DIPLOMATICA

Taiwan’s participation: A matter of life and death

Taiwan’s participation: A matter of life and death

When crises strike, global co-operation becomes more important than ever. The most pressing issues of our time — climate change, fighting transnational crime and global conflict resolution — are all problems of international significance, and are therefore problems that require international co-operation. Such is particularly the case with the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that originated […]

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Uruguay: Digital age trade partnerships

Uruguay: Digital age trade partnerships

When we think about trade, we tend to think about the exchange of goods. We imagine containers, a port, warehouses and trucks. In the case of the trade relations between Canada and Uruguay, we could picture packages of frozen Uruguayan grass-fed beef coming to the port of Montreal and being transferred to trucks en route […]

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Tanzania: A beckoning investment opportunity

Tanzania: A beckoning investment opportunity

East Africa’s Tanzania is a mountainous and densely forested country, except in the central zones. Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, is in northeastern Tanzania. Three of Africa’s Great Lakes are partly within Tanzania — Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika and Lake Nyasa — which is located on the East Indian Ocean shore, with about 1,200 kilometres […]

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Malaysia: A dynamic trading partner

Malaysia: A dynamic trading partner

Malaysia, a sunny Southeast Asian country with idyllic sandy beaches, alluring islands and unspoiled tropical rainforests, is not only a business-friendly nation, but also one of the world’s preferred tourist destinations and a retirement heaven for foreigners who choose to make Malaysia their ”second home.” Business Insider ranked Malaysia seventh in the world as the […]

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DISPATCHES

Africa’s healthier than ever

Africa’s healthier than ever

Africa’s current one billion or so residents are healthier than they have ever been, thanks to medical science, special attention to chronic disease remediation in several key countries and the efforts of several American philanthropic enterprises. Life expectancies are up and morbidity is mostly down, allowing Africans to work more productively, enjoy more leisure and […]

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How China’s Belt and Road project affects global security

How China’s Belt and Road project affects global security

China’s Belt and Road Initiative has several purposes for the emerging superpower: To increase its access to global trade, international development and strategic investment, to up its diplomatic engagement, to isolate Taiwan by buying away the few international friends it has left and to build a constellation of military bases and presence around the world […]

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CANZUK anyone?

CANZUK anyone?

Today’s pundits and scholars no longer speak of “liberal international order,” but rather of an increasingly fragmented world, built around a handful of centres of power, most of them decidedly illiberal. This has prompted some conservatives to call for greater co-operation and co-ordination among “the English-speaking peoples,” to use Winston Churchill’s mid-20th-Century phrase. In Britain, major […]

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Africa inks its own trade deal

Africa inks its own trade deal

There is a second rush to Africa. This time, it is not the imperial rush that led to the partition of the continent in 1884 among Europe’s big powers. Instead, the second rush is for mutually beneficial partnerships with a continent now increasingly seen as the next frontier of global progress and prosperity. Africa’s economic […]

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DELIGHTS

The floating university: excerpts from the experts

The floating university: excerpts from the experts

Their first-hand stories are funny, vivid, scientific, sometimes distressing — another kind of exploration. Dylan White, wilderness and wildlife guide, has worked on 150 projects for government, academia and private groups. His Arctic mammal talk included black bears, grizzly and polar bears, all of which can interbreed to produce, in the case of the latter […]

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Expeditions are a family affair

Expeditions are a family affair

“Expedition” is a loaded word in the travelling world. “If you don’t know what an ‘expedition’ is, you think, ‘Am I going to be on a dogsled going to the North Pole for two weeks, fishing for my food?’” asks Cedar Swan, Adventure Canada’s award-winning CEO. From the deck of their comfortable ship or in […]

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See the region as spring blossoms

See the region as spring blossoms

Editor’s note: At press time, most public places and even National Parks were closed so be sure to check on these events before heading out. Sorry, but April is not the cruellest month. In fact, it’s a dandy one, when skies are bright, temperatures generally congenial and the highways and byways beckon to the winter-weary. […]

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Envoy’s Album – Spring 2020

Envoy’s Album – Spring 2020

                                                                   

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DIGNITARIES

New Arrivals – Spring 2020

New Arrivals – Spring 2020

Pedro Henrique Lopes Borio Ambassador of Brazil Ambassador Lopes Borio joined the foreign service in 1977 as an adviser in the department of international organizations. A year later, he was sent to New York and stayed on as an adviser at the mission to the United Nations. In 1986, he went to Tokyo as second […]

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New Arrivals – Winter 2020

New Arrivals – Winter 2020

Mohammad Hassan Soroosh Yousufzai Ambassador of Afghanistan Ambassador Yousufzal joined the foreign ministry in 2002 and has served in several capacities, including as director-general for economic co-operation. He was chargé d’affaires in Vienna; counsellor in Washington, D.C.; deputy director-general for economic affairs; director of regional co-operation; director of human rights and head of the political […]

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New Arrivals – Fall 2019

New Arrivals – Fall 2019

Anahit Harutyunyan Ambassador of Armenia Ambassador Harutyunyan joined the foreign ministry in 1997 as an attaché. She then became head of the Turkey desk and then second secretary at the embassy of Argentina. In 2008, she returned to headquarters in the department of countries in the Americas. She was then chief specialist of the external […]

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New Arrivals – Summer 2019

New Arrivals – Summer 2019

Nasise Challi Jira Ambassador of Ethiopia Ambassador Jira began her career as a lecturer at universities in Ethiopia, including Jimma University, St. Mary’s University College and Adama Science and Technology University. She then went to work as director of the directorate of protocol and public relations in the president’s office of Oromia National Regional Government. […]

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