DIPLOMATICA

Palestinians are eager for more Canadian commerce

Palestinians are eager for more Canadian commerce

Political issues play a more critical role in the success of the Palestinian economy than many other places. Since the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993, the Palestinian National Authority has strived to build a quasi-independent economy that would constitute the basis for an independent Palestinian state, as part of the internationally recognized and […]

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Iraq needs Canada for trade and its ‘know-how’

Iraq needs Canada for trade and its ‘know-how’

Diplomatic relations between Iraq and Canada were established in 1961 and have fluctuated over the years. During the years preceding Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, relations between both countries were normal. However, they were interrupted after the invasion as Iraq became subject to strict international sanctions pursuant to resolutions of the UN Security Council. Following […]

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Croatia: Inviting Canadians to invest and visit

Croatia: Inviting Canadians to invest and visit

Croatia is the youngest member of the European Union; we became its 28th member in July 2013. And last year, we celebrated our 25th anniversary of independence. But historically speaking, Croatia is an old European country. The first Croatian king was crowned in 925. Today, Croatia is a modern and open middle-European country with lots […]

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Costa Rica: Leading the world in renewable energy

Costa Rica: Leading the world in renewable energy

People often ask me, why do Canadians and Costa Ricans get along so well? Answering this question could be an essay in itself. However, it is clear that our nations share many of the same values and aspirations, including democracy, rule of law, diverse and open societies, protection and advancement of human rights, constant investment […]

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DISPATCHES

Ukraine’s quest towards the west

Ukraine’s quest towards the west

The streets of downtown Kyiv keep the memory alive that fewer than four years ago, under president Viktor Yanukovych’s regime, this capital city of Europe’s second largest country was on fire. Ukrainian protesters were bludgeoned and shot by soldiers, police, secret service and even civilians called “titushky,” who were hired to support the police. Protesters […]

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Liberals’ China dilemma

Liberals’ China dilemma

During the 2015 federal elections in Canada, the Liberal Party platform spoke of building up the Canadian middle class. One of the ways it said it would do that was by forging greater trade relations with emerging markets, including China. But, during the Munk Centre foreign policy debate between the Liberal, Conservative and NDP leaders, […]

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Tunisia’s fragile advances

Tunisia’s fragile advances

When political change is not accompanied by widespread economic change, there is a risk of reversion… When old economic structures are preserved or only modestly adapted, it cannot be expected that different outcomes on growth and equality will result. — Oxford University Press. Mostly hidden from western eyes, Tunisia, the only nation to successfully emerge […]

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China’s domestic problems

China’s domestic problems

Economic growth stood out for a long time as the big story coming out of China, concealing other aspects of its governance that were problematic, including environmental degradation, rising inequalities, worrying demographic imbalance, abuses of power, corruption and a poor record on human rights. For many years, the Communist Party answered critics of its poor […]

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DELIGHTS

Envoy’s Album – Winter 2017

Envoy’s Album – Winter 2017

                                                                 

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The art of blending

The art of blending

It used to be that where a wine came from was more significant than the grapes used to make it. The advent of regulatory appellation systems, the New World’s liberty to select its own grape varietals and a more scientific awareness of varietals have helped change that. While the history and tradition associated with regions […]

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A strange tale of Palestine and Hollywood

A strange tale of Palestine and Hollywood

Ben Hecht was a famous screenwriter and author who invented a pair of movie genres — the gangster film and the screwball comedy — and wrote two of the best Hitchcocks: Spellbound and Notorious. In fact, he wrote literally scores of fine films, often without credit, as was common practice in Hollywood in the ’30s […]

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Bolivia awaits you

Bolivia awaits you

With its great diversity and dramatic differences in topography and climate, Bolivia is one of the world’s most unique countries. It offers a wide range of ecosystems from low-lying wetlands and dense rainforests to high plateaus and dry forests. Bolivia, which boasts Amazonian rainforests and the snow-capped mountains of the Andes, offers an unforgettable adventure […]

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DIGNITARIES

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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New Arrivals – Spring 2016

New Arrivals – Spring 2016

New arrivals Marica  Matkovi´c Ambassador of Croatia Ambassador Matkovic is a lawyer by training and began her career as a legal adviser in Zagreb in 1978, after which she worked in the same role for a housing association. She then became a counsellor at the ministry of health and then the foreign ministry’s international law […]

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