DIPLOMATICA

Colombia has a plan: How we negotiate with FARC

Colombia has a plan: How we negotiate with FARC

After many years of bad publicity, the news from Colombia in the international media is being framed in a much more positive light. At a time during which uncertainty and international crises abound, Colombia is, uncharacteristically, attracting good reviews. A strong economy, along with a dramatic reduction in the violence and insecurity that were present […]

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The U.S.’s open invitation to Canadian investors

The U.S.’s open invitation to Canadian investors

The United States has never been more open for business and this is particularly good news for Canadian companies and investors. Our existing, vibrant economic and trade relationship — the largest in the world — and our geographic proximity make Canada uniquely poised to take advantage of investment opportunities in the United States. Our investments […]

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Slovakia and Canada: Bilateral trade benefits both

Slovakia and Canada: Bilateral trade benefits both

The Slovak Republic and Canada are close allies and partners. Despite the geographical distance, our countries have a lot in common. Our relations are built on common values and our two countries co-operate closely on many issues of mutual interest, bilaterally and multilaterally. As members of NATO and other international organizations, our co-operation in the […]

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Afghanistan: Opportunities for investment abound

Afghanistan: Opportunities for investment abound

Afghanistan occupies a key strategic location, linking Central Asia with South Asia and providing China and the Far East with a direct trade route to the Middle East and Europe. Due to its strategic location as a “land bridge,” our government believes strengthening regional co-operation will contribute to stability and prosperity. To that end, Afghanistan […]

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DISPATCHES

The end of the Middle East?

The end of the Middle East?

Geopolitics is based on the eternal verities of geography, and that means relatively little in geopolitics comes to an end. The Warsaw Pact may have dissolved following the collapse of the Berlin Wall, but Russia is still big and it still lies next door to Central and Eastern Europe, so a Russian threat to Europe […]

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Untapped Israel (now on tap)

Untapped Israel (now on tap)

On a late-summer day in front of Ottawa City Hall, thousands of beer lovers gathered to partake of one, two or several cold beverages. The atmosphere was just right. The sounds of great music and smells of good food filtered through the air. Originating from Peterborough, Perth, Kemptville and Stittsville and many places in between, […]

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Expanding security to meet growing threats

Expanding security to meet growing threats

In October 2014, two soldiers, one in uniform, were the target of a hit-and-run near St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec; Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was killed. The driver fled and was shot to death by police following a high-speed chase. Two days later, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo as Mr. Cirillo stood on duty at the National […]

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Should America fret about its northern border?

Should America fret about its northern border?

The embers are hot yet again: In the aftermath of October’s attacks in Canada, some Americans are once again musing aloud about their northern border. Should Americans be concerned? What is the risk of lone wolves — such as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial, and Martin Couture-Rouleau, who […]

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DELIGHTS

Norway’s natural wonders

Norway’s natural wonders

Norway is a land of contrasts — a modern nation with strong ties to its history and traditions. We can offer wild, impressive and untouched nature, but also refined cultural expressions and innovative architecture. Regardless of how long you visit, you will have the opportunity to see these for yourself. Every part of our geographically  […]

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Envoy’s Album – Spring 2015

Envoy’s Album – Spring 2015

 

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The costs of war on women

The costs of war on women

Measured against many countries, Canada has been fortunate when it comes to war. Unlike other nations founded in violence, our 1867 Confederation was peaceful. Since then, the fighting we have engaged in has been almost entirely on foreign soil. Unlike, for example, many European countries, our buildings and landscapes are untouched by bombs and battles. […]

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New Zealand rescues a storied grape

New Zealand rescues a storied grape

Over the last 40 years, New Zealand has done something amazing in the world of wine. It has redefined a grape varietal and, along the way, established itself as one of the world’s great wine-producing nations. The grape is Sauvignon Blanc, and, for many wine drinkers, the New Zealand expression of this French grape has […]

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DIGNITARIES

New Arrivals – Spring 2015

New Arrivals – Spring 2015

New arrivals Hocine Meghar Ambassador of Algeria Mr. Meghar started his career at the foreign ministry in 1972, after graduating from the National School of Administration in Algeria. He has held various positions within the ministry. He was director-general of European socialist countries (1984-1987), director-general of consular affairs (2000-2004) and director-general of national communities abroad […]

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New Arrivals – Winter 2015

New Arrivals – Winter 2015

Pg Hj Kamal Bashah bin Pg Hj Ahmad High Commissioner for Brunei Darussalam Col. (Ret’d) Ahmad had a long military career before taking two positions in the corporate world and then turning his skills to diplomacy with this appointment. He has a degree in mechanical engineering and began his career with military and academic training […]

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New Arrivals – Fall 2014

New Arrivals – Fall 2014

Raoul Delcorde Ambassador of Belgium Mr. Delcorde has a PhD in political science. He began his career as an assistant professor before entering the diplomatic service in 1984. Two years later, he was deputy head of mission in Islamabad and, following that, he was first secretary at the UN in New York. He served two […]

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New Arrivals – Summer 2014

New Arrivals – Summer 2014

Sham L. Bathija Ambassador of Afghanistan Mr. Bathija comes to this post after a varied career as a development economist and a diplomat. From June 2010 until he came to Canada, he was a minister and senior economic adviser to President Hamid Karzai. Prior to that, he worked as a representative of the secretary general […]

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