While the rest of the world has evolved to a place where we can track anything at all times and order anything from anywhere, government has been hopelessly stranded on an island in 1993. Normally, lots of people go through their lives barely interacting online with the government. If you are a U.S. citizen, regularlyREAD MORE
Ministry of Foreign Affairs should set up the dedicated office of e-diplomacy to solve the foreign policy problems by using the internet. The outbreak of COVID-19 has badly hit diplomacy. Several international diplomatic conclaves, conferences, and high-level diplomatic trips are on pause. Diplomats are being asked to stay at home. Meeting rooms in the ForeignREAD MORE
For observers of world politics, Twitter is no longer a place to switch off. Politicians are increasingly foraying into social media, even onto more casual platforms for engagement such as Instagram. But Twitter is where statements that need to get out quickly are made. It is where debate is at its most vicious, and mostREAD MORE
“Operating online is not real diplomacy,” one veteran ambassador says. Spare a thought for the world’s diplomatic elite: They’re prowling around Zoom like caged animals, deprived of their most potent tool — personal contact — right as the world is looking to them to coordinate the response to a crippling pandemic. Ambassadors normally mix inREAD MORE
Skip to content Dominic Otway
Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Skopje
Guest blogger for UK in North Macedonia
Part of UK in North Macedonia
17th May 2020 Skopje, North Macedonia
Inclusion in uncertain times – IDAHOBIT Two things struck me when I was asked to write this week’s blog marking the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) on 17 May.
First, it reminded me how much the world has changed since February. I’m thinking of then because it was the last public event I hosted, the day before the first Coronavirus case was reported in North Macedonia. And it was with groups and societies representing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people here. We planned to publicise the meeting at the time, but I got distracted by unfolding developments.. and soon it felt that much of what we discussed had been overtaken as events (including how to mark IDAHOBIT) and meetings need to be postponed until we can meet safely again. Today is a good t..
A village in Guatemala has been named after Serbia as a token of gratitude for the assistance extended to its locals by Honorary Consul of the Republic of Serbia in Guatemala Marcela Arzu de Lozano. As a personal donation, she provided aid in the form of essential food products for around one hundred impoverished familiesREAD MORE
Skip to content Matt Field
British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina
15th May 2020 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
A home for all of us 17 May is IDAHOBIT, International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. While there are many special days to mark throughout the year, this is an important one to me personally.
Last September, my wife Martina and I took part in the first PRIDE march in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This was a happy day for us, and the many others that joined the peaceful walk through the centre of Sarajevo. It belonged to all of those citizens of this country who organised and participated in it, despite a small but sometimes hostile group of opponents during preparations.
Why was this PRIDE, in the last country in the region to hold one, important? Because it was a message of support to all LGBTI brothers and sisters, that they did not need to hide their identity, that they were valued and welcome members of society. And this matters because so many of the..
Despite accepting aid from China to fight the coronavirus, the president of Serbia writes that his country is committed to a pro-Western foreign policy. A Chinese expert, right, from the biotech company BGI Group provides training to a Serbian expert at the Fire Eye laboratory in Belgrade, Serbia, on April 20, 2020.(Xinhua/Shi Zhongyu via GettyREAD MORE