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Israel and Canada: Partners in Innovation

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Israel and Canada: Partners in Innovation

As policymakers search for ways to foster more innovative economies, many are turning to Israel for answers. Over the course of my tenure as ambassador, the embassy has made it a priority to present Israel to Canada as a partner in innovation. With a population of 7.8 million and a territory two-thirds the size of […]

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Flora MacDonald: On war, foreign policy and Afghanistan

| October 4, 2012 | 2 Comments
Flora MacDonald: On war,  foreign policy and Afghanistan

Flora MacDonald has been to Afghanistan 12 times. Not every woman her age — she’s 86 — can say the same. But then Ms MacDonald’s whole life has been about firsts. She was the first woman to mount a serious campaign for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada (no women had run for […]

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Trinidad and Tobago: The Caribbean’s economic leader

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Trinidad and Tobago: The Caribbean’s economic leader

By Philip A. Buxo Trinidad and Tobago is open for business. Not only is our twin island democratic republic located at the crossroads of the Americas, but we also have access to regional and international markets through multiple trade agreements. Trinidad & Tobago (T&T) is not just the leading Caribbean producer of hydrocarbons, it’s also […]

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Egypt is primed and ready for business

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Egypt is primed and ready for business

By Wael Aboul Magd In 2014, Egypt and Canada will mark 60 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations. During that time, our bilateral relationship has been founded on mutual interest in peace and stability in the Middle East, trade and development and cultural diversity. The latter is partly the function of a vibrant Egyptian-Canadian […]

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Bulgaria: economic and tourism opportunities await

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Bulgaria: economic and tourism opportunities await

By Zlati Katzarski Bulgaria has managed to weather the global economic crisis relatively well, thanks to a policy of strong fiscal discipline. The gross domestic product grew by 1.7 percent in 2011. During the first two quarters of 2012, the agricultural and industrial sectors increased respectively by 12.4 percent and 2 percent. In the near […]

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The Arctic opening: Opportunities and risks in the high north

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
The Arctic opening: Opportunities and risks in the high north

In 2011, Russia used the Vladimir Tikhonov, its big supertanker, to carry 120,000 tons of gas concentrates across its northern sea route to China — setting records along the way. (It crossed 2,220 nautical miles of northern Arctic seas in 7.5 days.) In the same year, the Japanese-owned Sanko Odyssey carried 66,000 tons of iron-ore […]

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Arctic sovereignty: Who owns what?

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Arctic sovereignty:  Who owns what?

By Laura Neilson Bonikowsky The Arctic is a stable region of eight nations that generally exhibit mutual trust and co-operation. The key body concerned with the dialogue among these states is the Arctic Council, whose members include, in addition to the eight Arctic nations (Canada, U.S., Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Russia and Iceland), permanent participants […]

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Norway and Russia: high North, low tension

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Norway and Russia: high North, low tension

By Else Berit Eikeland In September 2010, Norway and Russia signed the treaty on maritime delimitation and co-operation in the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean. The treaty was an historic milestone. It resolved what for several decades had remained the most important outstanding issue between Norway and Russia: the maritime boundary between the two […]

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Women at the wheel

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Women at the wheel

The world’s top-10 most powerful female politicians By Wolfgang Depner   Why do so few women enter politics? This familiar, yet frustrating question looms large behind this list of the 10 most powerful female leaders currently holding office around the globe. Some have blamed the absence of women in politics on pervasive patterns of social […]

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Islands at the end of the civilized world

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Islands at the end of the civilized world

  The idea of a prison located on an almost inaccessible island is supposed to strike special fear in people being kept there against their will. If the dot of land housing the facility is within sight of the mainland — in sight, that is, of freedom and civilization — then the cruelty of imprisonment […]

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