Skip to content Aidan Liddle
UK Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament
21st February 2020 Geneva, Switzerland
Disarmament blog: the P5 meet in London Last week saw a major milestone in preparations for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference in April, when the five NPT Nuclear Weapon States met at Lancaster House in London for their ninth annual ‘P5’ conference.
We began the Conference by welcoming the new RevCon President-designate, Gustavo Zlauvinen of Argentina, and the chairs of the three Main Committees, collectively known as the Bureau. It was useful to hear more about what they thought the key issues for the RevCon would be, what a successful outcome might look like, and what they thought the P5 could do to help achieve it.
In the afternoon, we continued the P5 Conference tradition of a civil society segment. This one was bigger and better than ever: thanks to our partners at King’s College London and the European Leadershi..
Brussels, 28 May 2014 The EU 2014 Digital Scoreboard: how did you fare? New data shows the Commission is on track to complete 95 of its 101 digital actions by 2015, which shows good progress. EU citizens and businesses are going online more, shopping more and they have greater confidence and skills in ICT.
International diplomacy is changing fast. Career diplomats in Washington are increasingly finding themselves sidelined and distrusted by their own political masters. Meanwhile, in Beijing, China’s foreign policy professionals are being schooled to prioritise nationalistic rhetoric over subtle negotiation. Then there’s the advent of social media and the 24-hour news cycle. The days of discreet deal-making
Skip to content Matt Field
British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina
15th June 2020 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Cost of Youth Emigration Long lines of people in front of foreign embassies in Sarajevo has become an all too common backdrop on our way to work. Migration is a fact of modern life, with both posiitve and negative elements. But there is something especially worrying about seeing so many young people in these lines, often accompanied by family members, awaiting work permits. The Westminster Foundation for Democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, funded by the UK Government, has recently published the first study that examines how much does youth emigration cost this country, and the Western Balkan region.
The findings of the study are alarming, and make a clear, fact-based case that the time to act is now.
We do not believe that people of Bosnia and Herzegovina need to be told that the country is slowly but surely emptying. Accurate figures are often hard to find, but bet..
16 Apr Conspiracy Theories in the COVID-19 Crisis and their Social & Geopolitical Consequences
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by Sophia Gaston
There are a number of historically unique factors about the moment at which the COVID-19 pandemic has gripped the world, and it certainly arrived at an especially delicate moment in the trajectory of Western liberal democracies. Socially and politically, the pandemic is being experienced in the aftermath of a number of developments that have chipped away at some of the traditional tools of governance and preconditions of cohesive societies.
Of particular alarm has been the prominent role of conspiracy theories – which have been gaining an increasing degree of visibility and influence in Western political life over recent years. The rise of social media, the growth in anti-establishment political movements, the declining levels of trust in institutions, and the rising competition between social gr..