DIPLOMATICA

Indonesia-Canada: Asia’s best-kept secret

Indonesia-Canada: Asia’s best-kept secret

For a long time, Indonesia has been Asia’s best-kept secret. The success stories of big Asian economies, such as China and India, have overshadowed the narrative of Indonesia’s economic progress and all of the potential that this country has to offer. Increasingly, there is growing awareness, including among Canadians, about Indonesia’s potential. Indonesia is a […]

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Canada and Ukraine: The free world’s new frontier

Canada and Ukraine: The free world’s new frontier

Picture it, if you will: A gigantic Ukrainian Antonov aircraft, powered by a Canadian engine and taking cargo across continents. Or how about major Canadian companies outsourcing software production to Ukraine? Or maybe Canadian AAA beef or seafood on grocery shelves in Lviv or Odessa? All of this would have seemed a fantasy just a […]

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UAE is strongly supporting Syrians

UAE is strongly supporting Syrians

Since the Syrian crisis began in 2011, the United Arab Emirates has expressed its compassion and unwavering support for the people of Syria. The Syrian people are connected in our hearts as our brothers and sisters in our region and our government remains fully committed to continuing its strong support to alleviate their suffering, help […]

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Food and festivities for Children’s Wish Foundation

Food and festivities for Children’s Wish Foundation

It was an event that had several winners, but the biggest one was the Children’s Wish Foundation. All Ottawans were invited to the event, held at the Horticultural Building at Lansdowne Park, a venue donated for the evening to the diplomatic community by Mayor Jim Watson and Ottawa 2017. “The Ottawa Diplomatic Association decided to […]

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DISPATCHES

CANADA’S 40 YEARS OF JOB-TARGETED EDUCATION: 800 programs, 100-plus countries

CANADA’S 40 YEARS OF JOB-TARGETED EDUCATION: 800 programs, 100-plus countries

There has been much talk about closing borders and the uncertain future of our unquestionably globalized world; however, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) has been busy working across borders with Kenya’s ministry of education to get our latest international program off the ground. The Kenya Education for Employment Program (KEFEP) will help national post-secondary institutions […]

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Financial crises; no lessons learned

Financial crises; no lessons learned

In many countries, economic crises often result in political transformations. In some instances, they lead to cabinet shuffles or even changes of government. They can also give rise to substantial changes in the economic course of a country, as policy priorities shift to counter negative economic trends. Active and effective actions by governments are often […]

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China and Russia: It’s complicated

China and Russia: It’s complicated

With the advent of Donald Trump and the rise of populism in much of the western world, many fear we have descended into a new age of authoritarianism in which Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping set the tone for international politics. While China and Russia have enjoyed close relations in recent years, easily dismissing […]

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Trump and Putin: A troubling, high-stakes relationship

Trump and Putin: A troubling, high-stakes relationship

While the presidency of Donald Trump has presented many sea changes in American foreign policy, perhaps the most dramatic is the turnaround in attitudes towards Russia and Vladimir Putin’s leadership. Previous presidents have tried to reset the relationship with Russia, but Trump’s admiration of Putin and his apparent willingness to side with Putin against American […]

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DELIGHTS

A breathtaking journey through Austria

A breathtaking journey through Austria

I am often asked by my Canadian friends what one should see in Austria and I usually don’t quite know where to start, as there is simply too much on offer. Austria is a country that waltzes effortlessly between its vibrant outdoors and its historic city centres. From fine arts and music to magnificent palaces […]

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Envoy’s Album – Summer 2017

Envoy’s Album – Summer 2017

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Canada at 150: Wine worth drinking

Canada at 150: Wine worth drinking

A 150th anniversary is a good reason to take pride in Canada’s accomplishments and we have much to toast when it comes to our wines. Compared to some other New World countries, wine had a difficult start in this country. Early attempts by European settlers to cultivate their own vines typically failed due to the […]

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A big secret that everybody knows

A big secret that everybody knows

I have a framed poster on my wall at home that illustrates 14 different types of small explosive devices. The same poster is found in nearly every elementary schoolroom in Laos (and Cambodia, too) where it’s intended to teach the little ones to refrain from, for instance, playing with landmines. My copy hangs above the […]

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DIGNITARIES

New Arrivals – Summer 2017

New Arrivals – Summer 2017

New arrivals Diego Stacey Ambassador of Ecuador Stacey’s career has spanned 40 years and four continents with postings in Bogota, Cairo, Hamburg, the Vatican, Bonn, Washington, Stockholm and Vienna. His first ambassadorial post was in Sweden. He has also served in various strategic capacities in Quito, including as under-secretary for bilateral relations, acting minister of […]

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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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