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30th August 2016 Vienna, Austria

Sian MacLeod

by Sian MacLeod

Ambassador and Head of UK Delegation to the OSCE, Vienna

A Potsdam Prism

In January 1992 in the early days of a reunified Germany I visited Potsdam after dropping off the Vilnius Diplomatic Bag at the British offices in the old Berlin Olympic Stadium. I wanted to see the Palace of Sans Souci, where Frederick the Great had employed Quantz and CPE Bach. But even after three years […]

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26th August 2016 Tunis, Tunisia

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli


My last visit to Tripoli included a meeting with young activists. They were very clear about what they wanted: a voice in their future. They were no different from young people anywhere in the world.  They wanted a better world: security, a job and a way to contribute to decisions that affect them.  If you […]

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23rd August 2016 Mogadishu, Somalia

Harriet Mathews

by Harriet Mathews

British Ambassador to Somalia

UK’s work in Somalia

Over the next few months, I’ll be using this blog to share with you a little of my life and work here in Mogadishu. This week I’ve been struck by the variety of my work. It won’t be a surprise to hear that we’ve been working hard on security and governance issues. They are staples […]

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22nd August 2016

John Kampfner

Chief executive, Creative Industries Federation

John Kampfner on Our Creative Industries

Creative Industries

British culture is famous around the world, with our theatre, our television, our music and our films thrilling millions who have never visited the country and proving a major attraction for many who do. Attention may have shifted this summer from Sherlock, Adele and Harry Potter to our cyclists, gymnasts and rowers at the Rio […]

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19th August 2016 Skopje, Macedonia

Lt Col Richard Parry

Defence Attaché

A great year for UK-Macedonia defence engagement

It’s been three years since I was posted as Defence Attaché for Macedonia, Kosovo and Albania and during that time I have enjoyed the opportunity to attend the different army celebration events in the region. For Macedonia it is 18 August, the Macedonian Army Day. It is a day when the President, as Commander-in-Chief, heads […]

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19th August 2016 Bangalore, India

Manjari Chakravorty

UK-India partnership making waves in the Sunderbans

Last year I had the opportunity to manage an incredibly exciting project on UK-India Cooperation on Tidal Power Research, which included several visits from the UK Centre for Marine Energy Research (UKCMER), hosted at the University of Edinburgh. This builds on our efforts from 2014 when UKCMER members visited Kolkata and the Sunderbans to look […]

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18th August 2016 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Laura Davies

by Laura Davies

Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Visas made easy…


Since arriving in Sri Lanka, I have become a bit of an expert on visas.  In fact, when my phone rings, there’s almost a one in two chance that someone is calling about their visa. Getting a visa can be complex, frustrating and time-consuming.  My colleagues in UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) work really hard […]

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18th August 2016 Havana, Cuba

Claudia Parera

Chevening scholar

One year as a Chevening scholar – tips, anecdotes and real ale mojitos


Once again, I am delighted to publish a blog by one of the Cuban Chevening scholars currently in the UK. This time Claudia Parera explains how her MSc in Advanced Computer Science at the University of Bradford will help her to focus on the Digital Economy while she also offers useful tips for future scholars. […]

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17th August 2016 Boston, USA

Rebecca Leshan

by Rebecca Leshan

Regional Director for the UK Science & Innovation Network

FUNDING: Fulbright Awards for UK Citizens

The UK-US Fulbright commission provides grants to UK citizens to study, research and lecture in any subject at an accredited higher education institution in the US. Student Awards are available for UK students to pursue a postgraduate degree in the US, or to attend a US university as a ‘visiting student researcher’, or Scholar/Professional Awards fund academics and professionals to lecture, […]

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17th August 2016 Skopje, Macedonia

Charles Garrett

British Ambassador to Macedonia

London 2012 Revisited


For me, most of August and September will be one massive nostalgia trip. Seven years ago I packed my bags and left the Foreign Office to join the team organising London 2012.  I spent three years there on secondment as Head of International Relations.  And then from July to September we put on the best […]

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