• The week in foreign policy0

    28 Feb The week in foreign policy

    Posted at 12:24h
    in UK Perspectives
    by Flora Holmes

    This week, the BFPG team were in Dundee hosting an event on Dundee’s international links and ambitions. Meanwhile in the week in foreign policy, global panic over the coronavirus intensified, US President Trump visited Indian prime minister Narendra Modi in India, and EU Commissioner Ursula von der Leyen took a delegation of commissioners to Addis Ababa.

    Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland write for The House magazine that the UK must stand up for protesters in Hong Kong if it is to be a truly Global Britain. The government, Carmichael writes, should reopen the historic BNO passport scheme and establish the right to above in the UK for BNO passport holders. He argues this should run alongside six-monthly reports that will judge whether the historic Joint Declaration between the UK and China over Hong Kong has been breached.

    In Europe, this wee..

  • Presidential Diplomacy

    Presidential Diplomacy0

    As the first President of the United States, George Washington established precedents in every aspect of his administration. Diplomacy was no exception. Washington believed that negotiation was vastly preferable to any other pursuit, and he followed this ideology and took the leading role in diplomatic relations during his presidency. The major diplomatic issues facing Washington included American western settlers’

  • What’s So Awful About Foreign Interference?

    What’s So Awful About Foreign Interference?0

    The idea that our “democracy” is under attack by foreign adversaries rings hollow to anyone who thinks about it for more than a second or two, or rather it should. The reason is obvious: we don’t have a democracy to attack. What we have are more or less – generally less — democratic elections. For

  • Festival della Diplomazia a Roma, ecco tutti gli appuntamenti

    Festival della Diplomazia a Roma, ecco tutti gli appuntamenti0

    Il Festival della Diplomazia, diretto verso la X edizione, nasce nel 2009 dalla consapevolezza della centralità di Roma in ambito internazionale. Nella città, infatti, opera e vive un’ampia comunità internazionale che giornalmente si relaziona con la cittadinanza e le istituzioni locali, in costante interazione con l’assetto economico, organizzativo e culturale. Roma è considerata un punto

  • Diplomatic immunity: Its nature, effects and implications

    Diplomatic immunity: Its nature, effects and implications0

    Section 15(1) of the Diplomatic Immunities and Privileges Act 37 of 2001 (the Act) creates an offence if anyone obtains or executes any legal process against diplomats.

  • How we organise monthly mental wellbeing Q&As for GDS staff

    How we organise monthly mental wellbeing Q&As for GDS staff0

    The mental health network at GDS exists to ensure our colleagues have the mental health support and information they need.

    We do this in a variety of different ways. For example, we send out a regular newsletter, we have a dedicated Slack channel for discussing mental health-related topics, we provide mental health first aid, and host speakers and events.

    We also hold regular anonymous peer-led mental wellbeing Q&As. In this post, I will explain how we organise them and share some tips on how to ensure they’re a success.

    What we do to set up our Q&As
    The Q&As take place on the morning of the last Friday of each month. We hold them on the online platform Slack, which everyone at GDS can access.

    First, we field questions using a Google form, which staff can complete anonymously.

    Staff can also use the form to submit answers anonymously. Our most recent Q&A had 10 anonymous questions and around 50 replies from around 20 members of staff.

    It takes one person about 3 hours in total ..

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