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Russia and Eurasia: Limited advances in 2018

Russia and Eurasia: Limited advances in 2018

In 2018, Russia will retain its renewed prominent place on the world stage. Vladimir Putin’s vision and military spending have made his country a major player in Syria and the Middle East. In Europe, involvement in Ukraine and the absorption of Crimea continue despite western sanctions, and, across the continent, Russian support fuels nationalist politicians who are […]

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Africa: Not much reason for optimism

| December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
Africa: Not much reason for optimism

Terrorism, civil conflict, global warming, population growth, urbanization, education, economic sustainability, managing China, strengthening leadership and improving governance are Africa’s 10 most pressing problems as 2018 unfolds. None of these acute challenges is new, but 2018 will see each of them become more central to Africa’s ability to improve the standards of living and social […]

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Canada and the U.S.: Trade tremours

| December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
Canada and the U.S.: Trade tremours

Looking ahead at what to expect from the U.S. and Canada in 2018 means thinking about the concepts of “disconnect” and attempts to make connections. For the U.S., a disconnect is likely to continue between political institutions and constituents. That disconnect will also continue with Canada bilaterally and with many countries — thanks to American […]

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Asia: Economic growth; political flux

| December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
Asia: Economic growth; political flux

In the fall of 2017, there were two events in Asia that will set regional patterns into 2018 and beyond. First, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s secretary-general speech to the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress in October contained his declaration that he would continue to work toward the “Chinese Dream” of becoming a developed country and […]

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The Middle East: Some hope, much despair

The Middle East: Some hope, much despair

Who would have predicted a missing-in-action Lebanese prime minister, one of the deadliest earthquakes in the world and that Syria would lapget ahead of the U.S. in climate policy by joining the Paris Agreement? Change in the Middle East defies prediction. Political leadership has a tendency to swing from the tedious (such as the 42-year […]

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An elegant Turkish mansion in Rockcliffe

| December 18, 2017 | 1 Comment
An elegant Turkish mansion in Rockcliffe

When you live in a Rockcliffe mansion with multiple receiving rooms, three guest rooms, 11 bathrooms, a spacious patio, expansive gardens and an address that is known to be elite, the best way to make it feel like home is to move in with some of your favourite art and pieces of memorabilia. That’s just […]

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North America upended

| December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
North America upended

It’s not just Washington and the United States that President Donald Trump is turning upside down with his political antics and barrage of unending tweets. He’s about to upend North America with the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in his bid to “make America great again.” Since NAFTA was signed in […]

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U.S.: ‘The most protectionist administration since the world trade order was put in place’

| December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
U.S.: ‘The most protectionist administration since the world trade order was put in place’

François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s energetic trade minister, comes to politics from business. A lawyer by training, he worked for more than 20 years in large international engineering, technology and energy companies. He was vice-president and senior counsel of ABB Group, a technology company that operates in more than 100 countries, and later worked as strategic development […]

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The castle Birkett built

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
The castle Birkett built

We’ve all seen and heard of famous castles — Windsor Castle, Prague Castle, Mont Saint Michel, Ludwig’s (Mad Max’s) Castle in Bavaria. Exotic locations, fantastic designs, tourist destinations. And then there is Birkett’s Castle. Whose, you ask? Birkett’s? Where would that be? Try downtown Ottawa. Ask around about Thomas Birkett, a former mayor of Ottawa […]

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Vietnam’s complex cuisine

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
Vietnam’s complex cuisine

Vietnam, a long, narrow country, lies south of China, east of Laos and Cambodia and west of the South China Sea. The Vietnamese trace their origins back more than 4,000 years to the Red River Delta around Hanoi where area farmers became renowned for their rice cultivation. Beginning in the Second Century BC, the Vietnamese […]

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