May 20, 2018

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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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Bangladesh Investment and Business Seminar

May 3, 2018

H.E. Sheikh Mohammed Belal delivering his remarks. By Roy Lie Atjam. The seminar was organized by DBCCI Dutch Bangla Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA), The Embassy of Bangladesh The Hague, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the RVO Netherlands Enterprise Agency. The venue was the Hilton Hotel in The Hague, 23 April 2018. Bangladesh is no longer a Least Developed Country but a Developing country (UN). The country aspires to become a middle income country by 2021 (Vision 2021). A fifty men strong delegation made up of representatives of the Private sector, Government representatives and…

The Latin American Table at Nieuwe of Littéraire Sociëteit De Witte

May 1, 2018

On the picture, Front row: Mr. Gregorio Palacios Minister Counsellor Embassy of El Salvador, Mrs. Claudia de Leon Aguirre Embassy of Guatemala, Mrs. Ioana Papadak Consul Embassy of Cyprus, Mr. Alonso Mojica Embassy of Mexico, Dr. Olaf Brugman, Mrs. Vilma Machado, H.E.  Mr. Agustin Vasquez Gomez Ambassador of El Salvador, H.E. Judge Sanji Monageng  ICC, President of the Latin American Table Mrs. Sonia De Meijer, Mrs. Ljoedmila van Vyve, Ms. Aura Z-Ehrenberg, H.E Mrs. Soraya Alvarez Ambassador of Cuba, H.E. Mr. Fernando Buchelli Ambassador of Ecuador, Mr. Anton Lutter, Mrs. Barbara Couwenbergh. Back Row: Mr. Lucas Otero Embassy of Peru, Mrs. Azucena…

Alireza Jahangiri and the Iran nuclear deal

Apr 29, 2018

H. E. Alireza Jahangiri, Ambassador of Iran. The Ambassador of H.E. Dr.  Alireza Jahangiri, met once again with the media in a press meeting breakfast at his residency. Early in the morning and before the start his agenda of the day he asked several journalists on their opinion of the Iran nuclear deal and the recent view of the United States on it. With this, he began the conversation one of the most important subjects of contemporary politics, namely the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). This nuclear deal, according to Jahangiri, is a great achievement in the international arena…

Women in Innovation, Science and Industry, Italian Style

Apr 29, 2018

Mr. Lelio Gavazza, Country Managing Director of Bvlgari , H.E. Hon. Mrs. Ankie Broekers-Knol, President of the Senate and H.E. Mr. Andrea Perugini, Ambassador of Italy. By Andrew Gibson. On the 11th April 2018, the Ambassador of Italy, His Excellency Mr. Andrea Perugini, hosted ‘Women in Innovation, Science and Industry’ at his residence, in an event that saw him collaborate with ‘Women Leaders International’ in bringing together top Dutch officials and titans of industry from Italy and the Netherlands. The event was masterminded by H.E. Mr. Perugini himself, thus continuing his country’s tradition of promoting women in power, as he…

Ceremony of Merit for Kosovo

Apr 28, 2018

A Ceremony of Merit for the Ambassador of Kosovo, H.E. Dr Vjosa Dobruna who will be leaving the Netherlands soon. By Roy Lie Atjam. The ceremony took place at the Crown Plaza Hotel The Hague on 20 April 2018. After being highly praised by H.E. Mrs. Andrea Gustovic –Ercegovac, Ambassador of Croatia, H.E. Mr. Willys Delvalle, Ambassador of Panama showered more accolades on his colleague and friend Vjosa. Dr. Mayelinne De Lara of Diplomat Magazine presented Ambassador Vjosa Dobruna with a Certificate of Merit and a bouquet of flowers. Mr. Roy Le Atjam, Diplomat Magazine’s editor, acted as master of…

Nowruz celebration at OPCW

Apr 27, 2018

H.E. Dr Alireza Jahangiri, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the OPCW during his speech also on the picture from left to right H.E. Mr. Ahmet Uzumcu, Director-General of the OPCW, Permanent Representatives to the OPCW from the embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, H.E. Mr. Mohammad Homayoon Azizi, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and H.E. Mr. Venu Rajamoni, Ambassador of the Republic of India. By Youri Moes. Nowruz, the new year of the Persian people is celebrated every year on the 21st of March, and sees families coming together around a traditional…

