October 22, 2020

  • 29 years of Tajikistan’s sovereignty : a story of the country’s transformation

    By Dr. Erkinkhon Rahmatullozoda, Ambassador of Tajikistan to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Head of Tajikistan Mission to the EU and NATO. A few days ago, Tajikistan celebrated the 29th anniversary of its National Day in an environment of stability, striving for sustainable development, and in an encouraging atmosphere of developing regional and international  cooperation. To those who are not familiar with the history of Tajikistan, it appears that the country is marking the next Independence Day on a normal path of its development, however, this pleasant environment has a high value, that is known just to the inhabitants of…

  • Rentrée 2020 : vers plus de résilience

    Par S. E. Mme Esther Rabasa Grau, Ambassadeur de la Principauté d’Andorre auprès de l’Union Européenne, au Royaume de Belgique, au Grand Duché de Luxembourg, et au Royaume des Pays-Bas. L’Andorre, pays pyrénéen, enclavé, loin des principaux axes de communication et des grandes métropoles est une société multiculturelle, où cohabitent une multitude de cultures venues des quatre coins du monde. En effet, parmi les 76 177 habitants d’Andorre, on compte 50% d’andorrans, 25% d’espagnols, 12% de portugais, 4% de français et 105 autres nationalités. Cette idée selon laquelle l’Andorre serait un pays isolé est d’autant plus paradoxale au vu de l’attrait…

  • Argentina and the Netherlands: a partnership based on common values

    By H.E. Mr. Mario Oyarzábal, Ambassador of the Argentine Republic to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in The Hague Last July 8th, I presented credentials to H.M. The King, formally commencing my functions in The Hague, after having been for four years The Legal Adviser of the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I came with the expectation to help foster bilateral relations between Argentina and the Netherlands up to the level that will be commensurate with our common values and interests. Argentina and the Netherlands share common values that are reflected in several…

  • Vietnamese diplomacy in the globalization era: 75 years and beyond

    By His Excellency Mr Pham Viet Anh, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. My tenure as the Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to the Kingdom of the Netherlands began against an unexpected and unprecedented backdrop: the Covid-19 pandemic has been spreading all over the world, affecting every aspect of life and fundamentally changing how people live, work and think. We have never fully acknowledged the severity of the global challenges until they knock at our doors. Although peace, cooperation, and development remain major trends in the world today, global challenges have become more severe, multi-dimensional…

  • Malta – a history written in stone

    By H.E. Mr. Mark Anthony Pace, Ambassador of the Republic of Malta to the Kingdom of The Netherlands. Many are surprised to learn that Malta with a territory of 316 km2 welcomes 3 million tourists annually – approximately six times the number of its inhabitants. It has also become a must-see destination for holidaymakers looking to find out more about the unique heritage of the Mediterranean and its peoples.  What Malta lacks in size, it makes up for in a long and storied history which predates entire civilisations including Ancient Egypt and Rome while also being home to three UNESCO World…

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Greece and Albania apply to The Hague for maritime zones

Oct 21, 2020

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, and the Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama. Photography by Hellenic Republic – Ministry of Foreign Affairs By Eleni-Vasiliki Bampaliouta. Greece and Albania have agreed to refer the dispute over the demarcation of maritime zones to the International Court of Justice in The Hague. The agreement was announced during Nikos Dendias’s visit to Tirana by Greek Foreign Minister and Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama. An important decision, as long as the process is not involved again in the toxic political situation in Albania, can remove the impasse that has arisen since 2009 with…

WFP’s David Beasley on trip in Copenhagen

Oct 19, 2020

David Beasley – Picture through Wikipedia, Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication. Monday, 19 October 2020, Copenhagen, Kingdom of Denmark: HRH The Crown Princess (Mary), Countess of Monpezat, encountered David Beasley, Executive Director for the World Food Programme (WFP) as well as Rasmus Prehn, Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, and had the opportunity to warmly felicitate the WFP on being awarded this years’ Nobel Peace Prize.   WFP was recognised  for its efforts to combat hunger, to create better conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas, and for its work to prevent hunger from being used as a weapon…

New Austrian representation to the OPCW

Oct 18, 2020

On September 23 – H.E. Ms. Astrid Harz, Ambassador of Austria to the Kingdom of The Netherlands met H.E. Mr. Fernando Arias, for an inauguration visit with the Director General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)). She also presented him with the power of attorney by which she was appointed Permanent Representative of Austria at the OPCW and its Executive Board. “International cooperation in the field of disarmament is one of Austria’s foreign policy priorities. Therefore, we will continue to fully support the important work of OPCW to achieve…

