DIPLOMATICA

Envoy’s Album – Summer 2015

Envoy’s Album – Summer 2015

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Cuba updates its economic model

Cuba updates its economic model

  The blockade by the United States on Cuba has negatively affected progress in my country. Although some do not want to admit it, the blockade has limited access to financing, technology, systems, infrastructure, software and applications. This was acknowledged by U.S. President Barack Obama’s announcement of investments in the telecommunications sector. That announcement alone […]

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Serbia: A new investment frontier

Serbia: A new investment frontier

Last September, then-foreign minister John Baird’s four-day visit to Serbia was a great opportunity for constructive talks with Serbian leaders. Representatives of the two countries signed a foreign investment protection agreement, the only one Canada signed with a European country in 2014. It’s a strong political message for investors and a sign of the commitment […]

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Georgia-Canada: an emerging partnership

Georgia-Canada: an emerging partnership

Georgia, with its strategic location between Europe and Asia in the Caucasus region, is now, more than ever, attracting the attention of large and small businesses. Formerly occupied by the Soviet Union, Georgia was unable to flourish economically until its recent emergence as a modern, free state. Now, the situation has dramatically changed. Corporate executives […]

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DISPATCHES

Country by country

Country by country

Press freedom worldwide has seen some significant declines in the past year. While there were some good news stories — take a bow, Scandinavia — two thirds of those examined  slipped in their rankings from the previous year. Criteria for the rankings include media pluralism, respect for journalists and positive environments within which they operate. […]

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From autocracy to awakening?

From autocracy to awakening?

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has captured the world’s attention in the 21st Century. The Arab Spring of 2011 illustrated how dynamic, grass-roots political movements, ignited by discontent and fuelled by social media, can completely transform societies in the blink of an eye. These events (resulting in revolutionary political shifts in places […]

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10  dangerous men

10 dangerous men

What is terrorism? James D. Kiras, an American expert on asymmetrical warfare, describes the term as a “complex phenomenon open to subjective interpretation.” His ambivalent interpretation of the word “terrorism” could be applied to an actor such as Iran and Syria-backed Hezbollah, a militia and political party representing Shia interests in Lebanon. According to the […]

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How could Russia do it?

How could Russia do it?

Why did Russia make its move on Ukraine in March 2014? It’s clear now that Russian President Vladimir Putin wants and needs to tie Ukraine to Russia’s political, military, and economic chariot. If one disregards the “Russki Mir” propaganda — Mr. Putin’s self-created soft-power foundation, designed to promote the Russian language and Russia as a […]

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DELIGHTS

You’ve come a long way, Canada. Cheers!

You’ve come a long way, Canada. Cheers!

Canada has come a long way since the early 1800s when Johann Schiller, a retired German mercenary from the Rhine, settled near Toronto and developed a small winery based on the native varietals he found on his property. He sold the wine he made to his neighbours and came to be what is considered Canada’s […]

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Aboriginals’ fight for the franchise

Aboriginals’ fight for the franchise

Imagine that your family has lived on the same land for generations. Over time, others arrive, take residence and establish a government whose rules now apply to you.  But they do not include you in consultations — in fact, they specifically exclude you. This was the situation facing Aboriginal Peoples in Canada for much of […]

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Fu Manchu to you too

Fu Manchu to you too

Here’s a story that’s been passed along in my family — which means that it’s most likely not true. The story is that my grandfather met Sax Rohmer, probably in San Francisco in 1919. Rohmer (real name: Arthur Henry Ward) was the British author of the Fu Manchu short stories and novels that did so […]

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Norway’s natural wonders

Norway’s natural wonders

Norway is a land of contrasts — a modern nation with strong ties to its history and traditions. We can offer wild, impressive and untouched nature, but also refined cultural expressions and innovative architecture. Regardless of how long you visit, you will have the opportunity to see these for yourself. Every part of our geographically  […]

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DIGNITARIES

New Arrivals – Summer 2015

New Arrivals – Summer 2015

NEW ARRIVALS Edgar Gaspar Martins Ambassador of Angola Ambassador Gaspar Martins has a degree in international relations from the University of Havana in Cuba. He began his diplomatic career in 1983 as an attaché and third secretary in the Africa and Middle East section of the foreign ministry. By 1993, he was first secretary at […]

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New Arrivals – Spring 2015

New Arrivals – Spring 2015

New arrivals Hocine Meghar Ambassador of Algeria Mr. Meghar started his career at the foreign ministry in 1972, after graduating from the National School of Administration in Algeria. He has held various positions within the ministry. He was director-general of European socialist countries (1984-1987), director-general of consular affairs (2000-2004) and director-general of national communities abroad […]

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New Arrivals – Winter 2015

New Arrivals – Winter 2015

Pg Hj Kamal Bashah bin Pg Hj Ahmad High Commissioner for Brunei Darussalam Col. (Ret’d) Ahmad had a long military career before taking two positions in the corporate world and then turning his skills to diplomacy with this appointment. He has a degree in mechanical engineering and began his career with military and academic training […]

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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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