Malbec World Day 2018

Apr 26, 2018

H.E. Mr. Hector Horacio Salvador, Ambassador of the Republic of Argentina in the Netherlands during the opening of Malbec Day 2018. By Michael Bonté. The 8th edition of Malbec wine celebration once again kicked off at the ‘Gauchos restaurant’ located on a lovely lake at Weissenbruchlaan in Rotterdam. Dionysus, the God of Wine looked favourably upon us as the weather turned out fine. The Embassy of Argentina had invited wine connaisseurs to participate in a Malbec wine tasting. A whopping 18 wine importers showcased their Malbec wines. The guests were certainly in for a treat as about 100 wines were presented…

Georgian dinner celebrating 100th Anniversary

Apr 24, 2018

On the picture Sido de Brabander, chef at  Crowne Plaza , Dr. Mayelinne De Lara, Publisher of Diplomat Magazine, Patrick Aarsman, General Manager  of Crowne Plaza, H.E. Konstantine Surguladze, Ambassador of Georgia and chef Natalia Chaduneli and her sous-chef Georgi Khvistani. By  Thomas Fleisher. On the 12th of April, the Embassy of Georgia collaborated with Crowne Plaza and Diplomat Magazine’s monthly Gastronomic event to celebrate Georgian cuisine and culture, whilst, simultaneously, celebrating the Centenary of the birth of their fledgling democratic republic in 1918. Taking place at the luxurious Crowne Plaza Promenade dining room, varied members of the international diplomatic community, distinguished guests…

Commonwealth Summit 2018 in London

Apr 23, 2018

Commonwealth Summit 2018 – Picture by commonwealth.org 19-20 April 2018, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 (CHOGM) was hosted by the 88th British Prime Minister Theresa May in her capacity as Commonwealth Chair-in-Office in rotating fashion after the Maltese Premier Joseph Muscat passed the torch to her. The Commonwealth of Nations is an intergovernmental organisation of 53 member states that are mostly former territories of the British Empire. It represents about 2.4. billion people scattered about the world. This two-day summit involved 46 heads of Commonwealth governments and foreign ministers…

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg meets with Leiden University students in The Hague

Apr 21, 2018

NATO Secretary General Mr. Jens Stoltenberg. By Guido Lanfranchi. On Thursday April 19th, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg delivered a speech at Leiden University’s Schouwburgstraat Campus in The Hague. He exposed NATO’s history, relevance, and adaptability, before answering a number of questions from the audience. During his recent visit to The Hague, NATO Secretary General Mr. Jens Stoltenberg carved out some time on his agenda to talk with Leiden University’s students. When he arrived at the arranged location, Schouwburgstraat Campus of Leiden University in The Hague, the auditorium was packed with students and high-level guests. Among them, Mr. Carel Stolker,…

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The Jewish Monument the Hague

By John Dunkelgrün. Most everyone living here knows that Amsterdam has a long history of Jewish life that was cruelly disrupted and almost destroyed during the Second World War. It is less known that the Hague too had a substantial Jewish quarter that flourished in the very center of the city for almost 400 years. Quite a few of the Jewish “Hagenaars” made considerable contributions to politics, law, journalism, banking and industry of the Netherlands. In 1940 the Hague had the largest Jewish community after Amsterdam, more than 16,000 people. Many of them lived between the “Spui” where the Town…

20 May / World Bee Day

The Republic of Slovenia, on the initiative of the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association, initiated procedures in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)in 2015 to declare the World Bee Day. On 20 December 2017, the United Nations General Assembly in New York unanimously adopted a resolution proclaiming 20 May as the World Bee Day. The resolution was adopted with co-sponsorship of 115 countries from all regions of the world. The World Bee Day will be observed for the first time on 20 May 2018 and on this occasion, International Ministerial Conference will be held in Slovenia with participation…

