August 20, 2018

US to impose a new set of sanctions on Russia over the Skripal case

By Guido Lanfranchi. In compliance with the CBW Act provisions, the US is set to impose a new round of sanctions on Russia over its alleged involvement in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal. The sanctions, which are expected to take full effect around August 22nd, include severe restrictions on the export of national security sensitive goods and technologies.   Five months after the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, the US administration is set to impose sanctions on the Russian Federation, on account of its alleged involvement in the attack. This round of sanctions – a Senior US State Department…

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U.S. administration reimposes a first round of sanctions on Iran

By Guido Lanfranchi. Starting from the midnight of August 7th, the US will reimpose a first round of unilateral sanctions against Iran. This move comes as a part of a broader strategy of putting unprecedented financial pressure on Tehran – Senior US Administration Officials say – in order to counter Iran’s foreign policy endeavors throughout the Middle East.   On May 8th, US President Donald Trump publicly announced that the United States would withdraw  from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran Nuclear Deal. Under such deal, the Iranian government had accepted several limitations on its…

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The Middle East – quo vadis?

Corneliu Pivariu. Photographer: Ionus Paraschiv.

By Corneliu Pivariu. The so-called “Arab spring” has thrown the Middle East and North Africa in a mess which evolutions in perspecive are difficult to anticipate, especially as a result of the global geopolitical situation that does not allow yet to contemplate what the coming world order will be. Today’s main conflicted situation in the Middle East is the one between Iran and Israel. Whether since the emergence of the State of Israel it succeeded in winning all the wars with its Arab neighbours and to sign peace treaties, too, towards the end of the last century with Egypt and…

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The Dutch role model of change

How true leadership in regards of climate change may give outstanding impact to the Asian world By Dr. Wolfram Kalt. The Netherlands and Indonesia share a special relationship as they were connected for centuries in times of colonialism, separated after the horrible years of Indonesian struggle for independence and later then they have found together again into a respectful and close relation based on strong pillars of common history and development, intense economic and political ties, and so many deep interpersonal relationships among the two countries. For me living in Bandung, the former Paris van Jawa, a modern Indonesian metropole…

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Water cooperation and water diplomacy

By Zaki Shubber. Water management is conflict management. From the Aral to the Zambezi, water disputes are a priority at local, regional, national, and international levels. Worldwide, water demands are growing, groundwater levels are dropping, water bodies are increasingly contaminated, and delivery and treatment infrastructure is aging. The potential for conflict and the need for cooperation between domestic and transboundary watershed stakeholders will increase as problems become more acute. New concepts have emerged to describe the issues and to propose pathways for dealing with the increased multi-level competition that is being observed, and for enabling the creation and use of…

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Religion in Global Diplomacy

By Israel Rafalovich. Religion has helped since the beginning of times to shape the culture and civilization of the world and therefore it cannot be ignored in our globalised world especially when countries design their foreign policy and diplomatic strategies. Faith-based diplomacy is only beginning, and it may be sowing the seeds for deeper, more lasting forms of social transformation. Religion and diplomacy have been soul mates all along, and are currently engaged in seeking the post modern connection. Diplomacy now takes place in cultural and religious context and is concerned with the way identities are constructed as well as…

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Chef Dao Van Son, Flavors of Viet Nam

On the picture Chef Dao Van Son. By Youri Moes. Chef Dao Van Son was at the helm of the Crowne Plaza Hotel kitchen staff for the Vietnam Flavours event this June, showcasing his specialities of Vietnamese dishes to a hungry crowd. Chef Dao’s name is synonymous with haute cuisine in Viet Nam, boasting 2 Michelin Stars at his restaurant La Table Du Chef in Hanoi. Chef Dao has had a very prestigious career, working in some of the most exclusive hotels throughout Viet Nam. Chef Dao was responsible for creating well known dishes like Pomelo Salad with scallops, deep fried crab…

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Yes, Economic Diplomacy Works!

On the picture Professor Peter A.G. van Bergeijk and Selwyn J.V. Moons. Photography by Dick de Jager.   By Peter A.G. van Bergeijk and Selwyn J.V. Moons. The design and management of bilateral relationships has become even more important in the new world “order” in which regional disintegration and an open confrontational approach to foreign policy make the headlines. The major lesson from the Great Depression – avoid protectionism – abruptly seems to have been forgotten: indeed, we are witnessing an unprecedented change in geopolitics with a clear impact on the international business environment and de modes and opportunities for…

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The World of Coffee kicked off with the Rwandan Speciality Coffee

On the picture His Excellency Mr. Jean Pierre Karabaranga, Ambassador of Rwanda. The famous World of Coffee exhibition in Amsterdam opened last June 2018, with  “Rwanda Coffee – A Second Sunrise” which is a national brand for Rwandan specialty coffee. A delegation of 21 exhibitors arrived from Kigali to represent the country’s coffee sector players. The delegates were facilitated by the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda in The Netherlands and the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) in Rwanda. On the side-lines of the World of Coffee, Team Rwanda made a call for participants to the up-coming ‘Rwanda Cup of Excellence’ to be hosted…

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10 years Friendship Nederland: “Equal access to justice for all”

Dorothee ter Kulve, founder of  Friendship Netherland. 10 years ago Friendship Nederland was founded by Dorothee ter Kulve to support Runa Kahn, founder of Friendship Bangladesh, in realizing her dream of bringing healthcare to the forgotten Char people of North Bangladesh. In those 10 years Friendship Bangladesh has grown into a trusted organization that commits itself to the social and economic development of these remote islands. Throughout this journey Dorothee and Friendship Nederland have proven to be invaluable partners for Runa and her organization. Last May 17, Friendship Nederland celebrated this 10 year anniversary in the Humanity Hub in The…

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