Minister Stephane Dion hosts his American and Mexican counterparts in Quebec City today, setting the stage for the North American Leaders' Summit hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Canada later this year. Dion, along with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Mexico's Claudia Ruiz Mass are expected to talk about the environment and security issues, but issues such as economy and relations between the three countries are also on the table.

North American ministers meet in Quebec as TPP casts shadow

Thursday, January 28, 2016
Mike Blanchfield
The Canadian Press
North America's three foreign ministers will be all smiles when they meet Friday to discuss the upcoming Canadian-hosted leaders' summit, but Canada and Mexico may bring some lingering resentment towards their American amigo on trade.

Mexico a priority for Canada, think tank says

Thursday, January 28, 2016
Clark Campbell
Th Globe and Mail
The new Liberal government’s desire to reset North American relations will be on view when foreign ministers from Canada, the United States and Mexico meet in Quebec City this Friday. But a major Canadian think tank has some unconventional advice for Ottawa: Put Mexico first.

IMF’s Lagarde Looks Assured of a Second Term, Deferring a Future Emerging-Market Candidate

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Simon Marks and Matthew Saltmarsh
Euro Insight/MNI News
Miranda Xafa, a former IMF executive board member and senior fellow at the Center for International Governance Innovation, said that in the past, emerging market countries were divided over the post of managing director.

In Trudeau, Canadians See a Nice Reflection

Monday, January 25, 2016
Randi Druzin
US News & World Report
There is no denying that millions of Canadians are enamored with their new prime minister.Trudeau, however, faces the sober realities of delivering on numerous campaign promises, including welcoming thousands of refugees, legalizing marijuana, reforming the voting system and examining the treatment of the country's indigenous people.

Nuclear non-proliferation should be a Canadian priority

Monday, January 25, 2016
Derek Burney & Fen Osler Hampson
Th Globe and Mail
The future of nuclear non-proliferation rests heavily on two unfolding events and a third that is off the political radar. None gives reason for much optimism: One is the intentions of North Korea – the world’s most dangerous outlier – to expand its nuclear arsenal. The second is the viability of the fledgling nuclear accord with Iran. The third is already-nuclear Pakistan. All may be more closely linked than many think. This is also an issue where Canada should step up to the plate.

Harnessing the youth bulge

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Philippa Wilkinson
MEED, Middle East Business Intelligence
The increasing proportion of young people in the Middle East means governments can achieve rapid economic growth through prudent job creation.

IMF may yet be SA's last resort

Sunday, January 17, 2016
Jabulani Sikhakhane
Sunday Times
Thabo Mbeki and other ANC leaders scuppered a deal Nelson Mandela had agreed to in principle with the IMF in October 1996 for South Africa to borrow billions of dollars to dig the country out of a deep financial hole.

Glimmers of economic hope for Ontario on Bleak Friday

Friday, January 15, 2016
Sunny Freeman
The Toronto Star
January has been the worst start to a year on record for global equities. But Ontario’s economy is picking up.

Here's why global jitters about a China meltdown are probably overblown

Thursday, January 14, 2016
Don Lee
Los Angeles Times
China’s economic slowdown has wreaked havoc on commodity prices, helped push countries like Brazil into a severe recession and cast a pall over U.S. and other financial markets as investors grow increasingly worried about the health of the Asian giant and the global economy.

The Trials of IMF Power Player Christine Lagarde

Monday, January 11, 2016
Mirren Gidda
Christine Lagarde, arguably the most powerful woman in the world, is six months away from the end of her term as managing director of the trillion-dollar International Monetary Fund (IMF), but when she talks about the organization it’s clear she considers her work unfinished.

Les deux Corées: 63 ans de guerre fratricide

Friday, January 8, 2016
Sébastien Tanguay
La Corée du Nord a vraisemblablement procédé à son quatrième essai nucléaire depuis 2006 cette semaine. Bien que beaucoup de scepticisme accueille l’affirmation de Pyongyang voulant que le pays ait effectué le test d’une bombe à hydrogène avec un «succès parfait», comme cela a été annoncé par le diffuseur public nord-coréen mardi soir, il s’agit néanmoins d’une nouvelle escalade dans une guerre larvée qui divise depuis 63 ans les deux Corées.
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