December 15, 2017

  • Foreign Minister Zarif: Europe must work with Iran

    By Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif , Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran.  Dec. 10, 2017 Tehran— On a crisp morning in Vienna two summers ago, hours before concluding the nuclear deal with the United States, the European Union and five other world powers, I took to Twitter to write that the landmark accord was “not a ceiling but a solid foundation.” Unfortunately, for the past 11 months, the response to Iran’s good faith has been tantrums from the Trump administration. But the unreliability of the United States — from climate change to Palestine— has become predictable. Our main concern now…

  • Sidiki Kaba, La justice Internationale et la lutte contre l’impunité

    Conversation avec S.E. M. Sidiki Kaba, Président de l’Assemblée des Etats Parties By Diplomat Magazine. Quelles sont les réalisations les plus marquantes de votre mandat ? Au cours de mon mandat, je me suis attaché à promouvoir le raffermissement de la relation entre la Cour pénale internationale et l’Afrique ainsi que la complémentarité. Je me suis efforcé d’encourager un dialogue franc et constructif entre les Etats africains ayant des griefs envers la Cour et l’Assemblée des Etats Parties de la CPI. Il était nécessaire de répondre aux sources du malaise qui existe entre la Cour et certains Etats africains qui l’accusent…

  • Minister of Tolerance of the UAE

    H.E. Sheikh Nahayan bin Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Tolerance of the UAE. Picture by Government of the UAE Tolerance, an intricate Emirati value By HE Sheikh Nahayan bin Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Tolerance (United Arab Emirates) The Ministry of Tolerance was initiated merely in the year 2016 yet its roots go back generations, in an effort to continue the support and celebration of our diverse country. In a time of on-going political tensions, regionally and globally, it is imperative that we encourage individuals in the UAE and from across the world to respect one another. To be able…

  • Climbing up the stairs

    By H.E. Mr Edgar Elias Azar, Ambassador of Mexico to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In 1969, being recently appointed as a judge, one morning climbing the staircase of the Mexico City Court where he served, Edgar Elias Azar promised to himself that one day he would become its President. Since that moment, he prepared academically and professionally in order to achieve his goal, which was to change the Court of one of the largest cities of the world so to assure a better administration of justice for its nearly half a million users. He was born in Acapulco, Guerrero,…

  • Independent Finland: The First 100 Years

    By H.E. Mr  Timo Ranta, Ambassador of Finland to Belgium and Luxembourg. Almost all countries in the world have a national day. In some countries, like Finland and The United States, that day is called The Independence Day. Finland became independent in 1917, a hundred years ago. The sixth of December was the date when the Parliament approved the independence declaration issued by the Senate. Finnish independence was recognized by most of our closest countries in January 1918. The first steps of our independence were not easy. Finland soon slid into a civil war. However, in July 1919 the first…

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The wider Black Sea Region in the context of Euro-Atlantic Security

Dec 15, 2017

On the picture H.E. David Dondua, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia ; Clingendael senior visiting fellow, Mr. Jan Marinus Wiersma; H.E.Konstantine Surguladze, Ambassador of Georgia to the Netherlands and Mr. Levan Khrokheli, Counsellor, Embassy of Georgia in The Hague at Clingendael.   By Roy Lie A Tjam. The Hague, 28th November 2017, Ambassador of the Republic of Georgia in the Netherlands, H.E. Konstantine Surguladze along with the President of the Coalition for Defense Mr Ton Welter, organized a conference with the theme  “The wider Black Sea region in the context of Euro-Atlantic security – the view from Georgia”…

Stoltenberg’s term extended two more years

Dec 14, 2017

On the picture H.E. Ms Ine Eriksen Søreide, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs  and Mr Jens Stoltenberg NATO’ Secretary-General. Picture by NATO. By Henri Estramant. Brussels, Tuesday, 12 December 2017: NATO, the military alliance of 29 trans-atlantic partners, has extended the Norwegian Jens Stoltenberg’s mandate as Secretary-General for a further two years. The current head of NATO remains in office, as the allies have unanimously extended his term that would otherwise have expired after four years in September of next year. Holding the position since 1 October 2014, Stoltenberg was expected to take the positive vote of the NATO allies, as already once last week, the federal government of…

Judge O-Gon Kwon new President of the Assembly

Dec 13, 2017

Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute elects a new President and six judges In his opening remarks, the President of the Assembly, H. E. Mr. Sidiki Kaba (Senegal), called on all States to work towards the universal ratification of the Rome Statute and the integration of its norms into national legal systems. He underscored the link between State cooperation and the Court’s effectiveness, credibility and independence. President Kaba concluded by saying that if a recession of mass crimes results in progressive inactivity at the Court, “We would then have announced the dawn of a new hope for humanity.”…

