Tag: Diplomatic Agenda

Russian offensive revives painful past for Estonians

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Russian offensive revives painful past for Estonians

I joined the Estonian foreign service in 1993, an exciting time for my country. On my first day, as I awaited my first assignment, a colleague suggested I find out how much military equipment the Russians had transported back over the border that month; this was prior to their full military withdrawal in August 2014. […]

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The Pope embraces the natural world

| September 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
The Pope embraces the natural world

Dear mother earth who day by day Unfoldest blessings on our way O praise God, alleluia! These words from the well-known hymn, “All Creatures of our God and King,” have their origin in The Canticle of Creation, authored by St. Francis of Assisi, and with words drawn from that canticle, Pope Francis begins the second […]

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Cuba updates its economic model

Cuba updates its economic model

  The blockade by the United States on Cuba has negatively affected progress in my country. Although some do not want to admit it, the blockade has limited access to financing, technology, systems, infrastructure, software and applications. This was acknowledged by U.S. President Barack Obama’s announcement of investments in the telecommunications sector. That announcement alone […]

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Colombia has a plan: How we negotiate with FARC

| April 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
Colombia has a plan: How we negotiate with FARC

After many years of bad publicity, the news from Colombia in the international media is being framed in a much more positive light. At a time during which uncertainty and international crises abound, Colombia is, uncharacteristically, attracting good reviews. A strong economy, along with a dramatic reduction in the violence and insecurity that were present […]

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Untapped Israel (now on tap)

| January 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
Untapped Israel (now on tap)

On a late-summer day in front of Ottawa City Hall, thousands of beer lovers gathered to partake of one, two or several cold beverages. The atmosphere was just right. The sounds of great music and smells of good food filtered through the air. Originating from Peterborough, Perth, Kemptville and Stittsville and many places in between, […]

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Turkey stands steadfast against terrorism

| January 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
Turkey stands steadfast against terrorism

Turkey is at the centre of rapid changes and transformations unfolding in the Middle East and Eurasia basin. Unprecedented rapid developments along our southeastern and northern borders have resulted in far-reaching consequences for international peace, security and stability. And they all affect Turkey directly. Turkey does not only bear a huge humanitarian burden for people of the region who have suffered from the crises, it […]

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Reforming the EU from the German perspective

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Reforming the EU from the German perspective

These days, there is even more hustle and bustle in Brussels than usual. After the election of the European Parliament in May, important personnel decisions are due, and the public eagerly awaits any reaction — be it from heads of government or from European Union officials — as to who will obtain which position. But […]

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The Pacific Alliance should be a win for Canada

The Pacific Alliance should be a win for Canada

It has been called the most ambitious trade initiative since NAFTA. When the Pacific Alliance was launched, two years ago, the four member countries already enjoyed free-trade agreements among themselves. So, naturally, some questioned the objective of the Alliance. The Pacific Alliance is the agreement between Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru to modernise and further […]

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Zimbabwe has come a long way in 34 years

| April 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Zimbabwe has come a long way in 34 years

On April 18, Zimbabwe will mark its 34th year of independence. This year’s independence anniversary comes alongside a number of key national developments, including a new constitution and free and fair harmonized elections held in July 2013. The election, won by the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front [ZANU (PF)] party, was endorsed by […]

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Reunification is always the goal for Korea

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Reunification is always the goal for Korea

  The year 2013 is the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice and a time to pay tribute to the young soldiers, including nearly 27,000 Canadians, who came to Korea to defend a people they’d never met. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Korea and Canada. […]

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