August 22, 2017

  • Tolerance: a fundamental part of the United Arab Emirates

    By H.E. Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance, United Arab Emirates. In today’s world, one of the greatest challenges that we face is the rise in various forms of intolerance. Whether it is differences in religious belief, in cultural and historical traditions or in colour or origin, conflicts are created and stimulated by those who seek to use them as reasons to divide us. In sharp contrast to that, we in the United Arab Emirates firmly believe that such differences should be welcomed and celebrated. They offer much from which we can all learn as…

  • Ambassador Ugalde at the VII Iberoamerican Week of International Justice

    H.E. Ambassador Sergio Ugalde, Ambassador of Costa Rica / Vicepresident of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court. On Wednesday 31st May, the Opening Ceremony for the VI Ibero-American Week of International Justice took place at the Peace Palace. H.E. Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, President of the International Criminal Court, H.E. Ambassador Sergio Ugalde, Vicepresident of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court, H.E. Ambassador Johan Van der Werff, Ambassador of the Netherlands to International Organisations, and Prof. Héctor Olasolo, Chairman of the Ibero-American Institute of The Hague for Peace, Human Rights and International Justice (IIH) were the speakers…

  • A Review of the Maltese EU Presidency

    At the end of June the first ever Maltese Presidency of the EU came to a conclusion. To mark this occasion an EU Presidency Handover ceremony was held on the 28 June at the Embassy in The Hague with the presence of the Heads of Mission of EU Member States, candidate countries, international organizations, officials from the EEAS, European Commission representation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. The ceremony was held for the first time in The Hague and a commemorative plaque was prepared by Embassy for the occasion which features the flags of the EU and…

  • Grenada: Isle of Spice

    By H.E. C. J. Augustine-Kanu, Ambassador of Grenada and Permanent Representative to the European Union, Brussels, Kingdom of Belgium. Grenada is a tri-island state that is known interchangeably as ‘The Isle of Spice’ or the “Spice Isle.’ She has two sister islands, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Grenada is nestled in between the islands of St. Vincent & the Grenadines to the north and Trinidad and Tobago to the south in the eastern Caribbean Sea, West Indies. Grenada’s rich history dates back to the early Carib and Arawak Native Indians who originally inhabited the island. During the course of her history, Grenada…

  • Marriot The Hague celebrating DM’s 4th Anniversary

    Diplomat Magazine celebrated its fourth anniversary at its traditional venue, Marriott The Hague Hotel. Starting out small with huge support of the diplomatic corps, the very first diplomatic magazine in the Netherlands history, rapidly grew into the popular magazine attracting today more than 70,000 monthly readers, alongside its special biannual printed edition. A lunch was offered to many of Diplomat Magazine´s volunteers and staff, in the presence of Dr Mayelinne De Lara, Publisher and Mr. Vincent Pahlplatz, General Manager of Marriott The Hague Hotel. Amongst the special invited guests were magazine´s volunteer founders, such as Dr. Eugenio Matos G., former…

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Tricentennial of the Second Visit of Peter the Great to the Netherlands

Aug 17, 2017

The Ambassador of Russia to the Netherlands, H.E. Alexander Shulgin during his speech.  The Inauguration in Maastricht of a Memorial Plaque Dedicated to the Tricentennial of the Second Visit of Peter the Great to the Netherlands 27 July 2017. An inauguration ceremony of a stone memorial plaque dedicated to the tricentennial of the second visit of the second visit of Tsar Peter I to the Netherlands took place in Maastricht. The ceremony was organised by the efforts of the Honourary Consul of the Russian Federation in the provinces of Northern Brabant and Limburg Mr Constantijn van Vloten. The plaque was inaugurated…

WWII victims of war in South East Asia remembered in Senate Building

Aug 17, 2017

The Honorary list of Fallen Soldiers. By Anton Lutter. Annually on the 14th of August the victims of the Second Worldwar in The Dutch East Indies and other places in South East Asia are commemorated. This event is organised a day before the national commemoration of the official end of WWII which was when Japan capitulated before the Allied forces on the 15th of august 1945. Both the president of Parliament Mrs. Khadija Arib and the president of the Senate Mrs. Ankie Broekers-Knol laid a reef at the Indische plaquette, a bronze monument depicting the Netherlands-Indies and a part of South…

90 years People’s Liberation Army in Brussels

Aug 16, 2017

Brussels, Tuesday, 19 July 2017: the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union hosted a reception to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in the premises of the diplomatic mission itself located in the Brussels suburb of Woluwe-Saint-Lambert. HE Ambassador Yang Yanyi was pleased to welcome to the event high-ranking EU including the Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, or HRH Prince Laurent of Belgium. During the ambassador’s allocution she highlighted the importance the army has played in creating a stable China, and by default to the security and…

