DIPLOMATICA

Saudi Arabia: ‘Solving conflicts by peaceful means’

Saudi Arabia: ‘Solving conflicts by peaceful means’

Over the past year, there has been much talk in the media about the contract for General Dynamics Land Systems Canada to sell light armoured vehicles and provide training to the Saudi Arabia Royal Guard. There has also been a surge in misleading information about Saudi Arabia, which has been sensationalized and politicized by the […]

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Israel-Canada: Tech, cyber-security (and hummus)

Israel-Canada: Tech, cyber-security (and hummus)

After signing free-trade agreements with its North American neighbours, Canada’s next agreement was with Israel. Since it came into force in 1997, trade has tripled, from less than $500 million to $1.6 billion in 2014. Israel’s top imports were aircraft, electrical machinery, paper and paperboard, precious stones and metals, cereals and vegetable products — in […]

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Vietnam: Canada’s fastest-growing partner in East Asia

Vietnam: Canada’s fastest-growing partner in East Asia

Last year was a remarkable one for the Canada-Vietnam trading relationship. Two-way trade increased more than 40 percent, reaching $4.8 billion and making Vietnam Canada’s largest trading partner in Southeast Asia. It also made ours the fastest-growing trading relationship in all of East Asia. Vietnam exports $4.1 billion to Canada, while importing about $700 million […]

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Kazakhstan’s enticing deal for Canadian investors

Kazakhstan’s enticing deal for Canadian investors

When it comes to trade, Kazakhstan is among Canada’s priority countries, according to Global Affairs Canada’s global markets action plan. In 2012-2013, two-way trade between Kazakhstan and Canada was almost $6 billion. During that period, exports from Kazakhstan to Canada were $5.7 billion, while the value of imports from Canada to Kazakhstan reached $267 million. […]

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DISPATCHES

Greece coping with refugee crisis

Greece coping with refugee crisis

Population displacement and its resulting migration is, as we know, a complex issue and one of the major challenges the European Union is currently facing. The intense migratory and refugee flows Greece has experienced for years have reached unprecedented levels in the last several months. Since January 2015, more than 950,000 refugees and migrants have […]

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Taiwanese President Tsai’s to-do list

Taiwanese President Tsai’s to-do list

Unprecedented election results in January have produced unprecedented options for Taiwanese President-elect Tsai Ing-wen in domestic politics, international trade and cross-strait relations with Mainland China. For the third time, the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won the presidency, with Tsai winning 56 percent of the popular vote. The long-ruling nationalist party (Kuomintang or KMT) candidate, […]

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Imagine a billion African migrants

Imagine a billion African migrants

As overwhelming as the European refugee crisis is, Klaus Schwab, executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, predicts much worse may be ahead. “Look how many countries in Africa, for example, depend on income from oil exports,” Schwab told Bloomberg Business ahead of the forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. “Now imagine one billion inhabitants […]

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2016: A year  worthy of worry

2016: A year worthy of worry

As a year of grave concerns, 2016 is giving us plenty to think about. Terrorism, war, economic and political instability, refugees, climate change, unemployment, rising food costs — the selection is vast, the problems complex. How much they concern you also depends on how confident you are in the abilities of national leaders to address […]

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DELIGHTS

Iceland: pristine nature and cultural creativity

Iceland: pristine nature and cultural creativity

I am very glad and honoured to say that I meet an increasing number of people who express an interest in visiting Iceland. My usual response is: “If you are looking for sunny beaches and ancient castles, then don´t go to Iceland. However, if you want, in one trip, to be able to enjoy pristine […]

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Envoy’s Album – Summer 2016

Envoy’s Album – Summer 2016

                                                                 

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Making the best of a dry situation

Making the best of a dry situation

Less is more when it comes to water and growing wine grapes. Pressuring a grape vine to dig deep with its roots and seek out water is the foundation of winemaking. While other factors have a role to play, great wine can only come from the fruit of an appropriately stressed vine. However, balance is […]

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Diplomatic behaviour

Diplomatic behaviour

Many authors who write thick biographies of important political or cultural figures follow up later by editing their subject’s letters or private papers for publication. Norman Hillmer of Carleton University, perhaps the leading academic historian of Canadian-U.S. relations, has done the reverse. In 2013, he published O.D. Skelton: The Work of the World, 1923-1941 (McGill-Queen’s […]

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DIGNITARIES

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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New Arrivals – Winter 2016

New Arrivals – Winter 2016

New arrivals Tariq Azim Khan High Commissioner for Pakistan Ambassador Khan holds a bachelor of science, a post-graduate diploma in industrial administration and a master’s of business administration. After graduating, he worked as a consultant with Industrial Society U.K. and as a director for his family-owned telecommunications business before serving as a media adviser for […]

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New Arrivals – Fall 2015

New Arrivals – Fall 2015

NEW ARRIVALS Tony Negus High Commissioner for Australia Tony Negus took his position as High Commissioner to Canada after working for the Australian Federal Police for 32 years, most recently as its commissioner (2009-2014.) Negus was awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2005, the Bintang Bhayangkara Utama Medal (the National Police Meritorious Service Star from […]

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