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24th April 2017

Canberra, Australia

Standing side-by-side

by Brigadier Andrew Harrison DSO MBE

Defence and Military Advisor

20th April 2017

Tripoli, Libya

Twiplomacy from Tripoli

by Jonathan Worgan

Political and Press and Public Affairs, Tripoli (Tunis)

12th July 2016 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Laura Davies

by Laura Davies

Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

The books that bind

It was a career first for me on Sunday, when I found myself selecting knickers for Her Majesty The Queen. No lèse-majesté this, rather part of the celebrations of the 210th anniversary of the building of the Governor’s Palace at Mount Lavinia.  This included a literary festival, featuring British authors who have written about or been […]

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12th July 2016 Bangalore, India

Corin Wilson

First Secretary Advanced Engineering, UKTI India

From lamb biryani to Land Rovers

The UK and Make in India – ‘a recipe for success?’ As a young boy in London I grew up watching my father spending almost every Saturday cooking curry in our kitchen. I eagerly watched the clock tick down until dinner-time when I could finally see what my father had made. Little did I know […]

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11th July 2016 Tripoli, Libya

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

Getting To Know Libya

Since the Presidency Council arrived in Tripoli, I have had the pleasure of visiting the city five times.  The most recent visit was during Ramadan. The first impression was the welcome I received and the friendliness of the people.  From my arrival at Matiga to the staff in the offices, there was a warm welcome […]

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11th July 2016 Geneva, Switzerland

Julian Braithwaite

by Julian Braithwaite

Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN and other international organisations in Geneva

Continuity And Change Following The Referendum

As Britain’s ambassador in Geneva I have often been asked in recent days about developments in the UK. There has been much uncertainty and some anxiety. I have sought to explain, but also to reassure. On 23 June the British people voted in a referendum to leave the European Union. It is clear that some […]

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8th July 2016 Los Angeles, USA

Patricia Gruver

by Patricia Gruver

Science & Innovation Officer

FUNDING: Lead Agency Agreement between EPSRC and NSF

This post is meant to highlight a new lead agency agreement between the EPSRC and NSF for international collaboration.  The lead agency agreement model allows researchers to submit a single collaborative proposal with a joint funding decision, informed by a single lead agency review. This review process will follow the usual process for the lead agency. […]

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7th July 2016 Skopje, Macedonia

Eleonora Zaprova

Director of the British Council Macedonia

British Council – 20 years of building cultural relations between Macedonia and the UK

The British Council in Macedonia marks its 20th anniversary in 2016. We celebrate two decades of building cultural and education relations between Macedonia and the United Kingdom. It is the time when we reflect back and see the fruits of our work in creating links and understanding between British and Macedonian institutions, professionals and communities […]

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7th July 2016 London, UK

Baroness Anelay

by Baroness Anelay

Foreign Office Minister for Human Rights

Climate change: The opportunity of our age

This week, our Ambassadors and High Commissioners have returned to London for Leadership Week. I took the opportunity to speak with them, alongside my fellow peers in the House of Lords, about the agreement reached at the Paris climate Conference of Parties (COP21) and to provide reassurance about the Government’s commitment to tackling global climate […]

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7th July 2016

Simona Prete

Head of Communications, British Embassy to the Holy See

Ask our Ambassador in the Holy See

On Thursday 14 July at 10:30-11:30 am (UK time), our Ambassador Nigel Baker will be online to bid farewell to the numerous followers of @UKinHolySee Twitter handle, after five exciting years as British Ambassador to the Holy See. You can tweet your questions in advance to #AskHMA about the depth and importance of the modern […]

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7th July 2016 Canberra, Australia

Gareth Hoar

Consul-General, Melbourne

Uncovering lost stories of WW1

For many in the UK, the first day of the Battle of the Somme looms large in our island story – it was the first time a mass, citizen army drawn from the population as a whole, rather than professional soldiers, was committed into an industrialised theatre of war. It was to be a terrible, […]

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