Sian MacLeod

Sian MacLeod

Ambassador and Head of UK Delegation to the OSCE, Vienna

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19th May 2016 Vienna, Austria

Sian MacLeod

by Sian MacLeod

Ambassador and Head of UK Delegation to the OSCE, Vienna

Making the Case for Tolerance

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This afternoon I will attend a memorial service in the City of London’s Guildhall to celebrate the long, eventful life of Sir Nicholas Winton, who died last year aged 106. As a young man, Sir Nicholas travelled briefly to Prague in 1938 to help a friend facilitating urgent evacuation of refugees from the looming Nazi […]

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9th December 2015 Vienna, Austria

Sian MacLeod

by Sian MacLeod

Ambassador and Head of UK Delegation to the OSCE, Vienna

Diplomatic Board Games

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Years ago, studying in London, I was puzzled by the enthusiasm of international relations students for spending days at a time for running from room to room playing ‘Diplomacy’. Throughout my subsequent years as a diplomat the board game has seemed far removed from what I do – until now. Last week I attended my […]

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30th November 2015 Vienna, Austria

Sian MacLeod

by Sian MacLeod

Ambassador and Head of UK Delegation to the OSCE, Vienna

Belgrade Barometer

Admiral Fitzroy's Storm Barometer

This week the OSCE moves south with its 57 national delegations from Vienna to Belgrade, capital city of our 2015 Chair-in-Office Serbia, to await the arrival of our 57 government representatives for the annual Ministerial Council. The event may not make the headlines like NATO or EU Foreign Ministers. There will be no high profile […]

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23rd November 2015 Vienna, Austria

Sian MacLeod

by Sian MacLeod

Ambassador and Head of UK Delegation to the OSCE, Vienna

Diplomatic Notes and Instruments: Blog for St Cecilia’s Day

Proudly presenting honorary CBE to Jiri Belohlavek, then Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra

A colleague in the Balkans recently said “tell me about music and diplomacy”. Sitting in Vienna on a cold, grey Sunday that is the day of St Cecilia patron saint of music, seems as good a time as any. A flurry of academic writing has yet to persuade me of music’s capacity ‘to model international […]

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4th November 2015 Vienna, Austria

Sian MacLeod

by Sian MacLeod

Ambassador and Head of UK Delegation to the OSCE, Vienna

Frozen? Avoiding Another Protracted Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space

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That media headlines are focused elsewhere, particularly Syria, makes it all the more important not to lose sight of the conflict on our own threshold in eastern Ukraine. The reduction in violence and destruction in the Donbas is welcome, giving a chance to restore services and make the region safer for the people who live […]

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21st October 2015 Vienna, Austria

Sian MacLeod

by Sian MacLeod

Ambassador and Head of UK Delegation to the OSCE, Vienna

Two Hundred Years in Search of a Cup of Tea: Diplomacy 1815-2015

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Each week I take the UK seat at the OSCE Permanent Council in the Hofburg, imposing former Hapsburg imperial seat, where I recently read, the 1815 Congress of Vienna ‘danced the night away, 200 years ago, shaping post-Napoleonic Europe almost as an afterthought’. History records an impressive social whirl around the lengthy negotiations. 201 years […]

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13th October 2015 Vienna, Austria

Sian MacLeod

by Sian MacLeod

Ambassador and Head of UK Delegation to the OSCE, Vienna

Rainy Day Resilience: the OSCE and European Security

When it rains...

Some weeks ago, I retweeted a thoughtful, well-informed article that suggested that the OSCE might have greatest relevance providing ‘resilience for a rainy day’. Resilience has to be built up, just as the human body creates antibodies to ward off disease and infection. In healthcare, resilience does not just mean Accident and Emergency services; the […]

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6th October 2015 Vienna, Austria

Sian MacLeod

by Sian MacLeod

Ambassador and Head of UK Delegation to the OSCE, Vienna

Postcards from the Western Balkans

Kruje

Remember the days when the tiny closed state of Albania was known from Orwellian Radio Tirana broadcasts picked up on a crackly short wave radio? Although things are very different now Albania remains a relatively rare destination for British visitors, so on my first visit I made sure to find postcards for my family. My […]

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28th September 2015 Vienna, Austria

Sian MacLeod

by Sian MacLeod

Ambassador and Head of UK Delegation to the OSCE, Vienna

Postcard from Warsaw: A Very Human Dimension

Postcard from Warsaw:

Since I first saw a local Polish emigre folk dance group as a child, Poland has held great sense of romance for me.  More recently, cycling and skiing along mountain border paths through fairy tale forests added to the magic.  Warsaw though has always been for me a city of buildings. Buildings stretching along broad avenues as […]

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15th September 2015 Vienna, Austria

Sian MacLeod

by Sian MacLeod

Ambassador and Head of UK Delegation to the OSCE, Vienna

Everyday Democracy

Sin mcleod

15 September is the International Day of Democracy. Democracy is of course too important to think about only once a year – everyone should have a fair say in how their lives are governed. But for anyone who has grown up in an established democracy, it is easy to take for granted the right to […]

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About Sian MacLeod

Sian became Ambassador/Head of the UK Delegation to the OSCE in Vienna August 2015. Before this she served as Ambassador to the Czech Republic 2009-13, as well as in the British Embassies in Moscow (twice), The Hague and Vilnius. Between overseas postings she has worked in the FCO and the Cabinet Office. She is married to Richard Robinson; they have three children, all still in full time education.

With a strong personal commitment to the principles upon which the OSCE is founded, Sian works to help the OSCE prevent and resolve conflict, support rights and freedoms, and build strong, healthy societies for a peaceful and secure future across the region.

Before joining the FCO she studied music at the Winchester School of Art and the Royal Academy of Music.

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