August 19, 2019

  • Viet Nam’s membership in the United Nations Security Council for the term 2020-2021

    A new milestone in Multilateral Diplomacy of the country In the picture H.E. Mrs. Ngo Thi Hoa, Ambassador of Viet Nam. By H.E. Mrs. Ngo Thi Hoa, Ambassador of Viet Nam to the Netherlands. Over the past years, following the foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, multilateralization and diversification of foreign relations, and active international integration, Viet Nam has attached great importance to the work of multilateral mechanisms. Today, Viet Nam enjoys free trading relations with nearly 60 major countries and partners in the world as a result of its membership of 16 Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), some of which are…

  • Suriname, the most forested country in the world

    Hosted HFLD Conference on Climate Finance Mobilization. In the picture H.E President Desire Bouterse, President of the Republic Suriname (R) and H.E Antoine Joly, Ambassador of France in Suriname (L) By Mr. Oquemele Denz MSc, Chargé d’affaires, Embassy of the Republic of Suriname. The Embassy of the Republic of Suriname in the Hague, Netherlands, introduces Suriname to the Diplomat Magazine as the most forested country in the world, with a forest coverage of 93%. In addition, Suriname has a low deforestation rate and with these characteristics belongs to the group of countries with High Forest cover and Low Deforestation (HFLD). It is…

  • Closer than ever: North Rhine-Westphalia’s relations with the Benelux region

     By Dr. Stephan Holthoff-Pförtner, Minister of European and International Affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia. The Netherlands and North Rhine-Westphalia are like twins: with around 18 million inhabitants each, they are about the same size and, with a gross domestic product of around 700 billion Euro, about the same economic strength. As one country, they would be the fifth largest economy in the European Union. The entire Benelux region and North Rhine-Westphalia taken together constitute one of the most populous and economically strong mega-regions in the world. We form the continental centrepiece and the economic backbone of Europe, which stretches like a ribbon of densely…

  • Setting Sail on a New Voyage of China-Netherlands Relations

    By H.E. Hong Xu, Ambassador of China to the Kingdom of The Netherlands. As the gateway to Europe, the powerful merchant fleet is one of the symbols of the Netherlands. China-Netherlandsrelations, in my eyes, are as well like a great ship sailing in the sea. In the over 400-year-old friendship history, this great ship managed to cleave through the waves and keep moving forward. Particularly, following the historic exchange visits by President Xi Jinping and His Majesty King Willem-Alexander in 2014 and 2015, this ship has sailed smoothly into a new channel of “open and pragmatic partnership for comprehensive cooperation”….

  • Wines of Portugal

    By H.E. Ms. Rosa Batoréu, Ambassador of the Republic of Portugal to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. I could not agree more with the well known wine journalist Rui Falcão when he says that “variety is the keyword when you’re talking about Portuguese wine.”  Indeed, been a relatively small country (mainland 218 km wide and 561 km long), yet diverse, Portugal offers a stunning variety of terroirs, grape varieties and blends. While many top winemaking countries specialize in a handful of grape varieties, relying on standard, international options, Portugal is home to over 250 indigenous varieties, offering unique opportunities for those…

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King Willem-Alexander opens the new Museum Sophiahof

Aug 19, 2019

By Anton Lutter. On sunny 27thJune Museum Sophiahof in The Hague was officially inaugurated by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander. Many guests from the Dutch-Indies community were invited next to guests such as Indonesian Ambassador I Gusti Wesaka Agung Puja, the State Secretary of the Ministry of VWS Mr. Paul Blok, the Kings commissioner in Zuid-Holland Mr. Jaap Smit, the mayor of The Hague Mrs. Pauline Krikke and former Minister of Foreign Affairs Bernard Bot. The Museum Sophiahof is housed in a monumental building on the Sophialaan 10. It’s a national monument and was built by the former Minister of Colonies Guillaume Louis Baud in 1858. Through…

“Russia and Europe” conference in Rome: discussion outlining topical issues of international journalism

Aug 16, 2019

TOP Russian and European media experts and diplomats will discuss the challenges of new political scene and international relations. September 5thRome (Italy) will host the 8th international conference “Russia and Europe: Topical Issues of Contemporary International Journalism”. The conference is organized by the International Affairs magazine with support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Federal Agency for Press and Mass Media of the Russian Federation. The main topics to be discussed during the international event are: “European media as a source of Russian “sensations”” and “Up-to-date international information – national or nationalistic media”. The aim of this annual international…

Are you coming? Call Crowne Plaza now!

