June 22, 2018

Too big to fail? The global conversion of threat to opportunity

HRH Princess Basmah bint Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud – Picture by Private Office of HRH Princess Basmah bint Saud   By HRH Princess Basmah bint Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Founder and CEO of GURA (Global United Centre for Research and Analysis). For some time now, we have been finding new ways to push ourselves closer to the brink, somehow reassured mistakenly by the belief that we – which is to say our system of nation states – are too big to fail. But we are livingin a disquieting time when failureis much more likely than we think –…

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New NATO Headquarters

By the Honorable Rose Gottemoeller, Deputy Secretary General of NATO. For 50 years, NATO has called Brussels home. During that time, NATO helped bring the Cold War to a peaceful end, we put a stop to wars in the Balkans and worked to ensure Afghanistan never again becomes a safe haven for international terrorists. Our Brussels headquarters is also where, after the terrorist attacks against the United States on 9/11, the Alliance took the historic decision to enact Article 5 of our founding Washington Treaty, which states that an attack on one is an attack on us all. Proud as we are…

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A 60th anniversary for the Benelux Union

By Alain de Muyser, Deputy Secretary General of the Benelux Union. Launched in 1944 as a Customs Union, the Benelux cooperation was formally institutionalized in 1958 by a treaty setting up a “Benelux Economic Union”. In 2008, the treaty was expanded to sustainable development and security matters, thus becoming a “Benelux Union”. As the initiator of the European common market, the three Benelux countries have played a significant role in the shaping of the European integration. Constantly adapting to new realities, the Benelux cooperationevolved from a thematic collaboration to encompass topics related to the welfare and security of its citizens,…

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Ecuador Committed to the Defense of Human Rights

                            By H.E. Fernando Bucheli, Consul General of the Republic of Ecuador. The Human Rights Council of the United Nations at its 26th session in July 2014 in Geneve, decided to establish an open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights, whose mandate shall be to elaborate an international legally binding instrument to regulate, in international human rights law, the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises. Ecuador leads the working group since its first session and has…

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Takeaway lessons from the Executive Council’s Chairmanship in the OPCW

H.E. Sheikh Mohammed Belal, Ambassador of  Bangladesh to the Netherlands. By Roy Lie Atjam. His Excellency Ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal is the Bangladeshi Ambassador to the Netherlands, as well as Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative to the OPCW. From May 12th, 2017 to May 11th, 2018, H.E. Ambassador Belal has fulfilled the role of Chairperson of the Executive Council of the OPCW. On May 29th, the Ambassador agreed to share some of his insights with Diplomat Magazine Your Excellency, thank you very much for accepting this interview. As your mandate as Chairperson of the OPCW Executive Council recently came to its end,…

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Hessen fulfilling its European role

By Lucia Puttrich, Minister of European and Federal Affairs and Representative of the State of Hessen at the Federal Government. Hessen is a federal state, which is located in the middle of Europe and at the same time, deeply rooted to Europe. Through the airport in Frankfurt, one of most significant air traffic hubs of the world, and a large number of transnational companies, Hessen is globally oriented unlike any other German federal state. Our universities in Hessen and research institutes have an excellent international reputation and have a wide-reaching international (contact) network. The control centre of the European Space…

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Scottish foreign policy, an overview

By H.E. Fiona Hyslop, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs. – Ms Hyslop, everyone is acquainted to the UK’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, The Rt Hon Boris Johnson yet few are aware that through devolution Scotland is entitled to a degree of external (i.e. foreign) policy, which you embody since 2011. What is briefly your role as Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs? To which degree is Scotland able to conduct a policy on external affairs, and which are the ongoing priorities. My role is simply to promote Scotland where it is, and where…

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Brazil investment and trade promotion initiative in the Neherlands

The Ambassador of Brazil’s welcome speech. 6. 12th BND The Hague. Photographer Maira Ximenes. By H.E. Regina Maria Cordeiro Dunlop, Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil of the Netherlands.   The economic relations between Brazil and The Netherlands, which date back to the XVI century, are nowadays stronger than ever, due to significant flows of bilateral investments and trade, and the presence of important companies of Brazil in The Netherlands, and Dutch companies in Brazil. Ever since I arrived at The Hague as Ambassador of Brazil, in February 2017, I have been trying to foster these economic ties even…

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Lebanon “Le pays des Cèdres”

By H. E. Abdel Sattar Issa, Ambassador of Lebanon to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. I present my warmest greetings to the readers of Diplomat Magazine. I have the honour to be, since the 21st of February the new Ambassador of Lebanon to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The impressions, I have had of the Netherlands in these past few weeks, are of a beautiful country. The nature is well preserved, and the efficient sustainable development can be seen everywhere in the Dutch landscapes. The cities I have visited till now, privately or officially are all elegant, full of cultural…

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Diplomat Magazine to Promote Uzbek-Dutch Cooperation on Family Values

H.E. Mr. Dilyor Khakimov, Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the EU and the Benelux countries. Uzbekistan is the most populous country in Central Asia, a region that lies at the heart of the Eurasian continent. Uzbek people have a rich history, culture, art, and literature. Among the array of values that characterize the Uzbek society, family definitely plays a major role. The people believe that a strong family is the basis of a strong society, and therefore they assign to it a great value when making their choices, both in the personal and the political sphere. For instance, Uzbekistan declared the…

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