DIPLOMATICA

Formalize Taiwan ties to boost Canadian exports

Formalize Taiwan ties to boost Canadian exports

Taiwan and Canada have always enjoyed close, mutually beneficial economic and trade relations. In 2016, Taiwan’s total value of imports from Canada reached $1.2 billion US, while Canada imported $3.8 billion US from Taiwan in the same year. Taiwan’s top exports to Canada were mostly in the technology field and included such products as integrated […]

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Kuwait is an investment hub for Canada

Kuwait is an investment hub for Canada

Kuwait is one of the richest countries in the world and a leading economic centre in the region. Despite its small size, the country has a number of natural resources that have enabled it to grow its economic strength. The economy depends on oil, with fixed oils reserves of about 102 billion barrels, or about […]

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Jordan is primed and positioned for investment

Jordan is primed and positioned for investment

Since King Abdullah’s 1999 ascension to the throne, Jordan has taken steps to encourage foreign investment and develop an outward-oriented market-based globally competitive economy. In particular, banking, ICT, pharmaceuticals, tourism and services sectors have all seen key reforms in recent years. Foreign and domestic investment laws grant specific incentives to industry, agriculture, tourism, hospitals, transportation, […]

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Canada and Mexico at North America’s crossroads

Canada and Mexico at North America’s crossroads

When he was in Mexico in October, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau re-affirmed the friendship between Canada and Mexico. “Canada and Mexico are not only strong partners — we are close friends who share common goals and work shoulder-to-shoulder to advance them. From fighting climate change to building economies that work for everyone, we are united […]

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DISPATCHES

Putin’s plan for the west

Putin’s plan for the west

According to press reports, U.S. President Donald Trump, in his desire for reconciliation with Russia, was initially considering removing sanctions on Russia and recognizing a Russian zone of influence in Eastern Europe. In fact, Trump might not have achieved reconciliation through such measures. What Russia seeks is more than a zone of influence: It wants […]

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The Confucius Institute quandary

The Confucius Institute quandary

The Confucius Institutes (CIs), ostensibly benign Chinese language and cultural agencies, are funded and overseen by the Beijing party-state through an office commonly known as Hanban, but are physically embedded in foreign universities and schools. There are today about 513 institutes and 1,074 Confucius Classrooms in 140 countries on five continents, including about 30 in […]

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Africa’s existential exodus

Africa’s existential exodus

The Italian navy is tired of plucking Africans from dangerous Mediterranean waters off Libya night after night. Thousands of Africans are smuggled weekly across the dunes of the Sahara Desert from the northern outposts of Niger by people smugglers. After desperate days in holding camps in northern Libya, another set of people smugglers sends African […]

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Escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula draw in the world

Escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula draw in the world

On Sept. 3, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) under Kim Jong-un detonated its sixth and largest nuclear test — estimated at between 50 and 100 kilotons — about three times larger than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. The state Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that the North Korean regime […]

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DELIGHTS

Hungary’s richly spiced international cuisine

Hungary’s richly spiced international cuisine

Understanding the cuisine of Hungary, a landlocked country in central Europe, requires a look back at its history. Although it’s been the territory of the Romans, Celts, Vandals, Huns and Avars at one time or another over the centuries, the first true inhabitants of present-day Hungary where the Magyars — nomads who presumably originated east […]

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Vietnam ‘snow job,’ Lawrence of Arabia and Pol Pot

Vietnam ‘snow job,’ Lawrence of Arabia and Pol Pot

At about the midway point between Pearl Harbor and the collapse of the Twin Towers, the United States was the victim of another giant surprise attack. The pummelling assault on Hué, the old imperial capital of Vietnam, close to the sea, south of the Demilitarized Zone, was the work of communist Viet Cong guerrillas and […]

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Indonesia: A world of wonder waiting for you

Indonesia: A world of wonder waiting for you

When you work hard, you need to play harder. So why not recharge your batteries by travelling to Indonesia? It’s a place to relax your mind, reset your psyche and reconnect with your inner self. Indonesia is the biggest archipelago in the world; it will take you 37 years if you visit one island a […]

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New Arrivals – Winter 2018

New Arrivals – Winter 2018

New Arrivals Anthanase Boudo Ambassador of Burkina Faso Ambassador Boudo began his career as a collections agent for the directorate of treasury and public finances and the directorate of co-operation, where he worked from 1996 to 2001. Between 2003 and 2004, he worked with the standing secretariat for the National Council on Population. The following […]

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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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