India’s 71st Independence Day Celebrations

Aug 11, 2017

Open House at the Indian Ambassador’s residence. The Hague – India celebrates its 71st Independence Day on August 15, 2017.  For the first time, the Indian Embassy will mark this important event by organizing a special flag hoisting event at ‘India House’, the residence of the Ambassador in Wassenar. The function will be open to all members of Indian community, people of Indian origin and friends of India. This measure is being taken in order to strengthen the friendly relationship between the Embassy and the Dutch/Indian community. The address of the venue is Backershagenlaan 21, 2243 AB Wassenaar. The function…

Peruvian Sail Training Ship “B.A.P Unión”

Aug 11, 2017

On the picture, H.E. Ambassador Carlos Herrera and the Captain of the Tall Ship. The Peruvian Sail Training Ship “B.A.P Unión” (Buque Armada Peruana Unión, in Spanish) arrived Tuesday August 8th to the Port of Rotterdam. In this occasion, the Captain of the Tall Ship and H.E. Carlos Herrera, Ambassador of Peru to the Netherlands hosted a Press Conference after docking at the port. For additional Kim Vermaat’s pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157683987624142 The “B.A.P. Unión”, which was incorporated on 26 January 2016 to the Peruvian naval fleet, is the biggest vessel of its type in Latin America…

Peru National Day 2017

Aug 8, 2017

On the picture Peruvian Diplomats credited in the Netherlands;  Mr. Omar Tovar, Vice-Consul,  Mrs Francis Chavez, Third Secretary, Mr Lucas Otero, Second Secretary, Mrs Veronique Micléa, spouse of the Ambassador of Peru, H.E. Ambassador Carlos Andrés Miguel Herrera Rodríguez, Mrs. Susan Ortega Olortegui, spouse of  Javier Pella and Mr Javier Pella, Minister Cousellor. By Roy Lie A Tjam. The 27 July marked the 196th anniversary of the independence of Peru, which was celebrated with a reception held at the residence of H.E. Ambassador Carlos Herrera, and Mrs. Véronique Micléa. Dutch authorities, members of the diplomatic corps, businessmen, academics and representative of the…

Wastra, the Enchanting Textiles of Indonesia

Aug 7, 2017

Conservation of the Indonesian Heritage By Roy Lie A Tjam. Indonesia and batik are inextricably linked. The latter is an integral part of the Indonesian culture. Although just a name, batik evokes deep emotions. Introduced by  Nila Patty and Puji Siragar, the Deputy Head of Mission Mr. Ibnu Wahyutomo bid the guests, among whom were many ambassadors; a warm welcome. Unfortunately, the first scheduled guest speaker (chairperson of the Indonesian Heritage Trust) ended up calling her trip to The Hague off. Dr. Sandra Niessen (Anthropology) however, delivered an introduction to the Indonesian culture. To see awesome Hester Dijkstra’s pictures please open…

Indonesian Embassy Showcasing Batik from Bali and Yogyakarta

Aug 3, 2017

On the picture Indigo batik from Yogyakarta. By Anton Lutter. Batik – the technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth – is steeped in centuries old tradition from the various islands which make up Indonesia with their own distinctive design and style. For instance Java itself is known for its varied distinctive Batik developed mainly around the different Royal Courts which, as in Europe, have been the traditional centres of cultural development. The importance of Batik has been acknowledged in october 2009 by UNESCO designating Indonesian Batik as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Promoting Batik…

Tunisian Cooking and Cocktail Show

Aug 3, 2017

H.E. Elyes Ghariani, Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia. By Roy Lie A Tjam. The Embassy of Tunisia together with the Tunisian Tourist Office organized a splendid Tunisian cooking and cocktail show at the Wittenberg Castle in Wassenaar on, 6 July 2017. The Internationally renowned Tunisian top chefs Wafik Belaid and Haykel Ben Zayda guaranteed a culinary enjoyment of top level. All the while H.E. Elyes Ghariani, Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia, gave a briefing on the current situation in the country. Ghariani stressed the impact of the travel ban on the economy and also the sector recovery after…

90th Anniversary of the Founding People’s Liberation Army of China

Aug 3, 2017

                            Senior Colonel  Hai Wei, Military, Navy and Air attaché to the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. Photography Roy Strik / For Diplomat Magazine.  By Roy Lie A Tjam. The Military, Navy and Air attache, Senior Colonel  Hai Wei hosted a reception to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army of China, which falls on August 1. The People’s Liberation Army is among the world’s largest standing armies, and it’s taking on a greater role in International Diplomacy. For additional Roy…

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The Truth and Reconciliation stuggle on the Balkans

By Senadin Lavić. We live in a post-genocidal society, divided into ethnic-religious ghetto by means of war. In such broken society are continually inserted seductive and controversial concepts that serve the goals that are not realized by means of war. The terms such as federalism, unitarism and separatism come mainly as political games of political life actors in our country, but regarding the separatism of the entities RS, the Greater Serbian policy is absolutely focused on this goal. The shaping of political reality and the main ideas in it is a work of the ideology – par excellence, which then…

Which countries are powerful?

