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  • The week in foreign policy

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    18 Sep The week in foreign policy

    Posted at 14:34h
    in UK Perspectives
    by Evie Aspinall

    We’re back with the week in foreign policy – exploring what’s happening away from the front pages, and key developments in global affairs that have caught our eye.

    The foreign policy headlines have been dominated this week by news that, with the support of America, the UAE and Bahrain have signed agreements fully normalising their relationships with Israel. Whilst the move has been celebrated by some as a historic and extraordinary triumph, The New York Times’ Editorial Board have argued that, whilst this is “on the face of it, a good and beneficial development”, “the agreements…made only a perfunctory nod to what ‘Middle East peace’ has long referred to: peace between Palestinians and Israelis.” They argue that: “A true Middle East peace deal will require an accommodation with the 4.75 million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, a people who have been..

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  • Why the British Embassy in Vienna is proud to be green

    Why the British Embassy in Vienna is proud to be green0

    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..

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  • What Gen Z Brings to the Public Diplomacy Table

    What Gen Z Brings to the Public Diplomacy Table0

    What Gen Z Brings to the Public Diplomacy Table

    Sep 9, 2020

    For a generation accustomed to long periods of screen time, Generation Z (Gen Z)’s digital consumption is of particular relevance to public diplomacy.

    Consistent online engagement allows for Gen Z to connect with others globally amid a wealth of information, sharing content and building networks. A new article posted to LinkedIn by Jonathan Steffert, New Zealand Cultural Attaché in Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, identifies Gen Z’s strengths in the worldwide pivot to cyberspace reliance.

    Might Gen Z be better equipped for the challenge? Through five public-diplomacy themes, Steffert speaks to how Gen Z leverages an innate familiarity in digital spaces to organize and unite across borders:

    The Changing World of Youth Leadership
    Embrace Transnationalism
    Cultural Equity and Inclusion
    You'll Need a New Mindset
    Offer and Build Community

    Roughly born after 1996 and becoming the most diverse generation in history, ..

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  • The purpose of the new FCDO

    The purpose of the new FCDO0

    In the short time since the Prime Minister announced the creation of a new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, my former colleagues in both the FCO and DFID have been working hard to prepare for its launch tomorrow.  But determining the culture of FCDO will be a multi-year task – I was present when DFID

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  • How Austria has – and hasn’t – changed

    How Austria has – and hasn’t – changed0

    Skip to content Leigh Turner
    Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna
    7th September 2020 Vienna, Austria
    How Austria has – and hasn’t – changed‘You were a diplomat in Vienna in the ‘80s?’ My interlocutor scans me, perhaps wondering why I am still working, or alive. ‘It must have changed so much!’
    ‘Well…’ I seek a diplomatic reply. ‘Yes and no.’
    Oscar Wilde famously said “Comparisons are odious”. I often cite him when asked which of my diplomatic postings I have preferred out of Vienna, Moscow, Berlin, Kyiv and Istanbul. But Vienna has evolved since 1984-87, when I served here as second secretary press and political.
    With exactly one year to go before I am due to conclude my posting as ambassador in Vienna, I thought I would have a go at highlighting five things that have changed since the ‘80s, and five things that haven’t:
    What hasn’t changed

    (i) Vienna used to be so grey and dull, didn’t it? Young Vi..

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  • How Austria has – and hasn’t – changed

    How Austria has – and hasn’t – changed0

    Skip to content Leigh Turner
    Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna
    7th September 2020 Vienna, Austria
    How Austria has – and hasn’t – changed‘You were a diplomat in Vienna in the ‘80s?’ My interlocutor scans me, perhaps wondering why I am still working, or alive. ‘It must have changed so much!’
    ‘Well…’ I seek a diplomatic reply. ‘Yes and no.’
    Oscar Wilde famously said “Comparisons are odious”. I often cite him when asked which of my diplomatic postings I have preferred out of Vienna, Moscow, Berlin, Kyiv and Istanbul. But Vienna has evolved since 1984-87, when I served here as second secretary press and political.
    With exactly one year to go before I am due to conclude my posting as ambassador in Vienna, I thought I would have a go at highlighting five things that have changed since the ‘80s, and five things that haven’t:
    What hasn’t changed

    (i) Vienna used to be so grey and dull, didn’t it? Young Vi..

    READ MORE
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