News item | 09-01-2019 | 09:12The Netherlands Embassy in Baghdad is looking for a proactive and resourceful candidate for the position of Projects, Policy and Communications Officer.The Netherlands has designated Iraq as a focus country for its foreign policy. It has developed a new strategy for Iraq with security and peacebuilding, migration, human rights and economic development as main priorities. The Dutch government offers a wide range of assistence and cooperation to Iraq in support of that strategy. The successful candidate will help therein, by managing Dutch-funded projects in Iraq, improving migration cooperation and supporting online communications.Duties and results areasProject ManagementManage the project portfolio of the Netherlands in Iraq, which consists of activities in the four priority areas: security, migration, work & income and human rights. This entails i.a.Identifying and monitoring Dutch-funded projects in order to achieve maxim..
Skip to content Kristina Hadzi Vasileva
Managing Director at Strategic Development Consulting and Chevening Scholar
Guest blogger for UK in North Macedonia
Part of UK in North Macedonia
6th March 2020 Skopje, North Macedonia
8 March – How far have we come?The first week of March is always so intense for me. Not that there are no such other weeks during the year (family birthdays, new years’, vacation preparations..). Yet during the first week of March everyone and anyone suddenly remembers us, women. Flowers are sold on improvised stalls of cardboard boxes on every corner, presents are bought and given, dinners organized and celebrated with music and dancing. TV shows are hosted with the sole topic of discussing women’s rights, gender equality, domestic violence, political participation of women, women’s economic advancement. The reason, as you might guess is 8 of March. Recognized as international women’s day, this date celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievem..
–Elimination of the Cold War-founded/USG-funded United States Information Agency (USIA) (1999); its function integrated into the State Department; see
–Creation of a State Department Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public affairs, an often vacant post with no current employee, the last one of whom stated (1)
–Denigration of the “public diplomacy” function within the State Department hierarchy, especially in the field [this is a personal comment (ca. 2012) from someone who had the privilege of being a PD dip for some twenty years (2)].
–Proliferation/academisation of college programs on public diplomacy; but what “real jobs” will these earnest grads get after borrowing for tuition fees? See.
–Privatization of public diplomacy: Let business “do” it. At whose expense/ investment? The consumer?
–Modification/elimination of the adjective preceding “public diplomacy,” formerly modified (but not always) (see “Diplomacies, from Public to Pubic”)
Skip to content Leigh Turner
Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna
17th September 2020 Vienna, Austria
Why the British Embassy in Vienna is proud to be greenDiplomats from the British Embassy are off to an important meeting in Vienna. The Ringstrasse, as so often, is gridlocked. No problem for our diplomats, who hop on an embassy bike and arrive not only on time, but in style.
Our British Embassy Vienna bikesOur embassy bikes mean that British diplomats in Vienna make many journeys by bike which would once have been by car. Result: zero emissions (apart, perhaps, from some panting). The bikes are just one of the measures we have taken to make the three British diplomatic missions in Austria greener. Our Embassy ‘green team’ are constantly looking for ways to reduce our environmental footprint. Measures we have taken so far include:
Banning single use plastics. This is harder than it sounds. The first..
Skip to content Paul Brummell
Head of Soft Power and External Affairs Department, Communication Directorate
13th October 2019 London,UK
What is Chevening? It was great to have the opportunity to speak to our 1,750 new Chevening Scholars yesterday at the exuberant event that is Chevening Orientation. This is what I said.
What is Chevening?
Chevening is a place.
It is a large rural mansion house in the English county of Kent, to the south-east of London, built in the early 17th century.
The story of how this country house gave its name to the Chevening scholarships programme is closely linked to the history of an English aristocratic family named Stanhope.
The title of Earl Stanhope was created in 1718 for James Stanhope, a prominent military commander who then pursued a career as a politician, supporting the Hanoverian Succession and thus the reign of King George I. He became Prime Minister in all but name, and indeed he is sometimes described as Britain’s first Prime Minister, a title..