10 Reasons to Visit Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan promises to turn into one of the centers of world tourism in the coming years. Since ancient times, Uzbekistan has been attracting the attention of the world as one of the important centers of the Great Silk Road, possessing great potential, natural, historical and cultural values, wonderful traditions and customs. At present, Uzbekistan has entered a new stage of development not only in the political, socio-economic, cultural spheres, but also in the field of tourism. Tourists can find many compelling reasons to visit Uzbekistan. The rich historical and cultural heritage, centuries-old traditions of the Uzbek people, the unique architectural…

Introducing H.E. Dr. Hisham Al-Alawi, the new Ambassador of Iraq to The Netherlands

By Guido Lanfranchi. H.E. Dr. Hisham Al-Alawi is the new Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. A diplomat and a medical doctor, H.E. Dr. Al-Alawi succeeds to H.E. Mr. Saywan Barzani Just a few days before Koningsdag, H.E. Dr. Hisham Al-Alawi presented the diplomatic credentials to His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, thus formalizing his role as the new Iraqi Ambassador to The Netherlands. H.E. Dr. Al-Alawi, who arrives to The Netherlands after a post as Ambassador to Turkey, will represent Iraq to both the Dutch government and the many international organizations based in The Hague,…

Financing the resistance

By Barend ter Haar. Anybody interested in recent Dutch history should see The Resistance Banker, a movie that is currently shown in many Dutch theaters. The original film, entitled Bankier van het verzetis in Dutch, so look for the version with English subtitles.It tells the story of how during the German occupation of the Netherlands during the Second World War a system was set up to finance the Dutch resistance. It started with supporting the families of Dutch sailors. Most of them were at sea when Germany attacked the Netherlands and decided not to return to the Netherlands as long…

Into the Volcano

David J. Goldfield is an author who spent many years in the international corporate word in banking and finance. He wrote “The Ambassador’s Word” finalist in Ottawa Book Awards, now being adapted into a feature length film. “The Ambassador’s Word” is a non-fiction narrative account of a major international hostage taking and the role of the Canadian Ambassador in Lima, Peru in 1996-97. Now David J. Goldfield present his novel “Into the Volcano” set in Latin America. It was researched during his time living and working in Panama over 10 years. A film adaptation is also currently being developed while…

Fake news – everything changes since nothing changes

By Corneliu Pivariu. Fake news (FN) was The Word of the Year 2017 (according to Collins Dictionary), a term which was not to much in use two years ago. Nonetheless, the governments and influential people used the information as weapon thousands of years ago for maintaining and enforcing their power as well as for weakening their opponents/ competitors. The example used often for illustrating the term dates back to the Roman period, when Octavian used a disinformation campaign for defeating Mark Antony (who eventually committed suicide). In the XXth century, when new forms of mass communication permitted carrying out much…

KSC Judges meet for the Plenary

Dr Ekaterina Trendafilova, President of the Specialist Chambers. Recently, the Judges of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers convened in The Hague on the occasion of the third Plenary. Following the adoption, review and entry into force of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence during the first and second Plenary in 2017, the Judges created conditions for the Specialist Chambers to be fully judicially operational in July 2017. As the Rules are yet to be tested in practice, it was not necessary at this point in time to propose and discuss any amendments. During the Plenary, the Judges were informed about activities…

“Back and Beyond” – A Fresh Look at IOM’s Counselling Work in The Netherlands

The Hague – “Back and Beyond” takes a close look at IOM Netherlands’ Migrant Assistance work through six real-life portraits and an in-depth interview with one of the mission’s twenty counsellors. Back and Beyond includes stories and many pictures produced by migrants themselves. It thus presents migrants as masters of their destinies and decisions and it clearly illustrates there is no such thing as ‘THE migrant’ – all are different and in need of tailor-made support. Having assisted a record of 4,634 migrants with their voluntary return and reintegration in 2016, IOM had to remain flexible whilst working under pressure and…

Syria –the Thirld World War does not start on Twitter

By Corneliu Pivariu. Some days after the American president Donad Trump announced it on Twitter, more exactly on the night of Friday to Saturday, April 14th at 04.00 Damascus time, the USA, Great Britain and France launched a missiles attack (Tomahawk and other air-to-ground bomber launched missiles) on punctual targets (one on the Damascus outskirts and two in Homs region) belonging to the chemical weapons program of Bashar Al-Assad’s regime. Readers can look at a more detailed analysis in the Suplement to this issue while here we make some consideration concerning the global and regional geopolitical situation folowing this last…

