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Will the Paris Climate Agreement Deliver?

Friday, April 29, 2016
The Huffington Post
The Paris Agreement is an unprecedented evolution in both international law and climate change law. We all hope that it will be enough to save the planet.

Canada should act quickly to provide aid for Yemen

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
The Globe and Mail
With the world focused on the Syrian refugee crisis, we have lost sight of a conflict that could become even worse – Yemen’s civil war. This forgotten war has produced arguably the world’s greatest humanitarian disaster and is on track to become the next major refugee crisis. However, too often Canada’s interests in Yemen are relegated to a single line in the debate about Canada’s arms deals with Saudi Arabia. Why is Canada not thinking more broadly about Yemen?

Canada should lead on African drought and hunger

Monday, April 18, 2016
Derek Burney & Fen Osler Hampson
Globe & Mail
The world is ignoring a humanitarian catastrophe of epic proportions unfolding on the African subcontinent. The culprit is warm waters in the Pacific Ocean – otherwise known as El Nino – which are wreaking havoc with changing global weather patterns. The worst effects are being felt in Ethiopia where millions are facing widespread famine and drought.

My Turn: All 4 presidential candidates agree on trade - and they're wrong

Friday, April 8, 2016
azcentral.com
The four major presidential candidates -- Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump -- visited Arizona in advance of the March 22 presidential primary. As expected, immigration was the principal issue, with each candidate laying out his or her widely differing view.

Don’t Dismiss Donald Trump’s Trade Gripes As Mere Nonsense

Monday, March 28, 2016
Fortune Magazine
China is the most glaring example of a nation whose exporters benefited in recent years from an artificially low exchange rate, and although the Chinese yuan is now appreciably higher than before, the danger remains of a “currency war” in which depreciation is widely used by countries as a strategy for aiding their domestic manufacturers.

Cuba can rejoin the global economy – even while Obama’s hands are tied

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
The Globe and Mail
U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Havana this week was the latest in a series of steps intended to normalize relations between Cuba and the United States. At stake is the foundation this relationship could build toward advancing Cuba’s role in the global economy.

Why Argentina's Debt Deal Spells Bad News

Friday, March 18, 2016
Fortune Magazine
Rich investors are winning big, but the case sets an awful precedent.

Where Do the Oil Sands Fit in a Low-Carbon Future?

Monday, March 14, 2016
The Globe and Mail
Oil sands producers may have collectively breathed a sigh of relief on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent failure to get the premiers signing on to a national price for carbon emissions. However, domestic measures to reduce carbon emissions are the least of oil sands producers’ concerns when it comes to how actions to mitigate climate change will challenge their industry’s survival.

Albany Can Solve the World's Sovereign Debt Crisis

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Bloomberg View
In recent years, many countries -- including Greece, Argentina and Ukraine -- have found themselves indebted beyond their ability to pay. Argentina may now be on the brink of resolving a decade-long dispute with some of its creditors, but its predicament highlights a fundamental problem of sovereign debt.

A CETA investment court is not the solution

Saturday, March 5, 2016
The Globe and Mail
There is probably no more contentious issue in modern treaty-making than the system of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). This is the method of handing over to panels of investment lawyers the determination of whether states have violated treaty norms that protect foreign investors.

How a national carbon policy would benefit Canadians and send the world a message

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
OpenCanada
This week’s premiers meeting must include carbon pricing — a trade-savvy approach that shows global leadership in tackling emissions while advancing Canada's green economy.

Tension on the Korean peninsula: Diplomacy hits the wall

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney
The Globe and Mail
North Korea’s nuclear antics may be obscured by the mayhem unfolding daily in the Middle East but the situation on the Korean peninsula is brittle and could break at any moment, provoking a crisis of global dimensions. The fact that Kim Jong-un is isolated from any semblance of reality means that his actions consistently defy rational analysis.
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