DIPLOMATICA

Reforming the EU from the German perspective

Reforming the EU from the German perspective

These days, there is even more hustle and bustle in Brussels than usual. After the election of the European Parliament in May, important personnel decisions are due, and the public eagerly awaits any reaction — be it from heads of government or from European Union officials — as to who will obtain which position. But […]

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Angola: A country rebounding, onward and upward

Angola: A country rebounding, onward and upward

Angola is recovering nicely after years of conflict. Its priority economic sectors include agriculture, construction and infrastructure, power generation, water, sanitation, mining, oil and gas, social housing and tourism. The country’s post-conflict reconstruction needs are vast, a situation that should be harnessed by developed nations such as Canada. It has needs in all of the […]

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Finland and Canada – northern partners

Finland and Canada – northern partners

Finland and Canada share many similarities that bring us closer despite our geographic distance. Both are Northern and Arctic democracies with common values, good governance, wealthy economies, highly educated workforces, an entrepreneurial spirit and a strong belief in the rule of law. We share similar interests and work together in international forums, including the United […]

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Albania, no better time to invest and explore

Albania, no better time to invest and explore

Branding Albania is the newest major initiative launched by the Albanian government to promote our country’s identity in the world market. StrawberryFrog, the company that won the project through an open international competition, has already submitted its slogan, “Albania, go your own way” and is building its strategy to promote our tourism, investments and intellectual […]

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DISPATCHES

East-Europe’s economic triumphs and territorial worries over Ukraine

East-Europe’s economic triumphs and territorial worries over Ukraine

The implosion of the Soviet Union after December 1991 brought freedom to almost 20 restored or new democracies of Central and Eastern Europe. Europeans were reunited, independent and free after almost half a century of oppression under an earlier version of Homo Sovieticus. Russian leaders Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin supported national self-determination and democracy. […]

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Azerbaijan moves toward the limelight

Azerbaijan moves toward the limelight

“Azerbaijan — moderate, secular and with a majority of its population Muslim — lives in a tough neighbourhood. We should give whatever encouragement we can in terms of [this emerging] democracy.” — Barry Devolin, a Conservative MP who was commenting on the merits of opening a Canadian embassy in Azerbaijan. Preparing to vist Azerbaijan always […]

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The travel world’s treasures

The travel world’s treasures

What do we want out of a vacation? Always intensely personal, the answer says a lot about who we are — our preferences, priorities and decision-making process. Travel forces us into difficult choices about two very precious resources — time and money. But travel is not merely about maximizing some cost-utility function that fits a […]

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Not your grandmother’s Sweden

Not your grandmother’s Sweden

For many Canadians, “Sweden” and “socialist” have simply always belonged together in the same sentence. Today that is still true, but the sentence now reads, “Sweden is no longer socialist.” For those who haven’t followed political developments in this Scandinavian country in recent years, such a statement may seem improbable and even outlandish, a bit […]

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DELIGHTS

Vive la France and all its beauty

Vive la France and all its beauty

France is the world’s leading tourist destination (83 million visitors in 2013) and has so much to offer, it is hard to choose just a few places to recommend. Of course, Paris is the top tourist destination within France — a city of romance and the country’s fashion capital. It boasts extraordinary monuments and museums. […]

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Envoy’s Album – Fall 2014

Envoy’s Album – Fall 2014

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Canadian citizenship: What it takes

Canadian citizenship: What it takes

Think fast — test your knowledge about Canada. Can you name two responsibilities of citizenship? What qualifications are necessary to vote in a federal election? What addition was made to the Constitution of Canada in 1982? The answers, in order, are: obeying the law and voting in elections; being a Canadian citizen at least 18 […]

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Wars both hot and cold

Wars both hot and cold

As soon as the Second World War was over, the French began fighting a decade-long hit-and-run guerrilla conflict against left-wing nationalists in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, the three pieces of the map that made up French Indochina. Eventually they lost their patience, deciding to wipe out the enemy by luring them into one big killing […]

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DIGNITARIES

New Arrivals – Fall 2014

New Arrivals – Fall 2014

Raoul Delcorde Ambassador of Belgium Mr. Delcorde has a PhD in political science. He began his career as an assistant professor before entering the diplomatic service in 1984. Two years later, he was deputy head of mission in Islamabad and, following that, he was first secretary at the UN in New York. He served two […]

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New Arrivals – Summer 2014

New Arrivals – Summer 2014

Sham L. Bathija Ambassador of Afghanistan Mr. Bathija comes to this post after a varied career as a development economist and a diplomat. From June 2010 until he came to Canada, he was a minister and senior economic adviser to President Hamid Karzai. Prior to that, he worked as a representative of the secretary general […]

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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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