Georgia’s Deputy Minister meetings in The Hague

Dec 13, 2017

H.E. David Dondua, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. The visit of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, H.E. David Dondua to the Kingdom of the Netherlands On November 28-29, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, H.E. David Dondua visited Netherlands. In the framework of the visit, David Dondua met with the deputy Director of Political Affairs Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Mr. Pieter Jan Kleiweg de Zwaan. During the meeting, the sides discussed ongoing and future cooperation between the Netherlands and Georgia, actual issues related to Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration, the…

US Ambassador-designate Peter Hoekstra sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence

Dec 13, 2017

On the picture H.E. Peter Hoekstra and his wife Diane, with Vice President Mike Pence. US Vice-President Mike Pence performed the ceremony to swear in Peter Hoekstra as U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands in Washington, DC on December 11.   The Vice President congratulated the Holland, Michigan native on Twitter, noting that he knew from serving with Hoekstra in the Congress that “there’s no better man to be in the Netherlands than Pete Hoekstra.” The Ambassador-designate is expected to take up his post in The Hague in January. Peter Hoekstra, U.S. Ambassador-designate to the Netherlands, was born in Groningen and immigrated…

Formal go-ahead for closer defence cooperation in EU

Dec 13, 2017

On the picture H.E. Halbe Zijlstra, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The EU’s Foreign Affairs Council today officially decided to proceed with Permanent Structured Cooperation in defence (PESCO). The Netherlands is among the 25 EU member states taking part. Following this decision, 17 specific projects can be fleshed out in early 2018. The Netherlands will participate in 7 of these 17 initial projects, including initiatives in the fields of logistics, medical capabilities, maritime demining, cyber security and radio communication. A good balance is being struck between short- and long-term projects. The long-term projects include the programme for modern maritime demining,…

Diplomats Press Officers Group Meet & Work

Dec 11, 2017

Diplomats Press Officers Group Meet & Work by Diplomat Magazine at Leiden Museum of Antiquities. On the picture together with Dr. Mayelinne De Lara Publisher, Mr.Roy Lie A Tjam, Editor and Ms. Abigail Montalvo also from Diplomat Magazine’s team; Ms. Selkit Verberk, PR, Marketing & Communication of Leiden Museum of Antiquities; Mr.  Alvaro Sanchez, Charge d’Affaires, Venezuela; Ms. Pham Hanh, Second Secretary,Viet Nam; Ms. Sherry Keneson-Hall, Counselor for Public Affairs USA; Dr René González de la Vega, Diplomatic Attaché Culture, Academy and Press, Mexico; Ms. Nawrid Sharmin, First Secretary, Bangladesh; Mr. Mikhail Sobolev, Press Officer, Russia; Ms. Astrid Bharos, Press…

Japan and EU settle trade agreement

Dec 11, 2017

Jean-Claude Juncker and Shinzo Abe – Picture by European Commission. 8 December 2017: Japan and the European Union have finalised a paramount free trade agreement that covers 600 million people, and almost a third of the global economy. Japan and the EU traded roughly $140 billion of goods in 2016 according to EU statistics. The EU stated that the agreement, which won preliminary approval in July, shall enhance support more than 600,000 jobs in the bloc that are tied to exports to Japan. Another half a million EU workers are employed by Japanese companies.Together, the EU and Japan account for…

Jerusalem recognised as Israel’s capital

Dec 11, 2017

US Administration under President Donald Trump has finally taken the step to recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, which reflects a reality that the latter city is the seat of Israel’s government and that, for the Jewish state, Jerusalem will always be its capital. Already in 1995, Congress adopted the Jerusalem Embassy Act, urging the federal government to relocate the American embassy to Jerusalem and to recognise that that city is Israel’s capital. The latter act passed Congress by an overwhelming bipartisan majority and was reaffirmed by a unanimous vote of the US Senate only six months ago. Yet, for over 20 years, every previous American…

“Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis” for Queen Mathilde of the Belgians

Dec 11, 2017

Queen Mathilde of the Belgians was given the award in the presence of NRW’s Premier Armin Laschet – Picture by Belgian Monarchy. Friday, 8 December 2017, Düsseldorf, North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany: HM Queen Mathilde of the Belgians was in Düsseldorf, capital of the German state of North-Rhine Westphanlia, to receive a German special award for her work in sustainable development (Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis). She was chosen for “her commitment to social and humanitarian projects”, through the Queen Mathilde Fund and UNICEF in particular. In her allocution, the Queen called for young people to be given special consideration. The Queen gave a short speech during the ceremony. “The…

