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Building Stability in an Unpredictable World – the NATO Summit in Wales 4-5 September

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Following the terrible events of the last few months – in Ukraine, Libya, Iraq, Syria, Gaza, and ebola in West Africa – describing our world as ‘unpredictable’ no longer seems adequate.  It feels like some of our most basic assumptions –  about civilized nations’ best interests, a Europe finally at peace, and the nature of 21st century warfare – are being shaken to their core.  As our Prime Minister wrote … Read more »Building Stability in an Unpredictable World – the NATO Summit in Wales 4-5 September

NATO in a nutshell: interview with Defence Attache Lt-Col Nick Wilkes

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Ahead of the NATO Summit, to be hosted by the UK this year on September 4-5 in the beautiful, mountainous country of Wales, we are highlighting some of the human stories behind NATO and the UK armed forces.  Our first ‘NATO in a nutshell’ interviewee is Lt-Col Nick Wilkes, the UK’s Defence Attache for the South Caucasus.  He is currently based in Tbilisi with his wife Caroline, but frequently travels … Read more »NATO in a nutshell: interview with Defence Attache Lt-Col Nick Wilkes

We have found an extraordinarily successful way to live together

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The lamps are going out all over Europe.  We shall not see them lit again in our lifetime’ – Sir Edward Grey, British Foreign Secretary, 3 August 1914   Just a few days ago, I stood in the study of Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Josef, in his summer villa in Bad Ischl, Austria, looking at the very desk where he signed the declaration of war on Serbia on 28 July 1914, … Read more »We have found an extraordinarily successful way to live together

Apply now for a 2015/2016 Chevening Scholarship

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  One of the many things that continues to impress me about Armenia is the Armenians’ appetite for learning. Wherever I go I meet people from all walks of life whoare working tirelessly to improve their education or that of their children. That is why one of the more enjoyable aspects of my job is Chairing the annual selection panel for the UK’s Chevening Scholarship programme in Armenia. Each year, … Read more »Apply now for a 2015/2016 Chevening Scholarship

Journalism is a public duty

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May 3 marks World Press Freedom Day.  But this year it doesn’t feel like there is much to celebrate.  Freedom House’s 2014 report finds that media freedom around the world has hit its lowest point in a decade.  Only 1 in 7 people live in a country with a ‘free’ press: that means a country where coverage of political news is robust; the safety of journalists is guaranteed; state intrusion … Read more »Journalism is a public duty

Two nations letting out a most heartfelt and longed for sigh of relief

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We overuse the word ‘historic’, but this week in the UK something historic took place.  For the first time since the Republic of Ireland became independent over 90 years ago, and three years after the Queen’s groundbreaking first visit to Dublin, the President of Ireland came to the UK for a state visit, as a special guest of the Queen and Her Majesty’s government.  Seen from 2014, it seems absolutely extraordinary that … Read more »Two nations letting out a most heartfelt and longed for sigh of relief

Crisis in Crimea

All of us who care about peace in Europe have been shocked by the events in Crimea over the past two weeks. On Sunday a referendum will be held in Crimea in which there is no option for those who wish to keep Crimea’s status as part of Ukraine unchanged. People may only vote to join Russia, or to vote for de-facto independence, by bringing back a defunct 1992 constitution. Russia supports the … Read more »Crisis in Crimea

Woman who leads with kindness and quiet confidence

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Within the framework of the women’s month celebrations, we wanted to underline the many roles which women play in society – but particularly the role of women as leaders.  Ambassador Kathy Leach met Lyudmila Petrova, head of the village Verin Dvin in Ararat Marz. They discussed several topics, from community issues to challenges for women leaders. The village has a largely Assyrian population, but also includes Armenians and Yezidis.   Amb Leach: How … Read more »Woman who leads with kindness and quiet confidence

The way to come to CHANGES

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  Our colleagues from the British Embassy posts in Yerevan and Ankara paid visit to both countries to meet with civil society organisations, journalists and junior decision makers in Turkey and Armenia to exchange ideas and explore opportunities for future project cooperation between two countries. Following to the visits Serra Cetin Head of Projects Team in Ankara and Lilit Kalantaryan Communications Manager in Yerevan have come up with the joint … Read more »The way to come to CHANGES

Interview with David Dowell, good friend of Armenia

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Following the earthquake in Armenia in December 1988, Mrs Thatcher – the British Prime Minister – promised to rebuild one of the schools in Gyumri.  Donations came from the British government, British business and the British people.  David Dowell ran one of the companies that agreed to help the project.  He spoke to Kathy Leach as they travelled together to Gyumri to visit the school at the end of January … Read more »Interview with David Dowell, good friend of Armenia