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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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Where’s the Beef? In Argentina, of course!

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Where’s the Beef? In Argentina, of course!

  Argentina is the second largest country in South America and one of the greatest food- and wine-producing nations in the world. Long before European explorers began to arrive, native Indians lived in Argentina. By 1530, Argentina saw its first Spanish settlers. With a strong immigration policy aimed at incorporating Europeans into the fabric of […]

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Eugene Forsey: bringing Canada’s political history to life

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Eugene Forsey: bringing Canada’s political history to life

“I can remember many people who go a long, long way back in our history,” my father told an interviewer in 1970. “I remember one man who was elected to Parliament in 1867, half a dozen who were elected in 1874 … Sometimes [with] classes in Canadian government, I’m able to say, ‘Oh, no you’ve […]

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Diplomats take flight

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Diplomats take flight

A record 115 diplomats, their families and business people soared over Ottawa and Gatineau on June 23 for the annual Flying Diplomat Day, held at the Rockcliffe Flying Club. Co-sponsored this year by the Ottawa Diplomatic Association and Diplomat & International Canada magazine, it featured a flight over Ottawa and Gatineau near the Ottawa River. […]

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Envoy’s Album – Fall 2012

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Envoy’s Album – Fall 2012

 

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New Arrivals – Fall 2012

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
New Arrivals – Fall 2012

New heads of mission Kaarlo (Charles) Arnold Marius Murto Ambassador of Finland Mr. Murto is a career diplomat who joined the ministry of foreign affairs after a one-year stint selling newsprint for the Finnish Paper Mills Association. He began his diplomatic career in 1970 as an attaché in the protocol department. His first posting came […]

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Abundant with cultural wonders, Azerbaijan awaits

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Abundant with cultural wonders, Azerbaijan awaits

By Farid Shafiyev Ambassador of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan — or “land of fires” for its ever-burning, inextinguishable natural gas flames that shoot spontaneously from the earth — offers other equally spectacular and utterly unique historical and cultural experiences. Travellers usually begin their journey to Azerbaijan in Baku, the country’s capital. Baku is the biggest political, trade […]

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