A virtual celebration of the International Day of Non-Violence 2020

Oct 17, 2020

H.E. Mr. Venu Rajamony, Ambassador of India. Picture by the Embassy of India. By Sheila Turabaz. Remembering Mahatma Gandhi and his tireless spirit for bringing about positive change through non-violent resistance. On the 2nd of October 2020, the Stichting Standbeeld Mahatma Gandhi, with the support of the Embassy of India and the Municipality of The Hague, observed the International Day of Non- Violence, which coincides with Gandhi’s 151st birthday, through broadcasting online a compilation of live and pre-recorded speeches made by various dignitaries, among those a speech was given by the Dutch Minister of Justice & Security, Mr. Ferdinand Grapperhaus, by the newly appointed Mayor of The…

Online Visegrad 4 Film Festival

Oct 12, 2020

By Azim Butt and Tereza Neuwirthová. Over the first weekend of October, the embassies of the Visegrad Four countries – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland – organised an online film festival under the theme: “Relationships Under Communism and After 40 Years of Solidarity.” During the two-day online screening, each V4 member was represented by a movie portraying life in the respective country during the period of communism. The movies selected by the embassies were 80 milionów (Poland), The Cellar (Slovakia), Csinibaba/Dollybirds (Hungary), and Cosy Dens/Pelíšky (Czech Republic).  Cosy Dens/ Pelíšky: The film presented by the embassy of Czech…

Bahasa Indonesia Classes by the Embassy of Indonesia in The Hague

Oct 12, 2020

In the picture Back row from left to right: Din Wahid, Roy, Frits, Cor. Front row from left to right: Ninke, Tiurtan, Rahman, Angelique, Steven. By Roy Lie Atjam. The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in The Hague, organized Bahasa Indonesia classes as an opportunity for non-native speakers to learn more about the language . It provided a fine opportunity for the students to get their feet wet and further immerse themselves in the Indonesian language and culture There are about 4-5 educational centers in the Netherlands where the embassy offers similar courses to interested persons. The principal aim of conducting these language courses is to…

Deutsche Welle in collaboration with the Americas

Oct 8, 2020

Monday, 5 October 2020, Berlin, Germany: the President pro tempore of the Group of Ambassadors of Latin America and the Caribbean in Germany (GRULAC), Mexican Ambassador to Germany Rogelio Granguillhome, met with his colleagues from the region accredited in Germany as well as Mr Peter Limbourg and Mr Carlos Delgado, Director-General of Deutsche Welle (DW) and Deputy Director of DW Español, respectively. DW DG Peter Limbourg spoke with the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries about the importance of this region of the world in the daily work of the German broadcaster. DG Limbourg exchanged views with Latin American and Caribbean diplomats in a format that underlines the…

Korea contribution to the OPCW

Oct 6, 2020

Republic of Korea Contributes €100,000 to Future OPCW Centre for Chemistry and Technology, €20,000 to Peaceful Use of Chemistry Workshop In the picture, H.E. Mr. Yeondoo Jeong, Ambassador of South Korea. THE HAGUE, Netherlands–2 October 2020–The Government of the Republic of Korea has contributed a further €100,000 to a special Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Trust Fund to support the project to upgrade the current OPCW Laboratory and Equipment Store. This project will result in the construction of a new facility, the OPCW Centre for Chemistry and Technology (“ChemTech Centre”). Additionally, a €20,000 contribution will augment the…

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Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict in the Caucasus

Motto: “When the game is over, both the king and the pawn end up in the same box.” Italian proverb By Corneliu Pivariu. The conflict in the South Caucasus – Nagorno-Karabakh, which broke out forcefully especially after the beginning of the USSR’s collapse in 1990 worried regularly the great powers and the regional powers – especially when the military actions resulted in important loss of life and material destruction yet no permanent resolution was reached. This situation facilitated the outbreak of the September/October 2020 conflict which is still ongoing. The situation in South Caucasus is not a singular one at…

Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict in the Caucasus II

Motto: “When the game is over, both the king and the pawn end up in the same box.” Italian proverb By Corneliu Pivariu. The conflict in the South Caucasus – Nagorno-Karabakh, which broke out forcefully especially after the beginning of the USSR’s collapse in 1990 worried regularly the great powers and the regional powers – especially when the military actions resulted in important loss of life and material destruction yet no permanent resolution was reached. This situation facilitated the outbreak of the September/October 2020 conflict which is still ongoing. The situation in South Caucasus is not a singular one at…

Kuwait appoints crown prince

Lt.-Gen. Sheikh Mesha’al Al-Ahmed Al-Jabr Al Sabah and former Governor of Fawarniyah Governorate, Sheikh Faisal Al-Hamoud Al-Malek Sabah – Picture by Sh. Faisal Al-Hamoud Al-Malek Al Sabah’s Office. Wednesday, 7 October 2020, Kuwait City, State of Kuwait: His Highness The Emir, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jabr Al Sabah selected his younger half-brother, Lieutenant-General H.E. Sheikh Mesha’al bin Sabah Al-Ahmed Al Sabah (b. 1938) to the position of Crown Prince.  Sheikh Mesha’al is a son of Kuwait’s tenth ruler, the late Emir Ahmed bin Jabr Al Sabah (reigned from 1921 to 1950). Since 2004 he had served as Deputy Chief of Staff of the Kuwait National Guard with…

