DIPLOMATICA

‘A state that listens to the voice of the people’

‘A state that listens to the voice of the people’

June 2020 marked one year since Kassym-Jomart Tokayev became president of Kazakhstan. During his first year in power, Tokayev ensured a smooth and stable transfer of power, which is a key condition for political and economic development of the country. The period of political transition in Kazakhstan has coincided with global changes and challenges and […]

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Time to build the Canada-Nigeria bridge

Time to build the Canada-Nigeria bridge

This is the right time to build a viable and sustainable bridge between Canada and Nigeria, using global trade and investment as drivers. This bridge should enable Nigerian and Canadian companies to jointly develop and commercialize products and services that satisfy the needs of potential buyers around the world. Today, the Canada-Nigeria trade relationship is […]

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Canada-Venezuela: Preparing for trade

Canada-Venezuela: Preparing for trade

Writing on trade between Venezuela and Canada may seem like an exercise of fiction. As such, we invite you to think in terms of scenarios, strategies and systems. Venezuela is now considered, for the most part, a failed state, with all the internationally recognized economic indexes pointing down. There’s hyperinflation. Domestic currency depreciated 8,034 per […]

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Lebanon: Where trade opportunities abound

Lebanon: Where trade opportunities abound

Lebanon is strategically located at the intersection of Europe, Asia and Africa on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and is characterized by a free market economy with the most liberal investment climate in the Middle East region. Despite its challenging regional environment and the recent economic stress, the government recently announced a new […]

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Addressing a problem head-on

Addressing a problem head-on

Two diplomatic spouses in Ottawa have been busy making masks since COVID-19 hit in March. “I was doing some research and the more I read, the scarier it was,” says Inara Eihenbauma, wife of Latvian Ambassador Karlis Eihenbaums, about the pandemic. “Then I started asking what one could do. I decided I could make face […]

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DISPATCHES

Shifting alliances

Shifting alliances

Joe Varner looks at the ways in which allies have shifted their priorities, and therefore their allegiances, in the time of COVID-19. Time does not stand still in life and certainly not in international affairs. The year 2020 has been one of change for the world’s foremost military alliance and NATO’s relationship with Turkey. The […]

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COVID disrupts fight against TB

COVID disrupts fight against TB

6.3 million people will develop TB by 2025 due to COVID-related diversions of health-care services; another 1.4 million will die. Editor’s note: The TB/COVID-19 Civil Society Organizations working group wrote a report titled The Impact of COVID-19 on the TB epidemic: A community perspective. We excerpt the executive summary and key findings here. Tuberculosis is […]

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Two steps forward; one step back

Two steps forward; one step back

Autocrats, even democrats, always find it hard to give up office — especially in Africa. Likewise, no matter how often the African Union condemns military coups and sanctifies elected heads of state, soldiers oust politicians and refuse to stay in their barracks. Equally, there are authoritarians who abuse and assassinate their opponents, squelch those who […]

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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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DELIGHTS

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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Autumn travel: Don’t let COVID keep you confined

Autumn travel: Don’t let COVID keep you confined

Few of us are about to hop on a plane for a far-off vacation, but that doesn’t mean we need to put travel on permanent lockdown. There are plenty of places to visit and things to see within easy driving distance of home, and autumn, when the weather is cooler and crowds smaller, is a […]

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Envoy’s Album – Fall 2020

Envoy’s Album – Fall 2020

                                           

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The inherent white privilege in the wine industry

The inherent white privilege in the wine industry

Wine is complex. For fruit that goes through fermentation naturally, it sure does have a lot of hang-ups. Buried under its generations of pretension lies the root issue: racism. At its core, wine holds an overwhelming amount of underlying white privilege, namely land ownership, winemaking, farming and fine dining. I spoke with industry professionals — […]

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Making something of 2020’s ‘manic muddle‘

Making something of 2020’s ‘manic muddle‘

Editor’s note: Make sure to call a gallery before heading out, in case a COVID flare-up has forced the closing of location. Moyra Davey: The Faithful, is the National Gallery of Canada’s first exhibition devoted to the Canadian conceptual artist, and the timing may be perfect. The exhibition seems ideally suited to help make something […]

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DIGNITARIES

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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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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