DIPLOMATICA

Kosovo: A thriving economic success story

Kosovo: A thriving economic success story

Exactly 20 years ago, Kosovo started building from the ashes of war. With the help of friends such as Canada, the nearly wiped-out country flourished into a free, multi-ethnic, dynamic democracy. This year, we mark several important anniversaries for Kosovo in Canada, and it’s a great time to highlight the role that Canada played in […]

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Egypt: New energy and infrastructure projects

Egypt: New energy and infrastructure projects

Amid the political turmoil in the Middle East and its devastating impacts on stability, Egypt has managed to overcome many persistent challenges by embarking on a major socio-economic transformation. This transformation comes with the sustainable development strategy — Egypt Vision 2030 — adopted in 2015. This vision works towards inclusive development, trade, investment promotion and […]

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Canada-Chile: New trade milestones and goals

Canada-Chile: New trade milestones and goals

In February 2019, new amendments to the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement came into force, further modernizing the free-trade system that has been in place between both countries since July 1997. These first 22 years of the free trade agreement have proved to be quite successful; more than 98 per cent of our bilateral trade is […]

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Greece: Rebuilding an economy with exports

Greece: Rebuilding an economy with exports

Canadians speak fondly about Greece — especially its natural beauty and interesting history. In fact, according to the most recent survey conducted across Canada, more than two in three Canadians would consider visiting Greece and vacationing there. Canadians most frequently mention history, historical sites and architecture as the main reasons. As such, tourism has been […]

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DISPATCHES

The inequality conundrum

The inequality conundrum

Humans have discussed the origin and outcomes of income inequality for millenniums. The sacred texts of all major monotheistic religions generally denounce it, but contemporary interpretations of the same faiths often disagree about the best way to remedy it, or if a remedy is even necessary. Aristotle considered it corrosive for political communities; European medieval […]

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Russia: More of the same in 2019

Russia: More of the same in 2019

Based on its current behaviour and existing trends, what can we expect from Russia in 2019? Unfortunately, we should expect more of the same. This conclusion about the continuation of this state of siege in Moscow’s relations with the West flows directly from the nature of Russia’s regime. Without a marked change in the regime’s […]

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The online  threat to democracy

The online threat to democracy

When U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in late October 2018, one of the clear messages he delivered to Putin was to stop meddling in U.S. elections. Bolton underlined that Russian interference, particularly in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, had damaged Russia’s own interests and also been “particularly harmful […]

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China’s Red Sea ambitions

China’s Red Sea ambitions

At the end of July, two very large crude oil tankers from Saudi Arabia were attacked with anti-ship missiles by Yemeni rebels from the eastern shore of the Red Sea, just north of the Bab el-Mandeb Strait. One of the tankers was damaged slightly in the stern. As a result, the Saudi government ordered a […]

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DELIGHTS

The United Arab Emirates: Something for everyone

The United Arab Emirates: Something for everyone

Whether you are a luxury traveller looking to relax on pristine beaches or spend time shopping in the world’s most glamorous malls, an adventure seeker looking to journey by camel over golden sand dunes or ride on the longest zipline, or someone looking for an entertaining family-friendly vacation with some of the largest waterslide and […]

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Envoy’s Album – Summer 2019

Envoy’s Album – Summer 2019

                                                               

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Champagne: Why smaller producers are worth a try

Champagne: Why smaller producers are worth a try

When we hear “Champagne,” our minds tend to conjure up images of opulence and prestige. Years of brilliant marketing on the part of Champagne producers have resulted in an instant association between the region and a few major brands — Dom Perignon, Veuve Clicquot, Moet & Chandon and Pol Roger, to name a few. The […]

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New views of 19th-Century icons

New views of 19th-Century icons

The National Gallery of Canada has intriguing looks at two 19th-Century icons of modern culture, the artist Paul Gauguin and writer-philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Gauguin is one of the world’s best-known artists, so it’s incredible that any aspect of his work has not been studied, studied and restudied. Yet Gauguin: Portraits is the first exhibition anywhere […]

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DIGNITARIES

New Arrivals – Summer 2019

New Arrivals – Summer 2019

Nasise Challi Jira Ambassador of Ethiopia Ambassador Jira began her career as a lecturer at universities in Ethiopia, including Jimma University, St. Mary’s University College and Adama Science and Technology University. She then went to work as director of the directorate of protocol and public relations in the president’s office of Oromia National Regional Government. […]

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New Arrivals – Spring 2019

New Arrivals – Spring 2019

New arrivals Federico-Eduardo Hoyos-Salazar Ambassador of Colombia Prior to being posted to Canada, Ambassador Hoyos-Salazar was a house representative for Antioquia in Colombia’s Congress. He was elected for a four-year term in 2014 and was a member of the Second Constitutional Commission in charge of security and defence, foreign affairs and foreign trade. Between 2010 […]

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New Arrivals – Winter 2019

New Arrivals – Winter 2019

New arrivals Reginald Farley High Commissioner for Barbados High Commissioner Farley is an accountant and former cabinet minister. He received his certified management accountant designation from the Society of Management Accountants of Nova Scotia in 2013. He started his career teaching at the Barbados Community College. He later moved to the Barbados Industrial Development Corporation […]

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New Arrivals – Fall 2018

New Arrivals – Fall 2018

New arrivals Vitae Verkammen Ambassador of Belgium Ambassador Verkammen joined the foreign service in 1992 as an attaché in the cabinet of the foreign minister and from 1994 to 1997, he was consul at Belgium’s consulate general in Hong Kong. From 1997 to 2002, he served as first secretary at the permanent mission to the […]

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