Aug 16, 2019

Indonesian Flavours Best opportunity to taste the authentic Indonesian food; incredible three nights at Crowne Plaza. On August 29, 30 & 31 you will taste the flavors of Indonesia. Chef Theodora Hurustiati born in Jakarta, will prepare traditional Indonesian dishes with Chef Sido de Brabander. Opening on August 29 by the Ambassador of Indonesia, H.E. Mr. I Gusti Wesaka Puja. Chef Hurustiati recently participated as a guest chef during the Ubud Food Festival 2019 in Bali and has a passion for sharing stories and recipes from around the world, like she did in her column for The Jakarta Post. During…

Australia Contributes €100,000 to Help OPCW Identify Perpetrators of Chemical Weapons Attacks

Aug 11, 2019

Permanent Representative of Australia to the OPCW, H.E. Ambassador Matthew Neuhaus and OPCW Director-General, H.E. Mr Fernando Arias The Government of Australia contributed last March €100,000 toward the Trust Fund for Syria Missions for the formation and operation of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) team to identify the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in the Syrian Arab Republic. The team was created pursuant to the decision on addressing the threat from chemical weapons use adopted by the Conference of the States Parties at its Fourth Special Session in June 2018. The contribution was formalised through an…

European Union Contributes €11.6M to Support OPCW Activities

Aug 11, 2019

OPCW Director-General, H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, met in April with the Permanent Representative of Romania to the OPCW, H.E. Ambassador Brândușa Predescu, on behalf of the Presidency of the Council of the EU, and with Principal Adviser, European External Action Service, H.E. Ambassador Mika-Markus Leinonen. The European Union (EU) is contributing €11.6M to a number of projects and activities of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to be carried out in the next three years. The contribution was approved by the Council of the European Union in its 1 April decision early this year. OPCW Director-General, H.E. Mr…

Diplomats celebrating IHE Delft Graduation Day

Aug 8, 2019

In the picture Ambassadors, chief of missions, diplomats and teachers at IHE Delft. A total of 128 water professionals from over 40 different countries attended the graduation ceremony, held at Oude Kerk in Delft and almost 40 diplomatic representatives attended. At the end of the ceremony the students proudly waved their diploma tubes and cards showing each of the 17 UN SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), to which their work will contribute when they return home. The graduates are now part of the IHE alumni community that comprises over 15,000 water professionals working and living in more than 160 countries.

The 20th Anniversary of The Liberation of Kosovo

Aug 7, 2019

In the picture H.E. Mr. Lirim Greiçevci, Ambassador of Kosovo. By Roy Lie Atjam. The Hague, Wednesday 12 June 2019, venue The Chancellery of the Republic of Kosovo. To mark the 20th anniversary of the liberation of Kosovo by   NATO/KFOR’s forces on 12 June 1999. The Ambassador of Kosovo H.E. Mr. Lirim Greiçevci, Ambassador and Defense Attaché Col. Ahmet Ajeti hosted a reception. Commemorating and celebrating at the same time. Ambassador Greiçevci indicated that former US President Bill Clinton(72) and former Foreign Secretary Madeleine Albright(82) will be in Kosovo to participate in the Pomp and pageantry of the celebration. Kosovo’s Order…

14th Thai Grand Festival in The Hague

Aug 7, 2019

“Sustainability, Design and Innovation” In the picture H.E. Eksiri Pintaruchi, Ambassador of Thailand with participants.  The 14th edition of the Thailand Grand Festival NL (TGF) in The Hague, organized by the Royal Thai Embassy in cooperation with Diplomat Magazine, took place at Plein Den Haag on 13th and 14th July 2019. The festival was inaugurated by Thai Ambassador H.E. Eksiri Pintaruchi and was followed by a reception. The Royal Thai Embassy also celebrated two other events, one was  the 415th anniversary of Thai-Dutch relations and the other was the ASEAN Cultural Year 2019. This year’s theme of the Thailand Grand Festival…

The centenary of Solari

Aug 7, 2019

In the picture H.E. Ms. Laura Dupuy Lasserre, Ambassador of Uruguay. On the occasion of the centenary of the birth of the Uruguayan painter Luis Alberto Solari, the Embassy of Uruguay in The Hague in cooperation with the Hispanic Association of The Hague, presented a Conference on his life and work. The activity was held on April 4, 2019 in the hall of the Koningkerk, in the city of Voorburg, and was attended by some 60 people, including diplomats and Spanish- speaking members of the Association. Posters and banners were exhibited with a selection of the painter’s works and some…