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Tillerson press conference at NATO

Press Conference by Rex Tillerson (US Secretary of State) Left: Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison (US Permanent Representative to NATO). Photography US Embassy in Brussels. The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited NATO Headquarters during his travels last week to Belgium, Austria, and France.  On December 6, 2017, he spoke at a press conference in Brussels.   Here below an extract of this speech: The United States, obviously, I think has affirmed now on multiple occasions our support for NATO’s mission. We know that the security NATO provides protects Western democratic principles, protects our right to live in freedom. To that end, the United…

Although Mobility is the New Normal, Ungoverned Migration Continues to Divide Us

By Mr Martin Wyss, Chief of Mission, IOM International Organization for Migration in the Netherlands. The Secretary General of the United Nations mentioned in a recent speech that he was a migrant too, but not one who had to resort to a leaky boat. He also said that safe migration must not be limited to the global elite (for the full text see his twitter below). With these truisms, he captured two coexisting, yet starkly diverging realities clashing on the same planet. First, while the Secretary General certainly is part of the global elite, he is also part of an…

Review: Atsana Expo 2017

From June to September 2017, Atsana, the capital of Kazakhstan hosted the Atsana Expo show case, where over 120 countries and 22 international organizations demonstrated the latest innovations in the clean energy sector. Titled the Future of Energy, this expo focused on four themes, including the ‘Reduction of Carbon Emissions’, ‘Energy for Life’, ‘Energy for All’, and the ‘World of Energy,’ which focused on the role of each individual’s contribution to the efficient use of energy. The Dutch pavilion was launched by the Minister of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands, at that time Mr. Henk Kamp and the Kazakhstan Vice…

The state of planetary security

By Barend ter Haar. The coming third Planetary Security Conference (on 11 and 12 December in The Hague) is a good reason to look at the current state of planetary security. It can be summarized in one sentence: Mankind has reached a pinnacle of prosperity and power, but it shies away from confronting the unintended environmental, moral and social consequences of this success. Let me qualify that somewhat, beginning with the enormous achievements of mankind. A century ago, most people still lived close to nature, illiterate and with little means to protect themselves and their families against famine and infectious…

Corneliu Pivariu. Photographer: Ionus Paraschiv.

A new strategy for Armenia’s defense?

By Corneliu Pivariu. Following the military confrontations between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which intensity increased in 2016 and which did not stop during 2017 in spite of the international efforts for finding a solution, both sides suffered important losses, as certain data mention a total of around 350 military death on both sides, in an approximate equal proportion. Even after the meeting in Geneva on 16th of October, 2017, between presidents Serzh Sarksyan and Ilham Aliev, fire exchanges continued with losses on both sides. During the 6th edition of the Armenian diaspora forum in Erevan, between 18-20th of September, 2017, the…

Tribute to my Dutch friends

By Tanja Fröhlich-Israng. I had the pleasure to spend three years in the Netherlands together with my family. Our child attended a Dutch kindergarten as well as a Dutch school. It was a great way of meeting a lot of people outside the expat community. Also, our neighbourhood was mainly Dutch. I would like to share my observations with you – the observations of a German woman who fell in love with the Dutch culture – apart from the fact of many tall attractive Dutch men wearing posh (brown) shoes. I treasure the Dutch culture especially the…. …characteristics of being…

Amazing Thailand Health and Wellness Showcase 2017

Thailand, the premier destination for health and wellness tourism. By Roy Lie A Tjam. The Tourism Authority of Thailand organized the Amazing Thailand Health and Wellness Showcase conference, which took place on 11 August 2017. The event unveiled Thailand’s latest innovation on Functional and Regenerative Medicines – a globally emerging health trend that focuses on the restoration of the structure and function of damaged tissues and organs. De facto, Thailand is the first and only country in Asia that has institutions, such as Better Being Hospital and MALI Hospital, which specialize in functional and regenerative medicine. Moreover, it has 58…

The end of ICTY

                By Jhr mr Alexander W. Beelaerts van Blokland. In the 90’s of the 20th century the first war in Europe since World War II (1939-1945) took place. Europe was in shock. After the death of President Tito of the nation named Yugoslavia, people of that country started from 1991 onwards civil wars and formed several new, smaller countries. Some of them were at war with others as well. In several cases it happened with genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and / or violations of the Geneva Conventions. In those cases those…

Etapas del desarrollo, crisis vitales y familias migrantes 1/4

Por Silvia Korenblum. Las etapas del desarrollo con sus crisis vitales son esperables para todos los individuos. Surgen desde la naturaleza misma de la biología y de la sociedad y atraviesan la estructura familiar. La familia, entonces, combina el entrecruzamiento de las etapas de crecimiento de cada uno de sus miembros con las etapas y el movimiento propios de ella misma. Las etapas vitales Individuales comunes a todos son Infancia, adolescencia, adultez , vejez. Las Etapas comunes familiares son: Matrimonio sin hijos , Proyecto de procreación , Crianza, Emancipación de los hijos, Nido Vacío. Estas etapas producen cambios a los que…

Who believes that NATO is not the world’s most powerful military organization?