Global solidarity overcoming COVID-19

Joint Statement at General Debate of Third Committee The Chinese representative at the UN General Assembly delivered a statement on behalf of a group of countries. Please read below the integral statement. “I have the honor to deliver the following joint statement on behalf of Antigua and Barbuda, Angola, Belarus, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Iran, Laos, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Palestine, Russian Federation, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Venezuela, Zimbabwe and my own country China. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to severely affect all nations, in particular developing…

Peace and Happiness

By Barend ter Haar. The 40th birthday of the University for Peace and the 15th place of Costa Rica on the World Happiness Reportmight seem unrelated but they are both the outcome of a bold decision that Costa Rica took in 1948.[1] In that year Costa Rica disbanded its army. Since that time, it has been a beacon of relative stability in a region still ravaged by violence. The money released by the abolition of the army was partly spent on improving education. The country’s population is now higher educated and more prosperous than that of neighbouring countries.  In the World Happiness Report, Costa Rica…

European cooperation in between War and Pandemic Restrictions

By Audrey Beaulieu. The last few months have roughly hit the world and especially the European continent. As countries are encouraged to close their borders in order to control the spread of the coronavirus, this decision might endanger cooperation’s efficiency. However, a quick glance at the answers that have been given to the biggest obstacles through history shows us that cooperation and multilateral decisions are essential when it comes to global problems, such as a pandemic.  April 1944. In Vienna, the battle was unavoidable. More than tens of thousands of people were killed. The destruction was incredible. The end of…

Right to Education as an elementary Human Right

From Thinking to Living it  By Djawed Sangdel. The situation of education in general, and of higher education in particular, is not considered as a priority in developing countries. Unfortunately, all development depends on a good education. Many countries suffer not only of the absence of quality education, but also from a lack of accessibility for its citizens. Many of them suffer from not being able to study. The exercise of citizenship must allow everyone to become an actor of society. To be an actor requires a good understanding of the role, the place and the rights be recognized by…

How to Spend it: An Austro-Franco-German Proposal for a European Covid-19 Recovery Programme

In the picture WIIW Director Dr. Mario Holzner addressing the Conference. By Tereza Neuwirthová. The conference named “75 years of Europe’s Collective Security and Human Rights System”, which took place on the 1st of July at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, brought together experts related to the reality of the Old Continent and its Union over the course of the past 75 years of its post-WWII anti-fascist existence. It was jointly organized by four different entities (the International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies IFIMES, Media Platform Modern Diplomacy, International Scientific Journal European Perspectives, and Action Platform Culture for Peace) with the…

A Long-Lasting Vision for Peace and Justice States and the ICJ

By Edgardo Sobenes.  It was December 2009 when I first arrived in the city of The Hague, home to 160 international organizations. Ten years since, there is still not a day that I am not taken by the city’s beauty and its tangible relevance as the beating heart of international peace and justice. However, the following paragraphs are not about The Hague, but about the relationship between States and the International Court of Justice, the United Nations’ principal judicial organ that will mark its 75thAnniversary in April 2021. Since April 1946, over one hundred and fifty contentious cases have been…

Diplomacy by design

Anjana Das, Founder and Creative Director WHITE CHAMPA By Alexandra Paucescu. Diplomatic life often gives you the chance for memorable encounters, fine and interesting people that you will be grateful you had the opportunity to meet. When she enters the room, you first notice her dark, sparkling eyes and her exotic beauty…then she talks, confident and relaxed.  Meet Anjana Das, born in Braunschweig, Germany from Indian highly educated parents, the pure definition of a global citizen of today. Smart, cheerful, energetic and friendly, it takes just a glance to figure out that she is really one of a kind. Within the diplomatic circle…

Europe and the world at 75: An occasion for the EU to reaffirm its standing on Security policies and Human Rights

Margaritis Schinas | European Commission Photographer: Etienne Ansotte | Credit: EU/Etienne AnsotteCopyright: © EU Vice-President of the EU Commission Margaritis Shinas was a keynote speaker at this summer’s Diplomatic Conference in Vienna organised by the International Institute IFIMES, Media Platform Modern Diplomacy and their partners. High dignitary of the Commission seized the occasion to express the EU’s take on the 75th anniversary of victory over fascism, unfolding health crisis and to it related pressure on human and labour rights, as well as on the Union’s continued efforts towards remaining a ‘rock’ amid the volatile climate.  It is known by now – and acknowledged by the EU Commission VP –…