King opens Museum de Lakenhal in Leiden

Aug 6, 2019

In the picture, His Majesty, King Willem – Alexander during the opening of Museum De Lakenhal. Foto’s: Jorrit Lousberg. His Majesty the King opened the renovated Museum De Lakenhal. The museum opened its doors to the public last June,  after being closed for more than 2 years. During the closure, the museum has been thoroughly restored and expanded. The museum had invited primary school pupils in Leiden to take part in a competition to design a key with which the King would perform the opening. 17 schools took part in the competition. The winning design and its designers played a…

Diplomatic Pouch

MIR – becoming a peace poet

By Dr. Hanneke Eggels MA,  author. Ever since the eighties and being a PEN member I published my bilingual books of poetry  on social issues related to politics and peace. The Dutch minister of Culture presented my  ‘MIR’ – Russian for ‘peace’ – during Days of Dutch Culture  in 2003 to her Russian colleague  as the first book of poetry of a living Dutch poet translated in Russian language. All so long ago, those were the days….. As a kind of  peace poet I always felt inspired by human rights to denounce great and small themes. Before  Oprah’s book club …

Laying the Path to Accountability for Starvation Crimes

New memo series provides authoritative legal and case study analysis for why starvation can and should be prosecuted as an international crime. In the picture Catriona Murdoch. Boston, MA/The Hague, The Netherlands – June 18, 2019 – Global Rights Compliance (GRC) and the World Peace Foundation (WPF) at The Fletcher School (Tufts University), partners in the project “Accountability for Starvation: Testing the Limits of the Law” have published a series of memos documenting how existing international law might apply to starvation conditions, and why it should be applied to Syria, South Sudan and Yemen (forthcoming). “Mass starvation is not a…

Water Diplomacy: Creating Spaces for Nile Cooperation

By Abraham Telar Kuc. The Nile River is the longest river on the earth, with eleven nation states sharing it and over 487 million people or about 20% of the African population living in the basin countries and they depend partly or fully on the Nile for their daily water use, foods and other economic benefits. The river drains 10 % of the African continent or an area greater than 3,176,541 km2, and its divided to ten different sub-basins with two main feeding sources’ the White Nile and the Blue Nile, which making it one of the worlds largest and…

The African Woman, The Soul of a Continent

Women members of a agricultural cooperative for women, after finish the work in the field. The women of Inhanrrime are organized for stimulate the female develop. Photography by Jose Cuesta. Text and pictures by Jose Cuesta. In Africa, more than 70 percent of people live in rural areas and depend on agriculture and livestock for their food and sustenance: most of the work in these fields is done by women. According to a report by the United Nations, women’s economic activity represents a large part of the workforce engaged in agriculture (70 percent), livestock (50 percent), and trade (50 percent),…

The Sino-US Trade War – Why China can’t win it

By Prof. Anis H. Bajrektarević. Does our history only appear overheated, but is essentially calmly predetermined? Is it directional or conceivable, dialectic and eclectic or cyclical, and therefore cynical? Surely, our history warns. Does it also provide for a hope? Hence, what is in front of us: destiny or future? One of the biggest (nearly schizophrenic) dilemmas of liberalism, ever since David Hume and Adam Smith, was an insight into reality; whether the world is essentially Hobbesian or Kantian. As postulated, the main task of any liberal state is to enable and maintain wealth of its nation, which of course…

India to become 5th largest economy globally this year

Also 2nd in APAC region by 2025. In the picture H.E. Mr. Venu Rajamony, Ambassador of India. India is forecast to overtake the UK to become the world’s fifth largest economy this year and projected to surpass Japan to feature at the second position in the Asia-Pacific region by 2025, IHS Markit said. In a report on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his BJP party’s victory in the national elections, it said the economic outlook “looks positive” for the second term of Modi government, with GDP growth forecast to average around 7 per cent per year over the 2019-2023 period….

When does a collector become an art dealer?

By Reinier W.L. Russell, LL.M. A collector will sometimes sell artworks in order to be able to buy new objects. If this happens a lot, he can be regarded as a an art dealer rather than a consumer. When is that the case? And what are the consequences? To assess whether a person sells an object as an art dealer rather than a private collector, the following, among other things, will be taken into account: Does a person act on behalf of others or for himself? How often does a person sell works of art? Incidentally or structurally? Is profit…

Current geopolitical developments between reality and emotions

Motto: “It has been a long time since this thought crossed my mind that armies without a uniform are haunting Europe”. Mircea Diaconu – Romanian European MP By Corneliu Pivariu.  The second quarter of 2019 which has just come to an end was characterised by outstanding geopolitical developments which will influence the future of international relations and tensions/conflicts within the reordering of the new poles of world and regional power as well as the further development of the globalisation process. We are witnessing the development of more recent forms and methods than we used to encounter in the lap of…

