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UNSCR 1325 in practice: Women in the military

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One of the themes of this year’s NATO week was UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.  On November 13 the MFA hosted a roundtable on Armenia’s approach to UNSCR 1325, with stakeholders from government (MFA, MOD, Ministry of Social Affairs, PM’s office), international organisations and NGOs.  One of the themes of UNSCR 1325 is the importance of increasing the number of women working in the security … Read more »UNSCR 1325 in practice: Women in the military

A week for extraordinary anniversaries

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What a week for extraordinary anniversaries.  On November 11, in the UK and the Commonwealth we commemorate Remembrance Day (in the US, Veterans Day) – re  membering the 100 years which have passed since the start of World War 1, and the many lives lost and lives changed forever in the devastating wars of this century. To mark the centenary, you may have seen on the BBC website the spine-tingling … Read more »A week for extraordinary anniversaries

Good example of UK-Armenia collaboration in Healthcare

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I really enjoyed my visit on Saturday to Armenak & Ann Tadevossian’s medical centre in Kosh, a great example of a UK diaspora project.  This is a newly-built, well-equipped polyclinic which, thanks to the generosity of diaspora and local business donors, runs rehabilitation services for children with disabilities during the week, and offers specialist appointments with doctors from Yerevan at the weekend. The Centre hosted a training session for doctors … Read more »Good example of UK-Armenia collaboration in Healthcare

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