DIPLOMATICA

COVID-19: The Swiss experience so far

COVID-19: The Swiss experience so far

In Switzerland, the first case of COVID-19 was identified Feb. 25 and the first case of community transmission came on March 2. As of May 29, there were approximately 31,000 confirmed cases with a death toll of 1,700 out of a population of 8 million. That makes Switzerland one of the most affected countries in […]

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More trade with Mali is welcome

More trade with Mali is welcome

Mali is at a crossroad of civilizations — a country rich in history and home to diverse cultures. Most often known for its legendary city, Tombouctou, Mali is a country of commerce and was, for a long time, at the heart of major trans-Saharan trade. Mali occupies a strategic geographical position in the heart of […]

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Japan and Canada should amp up trade

Japan and Canada should amp up trade

Japan and Canada have a longstanding friendly relationship and share universal values such as freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. We are confident that Japan could be the best bridge-builder between Canada and the Indo-Pacific region. Last year, Japan and Canada celebrated the 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our two countries. […]

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Cuba: An open door to investment and trade

Cuba: An open door to investment and trade

Since the beginning of the 1960s, Cuba’s economy has been slowed down by the economic blockade imposed by the U.S. government, which, due to its extraterritorial scope, affects not only the functioning of Cuba itself, but also its foreign relations. As such, the Cuban economy and its links with the outside world have operated and […]

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Europeans do a good turn during COVID lockdown

Europeans do a good turn during COVID lockdown

In an effort to highlight their unity and solidarity with European values, several of the embassies from EU member states, along with the EU delegation, volunteered for Food for Thought on Europe Day. “Europe Day is on May 9,” Brice de Schietere said in a statement about the event. “It had to be different this […]

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DISPATCHES

Estonia’s e-government revolution

Estonia’s e-government revolution

The tiny country of 1.3 million has put itself on the global map with innovative e-government programs, one of which allows foreigners to establish companies there, from afar. After Estonia finally gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, following 51 years of occupation and poverty, then-prime minister Mart Laar was searching for a way […]

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Lost UN seat could be a win

Lost UN seat could be a win

Many Canadians were disappointed at Canada’s recent loss in the “Western Europe and other” regional race for a two-year seat on the United Nations Security Council. The late start aside, errors abounded in our campaign. Kaveh Shahrooz, a Harvard-educated lawyer formerly at Global Affairs Canada, criticized it for omitting such issues as Beijing’s mass human […]

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COVID-19 hits Africa

COVID-19 hits Africa

Despite a woeful medical infrastructure, widespread disease, food insecurity and crowded urban slums, much of Africa — compared to the Americas and Europe — has largely been spared a wrenching public-health disturbance from this year’s raging coronavirus. So far. At the same time, economies throughout the continent have tanked and Africans have been thrown back […]

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Preparing for disaster

Preparing for disaster

Humans are fearful. We grapple with our mortality, unable to imagine the planet without us, but optimistic that we will prevail. Our anxiety has been reflected in popular culture for eons, from the Epic of Gilgamesh, circa 2000 BC, to The Walking Dead. Our fears rise as the century wanes and the new one begins. […]

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Iran’s new ‘hard war’ stance

Iran’s new ‘hard war’ stance

Iran’s experience in the years-long Iran-Iraq War had a profound impact on its threat perceptions, national security strategy and doctrine regarding the use of force. The Iran-Iraq war, which took place between 1980 and 1988, by conservative Western estimates killed 367,000 people, 262,000 of whom are believed to have been Iranian. Officially, Iranian estimates put […]

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DELIGHTS

On the road again

On the road again

Cabin fever has gripped most of us over the past few months. But, as the pandemic lockdown eases, opportunities for daytrips and even overnighters are opening up. Since staying safe still generally means staying close to home, we’re turning the spotlight on nearby attractions you can reach by car, bike or even foot and where […]

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Envoy’s Album – Summer 2020

Envoy’s Album – Summer 2020

                                                                  CORRECTION In the April issue, an editing error caused a mistake in a name. On page 87, photo No. 1 included Arian […]

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Wine-growing practices being rewritten

Wine-growing practices being rewritten

The wine grape is as fickle as agricultural products come. Centuries of documentation has helped to determine the ideal soil structures, sun coverage and vine placements on the properly angled hillsides of historic regions, affecting the quality and pricing of wines. With shifting weather patterns, this is increasingly no longer true. Extreme weather events are […]

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The tastes of summer

The tastes of summer

I invite you to experience several of my summer recipes, each of which offers a unique and tempting twist to what one might normally expect. Avocado crêpe rolls include touches of caviar and drops of maple syrup, which contribute discretely to the complexity of flavours. Certain to catch one’s attention are the grilled steaks served […]

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On succeeding — and compromising — in Putin’s Russia

On succeeding — and compromising — in Putin’s Russia

Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin’s Russia By Joshua Yaffa January 2020 Tim Duggan Books, Penguin Random House 368 pages Kindle $17 Hardcover: $36.63 Paperback: $16.55 In 1999, Heda Saratova and her young child huddled, terrified, in their apartment in Grozny, Chechnya, as Russian troops battered the capital of the rebellious republic. […]

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DIGNITARIES

New Arrivals – Summer 2020

New Arrivals – Summer 2020

Chang Keung Ryong Ambassador of Korea Ambassador Chang comes to diplomacy from academia — and this is not his first stint in Canada. He studied political science and diplomacy at Kyunghee University in Seoul and then did a master’s in international relations at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey before coming to McGill University in […]

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New Arrivals – Spring 2020

New Arrivals – Spring 2020

Pedro Henrique Lopes Borio Ambassador of Brazil Ambassador Lopes Borio joined the foreign service in 1977 as an adviser in the department of international organizations. A year later, he was sent to New York and stayed on as an adviser at the mission to the United Nations. In 1986, he went to Tokyo as second […]

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New Arrivals – Winter 2020

New Arrivals – Winter 2020

Mohammad Hassan Soroosh Yousufzai Ambassador of Afghanistan Ambassador Yousufzal joined the foreign ministry in 2002 and has served in several capacities, including as director-general for economic co-operation. He was chargé d’affaires in Vienna; counsellor in Washington, D.C.; deputy director-general for economic affairs; director of regional co-operation; director of human rights and head of the political […]

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New Arrivals – Fall 2019

New Arrivals – Fall 2019

Anahit Harutyunyan Ambassador of Armenia Ambassador Harutyunyan joined the foreign ministry in 1997 as an attaché. She then became head of the Turkey desk and then second secretary at the embassy of Argentina. In 2008, she returned to headquarters in the department of countries in the Americas. She was then chief specialist of the external […]

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New Arrivals – Summer 2019

New Arrivals – Summer 2019

Nasise Challi Jira Ambassador of Ethiopia Ambassador Jira began her career as a lecturer at universities in Ethiopia, including Jimma University, St. Mary’s University College and Adama Science and Technology University. She then went to work as director of the directorate of protocol and public relations in the president’s office of Oromia National Regional Government. […]

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