DIPLOMATICA

China: Marching forward with trade

China: Marching forward with trade

Just three months ago, on July 16, when then-Gov. Gen. David Johnston visited JD.com, one of China’s largest online retailers, in Beijing, 140,000 Canadian lobsters were sold online in one day, which broke the record of 97,000 by Alibaba. Now Canada has launched a second Canada pavilion on the JD.com online shopping site to help […]

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Thailand: A prime destination for trade

Thailand: A prime destination for trade

Thailand is a country rich in opportunities for Canadian businesses. By virtue of our strategic geographical location at the heart of Southeast Asia, our skilled workforce, extensive infrastructure and business-friendly environment, Thailand has become a prime destination for trade and investment as well as one of the top tourist destinations of the world. Thailand is […]

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Peru: A global trading partner for Canada

Peru: A global trading partner for Canada

Peru is the third-largest country in South America and one of the 20 largest countries in the world. It is extremely diverse, with 28 of the world’s 32 climates and 84 of the world’s 117 microclimates. The country has a wide variety of scenery thanks to its geography, which also provides it with a wide […]

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The North Korean nuclear conundrum

The North Korean nuclear conundrum

The most crucial threat affecting Northeast Asia’s stability is the nuclear and missile program of the DPRK (North Korea). It poses a serious threat, not just for the Republic of Korea (South Korea), but for the Asia-Pacific, and the entire world. North Korea claims to be a “nuclear weapon state,” and it is the only […]

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DISPATCHES

The killing fields of Africa

The killing fields of Africa

Why do Africans kill each other so easily? Atrocities abound, whether in Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, South Sudan or Zimbabwe. Even South Africans, in fits of xenophobia, attack outsiders. Some of these episodes of murderous mayhem rise to the scale of genocide, as defined and prohibited […]

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Taiwan’s search for global space

Taiwan’s search for global space

In early December 2016, U.S. president-elect Donald J. Trump accepted a congratulatory telephone call from President Tsai Ing-wen of the Republic of China (ROC)-Taiwan. In addition to breaking with decades of U.S.-China diplomatic protocol, this telephone conversation has been seen as one of the highest-profile examples of Taiwan’s ongoing search for international space in its […]

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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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The learning curve

The learning curve

A good education system is at the core of a country’s success. We list the leaders in science, math and reading, according to a study by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Every year since 2000, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has tested school children’s aptitudes around the world and compressed […]

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DELIGHTS

Of humpbacks and humans

Of humpbacks and humans

People say that absolutely nothing compares to swimming eye-to-eye with a 30,000-kilogram humpback whale with a body as long as a rail box-car. They’re right. The humans call her Canopy. She is famous among snorkellers for her friendly, relaxed and trusting way with humans and her affectionate behaviour towards her male calf. Today, she is […]

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An invitation to visit ‘delicious Japan’

An invitation to visit ‘delicious Japan’

If you want a fresh experience from your overseas travel, visit Japan. Japan has been gaining popularity as one of the major tourist destinations in the world. In recent years, the number of foreign visitors increased significantly. After achieving a decade-long goal of 10 million visitors in 2013, the number more than doubled in the […]

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Envoy’s Album – Fall 2017

Envoy’s Album – Fall 2017

 

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Winning Rieslings from Canada and beyond

Winning Rieslings from Canada and beyond

If wine grapes were people, Riesling would have a large and crazy family. The personalities on one side would be sweet and affectionate, the other dry and austere. In between, there would be all sorts that are combinations of the two, but all would have their own sense of balance, poise and focus. And they […]

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DIGNITARIES

New Arrivals – Fall 2017

New Arrivals – Fall 2017

New arrivals Levon Martirosyan Ambassador of Armenia Ambassador Martirosyan began his working life by doing his service in Armenia’s armed forces for two years. In 1997, he completed his legal studies at Yerevan State University and started working as a lawyer. Four years later, he completed a master’s of law in international human rights at […]

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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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