Malaysia – Tomorrowland of Yesterday

By Prof. Murray Hunter. Love him or hate him, Mahathir Mohamed during his first stint as prime minister was able to instill a great sense of national pride and unity. Mahathir went on a massive infrastructure drive. Most Malaysians were proud of the Penang Bridge that finally linked the island with the mainland. The North-South Highway project changed the nature of commuting up and down the peninsula. Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) was built and the development of Putra Jaya gave the country a new seat of administration. Mahathir’s fait accompli was the building of the KLCC towers in central…

Sensation of Financialization

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Dr Michael Lim Mah Hui Over recent decades, the scope, size, concentration, power and even the purpose and role of finance have changed so significantly that a new term, financialization, was coined to name this phenomenon.  Financialization refers to a process that has not only transformed finance itself, but also, the real economy and society. The transformation goes beyond the quantitative to involve qualitative change as finance becomes dominant, instead of serving the needs of the real economy. Financialization involves the growth and transformation of finance such that with its hugely expanded size, scope and concentration,…

A straw that breaks a camel’s back: how China opposes the United States in a trade war

By Vitaliy Timoschuk.  Earlier in Kazakhstan there was quite an interesting and rigid custom. If there were two applicants for the bride, they would take whips and beat each other in turn, until one of them refused the contest or fell down. This long-standing custom is very much like the battle between the United States and China over European trade markets. In the spring, the parties failed to conclude a trade agreement, which led to another round of mutual sanctions and only developed a trade standoff. So, Washington raised up to 25% the duty on importing goods from China in…

What is a track 1.5 Diplomat?

By Barrington Roy Schiller. The term Private military contractor is well known in the modern world but the existence of private diplomatic contactors is less known Perhaps the most famous werethe united states ex-PresidentsJimmy Carter and Bill Clayton after they left office.Private diplomatic contractors engage in  Track 1.5 diplomacy which is a type of “soft diplomacy” not to be confused with “soft power”. For the purpose of this article State with a capital, S is synonymous with Country whereas sate with a small s refers to a smaller self-governing part of a Country. The diplomats operate more like envoys and more…

Black Swan season

.By John Dunkelgrün My friends and family call me an eternal optimist. Some even call me dangerously optimistic. While I don’t agree with the latter classification, I know I’ve been optimistic all my life. It has helped me get through very difficult situations and especially in the last few years with the growth of my modest investment portfolio. However, recently I have been feeling uneasy about the world economy in general and the markets in particular. What worries me is not the longest expansion of the world economy ever, nor the oldest bull market on record. It is more the…

Panorama Mesdag presents: Louis Apol on Nova Zembla

From  19 October 2019 to 1 March 2020 This autumn, Panorama Mesdag will be presenting the exciting exhibition Louis Apol on Nova Zembla. In 1880, the artist Louis Apol (1850–1936) of The Hague undertook the journey of a lifetime. He joined a team of scientists on an expedition to Nova Zembla, spending four months on board the polar schooner Willem Barentsz. As a specialist in painting winter landscapes, this trip offered him the ideal opportunity, during a treacherous journey, to study the most remarkable ice formations and desolate, snow-covered landscapes from close by and to depict them. ‘Apol draws and…

Taiwan’s Gamble in the Trade War- the New Southbound Policy and its consequences to the status quo

By Jake Wright. Taiwan is in a period of uncertainty. Although its ruling party (the DPP) advocates for independence, refusing to abide by the 1992 Consensus and are pushing for a fully sovereign state of Taiwan, unlike its political rivals (the KMT) who mutually ‘agree to disagree’ with the PRC on who is the legitimate government of China. Despite this bold platform, Taiwan’s circle of diplomatic allies recognizing its statehood has shrunk to just 17 states and economic growth is stagnating. For three years, Taiwan played defensively on the international stage to keep the remaining support close with enticing investments….

Fracking Societies through manufactured revolts

By Carlos Pereyra. If society is considered as an open, complex and dynamic system.  This system is attributed for the quality of both organizing and disorganizing.  Constructive chaos occurs when there is an attempt to harness these destructive and seemingly random forces, for strategic purposes. The chaos strategy proposes the artificial creation of disorder and violence in a country or areas that are considered as an object. It can be secured through an unconventional war – use of different methods to achieve internal convulsions within a target country or the use of armed intermediaries to lead to a civil war scenario…