By Barend ter Haar. Are the Netherlands more powerful than Italy or Spain? Yes, according to 2017 ISA Country Power Rankings published by ISA (International Strategic Analysis), an international research and consulting firm headquartered in Luxembourg . ISA bases its ranking on an analysis of seven different categories of power: economy, demography, military, environmental and natural resources, politics, culture and technology. It is interesting to compare this list with the best countries/power rankings published by U.S. News & World Report . That list is based on only five factors: leadership, economic influence, political influence, strong international alliances and strong military…

Corneliu Pivariu. Photographer: Ionus Paraschiv.

Under Donald Trump’s leadership, the USA is speeding up world’s geopolitical developments

By Corneliu Pivariu. Things look like that after president Donald Trump’s participation to the “Three Seas Initiative” – Warsaw, G20 Hamburg Summit and France’s National Day – 14th of July in Paris. Yet we must underline that the period of the Cold War when the two superpowers were deciding most of the global geopolitic developments is over and so is the short period after the fall of the Iron Curtain when the USA was prevailing. Currently, we are in a period of a much more complexity then those we just mentioned, whereby each important geopolitical player seeks to position itself…

50 years of a master piece: One Hundred Years of Solitude

On the occasion of the 50th commemoration anniversary of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” publication, a masterpiece that led Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014) to the pinnacle of his carrier with the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature, the Embassy of Colombia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands together with the Cervantes Institute organized on 18 May 2017 a dialogue about this novel and its author, as well as the opening of the photographic exhibition “García Márquez Portraits” in Utrecht. The event started with a welcoming speech by the Cervantes Institute Director, Isabel Lorda Vidal, followed by a literary intervention…

The Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property…

The Power of Culture, The Verve of Spirit By Mara Lemanis. Culture is the crucible that forges our visceral identity. When the UK ratified The Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Properties last year, it confirmed the importance of sustaining the legacy, the identity of all cultures, especially at a time of armed conflict. Without this protection the patrimony of indigenous groups in many countries could witness the kind of disintegration that has taken place among native Indian populations all across America. The relegation of Indian tribes to reservations ordered by the U.S. government in the late 19th century…

The MH17 Disaster Demands a Return to a Rules-Based International System

On the picture, Scott Martin. By Scott Martin and Wayne Jordash. On 17 July 2014, Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with a total of 298 people on board from 17 countries when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine, crashing at a site in the Donetsk oblast, killing everyone onboard. This tragedy, well-known to the diplomatic community and people around the world, exacerbated an already tense diplomatic tete-a-tete between the Russian Federation and the Western world, with the West contending that separatists illegally conspired with Russia to occupy Ukraine through reliance on its…

Vatican official calls for global ‘permanent and generous’ funding for migrants

An undersecretary for the Vatican’s new Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development suggests governments split funds 50-50 between migrants and local poor in areas where they are arriving. He spoke in Berlin at the tenth Global Forum for Migration and Development. By Joshua J. Mcelwee, Vatican Insider. An undersecretary for the new Vatican office devoted to issues facing migrants and refugees has called on global governments to create a “permanent and generous funding facility” for the areas of the world receiving the largest numbers of migrants. Jesuit Fr. Michael Czerny, one of two undersecretaries for the Migrants and Refugees Section…

Lady X and the Power of Destiny – A Musical Drama

                            A work based on the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Spain has been fortunate for British artist, author and composer Dario Poli, known by some of his contemporaries as the “Renaissance man.” For it was here that he found the inspiration to originate and produce one of his finest musical achievements “Lady X and The Power of Destiny” in a creative collaboration with Lloyd Hulme of Puerto Banus. The musical drama, originally composed as a celebration of England’s favourite princess, based on the late Diana Princess…

