Archive for April, 2019

Who fills the vacuum?

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Who fills the vacuum?

In December 2018, the Trump White House ordered the Pentagon to plan for a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. According to officials, plans for this complete withdrawal must be prepared sometime thiAs year. Interestingly, this order follows the Trump administration’s announcement that it is also pulling all American forces out of Syria after claiming victory over […]

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What happens in Syria now?

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What happens in Syria now?

The United States’ entry into the coalition fight against the Islamic State began in 2015; the Islamic State had cut out large swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria, claiming a caliphate. In the following three years, the self-declared caliphate has all but been eradicated; however, throughout Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State (IS) has […]

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The world’s best national debt managers

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The world’s best national debt managers

Debt is a powerful force, with total global government debt exceeding US$65 trillion, up from $37 trillion a decade earlier. Wolfgang Depner examines global debt and gives shout-outs to the world’s best financial bosses. It was a small but symbolic occasion. For the first time in 20 years, Germany’s debt counter reversed direction in January […]

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Jordan: A beacon for peace in the Middle East

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Jordan: A beacon for peace in the Middle East

Jordan, as a modern, moderate Muslim Arab country, has achieved remarkable successes in many fields, including education, health, infrastructure, information technology, industry and tourism. Short of natural resources, Jordan has focused on the strength of its human capital. The enormous challenges that Jordan faces have not deterred it from continued structural reforms and the modernization […]

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Trade with Nepal: Ripe for growth

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Trade with Nepal: Ripe for growth

Nepal and Canada established diplomatic relations in 1965, and have enjoyed longstanding friendly ties ever since. Canada has always supported Nepal’s socio-economic development. But recently, bilateral interactions between the two countries have entered a new phase, following the first bilateral meeting between our prime ministers and the subsequent signing of a memorandum of understanding establishing […]

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Algeria: A gateway for Europe and the Middle East

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Algeria: A gateway for Europe and the Middle East

Algeria’s economy ranks among the most attractive in the North Africa and Middle East region in terms of gross domestic product, opportunities to invest and doing business. It offers a buoyant market for trade and industrial capacity-building. Algeria is the largest country in Africa and has the largest economy in North Africa. It also borders […]

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Right To Play: Opening doors to education

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Right To Play: Opening doors to education

The following wise words came from Julienne, a 12-year-old girl in Rwanda who has become a community hero: “School is where lives can be changed for the better.” Julienne is part of a Right To Play leadership club of 125 members, who range in age from 8 to 14. She created the Let Girls Go […]

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Over its 50-year history, Friends of the National Arts Centre Orchestra (FNACO) has raised thousands of dollars for music education for students. But it couldn’t do what it does without the help of dedicated diplomats. FNACO launched in 1969, at the same time as the National Arts Centre opened its doors. Then, the organization’s mission […]

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‘Canadians need to think about being in China. It’s always been risky and this is a reminder to them.’

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‘Canadians need to think about being in China. It’s always been risky and this is a reminder to them.’

David Mulroney is a career diplomat who finished his career as Canada’s ambassador to China between 2009 and 2012. Using expertise he gleaned there, he penned the book Middle Power, Middle Kingdom: What Canadians Need to Know about China in the 21st Century. Prior to his posting in Beijing, he was deputy minister responsible for […]

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Europe’s ever-deepening malaise

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Europe’s ever-deepening malaise

The European Union’s mounting woes over Brexit and its aftermath are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Europe has many other problems, some below the waterline, some above, that threaten its future. They include the fragmentation of the political landscape with a proliferation of extremist parties on the left and right that make it […]

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