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Getting China on board for trade

| April 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
Getting China on board for trade

In the global race to increase trade with China, Canada is still far behind many other industrialized nations. It has been a long, winding and often rocky path to get to a much more substantial exchange of goods, services and intellectual property. Simply put, enhanced trade between the two countries remains a major work in […]

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Mapping migrant patterns

| April 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
Mapping  migrant  patterns

It’s a dramatic number — 258 million. It comes from the United Nations’ International Migration Report 2017 and represents the estimated number of “international migrants,” which the organization defines as individuals who live in a state other than their state of birth or citizenship. They account for what the report calls a “relatively small share […]

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World Bee Day’s inauguration

| April 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
World Bee Day’s inauguration

After more than three years of lobbying by 155 United Nations member states, including Canada, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring May 20 World Bee Day. Every year, this occasion will draw the global public’s attention to the importance of preserving bees and other pollinators. People will be reminded of the crucial role […]

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Putin’s predictable election

| April 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
Putin’s predictable election

At press time in early March, it appeared that victory by Russian President Vladimir Putin in this spring’s election was a certainty. The candidates allowed to run against him were figureheads. Putin had ample use of official resources for campaigning. His officials counted the ballots. What remained to be seen was the size of the […]

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Canada and India: Where to now?

Canada and India: Where to now?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s much-discussed state visit to India in February was seen as an opportunity for a major reset on bilateral relations with the world’s largest democracy. However, things did not go as planned. Canada isn’t alone in its desire to improve relations with the massive country. India, with a GDP of more than […]

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Beating back terror in Africa

| April 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
Beating back terror in Africa

Africans are containing terror and terrorists, but declaring victory against the forces of revolution and insurrection in 2018 is premature. It is still a massive work in progress. In addition to the swirl of repetitive civil conflict in such disparate African countries as Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South […]

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CETA: Getting to ‘yes’

| December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
CETA: Getting to ‘yes’

In the summer of 2016, the world watched in awe as Britain voted to exit the European Union. An isolationist fever gripped the European continent, throwing it into uncertainty and threatening the future of the most modern trade agreement in the world — the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Today, much of that […]

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Asian nations’ hotlines with China

| December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
Asian nations’ hotlines with China

In December 2015, China and South Korea established a telephone hotline between their national defence ministries. Mainland China and South Korea share a maritime border in the Yellow Sea as well as bordering Air Defence Identification Zones. While there are some maritime and fisheries issues between them, the two countries enjoy generally peaceful relations. According […]

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Latin America: An economic recovery in sight

| December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
Latin America: An economic recovery in sight

Latin America will enter 2018 on the path to economic recovery from a long recession after the end of the commodities boom of the early 2000s. The region is still smarting under pressures brought to bear by U.S. President Donald Trump on undocumented migrants and especially on Mexico, thanks to his stated aim to renegotiate […]

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Russia and Eurasia: Limited advances in 2018

Russia and Eurasia: Limited advances in 2018

In 2018, Russia will retain its renewed prominent place on the world stage. Vladimir Putin’s vision and military spending have made his country a major player in Syria and the Middle East. In Europe, involvement in Ukraine and the absorption of Crimea continue despite western sanctions, and, across the continent, Russian support fuels nationalist politicians who are […]

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