DIPLOMATICA

Envoy’s Album – Spring 2014

Envoy’s Album – Spring 2014

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Zimbabwe has come a long way in 34 years

Zimbabwe has come a long way in 34 years

On April 18, Zimbabwe will mark its 34th year of independence. This year’s independence anniversary comes alongside a number of key national developments, including a new constitution and free and fair harmonized elections held in July 2013. The election, won by the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front [ZANU (PF)] party, was endorsed by […]

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Enhancing Canada-Japan economic relations

Enhancing Canada-Japan economic relations

Canada and Japan have long enjoyed complementary economic relations, each specializing in products for which the other has a strategic need. Canada is rich in natural resources and yields a multitude of agricultural products of which Japan is a major importer. Meanwhile, Japan has developed cutting-edge manufacturing technologies and exports a variety of manufactured products […]

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Myanmar: A new frontier of trade and investment for Canadian business

Myanmar: A new frontier of trade and investment for Canadian business

Over the past two years, soon after Myanmar embarked on the path of democratic transformation and economic reforms, many positive and significant developments have taken place in Myanmar-Canada bilateral relations. The year 2012, in particular, ushered in a new relationship between the two countries. Foreign Minister John Baird was the first Canadian foreign minister to […]

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DISPATCHES

Seven steps to fixing the UN

Seven steps to fixing the UN

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his 2007 acceptance speech to the General Assembly, noted: “The true measure of the success for the United Nations is not how much we promise, but how much we deliver for those who need us most.” Anyone’s hopes for the UN on key reform issues vary according to the […]

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8 cyber-security predictions for 2014

8 cyber-security predictions for 2014

Following an eventful year in the cyber security space, things are only set to get worse. This year, cyber security took centre stage with nation-state attacks, numerous high-profile data breaches and prominent cybercriminal arrests. As a new year nears, cyber-security researchers from Websense Security Labs outline their 2014 industry predictions. 1. Advanced malware volume will decrease […]

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Pipelines of Empire

Pipelines of Empire

At this juncture in history, the fate of Europe is wound up not in ideas, but in geopolitics. For millennia, eruptions from Asia have determined the fate of Europe, including invasions and migrations by Russians, Turkic tribes and Byzantine Greeks. Central and Eastern Europe, with their geographical proximity to the Asian steppe and the Anatolian […]

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Russian Arctic expansion: What does it mean for Canada?

Russian Arctic expansion: What does it mean for Canada?

On Sept. 30, 2013, a Russian navy group returned to Severomorsk after a month-long voyage to the New Siberian Islands. The group included the heavy nuclear missile cruiser Peter the Great, landing and support vessels and four nuclear ice-breakers. The highlight of the exercise was a landing practice on the islands. This seems to be […]

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DELIGHTS

Non-stop joys of Lima

Non-stop joys of Lima

Peru, often seen as the swatch of land that surrounds Machu Picchu, has a cosmopolitan and fascinating capital city. Lima, for its diverse history, innovation, arts and lively culture, deserves a standalone visit. Or, at least, it calls for several dedicated days before you move on to the country’s other national treasures. Much in its […]

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Argentina: A land of diversity and culture

Argentina: A land of diversity and culture

Argentina is a country of many cultural, social and natural attractions, all of which will amaze visitors. Diversity is a characteristic that makes Argentina a unique choice. This includes its landscapes, climate and population. Argentina is usually described as a land of impressive contrasts, thanks to its  varied geography. From the Andes to the west, […]

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Warning: This column contains sulphites

Warning: This column contains sulphites

We often romanticize wine. We think of it as a product made when  humans gently coax nature into making drinkable art. While true, that image contrasts with that of wine production as a business. Whether a winery is family-run or a multinational giant, grapes are the raw material and wine the finished product. Though less […]

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The birth of a nation

The birth of a nation

Among Canada’s defining events, the Battle of Vimy Ridge in the First World War ranks high. It was a triumph — a major victory for the Allied side after a long, bloody stalemate — and a tragedy. In the four-day battle,   3,598 Canadians died and another 7,004 were wounded. In the near-century since it ended, […]

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DIGNITARIES

New Arrivals – Spring 2014

New Arrivals – Spring 2014

Pedro Fernando Bretas Bastos Ambassador of Brazil Mr. Brêtas completed a law and social sciences degree at the Federal University of Brazil and practised law, working for Exxon Mobil Corporation and COSIGUA, before going into diplomacy. After completing his diplomatic studies, he became a desk officer for Canada, something that perhaps foreshadowed his current appointment. […]

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New Arrivals – Winter 2014

New Arrivals – Winter 2014

S.E.M. Pamphile C. Goutondji Ambassador of Benin Ambassador Goutondji is a career diplomat who joined the foreign ministry in 1983. After completing a bachelor’s degree in 1976 and a master’s in international relations in Kiev in 1983, he joined the ministry and held increasingly responsible positions, including department head and assistant to the foreign minister. […]

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New Arrivals – Fall 2013

New Arrivals – Fall 2013

Calsey Willmore Johnson High Commissioner for the Bahamas Dr. Johnson was a career broadcaster for three decades and was general manager of the Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas (BCB) — the country’s  national broadcasting system — for 14 years. He served a five-year term as executive chairman of the board of the BCB. He also served […]

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New Arrivals – Summer 2013

New Arrivals – Summer 2013

Julio Antonio Garmendía Ambassador of Cuba Mr. Garmendia has a degree in Russian literature and translation and a degree in political science. He joined the foreign service in 1975 and soon became head of the department of state’s committee on economic cooperation. His first posting came in 1982 as deputy economic counsellor in the Soviet […]

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