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    Fighting corruption, Ukraine set to become Canada’s next trade partner
    Dec02

    Fighting corruption, Ukraine set to become Canada’s next trade partner

    Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland has her marching orders: to implement the Harper government’s trade deal with Ukraine, a country struggling to contain widespread corruption among its public officials. The deal, which was announced by the Conservatives on July 14 as “concluded” but still needs to be implemented through...

    Canadian participation in surprise Arctic conference ‘absolutely essential’
    Aug12

    Canadian participation in surprise Arctic conference ‘absolutely essential’

    A short-notice gathering of foreign ministers organized by the US State Department for the end of August could be a major forum for ensuring Arctic co-operation with Russia, despite a continued stalemate on the conflict in Ukraine. The conference, called GLACIER—Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and...

    Foreign Affairs analysts tracking social media in Ukraine
    Jun24

    Foreign Affairs analysts tracking social media in Ukraine

    They say that in war, truth is the first casualty. When it comes to social media, a report published by NATO’s Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence last year notes, “a single posting by an individual can become equally powerful and even more widespread than the information released by a state-controlled channel.” read more...

    US blocks training of neo-Nazis in Ukraine
    Jun17

    US blocks training of neo-Nazis in Ukraine

    With the US House of Representatives passing a unanimous amendment last week blocking the training of fighters from the so-called Azov Battalion, a notorious paramilitary group in Ukraine, opposition parties are urging the Canadian government to ensure that Canada won’t train them, either. The volunteer militia uses Nazi-inspired logos and...

    Iceland’s president: Without co-operation with Russia, we fail
    Jun10

    Iceland’s president: Without co-operation with Russia, we fail

    Iceland’s president is warning Canada and other Arctic nations not to let international conflicts, especially that in Ukraine, affect their co-operation. Addressing ambassadors and Arctic policymakers in Ottawa June 9, Ólafur Grímsson warned, “we have to be very careful not to take this alarmist rhetoric.” read more …read more Source:...

    Russian, Ukrainian groups go digital to define conflict
    Apr29

    Russian, Ukrainian groups go digital to define conflict

    Russian and Ukrainian groups in Canada want to set the record straight—they just can’t agree what straight is. A tenuous ceasefire has curtailed some of the real fighting in Ukraine, for now. But the battle to define the conflict has continued between those who oppose and support the government in Kyiv. read more …read more Source:...

    Analysts say difficult to tell if Canada’s sanctions on Russia having impact
    Mar11

    Analysts say difficult to tell if Canada’s sanctions on Russia having impact

    Canada has spent the last year aggressively imposing sanctions on Russian and Ukrainian players with ties to the simmering conflict in eastern Ukraine, but experts say there’s no evidence that the penalties are having any political impact on the Putin government. The federal government has imposed sanctions on 85 Russian and 75 Ukrainian...

    Canada courts trade pact with Ukraine as war escalates
    Feb11

    Canada courts trade pact with Ukraine as war escalates

    The Harper government says it’s returning to the bargaining table with Ukraine on a free trade deal amidst an ongoing war and a year and a half delay in negotiations. Trade Minister Ed Fast announced the renewal of Canada-Ukraine free trade negotiations on Jan. 26 in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, promising “an ambitious and comprehensive...

    Russia’s new ambassador faces ‘loudspeaker diplomacy’ over Ukraine
    Jan28

    Russia’s new ambassador faces ‘loudspeaker diplomacy’ over Ukraine

    Just two months on the job, the Russian Federation’s new ambassador, Alexander Darchiev, faces some difficult challenges in Canada-Russian relations that had not, save for the last year, dominated the decade-long posting of the previous ambassador, Georgiy Mamedov. read more …read more Source:...

    Back to Parliament: Legislation
    Jan28

    Back to Parliament: Legislation

    Foreign policy continues to dominate the headlines in Canada, but for all the focus on hotspots like Ukraine, Iraq and Syria, only a few outstanding pieces of legislation brought forward by the government have implications for international affairs. Energy, the economy and anti-terrorism are the primary focus of these bills. Expect more...

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