XVI Edition of the Master in Human Rights and Conflict Management

Call for Applications for the XVI Edition of the Master in Human Rights and Conflict Management – Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa, Italy) – 2018   Applications shall be submitted online at www.humanrights.santannapisa.it Applications for admission by Non EU citizens shall be sent no later than September 4, 2017 / Applications for admission by EU citizens shall be sent no later than September 19, 2017 Description: The Master in Human Rights and Conflict Management is designed to provide students from different cultures and backgrounds with a deep understanding of the linkages between human rights and conflict management theory and practice. The…

Africa-Europe: Similarities and Differences in Security

                            By Anis Bajrektarevic and Giuliano Luongo. NOVA Publishers ( https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=62974 )   “For the past few centuries, Africa lived fear but dreamt a hope of Europeans …From WWI to www.” In this one short statement is the essence of the 6th book on geopolitics of prof. Anis Bajrektarevic: ‘Europe and Africa’ just released by the US publisher NOVA. This time professor is co-signing book with his junior researcher from Italy, Guliano Luongo, who is a Director of Africanistic studies at the Rome-based Institute for Geopolitics (IsAG)….

The Hague Roundtable on Climate & Security

On the picture, Roundtable hosted by the Embassy of Australia. April 2017. The Roundtables are an ongoing initiative started in 2015 – created and organized by Matt Luna of the Institute for Environmental Security. The overall goal is to get different countries and stakeholders to share information and strategies (including initiating new strategies) on addressing climate risks to natural resource availability, food security, migration, disaster response, and stability of fragile states. The Roundtables are also an opportunity for local dialogue with a global reach to support international climate and security initiatives such as the Planetary Security Conference and the UN…

Traslados

With the release of the bestseller Traslados, Silvia Korenblum, psychologist and diplomatic spouse, describe and explore the transitory migration of diplomatic life and its impact on the family. Diplomat Magazine decided to publish this powerful companion book designed for diplomats and their families, in its original language. Chapter one Por Silvia  Korenblum. Las familias en tránsito son aquellas que migran de ciudad o de país, por un período de tiempo determinado. En la antigüedad, la migración era una epopeya: los pueblos nómadas llegaban de un lugar a otro midiendo cada paso en la distancia caminada, sintiendo el cambio de un…

The Return of Good Policies for Bad Reasons, Populism and Industrial Policy

By Amanda Janoo. “Throughout the most of human evolution both progress as well as its horizontal transmission was extremely slow, occasional and tedious a process. Well into the classic period of Alexander the Macedonian and his glorious Alexandrian library, the speed of our knowledge transfers – however moderate, analogue and conservative – was still always surpassing snaillike cycles of our breakthroughs. When our sporadic breakthroughs finally turned to be faster than the velocity of their infrequent transmissions – that very event marked a point of our departure. Simply, our civilizations started to significantly differentiate from each other in their respective…

Georgian royalty on diplomacy

On the picture HRH Prince Davit Bagration Mukhranbatoni – Picture by Royal House of Georgia. By Baron Henri Estramant. Diplomat Magazine had the pleasure of interviewing HRH Prince Davit Bragationi Mukhran Batoni of Georgia, dynastic heir of the world’s oldest Christian dynasty. The Bragationi dynasty is currently of much topicality in Georgia after the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II, suggested once more for the country to adopt a monarchical form of state.  Diplomat Magazine: Your Royal Highness, you are the Head of Georgia’s Royal House, and as such recently the government of your homeland supported the bestowal of “The…

Formation of the government of North Rhine-Westphalia

State Premier, H.E. Armin Laschet. Picture by Olaf Kosinsky, wikiberatung.de, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0 By Jan Eustachi. On 14 May 2017 the population of the fourth largest but most populous and economically strongest German state, North Rhine-Westphalia, voted for a government change. Armin Laschet (Christian Democrats, CDU) has become successor to Hannelore Kraft (Social Democrats, SPD) in the capacity of state premier. The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has formed a coalition with the Liberal Party (FDP). The government seat is located at Düsseldorf, the state capital. On 30 June, Laschet formed his cabinet. The Liberals were given 3 and the Christian Democrats 9 out of 12 ministerial…

Regional Security Architectures: Comparing Asia and Europe

Insights from Professor Anis Bajrektarevic. Trans-Pacific View author Mercy Kuo regularly engages subject-matter experts, policy practitioners, and strategic thinkers across the globe for their diverse insights into U.S. Asia policy. This conversation with Dr. Anis Bajrektarevic  –  chairperson and professor in international law and global political studies, Vienna, Austria and editor of the New York-based scientific journal Geopolitics, History, and International Relations – is the 98th in “The Trans-Pacific View Insight Series.” Q1:   Compare and contract regional security architectures in Asia and Europe. While all other major theaters have had pan-continental settings in place already for many decades, such as the Organization of…