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Doug Saunders
Doug Saunders

Doug Saunders

International-Affairs Columnist

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Where are Germany's refugees?

Despite Germany declaring it would put no limit on the number of refugees it would accept, fewer than expected actually showed up

Jul 29, 2017

Can we ever knock down the walls of the wealthy ghetto?

Canada’s cycle of privilege is by and large a closed loop that excludes outsiders. If you’re in the 1 per cent, there’s a high chance your kids will be too. How can we enable more social and economic movement?

Jul 15, 2017

Behind closed doors, Putin and Trump send a loud message

Maybe we’ll never know what happened in the Hamburg meeting between the two presidents. But by scouring the record for details, we are missing the larger implication of their meeting. It was a validation of a vision of politics the two men share

Jul 09, 2017

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Doug Saunders writes the Globe and Mail's international-affairs column, and also serves as the paper's online opinion and debate editor. He has been a writer with the Globe since 1995, and has extensive experience as a foreign correspondent, having run the Globe's foreign bureaus in Los Angeles and London.

He was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and educated in Toronto. After early success in magazines and journalistic research, he first worked for the Globe and Mail as a general news reporter, then as an editorial writer and feature writer. In 1996, he joined the weekend section where he created a specialized writing position on media, culture, advertising and popular phenomena. In 1999, he became the paper's Los Angeles bureau reporter, covering both social and political stories in the American west and the broader developments in wider U.S. society. From 2003 until 2012, he was the paper's London-based European bureau chief, responsible for the paper's coverage of more than 40 countries. He has also done extensive reporting in the Middle East, North Africa, the Indian Subcontinent and East Asia.

He has won the National Newspaper Award, the Canadian counterpart to the Pulitzer Prize, on five occasions, including an unprecedented three consecutive awards for critical writing in 1998-2000, and awards honouring him as Canada’s best columnist in 2006 and 2013. He has also won the Stanley McDowell Prize for writing and has been shortlisted for a National Magazine Award.

He has published two books. His first, Arrival City (2010) chronicled the unprecedented wave of rural-to-urban migration and the rise of urban immigrant enclaves, using firsthand reporting on five continents. It has been published in eight languages and has won numerous honours, including the Donner Prize for best book on politics and a runner-up for the Gelber Prize for the world's best international-affairs book. His second, The Myth of the Muslim Tide (2012), examined the effects of immigration from Islamic countries to the West and has been published to acclaim in Canada, the United States and Germany.



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