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Putin’s plan for the west

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
Putin’s plan for the west

According to press reports, U.S. President Donald Trump, in his desire for reconciliation with Russia, was initially considering removing sanctions on Russia and recognizing a Russian zone of influence in Eastern Europe. In fact, Trump might not have achieved reconciliation through such measures. What Russia seeks is more than a zone of influence: It wants […]

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The Confucius Institute quandary

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
The Confucius Institute quandary

The Confucius Institutes (CIs), ostensibly benign Chinese language and cultural agencies, are funded and overseen by the Beijing party-state through an office commonly known as Hanban, but are physically embedded in foreign universities and schools. There are today about 513 institutes and 1,074 Confucius Classrooms in 140 countries on five continents, including about 30 in […]

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Africa’s existential exodus

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
Africa’s existential exodus

The Italian navy is tired of plucking Africans from dangerous Mediterranean waters off Libya night after night. Thousands of Africans are smuggled weekly across the dunes of the Sahara Desert from the northern outposts of Niger by people smugglers. After desperate days in holding camps in northern Libya, another set of people smugglers sends African […]

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Escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula draw in the world

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
Escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula draw in the world

On Sept. 3, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) under Kim Jong-un detonated its sixth and largest nuclear test — estimated at between 50 and 100 kilotons — about three times larger than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. The state Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that the North Korean regime […]

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Innovation at Kazakhstan’s EXPO

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
Innovation at Kazakhstan’s EXPO

Innovation need not be complicated. In fact, some of the most ingenious submissions to EXPO 2017’s Energy Best Practices Pavilion were the kinds of things that make you slap your forehead and ask, “Why didn’t I think of that?” The theme of EXPO 2017, held between June and September in Astana, Kazakhstan’s young, thoroughly modern […]

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Fixing Canada’s underperformance on innovation

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
Fixing Canada’s underperformance on innovation

Recent scientific research has confirmed that to remember something, we need to keep experiencing it, and then “forgetting” about it and re-remembering in between these experiences. Researchers have also concluded that to solve difficult problems, we need to push recent experiences out of the way in order to generate new ideas. It’s part of the […]

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How and why Canada must innovate to remain competitive

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
How and why Canada must innovate to remain competitive

When you think about innovation, Canada may not be the first country that comes to mind. After all, in the 2017 Global Innovation Index survey, Canada only ranked 18th on innovation out of 100 countries surveyed. And while we are underperforming in this area, innovation matters to Canada. It is a key pillar in diversification […]

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Innovation’s ground-shifting impacts on labour

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
Innovation’s ground-shifting impacts on labour

The age of computing power — computerization, automation and robotics — is transforming today’s global labour markets in unprecedented ways, presenting great uncertainty about the future of the employment landscape. In this age, we’re told driverless cars, pilotless planes and chefless kitchens are all within the realm of possibility. Of course, this is not the […]

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10 life-changing innovations

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
10 life-changing innovations

The future is not what it used to be. French poet Paul Valéry coined this phrase to describe the cultural pessimism that had gripped Europe after the First World War. Valéry — like so many of his contemporaries — had lost faith in the inevitability of progress that had defined the period leading up to […]

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States on the brink

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
States on the brink

The Fragile States Index is based on a conflict-assessment framework known as “CAST” that was developed by FFP nearly a quarter-century ago for assessing how vulnerable states are to collapse. The CAST framework measures this vulnerability in pre-conflict, active conflict and post-conflict situations and continues to be used widely by policy-makers, field practitioners and community […]

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