Archive for April, 2017

The learning curve

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The learning curve

A good education system is at the core of a country’s success. We list the leaders in science, math and reading, according to a study by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Every year since 2000, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has tested school children’s aptitudes around the world and compressed […]

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Financial crises; no lessons learned

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Financial crises; no lessons learned

In many countries, economic crises often result in political transformations. In some instances, they lead to cabinet shuffles or even changes of government. They can also give rise to substantial changes in the economic course of a country, as policy priorities shift to counter negative economic trends. Active and effective actions by governments are often […]

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China and Russia: It’s complicated

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China and Russia: It’s complicated

With the advent of Donald Trump and the rise of populism in much of the western world, many fear we have descended into a new age of authoritarianism in which Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping set the tone for international politics. While China and Russia have enjoyed close relations in recent years, easily dismissing […]

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Repairing Canada-Russia relations

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Repairing Canada-Russia relations

Dealing with the Trump administration will no doubt be the top priority of Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s newly minted foreign minister, but it was the question of her attitude towards the Russian Federation that generated the most headlines when she took the job in January. Those hoping that Canadian-Russian relations might improve under the current government […]

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Trump and Putin: A troubling, high-stakes relationship

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Trump and Putin: A troubling, high-stakes relationship

While the presidency of Donald Trump has presented many sea changes in American foreign policy, perhaps the most dramatic is the turnaround in attitudes towards Russia and Vladimir Putin’s leadership. Previous presidents have tried to reset the relationship with Russia, but Trump’s admiration of Putin and his apparent willingness to side with Putin against American […]

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On guard for Russian defence

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On guard for Russian defence

Many see today’s Russia as one of the most challenging threats to Canada, the United States and, to varying degrees, their allies. There is much debate about how to counter these threats — where Russia might strike next, and how to deter Russian aggression — but there’s no doubt that Russia is, once again, on […]

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Canada-Chile FTA: 20 years of prosperity

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Canada-Chile FTA: 20 years of prosperity

Chile and Canada have much to look forward to in 2017. This year, we celebrate 20 years of our bilateral free-trade agreement, a milestone, as it was the first of its kind for Chile. Back in 1997, we negotiated an ambitious agenda and the FTA included goods, services and investment that were complemented by environment […]

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India: The world’s fastest-growing economy

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India: The world’s fastest-growing economy

India-Canada bilateral relations are underpinned by shared values of democracy, pluralism and expanding economic engagement. Canada is home to more than 1.2 million people of Indian origin, making up three per cent of its population. Highly educated and industrious Indo-Canadians are well integrated and serve as a strong bridge between the two nations. Both countries […]

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Consider Latvia Canada’s Baltic trade hub

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Consider Latvia Canada’s Baltic trade hub

With increasing bilateral co-operation and a brisker pace of high-level visits, Canadian and Latvian trade is poised for steady growth in the coming years. This is particularly so given Latvia’s role as an undisputed Baltic hub and Canada and Latvia’s mutual intensive work with international organizations such as the OECD, the WTO, the UN and […]

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My time of torture in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib

My time of torture in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib

Recently we have been hearing the word “torture” thrown about by politicians of the highest ranks and we never really stop to ask ourselves what that word truly means. What are the long-term effects of keeping a nation under constant threat of violence and intimidation? I have a horrifying tale to tell, and I hope […]

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