June 22, 2018

Palestinian priorities

Meeting the Chief of Palestinian Mission, H.E. Ms. Rawan Sulaiman. Recently, during a lunch at the prestigious Hotel Des Indes* in The Hague, the Chief of the Palestinian Mission to the Netherlands gave us an overview of the bilateral relations with the Netherlands, the current situation in Palestine, and an update on her upcoming projects. The last year and a half in The Hague served as an important milestone in the career of H.E. Ms. Sulaiman, who began her function as Desk Officer for the Netherlands in the early 80’s. The Netherlands have been very supportive towards Palestine in different…

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Dr Azizi’s Vision for Afghanistan

“Peace and stability can only be achieved by an honest cooperation and commitments on the regional as well as on the international level.”  An interview with the Ambassador of Afghanistan, H.E. Dr. Homayoon Aziz.   By Sheila Turabaz. His Excellency Dr. Mohammad Homayoon Azizi is the new Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the Netherlands, succeeding H.E.  Dr. Obaidullah Obaid. H.E. Dr. Azizi started his career as a medical doctor in 2005. He also entered into local politics that same year as a member of the Herat Provincial Council in western Afghanistan and later as chairman. In 2010…

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Tatiana Delvalle: promoting and sharing Panama’s culture in the world

Tatiana Delvalle always brings Panama in her heart, wherever she goes. In this article, Ms. Delvalle talks with us about her life and duties as the spouse of H.E. Mr. Delvalle, Ambassador of Panama to the Netherlands. The Netherlands is your first destination abroad as a diplomat’s spouse. Does your experience here live up to your expectations? Life in The Hague has been wonderful, much better than anticipated. We feel very fortunate to be posted in a city that offers an incredible variety of Dutch and international experiences. We appreciate the Dutch’s open mind, joyful and straightforward character as well…

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“Beyond Duty” – Stories of righteous diplomats

On the picture H.E. Aviv Shir-On, Ambassador of Israel  during his speech. By Guido Lanfranchi. The City Hall of The Hague hosted the exhibition “Beyond Duty,” in which the government of Israel paid tribute to the brave diplomats who helped Jewish families escaping the Nazi persecution.   Speakers were; H.E. Aviv Shir-On, Ambassador of Israel to the Netherlands, the Mayor of The Hague, Ms. Pauline Krikke and the Director for Multilateral Organisations and Human Rights Department, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Peter van der Vliet. When rules are unjust, is obedience a virtue? When innocent people are persecuted in…

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Current developments on the Korean peninsula

                            Acting as MC Michel Kerres, from NRC newspaper, during Q&A session, at the table Remco Breuker and Peter Potman. By Guido Lanfranchi. On Tuesday May 22nd, amid the rapid and tumultuous events occurring on the Korean peninsula, a large audience gathered at the Societeit De Witte, in the very center of The Hague, to attend the seminar: “Current Developments on the Korean Peninsula.”  The event was organized thanks to a collaboration between the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the Netherlands,  the Asia and Oceania…

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Consequences of unilaterally denouncing of the nuclear deal with Iran by the USA

By Corneliu Pivariu. As he declared previously during the electoral campaign and at the beginning of his office, president Donald Trump announced and signed on May, 8th 2018, the United States’ unilateral withdrawal from what is known to the public at large as the nuclear agreement with Iran (The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – JCPOA –signed in the 5+1 format with Iran by the USA, Great Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany after long negotiations, in July 2015). For those who did not remember, Germany’s inclusion into this agreement was the result of the fact it supplied Iran, decades…

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Has the West Lost It?

By Barend ter Haar. The subtitle “A Provocation” of Has the West Lost It? will not surprise someone who has read other books of the Singaporean diplomat-scholar Kishore Mahbubani, such as Can Asians Think? (2001) and The Great Convergence: Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World (2013). Just as in those earlier books, he is friendly, but provokingly clear, not only about the accomplishments of the West and the Rest, but also about their flaws and blunders. According to Mahbubani the West refuses to accept that humanity has turned a crucial corner in its history. For a short…

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Why is the Korean Reunification not to Work anytime soon

(Denuclearisation of the Far East long way Ahead) By Prof. Anis H. Bajrektarevic How to draw the line between the recent and still unsettled EU/EURO crisis and Asia’s success story? Well, it might be easier than it seems: Neither Europe nor Asia has any alternative. The difference is that Europe well knows there is no alternative – and therefore is multilateral. Asia thinks it has an alternative – and therefore is strikingly bilateral, while stubbornly residing enveloped in economic egoisms. No wonder that Europe is/will be able to manage its decline, while Asia is (still) unable to capitalize its successes….

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International Kotinos award for Diplomat Magazine

                            Kotinos International Award in collaboration with the United Nations International Charitable Organization and the World Sand Foundation was given out for the first time in the Middle East, indeed in the Emirate of Dubai, UAE.    Kotinos International Award considered one of the most prestigious awards internationally and comes original from Greece.  It’s a rewarding program for excellence in the fields of businesses, and personalities that successful in their own fields. The award was held in Dubai in 2018. H.E. Dr. Rasha Feidi opened the award ceremony by a speech regarding the power of rewarding, followed by…

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Les Roses de Bagatelle at Guerlain, Paris

Henri Estramant, Esther Kamatari, Laurent Boillot,  Michaelle Jean,  Rashid Al Khalifa, exposition “Les Roses de Bagatelle” Rashid al Khalifa. Guerlain. 05/2018 © david atlan. Artist Rashid Al Khalifa‘s recent series Les Roses de Bagatelle opened at Guerlain, 68 Champs-Élysées, FR-75008 PARIS on 5 May 2018. The exhibition remains open till 8 June 2018. Inspired by the history of the Château de Bagatelle and the allure of the gardens that surround it, Rashid Al Khalifa’s most recent series was created as an homage to Guerlain whose scent “Le Jardin de Bagatelle’ took inspiration from the same park when it was crafted in 1983….

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