DIPLOMATICA

An emergency on top of an emergency

An emergency on top of an emergency

I returned to Canada less than a year ago, after many years working for the United Nations abroad. At the time, I joked with my new colleagues that wherever I go, disaster seems to follow. Little did we know that a few months later, the world would be facing an unprecedented global health emergency. COVID-19 […]

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Slovenia seeks FDI in renewable energy and ICT

Slovenia seeks FDI in renewable energy and ICT

As Slovenia and Canada look to build back after COVID-19, both countries put a premium on the environment, sustainability and digital innovation. These are all areas where we can find new opportunities. COVID taught us how important it is to have business partners who are reliable, who share a compatible business culture and who subscribe […]

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Hungary: Pharma, food, IT and vehicles trade

Hungary: Pharma, food, IT and vehicles trade

Hungary is one of the fastest-growing economies in the European Union. The central European country’s GDP grew by five per cent in 2019. It has one of the highest trade-to-GDP ratios in the world, at approximately 83 per cent, according to the World Bank. This indicates a robust dependence on world trade. Hungary is a […]

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Annual EU concert: ‘A strong Christmas tradition’

Annual EU concert: ‘A strong Christmas tradition’

For the previous 12 years, the European Union had held an annual Christmas concert at Ottawa’s Notre Dame Cathedral. It was always a seasonal celebration and a treasured gift to the city, so it would be sad to have COVID cancel it. The same was true of the EU Film Festival, which took place every […]

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Saving the orangutans of Borneo

Saving the orangutans of Borneo

A red-headed youngster takes a bite of a banana and slowly chews it while gazing off into the distance, her brown eyes thoughtful. Then, in the manner of kids everywhere, she seems to surge with energy and makes a sudden lunge for the woman sitting nearby, cartwheeling and running right into her lap. After a […]

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DISPATCHES

Canada and the corruption court

Canada and the corruption court

2020 was like no other in living memory. No one envisioned starting the decade with a pandemic. Well before the virus washed over us like a poison tsunami, sweeping unpredictability and uncertainty already existed in many aspects of our lives. In addition to responding to COVID-19, I suggest we use this moment to shape our […]

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It’s time for an IACC

It’s time for an IACC

The World Bank estimates that each year between US $20 billion and US $40 billion in development assistance is stolen by corrupt officials. Such grand corruption undermines support in the West for foreign aid, while at the same time defeating its very purpose. Those who steal the money cheat the intended beneficiaries out of the […]

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Canada could host global tribunal

Canada could host global tribunal

When global human rights activists and international affairs strategists campaigned for a new international tribunal to help to prevent future Rwandan genocides and other outrages, Canada was in the vanguard of those writing and creating the Rome Statute that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). Likewise, when a similar cohort of important parties gathered together […]

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What Biden should do in Africa

What Biden should do in Africa

U.S. President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Tony Blinken have not yet decided who will be in charge of Africa policy-making, but we already know that the nations of Africa will be respected, befriended and hardly consigned to the lavatory and schoolboy lavatory talk. Biden has travelled to Africa multiple times. Blinken, on Biden’s […]

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The  COVID crushers

The COVID crushers

The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV2, COVID-19, has taken lives, disrupted our days, ruined businesses, spread fear and birthed a plethora of conspiracy theories. In that, it is very much like earlier pandemics. A disease becomes a pandemic when it becomes prevalent over a whole country or the world. Pandemics have included smallpox, leprosy, influenza, cholera and […]

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DELIGHTS

Envoy’s Album – Winter 2021

Envoy’s Album – Winter 2021

                                           

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Pandemic art can be a salve in troubled times

Pandemic art can be a salve in troubled times

What strange things the pandemic makes us do. Even the simple act of looking ahead to exhibitions in local galleries becomes tricky, as, at time of writing, it’s not even certain that galleries will be open to the public when the intended opening dates arrive. In other cases, the precise dates were still to be […]

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To vinfinity and beyond

To vinfinity and beyond

A grape’s life often ends in the production of wine, but that’s becoming less the norm. Producers are looking to tradition and sustainability by using wine byproducts, expanding into new and old territory alike, while crafting beautiful beverages. “Great wine comes from good beer,” is a truism I’ve heard countless times at wineries around the […]

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Warm meals for winter nights

Warm meals for winter nights

Cold weather has set in, awaking our desire for comfort food and that starts with breakfast. My oven-poached eggs are a perfect choice. In addition to the delicate nature of eggs poached in this manner, the combination and strategic positioning of ingredients will delight palates. But be aware that the eggs will continue to cook […]

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Morocco: A diverse land of many charms

Morocco: A diverse land of many charms

Editor’s note: When COVID-19 becomes controlled and travel restrictions are lifted, you may want to consider Morocco as your next destination. Morocco’s location at the intersection of Europe and Africa makes the country a real crossroads, flanked by the waters of the Mediterranean Sea and open to vast stretches of the Atlantic Ocean. This land […]

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DIGNITARIES

New Arrivals – Winter 2021

New Arrivals – Winter 2021

Ricardo A. Cisneros Ambassador of El Salvador Ambassador Cisneros joined the foreign service in 1990 as an administrative assistant at the embassy in France and was posted to Brussels three years later. In 1996, he became first secretary at the embassy in Ottawa, where he stayed for five years before becoming consul-general in Milan. For […]

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New Arrivals – Fall 2020

New Arrivals – Fall 2020

Larbi El Hadj Ali Ambassador of Algeria Ambassador El Hadj Ali is a career diplomat who joined the foreign ministry in 1983 Prior to arriving in Canada, he held several senior positions in the Department of Foreign Affairs. Since 2013, he has been adviser tp the foreign minister. From 2008 to 2013, he was deputy […]

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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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