29 May has been chosen as the Day of Serbian Diplomacy since it was on that day, 180 years ago exactly, that the Prince's Office conducting external affairs was established, the event considered as the beginning of professional diplomacy in Serbia.
In Serbia in the XIX century the attendants employed in the diplomatic service at home, that is, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the diplomatic agents during their mission abroad, were obliged to wear official suits.
When I entered the Foreign Service in 1979, my class of 16 new Public Diplomacy officers was taught to cultivate “the Foreign Service manner,” the habits of diplomacy — listening, accurate reporting, careful speaking, and a certain care in...
Skip to content Joelle Jenny
Director, Joint Funds Unit
30th October 2020 London
20 years of Women, Peace and Security Today marks 20 years since the UK led the first ever UN Security Council Resolution on Women, Peace and Security. It’s an important moment to champion the crucial role women can play as actors and decision-makers at all levels in peace and political processes.
Women’s participation in peace processes is essential. For reasons of equity and inclusivity of course, but also simply because peace agreements that were negotiated with the participation of women are more successful. They go deeper in addressing the wounds and trauma of war. They address the causes of the conflict, have transitional justice arrangements and consider the needs of the populations. They are more lasting, more enduring than the kinds of power arrangements that are negotiated when only the warring parties are at the table.
In fact, when women meaningfully participate, the resulting agreement is 64%..
Skip to content Sian MacLeod
UK Ambassador to Serbia
Part of UK in Serbia
30th October 2020 Belgrade, Serbia
A House in Dedinje Diplomats move house more than most people. We move between countries every two, three or four years. We move backwards and forwards to and from our own countries. Even within our home countries jobs in our foreign ministries may be spread across more than one city.
I have lived in six countries outside the UK. Some of my colleagues will have lived and worked in even more.
Some countries expect their diplomats to take their own furniture with them as they move around the world. British diplomats don’t do this – and haven’t done so for very many years. That makes it easier when it comes to moving. But it also means you spend most of your working life living with furniture and furnishings, and in houses, that aren’t your own.
(It also means that when you walk into a British diplomat’s house or flat anywhere in the world you are quite likely to recognise your ..
Skip to content Sian MacLeod
UK Ambassador to Serbia
Part of UK in Serbia
9th October 2020 Belgrade, Serbia
Faces of Diplomacy When I walk up the stairs to my office in the Embassy I pass a series of painted portraits and photographs of former heads of the UK’s diplomatic mission in Belgrade.
Over the years our diplomatic mission has had different names and a different status. It has been a Legation, a Consulate General and, as now, a British Embassy.
We are of now the UK Embassy to the Republic of Serbia. But my predecessors were accredited at different times to Serbia, the Kingdom of Serbia, the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, Yugoslavia, and Serbia and Montenegro.
The portraits start with George Hodges who arrived by boat across the Danube in 1837. They continue, with some gaps, up to my predecessor Denis Keefe who left Belgrade last year.
There is one very obvious difference between me and all the diplomats in the portraits: they are all men.
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
8th October 2020 Skopje, North Macedonia
Secrets of writing a good Chevening application We’re always excited when we launch the annual Chevening Scholarship fund. We’ll be spending the next few weeks hoping to encourage as many good quality applications as possible before the closing date on 3 November. Through a scholarship you can gain a world-class education, experience the UK’s diverse and welcoming culture, and become part of the lifelong Chevening community. A Chevening Scholarship offers full financial support by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and partner organisations. And if you are passionate about creating positive change in the communities around you, you are the person we are looking for!
I’ve spent the past two years here chairing the panel which shortlists and later interviews applicants. I’ve seen some ..
Skip to content Adnan Muminović
Guest blogger for Matt Field
8th October 2020 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
When things appear too good to be true, they usually are. Except for when they are not… About a year ago, I decided to quit my job in Sarajevo and move to London in order to pursue my second master’s in something called Psychology of Economic Life. Inevitably, as part of that decision, several others had to be made as well. Those included, but were not limited to, the decision to trade a well-paying job for a life on a student budget; strong ties with people I love most in the world for what would, at least initially, be strangers; and my own comfortable place in Sarajevo for a flat share in London. In short, I had decided to trade the known for the unknown.
Back in Sarajevo, reminiscing about the past twelve months and writing these lines, I ask myself whether it was worth it. Would I do it again? Oh, absolutely! And, honestly, so should you…
For all those ..
Facebook has issued a comprehensive guide on best practices for using Instagram to promote shared experiences and strengthen relationships. The guide positions images as a "new form of language" and explains how Instagram can help elected officials, political candidates and governments use this language to connect digitally with audiences.
With 500 million people using Instagram each day, the guide demonstrates how compelling content is key to carrying messages to all corners of the globe. It emphasizes that by utilizing the platform's range of tools, including audiovisual material, engaging hashtags, stories, live video and more, users can tell a story that resonates with others on a personal level. Prominent global leaders such as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, the guide notes, are successfully using Instagram to forge meaningful connections.
"Elected officials, governments,..
Job C. Henning, warontherocks.com; original article contains links
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To redirect its relationship with Beijing, the United States should try something fundamentally new and unexpected: launch an effort aimed at encouraging China’s westward interest in the rest of Eurasia.
It could include a three-pronged initiative: The first two would be dramatic departures from current U.S. policy: American participation in China’s Belt and Road Initiative and membership in its multilateral financial institution, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. These would create initial valuable opportunities for U.S.-Chinese investment and development. Such collaboration could then supplemented with a reorganized Trans-Pacific Partnership that includes China and the United States and is enlarged to focus beyond the Pacific Rim to new emerging trade zones in central Eurasia.
The Belt and Road Initiative is focused on an area that is home to over one third of the..
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Cultural Diplomacy in a Multipolar World18 Feb 2019 to 10 Mar 2019Web Based Type: CourseDuration: 3 WeeksProgramme Area: Peace Security and Diplomacy,
Multilateral DiplomacyFee: $500.00Website: http://www.unitar.org/mdpEvent Focal Point Email: email@example.comCultural diplomacy has long been the Cinderella of foreign ministries. But, as with its close relation, public diplomacy [JB emphasis], interest in cultural diplomacy has increased with growing understanding of the significance of soft power in achieving states’ objectives in the international realm.
Public Diplomacy [JB underlining] InternExpertise: Public Diplomacy, Japan, Sino-US Relations
Ellen Ehrnrooth grew up in London, England, but headed across the pond to pursue her undergraduate degree at Tufts University, where she is a rising junior studying International Relations with an East and Southeast Asia concentration, and a second major in Japanese.Ellen interned at an international microfinance NGO last summer, where she conducted research on international donor prospects, and drafted and edited status reports on microfinance projects and climactic conditions in Kenya.She also speaks Swedish and Japanese, and will be studying for a year in Kyoto, Japan as of September.
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