DIPLOMATICA

Canada-Chile FTA: 20 years of prosperity

Canada-Chile FTA: 20 years of prosperity

Chile and Canada have much to look forward to in 2017. This year, we celebrate 20 years of our bilateral free-trade agreement, a milestone, as it was the first of its kind for Chile. Back in 1997, we negotiated an ambitious agenda and the FTA included goods, services and investment that were complemented by environment […]

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India: The world’s fastest-growing economy

India: The world’s fastest-growing economy

India-Canada bilateral relations are underpinned by shared values of democracy, pluralism and expanding economic engagement. Canada is home to more than 1.2 million people of Indian origin, making up three per cent of its population. Highly educated and industrious Indo-Canadians are well integrated and serve as a strong bridge between the two nations. Both countries […]

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Consider Latvia Canada’s Baltic trade hub

Consider Latvia Canada’s Baltic trade hub

With increasing bilateral co-operation and a brisker pace of high-level visits, Canadian and Latvian trade is poised for steady growth in the coming years. This is particularly so given Latvia’s role as an undisputed Baltic hub and Canada and Latvia’s mutual intensive work with international organizations such as the OECD, the WTO, the UN and […]

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My time of torture in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib

My time of torture in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib

Recently we have been hearing the word “torture” thrown about by politicians of the highest ranks and we never really stop to ask ourselves what that word truly means. What are the long-term effects of keeping a nation under constant threat of violence and intimidation? I have a horrifying tale to tell, and I hope […]

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DISPATCHES

How Canada can keep leading the future digitized world

How Canada can keep leading the future digitized world

Excerpted from Tom Jenkins’ speech at the 10th Ivey-Thomas d’Aquino Lecture on Leadership held in Ottawa on Oct. 19 Canada is winning the digital race. Although we are concerned about our productivity and the ability of our largest corporations to remain competitive, we are actually doing very well in digital. Over the past few years, […]

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Africa’s urban problems to worsen

Africa’s urban problems to worsen

Africa’s destiny is in its cities. Already the home of half of sub-Saharan Africa’s 1 billion people, with untold more millions to come, some of the cities of Africa will soon be the largest in the world — with all of the possibilities and problems that pertain to megacities with high potential and inadequate infrastructures […]

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The trade-offs of peacekeeping

The trade-offs of peacekeeping

The Canadian peacekeeping monument stands on an island in the midst of busy traffic opposite Ottawa’s National Gallery. It commemorates a Canadian ideal. Three peacekeepers — two men and a woman — stand as a symbol of hope over the broken debris of war. But today the monument is hardly noticed and its meaning has […]

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Yemen: Exotic and utterly war-torn

Yemen: Exotic and utterly war-torn

In January 2014, I was appointed as the representative for the United Nations refugee agency to Yemen. In this capacity, I was to lead and co-ordinate the protection and assistance services for hundreds of thousands of refugees, asylum-seekers, new arrivals and internally displaced Yemenis. Two months later, I was asked to assume the functions of […]

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DELIGHTS

Visit Slovakia: ‘A good idea’

Visit Slovakia: ‘A good idea’

Set behind the former Iron Curtain that divided Europe for 40 years sits Slovakia, a country whose modern history only began in 1993. That year marked the  “Velvet Divorce,” a peaceful dissolution of Czechoslovakia. Slovaks inherited a land of extraordinary natural beauty, where fertile plains in the south rise to Alpine mountains in the north. […]

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Envoy’s Album – Spring 2017

Envoy’s Album – Spring 2017

                                                 

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Building a perfect wine cellar — and what to put in it

Building a perfect wine cellar — and what to put in it

It’s quite natural for those who enjoy wine to develop some nesting tendencies. Things start off innocently enough, with a glass of wine when out and about, or perhaps a bottle bought to be enjoyed at home. Then, some hoarding begins. Whether it’s stashing a few bottles in the closet or building a designer wine […]

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Auto Draft

Auto Draft

When the yoga instructor says “Go to your happy place,” I go to Shanghai in the 1930s. I’m not being facetious. In the years between the two world wars, Shanghai had an abundance of a priceless commodity that the world finds in such short supply today: freedom. I’ve spent much of my life looking for […]

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DIGNITARIES

New Arrivals – Spring 2017

New Arrivals – Spring 2017

New arrivals Stefan Pehringer Ambassador of Austria Ambassador Pehringer joined the foreign ministry in 1996 after completing studies in law at the University of Vienna and the University of Göttingen. In his first job, he worked in the press and security policy departments before being sent to Luxembourg as an exchange diplomat. He returned a […]

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New Arrivals – Winter 2017

New Arrivals – Winter 2017

New arrivals Shinkai Karokhail Ambassador of Afghanistan As an activist-turned-elected member of parliament, Ambassador Karokhail has fought for the causes of Afghan women for the past 26 years. She was first elected to parliament in 2005, where she served as co-founder of the Women’s Parliamentary Network and the women’s caucus. She also served as director […]

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New Arrivals – Fall 2016

New Arrivals – Fall 2016

New arrivals Mizanur Rahman High Commissioner for Bangladesh High Commissioner Rahman holds a science degree from Sylhet Degree College; and a master’s in physics from Dhaka University. He joined the foreign service in 1988, first as second secretary at the embassy in Sri Lanka, then as first secretary and counsellor in Russia, and as assistant […]

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New Arrivals – Summer 2016

New Arrivals – Summer 2016

New arrivals Ermal Muça Ambassador of Albania Ermal Muça joined Albania’s foreign service in 2002. Since then, he has held different positions at the Albanian foreign ministry. He worked in the regional bilateral relations department at headquarters and did a posting abroad, as deputy head of mission  in Turkey. He was also consul general in […]

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