By Corneliu Pivariu. The end of the Cold War marked also the beginning of a campaign in which there were voices, mostly coming from Moscow but also European ones (not very many or very important, yet there were) saying that NATO is an outdated organization and once the Warsaw treaty disappeared it should disappear, too. I wrote, indeed, ever since the beginning of the 1990s and argued about the necessity of NATO’s existence and of its importance for a peaceful and democratic evolution in Europe and in the world. I wrote as well about the organization’s special capacity to permanently…

Diplomats Meet and Greet

On the picture Sheila Turabaz and H.E.  Mr. I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja. Photography by Roy Strik . By Sheila Turabaz. On the 26th of October, the Carlton Ambassador Hotel once again served as the backdrop for the Diplomats Meet and Greet. This time, the much anticipated and well-attended networking event organized by Diplomat Magazine and the Diplomatic Card was organized in cooperation with the Embassy of Indonesia. An eclectic mix of representatives from the corps diplomatique, international organizations, the business sector and others mingled that evening whilst enjoying the finest Indonesian cuisine, such as the classics nasi goring, gado-gado and…

Linda Zin, Promoting Malaysia, More than a Spousal Duty

 By Diplomat Magazine. Recently we had the pleasure of interviewing Linda Zin, the wife of the Malaysian Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. We strolled through The Hague, talking about responsibility, work and love. We stopped at the historical Hotel Des Indes in the picturesque Lange Voorhout neighborhood. When sitting down for a cup of tea, we decided to ask her some questions. Q1: As the spouse of the Malaysian Ambassador, how do you see your role and duties in representing you country? The role as a spouse to an ambassador is quite similar to my career back home in corporate…

Carlton Ambassador, more than a manager duty, Esther Boers

Esther Boers, General Manager of Carlton Ambassador Hotel, The Hague.Photography by Marian van Noort. By Diplomat Magazine. The Carlton Ambassador, located in one of the most beautiful street of The Hague, serves many functions. Foremost, the Mansion operates as Diplomat Magazine’s headquarters and is the venue of our traditional Diplomat Meet and Greets. Additionally, the venue hosts celebrations for national days, and is often the site where Ceremonies of Merit are presented for parting ambassadors. In order to cater to all of these events, effective and sharp management is necessary. We asked Esther Boers, current manager of the Carlton Ambassador,…

Swiss Innovation: To the Edge of Space

By Mirko Zambelli, Minister, Embassy of Switzerland to  the Kingdom of the Netherlands After completing a round-the-world trip in his solar catamaran PlanetSolar in 2012, Swiss adventurer Raphaël Domjan was wondering what on earth to do next. The field of innovations in eco-transportation was becoming more competitive. Another Swiss project, the manned solar airplane Solar Impulse, was underway and managed to fly around the world in 2016. Since Domjan also wanted to take to the air, and his colleagues were making their mark with long-distance horizontal flights, he decided to go vertical – to the edge of space. At the invitation…

Coercive Diplomacy – The Beast in Democracy

By Mara Lemanis.  In his Politics, Aristotle states: “He who trusts any man with supreme power gives it to a wild beast, for such his appetite sometimes makes him: passion influences those in power, even the best of men…” But as a descendant from the Baltic States, particularly Latvia, I have noted that power does not need to be vested in a single man for a country to fall under the sway of autocracy. And that autocracy can be captured not just by one “wild beast” but by a coalition of governing systems. A case in point is Latvia: it does…

It’s a new dawn for Nigerians in Ghana

By Sunday Oyinloye. Nigeria and Ghana have over the years enjoyed good economic and political relations. They also have mutual respect for each other. However, what has happened between July 2017 and now is phenomena, a plus to President Muhammadu Buhari administration which is anchored on positive change. When a professional who is committed and dedicated is placed in a position of authority, the people will surely feel the impact and the society will be better for it . The fragrance coming from Ghana today is very encouraging and a new dawn not only in Nigeria-Ghana relations at governmental level,…