DIPLOMATICA

The Bahamas is rising above the storm

The Bahamas is rising above the storm

Packing winds of 295 kilometres per hour, Hurricane Dorian was the most intense tropical cyclone on record to strike The Bahamas, making landfall in the Abacos Islands at its peak intensity. The world held its breath as Dorian, a Category 5 hurricane, stalled over Grand Bahama, with its unrelenting winds, for 36 hours. Since the beginning […]

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Qatar: Lots of investment opportunity

Qatar: Lots of investment opportunity

The close friendship and partnership between Canada and Qatar continue to grow, with approximately 10,000 Canadians living and working in Qatar, which is also home to a large number of Canadian companies that are contributing to different sectors of Qatar’s economy. Our bilateral trade volume has been on the upswing over the past two years, […]

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Albania-Canada trade: Time for more dynamism

Albania-Canada trade: Time for more dynamism

Last year marked 32 years of diplomatic relations between Albania and Canada. We are proud of this strong and consolidated partnership, as well as our achievements and are committed to further strengthening our co-operation. Our excellent bilateral relations and shared common values, with a focus on issues such as gender equality and human rights, particularly […]

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The Czech Republic: Our future is in innovation

The Czech Republic: Our future is in innovation

The year 2019 marked the 30-year anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. To commemorate the peaceful fall of the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia seems to be particularly relevant here in Canada. Canada and Czech Canadians helped create our country in 1918 and save it during the Second World War. During the Cold War, Canada stood by […]

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DISPATCHES

Disputed  territories

Disputed territories

Wolfgang Depner surveyed the planet’s Top-10 most dangerous dispute zones and came up with this list. Problems of territoriality lie at the heart of global politics, especially among those who subscribe to realist theories of international relations. If we accept their argument that the international community consists of independent states that exist in an environment […]

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Promoting women in science, math, technology and engineering

Promoting women in science, math, technology and engineering

In her own words, Rita Orji describes her upbringing: “I was born in a small village in Eastern Nigeria called Enugu to parents who had no education. I had four sisters and four brothers. My parents did not have money to pay my school fees. After I completed primary education and scored very high marks, […]

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Preparing for a summer of terror

Preparing for a summer of terror

The vestiges of the fiercely defiant Islamic State group (ISIS) in Syria are reportedly defeated. Meanwhile, the victorious American-led coalition and its hard-fighting Kurdish and coalition forces will face a new and potentially bloody phase, just forming now. Throughout the well-phased systematic destruction of ISIS, numerous Islamist fighters have escaped, with the objective of returning […]

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Greater Eurasian co-operation

Greater Eurasian co-operation

The modern world is facing fundamental geopolitical transformation. International free trade and the very notion of globalization are being challenged by the comeback of protectionism and nationalism, with arbitrarily imposed barriers and tariffs. All of this makes integration in Greater Eurasia, pragmatically connecting the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and other […]

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DELIGHTS

Ecuador is a tropical paradise of tourism

Ecuador is a tropical paradise of tourism

Ecuador is slightly more than 283,000 square kilometres in size and is one of the most beautiful countries on the planet. It is set on the equator, thus its name, and is considered to be the most compact “mega-diverse” country in the universe. In addition, in 2018, Ecuador celebrated the 40th anniversary of its capital […]

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Where to have fun when the temperatures tumble

Where to have fun when the temperatures tumble

Ice, snow, tumbling temperatures: No one ever said an Ottawa winter is an easy ride. But that’s no excuse for spending the season cocooned with a hot toddy and good book — not when there’s a ton of fun waiting outside your front door. So grab your tuque and mitts, and let’s see what we […]

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Envoy’s Album – Winter 2020

Envoy’s Album – Winter 2020

                                                               

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Syrah: Big, bold and rich — or savoury

Syrah: Big, bold and rich — or savoury

As Rajat Parr, author of The Sommelier’s Atlas of Taste puts it, Syrah is a callback to our ancestry — a primitive side we rarely tap into. Done right, Syrah is “the glory of coming across a path of sweet, juicy, ripe wild berries, the smell of running through a thicket of untamed, flowering herbs […]

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DIGNITARIES

New Arrivals – Winter 2020

New Arrivals – Winter 2020

Mohammad Hassan Soroosh Yousufzai Ambassador of Afghanistan Ambassador Yousufzal joined the foreign ministry in 2002 and has served in several capacities, including as director-general for economic co-operation. He was chargé d’affaires in Vienna; counsellor in Washington, D.C.; deputy director-general for economic affairs; director of regional co-operation; director of human rights and head of the political […]

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New Arrivals – Fall 2019

New Arrivals – Fall 2019

Anahit Harutyunyan Ambassador of Armenia Ambassador Harutyunyan joined the foreign ministry in 1997 as an attaché. She then became head of the Turkey desk and then second secretary at the embassy of Argentina. In 2008, she returned to headquarters in the department of countries in the Americas. She was then chief specialist of the external […]

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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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