August 15, 2020

What will the future look like?

Motto:“As we see the way of the world and as both we and you are aware of it, the law is concerned only with those ones who are equally powerful. As it is, the powerful ones are acting in accordance with what they can do while the weak ones are suffering for what is in store for them” – Thucydides, some 2,500 years ago By Corneliu Pivariu. A question that arises on each occasion when unexpected challenges confront a community, a country and now an entire planet. The world is in the midst of a deep existential crisis triggered imperceptibly when…

Secretary Pompeo travels to Europe to discuss pressing issues

Mike Pompeo – Picture by CIA, Public Domain By Guido Lanfranchi. On July 20th-22nd, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo travelled to the United Kingdom and to Denmark to discuss a wide range of pressing issues with his British and Danish counterparts. In his trip, Secretary Pompeo was accompanied by Ambassador Phil Reeker, Acting Assistant Secretary of State at the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, who then extended his trip to Brussels in order to hold further talks with a number of Belgian and EU officials. While in London, Mr. Pompeo met with British PM Boris Johnson and Foreign…

Lessons for now and for later

By Barend ter Haar. While the COVID-19 pandemic has not yet peaked in most parts of the world, it is not too early to reflect on some of the mistakes made: denial, neglect of the weakest, lack of international cooperation and lack of diplomacy. Lessons for now and for later  While the COVID-19 pandemic has not yet peaked in most parts of the world, it is not too early to reflect on some of the mistakes made: denial, neglect of the weakest, lack of international cooperation and lack of diplomacy. Denial Precious time was lost because China initially denied evidence of the…

“COVID-19 is pandemic, but poverty remains the real “plague” So, please don’t keep your eyes off the real “plague”

Interview with Ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal, Managing Director of the Common Fund for Commodities on post COVID-19 world. Q:   We know it is challenging time. This is almost a different world than what we have been living only a month or two ago. As a CEO of an organization dedicated to poverty alleviation, through commodity value chain upgradation, how do you see the future?  A:   Thanks to Diplomat Magazine for making this space as we fight to deal with this pandemic of COVID-19 (C19). Indeed, it is hugely challenging time. But it is also far too early to know exactly how…

The COVID-19 pandemic: past, present, future

By Guido Lanfranchi. In an online press conference organized by Diplomat Magazine, the Ambassadors of Italy, United States, Armenia, and China discussed their countries’ experiences in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and reflected on the challenges lying ahead of the world community. The COVID-19 pandemic is a global problem, and tackling it will necessarily require international solidarity and cooperation. This could be the major takeaway from the webinar “The COVID-19 pandemic: past, present, future”, organized by Diplomat Magazine on May 20th, 2020. The event’s keynote speakers were four Ambassadors accredited in the Netherlands: H.E. Mr. Andrea Perugini, Ambassador of Italy;…

Civil request for the end of blockages during the pandemic

The Executive Secretariat of São Paulo Forum‘s is driving and promoting a civil appeal to influence global political actors into suspending the economic and political blockade against Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela in the midst of the alarming health situation worldwide connected to the SARS-CoV-2 as well as COVID-19 pandemic. In the midst of these problems, some nations that have already been the victims of unilateral coercive measures have unsuccessfully requested the lifting of sanctions in order to purchase supplies, medical equipment and medicines for their health system. In particular Cuba remains subject to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States, which however has…