On March 11, a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund took place in Moscow. It was opened by Chairman of the Board of Trustees – Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. During his speech, the head of Foreign Service said: “Good afternoon, colleagues, We are delighted to welcome youREAD MORE
Skip to content Nina Forgwe
Political and Programmes Officer, Cameroon
Guest blogger for FCO Careers
12th March 2020
Nina Forgwe: Success, what success? Nina Forgwe, Political and Programmes Officer, CameroonAs part of our Women’s History Month campaign, #RedefiningSuccess, we have asked our colleagues from across the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to share what success means to them. Here, Nina Forgwe shares her definition.
Success, what success?I come from a family where my siblings and I are all university educated.
I have travelled the world a fair bit.
Some consider me successful. I have a great job.
But, I also come from a community where the success narrative for a woman is dominated by three solid tests; marriage, child bearing and the needs of the home and husband.
A successful woman is one who excels at all three. I failed at all three.
I bought into that narrative so completely that a year ago, I was a failure.
There was no pitty-patter of tiny feet. In the eyes of my husb..
Skip to content Simon Cleobury
UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament
11th March 2020 Geneva, Switzerland
Blog: Understanding the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Working on nuclear issues is hard – not only understanding the science behind it, but also its complicated politics and history. To help me do nuclear diplomacy better, I wanted to improve my awareness of how the nuclear fuel cycle works. That is why earlier this year I visited five nuclear sites – three in the UK and two in France.
My visit to the UK nuclear sites was organised by the Ministry of Defence and the National Nuclear Laboratory. Over the three days, we visited Capenhurst, a uranium enrichment site; Springfields, where uranium is converted into fuel for use in reactors; and Sellafield, where spent nuclear fuel is reprocessed. The sites at Capenhurst and Sellafield produced the UK’s fissile materials for its nuclear weapons, prior to the moratorium on new production in 1995.
The visits helped me t..
Skip to content Leigh Turner
Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna
Part of UK in Austria
8th March 2020 Vienna, Austria
Maiden – awesome, inspirational women on the big screen I recently had co-hosted a special premiere of Maiden, the gripping story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old Briton, became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World race in 1989. The race, today known as the Volvo Ocean Race, was a brutal competition comprised of six legs totalling 32,000 nautical miles. The screening was organised by UN Vienna to mark International Womens’ Day on Sunday 8 March.
The film is about defiance and determination. Tracy undertook huge personal risks, including mortgaging her own house to embark on her endeavor which was met with dismissive comments and condescending coverage from colleagues and male sports journalists. These are retold – with starting can..READ MORE
2nd Edition of the Routledge Handbook of Public Diplomacy Out Now
Since the 2008 release of the first edition of this encyclopedic guide, the landscape, technologies and best practices of public diplomacy have evolved. Now, so too has the Routledge Handbook of Public Diplomacy.
The second edition of this comprehensive work was edited by Nancy Snow (Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University) and Nicholas Cull (USC Master of Public Diplomacy Founding Director, CPD Faculty Fellow). Parts one through four retain their expert authors (many of whom belong to the CPD community) who contributed revised content for the new edition. It now also boasts 16 global case studies and ten new authors.
The link to purchase the book can be found here.
Table of Contents
1. Rethinking Public Diplomacy in the 2020s – Nancy Snow
2.Public Diplomacy Before Gullion: The Evolution of a Phrase – Nicholas J. Cull
Part 1: The Scope of Public Diplomacy: Key Practices
3. The Spectrum..
Skip to content Natasha Dimitrovska
Gender Specialist and Chevening Scholar
Guest blogger for UK in North Macedonia
Part of UK in North Macedonia
7th March 2020 Skopje, North Macedonia
International Women’s Day of solidarity and unity!The past year was very eventful for women’s rights and feminism. On a global level, among other events, the #metoo movement has been growing stronger, bringing down some very privileged and powerful men, a feminist song originated in Chile spread across the globe, pointing the finger at the systemic violence women endure around the world, and women finally got the deserved place in missions to space. On the other hand, women’s reproductive rights and freedoms got to a halt with the reinstated global gag rule, feminists increasingly face backlash by right-wing governments, and the home is still the most unsafe place for a woman.
Turning to the Balkan region and North Macedonia, advancements seem to be going at a much slower pace. Female politicians, espec..