Preventing Violent Extremism in Germany

By Duke Michael of Mecklenburg. Having focussed on local resistance against military missions such as in Afghanistan, recent changes in domestic European affairs have caught my interest. Sadly enough, in most communities around the globe, certain “arguments” are a way to disable a person politically and socially. The most common one in Germany is to call someone a Nazi, while most people have not seen the terrors of the Second World War first hand and are downplaying what the Fascist ideology during WWII entailed in its detail. The same counts for other extreme forms of ideologies from the right against…

De-bipolarization of Nuclear Arms Control

Possible Implications of China’s Involvement, in Nuclear Arms Talks By Alexander G. Savelyev. In December 2019, the United States officially invited China to enter into a strategic security dialogue. The White House said it hoped Beijing’s consent to this proposal might become the first step towards an international agreement encompassing all nuclear weapons of the United States, Russia, and China. As expected, this proposal was rejected. China said its nuclear arsenal was much smaller than those of the United States and Russia, and it would be able to participate in such talks only when their nuclear potentials were brought to…

AI(Artificial Intelligence): The Italian National Strategy Revisited

By Cristina Semeraro. Increasing trust in and adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) are necessary ingredients for economic growth and the fuel for future innovations that can benefit society as a whole. In this complex context which stimulates and promotes the use and dissemination of AI technologies, also Italy has developed its AI national strategy as part of the Coordinated Plan launched by the European Commission in December 2018. Over the period until now, the Italian government has stressed the importance of discussing about the specific approach that the country should adopt to fully benefit from the advantages of AI, while…

Lebanon 2020. From “The Pearl of the Orient” to failed state?

“We will not allow for Lebanon to become a compromise card between nations that want to rebuild ties amongst themselves” Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai – August 15, 2020 By Corneliu Pivariu. Before the explosion of the Port of Beirut (the biggest one in an urban area in the last decades), on August 4, 2020, the situation in Lebanon was circumscribed to the regional focus only while the disaster caused by the blast (around 200 dead, more than 6,000 wounded and damages estimated to 11/15 billion-dollar)  brought again the small country of the cedars to the international focus as it happens in fact with…

John Lewis, an eternal cry of civil rights

John Lewis. Photography by Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call. By Marco Pizzorno. Another flame of civil rights has faded on earth to shine in eternity. An Activist for the dignity of African Americans, Lewis was an example of sacrifice and resilience in the pursuit of “Social Justice”. In 1963 he was one of the Big Six who participated in the March on Washington for Work and Freedom.  Then in 1965 he led 600 protesters in a march which later took the name of “Bloody Sunday” across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. On that occasion, Lewis was a victim of police…

From Extraction to Regeneration: The Tongan Solution to Global Sustainability

Foreshore remains vulnerable, Hihifo, Ha’apai Feb.2020. Co-authored by Prof. Philippe Forêt, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Brac University & Department of Social Sciences, University of Basel Prof. Manfred Max Bergman, Department of Social Sciences, University of Basel Carlos Álvarez Pereira, Club of Rome. In the post Covid-19 world, climate change and biodiversity loss will remain pressing global challenges. Scientists have discussed in countless publications and conferences well-known risks to life, but their proposals for securing a future within “planetary boundaries” have until now not resulted in decisive and pragmatic responses by local governments. Could a simple yet compelling initiative endorsed by a small…

Of Privacy, EU and of Human Rights – 75 years After

By Nora Wolf. Early summer days of 2020 in Vienna sow marking the anniversary of Nuremberg Trials with the conference “From the Victory Day to Corona Disarray: 75 years of Europe’s Collective Security and Human Rights System – Legacy of Antifascism for the Common Pan-European Future”. This was the first public and probably the largest conference in Europe past the early spring lockdown. It gathered numerous speakers and audience physically in the venue while many others attended online.  The conference was organised by four partners; the International Institute IFIMES, Media Platform Modern Diplomacy, Academic Journal European Perspectives, and Action Platform…

China in Europe: Hit the (Belt and) Road Jack

The article describes the place and significance of the CEE region in the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative. Drawing on the basics of Sino – European political and economical cooperation and mutual infrastructural projects within BRI, author emphasized that initially focused on involving into the Chinese initiative the European countries, along with opportunities, has faced a whole range of legislative, economic and infrastructure challenges.

Holding On and Letting Go

By Nur Hani Laily Ramli.    The day that I came to know that Kenya is going to be my county of residence for the next foreseeable future, a plethora of feelings hit me: pleased and terrified. Pleased, since living overseas is in my bucket list but at the same time I am terrified due to the fact that things will change as I will be dragged away from my comfort zone I called home. Am I strong enough to leave my family behind? Believe me, this question lingered around long enough without any realized answer. The reality remains, leaving my…