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Taiwanese President Tsai’s to-do list

| March 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
Taiwanese President Tsai’s to-do list

Unprecedented election results in January have produced unprecedented options for Taiwanese President-elect Tsai Ing-wen in domestic politics, international trade and cross-strait relations with Mainland China. For the third time, the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won the presidency, with Tsai winning 56 percent of the popular vote. The long-ruling nationalist party (Kuomintang or KMT) candidate, […]

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South Africa’s looming crisis

| March 22, 2016 | 1 Comment
South Africa’s looming crisis

South Africa’s economic, social and political outcomes drive sub-Saharan Africa. At least it did for a few years at the end of the last century and the beginning of this one. After all, South Africa for many years harboured sub-Saharan Africa’s most dynamic economy, its most vibrant political system, its most advanced infrastructure and its […]

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A false spring?

| March 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
A false spring?

Since the end of the year, there has been a shift in tone in Russian-Ukrainian relations. At Russia’s initiative, talks on the conflict in the Donbas between representatives of Russia, Russian-supported rebels, Ukraine, the EU, and now the U.S., have become more intensive. For two of the key negotiations, President Vladimir Putin has replaced officials […]

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Modern Russia: An ambassador’s look at priorities and challenges

| March 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
Modern Russia: An ambassador’s look at priorities and challenges

Editor’s note: Alexander Darchiev, ambassador of Russia, made a rare public speech at Carleton University in February. To provide a look at Russia’s official positions on current conflicts and issues, we reprint an edited version of his speech here. First of all, I would like to thank Carleton University and Larry Lederman [chairman of the […]

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Foreign policy: The first 150 days

| March 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
Foreign policy: The first 150 days

Now that the Trudeau government has been in power for more than 150 days, we have begun to see what shape Canada’s foreign policy will take under its leadership. There have been some surprises, while other actions have mirrored campaign promises and resurrected classic liberal values from the past. The biggest move so far — […]

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Imagine a billion African migrants

| March 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
Imagine a billion African migrants

As overwhelming as the European refugee crisis is, Klaus Schwab, executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, predicts much worse may be ahead. “Look how many countries in Africa, for example, depend on income from oil exports,” Schwab told Bloomberg Business ahead of the forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. “Now imagine one billion inhabitants […]

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2016: A year worthy of worry

2016: A year  worthy of worry

As a year of grave concerns, 2016 is giving us plenty to think about. Terrorism, war, economic and political instability, refugees, climate change, unemployment, rising food costs — the selection is vast, the problems complex. How much they concern you also depends on how confident you are in the abilities of national leaders to address […]

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China’s residence: Sharing a culture with Canada

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
China’s residence: Sharing a culture with Canada

If you ask Ambassador Luo Zhaohui about his spacious Rockcliffe residence, he’ll tell you with a big smile that it has all the elements of good feng shui, the Chinese philosophical system for harmonizing with the surrounding environment. His house is sort of halfway up a hill, between water — the backyard swimming pool and […]

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Hungary faces its demons head-on

| January 4, 2016 | 1 Comment
Hungary faces its demons head-on

Hungary assumed chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) in March 2015, for the second time in the history of the intergovernmental organization. “IHRA is a mirror which allows us to be confronted with our history, with our past,” said Hungarian Ambassador Bálint Ódor at a concert hosted by his embassy in June. “This […]

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In the dark: Africa’s energy shortfall

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
In the dark: Africa’s energy shortfall

Pitch blackness is Africa at night. From the space station, from satellites, from high-flying aircraft, even on Google projections, compared to the rest of the globe, much of sub-Saharan Africa is dark from sunset — devoid of those cumulated glowing pinpoints that illuminate the other continents. Students in much of sub-Saharan Africa study using kerosene […]

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