Tulips Ball 2018: More tickets available than before and only available until Thursday 10th of May

From left to right: the Organisational Committee Members: Clemens van Steijn, Duke Michael of Mecklenburg, Princess Christine of Prussia accompanied by Berlin Entertainment Star Henry de Winter By Duke Michael of Mecklenburg. Once more it is time to announce that spring is knocking on our doors. That means endless fields of Tulips blossoming and more sunny days than dark ones and with that also the Tulips Ball comes closer. This year’s edition really is setting standards high for the organisation committee. The beautiful weekend ball in Amsterdam starts on Friday 18th and lasts until Sunday 20th of May. This three-day programme promises to…

Armes chimiques” à Douma (Syrie) et OIAC: à propos d´une récente déclaration conjointe

Par Dr. Nicolas Boeglin. La Russie a organisé à La Haye le 26 avril dernier, au sein de l´OIAC (Organisation pour l´Interdiction des Armes Chimiques), une réunion afin d´écouter le témoignage de plusieurs personnes sur la prétendue attaque chimique de Douma par les forces armées syriennes (voir note parue dans Le Figaro). Les Etats-Unis, la France et le Royaume-Uni ainsi que 14 autres Etats Membres de l´OIAC ont circulé le même jour une déclaration conjointe. Celle-ci dénonce l´initiative russe en des termes inusités et sera l´objet de quelques réflexions dans les lignes qui suivent. On y lit, par exemple, que:…

Alireza Jahangiri and the Iran nuclear deal

H. E. Alireza Jahangiri, Ambassador of Iran. The Ambassador of H.E. Dr.  Alireza Jahangiri, met once again with the media in a press meeting breakfast at his residency. Early in the morning and before the start his agenda of the day he asked several journalists on their opinion of the Iran nuclear deal and the recent view of the United States on it. With this, he began the conversation one of the most important subjects of contemporary politics, namely the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). This nuclear deal, according to Jahangiri, is a great achievement in the international arena…

Women in Innovation, Science and Industry, Italian Style

Mr. Lelio Gavazza, Country Managing Director of Bvlgari , H.E. Hon. Mrs. Ankie Broekers-Knol, President of the Senate and H.E. Mr. Andrea Perugini, Ambassador of Italy. By Andrew Gibson. On the 11th April 2018, the Ambassador of Italy, His Excellency Mr. Andrea Perugini, hosted ‘Women in Innovation, Science and Industry’ at his residence, in an event that saw him collaborate with ‘Women Leaders International’ in bringing together top Dutch officials and titans of industry from Italy and the Netherlands. The event was masterminded by H.E. Mr. Perugini himself, thus continuing his country’s tradition of promoting women in power, as he…

The Hague Institute for Global Justice closes its doors

On the picture Steven van Hoostraten’s The Hague Institute for Global Justice last CEO. The Hague Institute for Global Justice will cease to exist. During the past seven years, the institute contributed to the positioning of The Hague as the City of Peace and Justice. For the years to come, however, the financial basis to continue independently is insufficient. Ongoing projects are now transferred to other institutes. “The institute has met its public task – research, reports and conferences – in recent years. The goal, however, was to be more than a research group only. Unfortunately, there is no solid financial…

“Les Roses de Bagatelle”, a homage to the Maison Guerlain

Royal Bridges’ Managing Director,  Baron Henri Estramant,  Ann-Caroline Prazan, Guerlain’s Artistic Director,  artist Rashid Al Khalifa and Princess Esther Kamatari, Guerslain’s Brand Ambassador. By Rashid Al Khalifa 3 May – 8 June 2018, Maison Guerlain, 68 Champs-Élysées, FR-75008 PARIS In 1777, the Count d’Artois (himself later the last “King of France” as Charles X), a younger brother to King Louis XVI, accepted Queen Marie-Antoinette‘s challenge to build a small château, indeed a maison de plaisance from the decaying Domaine de Bagatelle located in the Bois de Boulogne, in the outskirts of Paris, within but hundred days. Queen Marie Antoinette wanted to indulge a jolly moment there before the…