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7th May 2016 Beirut, Lebanon

Hugo Shorter

by Hugo Shorter

British Ambassador to Lebanon

Local Elections of National Importance

Winston Churchill famously declared in 1947 that “democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” He was speaking from the floor of the House of Commons, the parliamentary chamber reserved for any “common” man or woman elected to represent the people of Britain. […]

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13th October 2015 Washington DC, USA

David Riley

by David Riley

First Secretary Europe and Eurasia

MH17 – the slow path towards truth and justice

There are moments, images in life that will stay with you forever. Some are good:  for me, the obvious ones – the first glimpse of my children and my wedding day. Too often, though, those moments, those memories are painful and tragic: smoke billowing from the Twin Towers, set against the bluest of New York […]

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5th March 2015 Washington DC, USA

by Emma Wade

Foreign Policy Counsellor

Proud to be a British (female) Diplomat

When I first told my dad that I wanted to be a British diplomat, he told me not to be daft; as a woman who hadn’t studied at either Oxford or Cambridge University, I didn’t stand a chance, he said. I like to think he was protecting me from disappointment. Or perhaps he was employing […]

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9th October 2014 Washington DC, USA

Battles historic and partnerships enduring

The P-51 Mustang was an iconic fighter aircraft in US combat service during the 1940s and 1950s during the Second World War, and the Korean War. A global phenomenon, it was also pressed into service by allies including Australia, South Africa, the Republic of Korea, France and the Netherlands. It was first flown operationally by […]

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14th July 2014 Washington DC, USA

by James Illingworth

Military Attached and Head of the British Army Staff – United States

Testing new technologies for the battlefield

The following is a guest post from Captain Graham Henderson, Plans Staff Officer within the Headquarters of the UK’s 1st Mechanized Brigade who participated in the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE). Heavy wind gusts and unforgiving terrain set ideal conditions for testing new equipment in a joint exercise known as the NIE. The Network Integration Evaluation […]

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25th June 2014 Washington DC, USA

by Alex Brooks

Secretary for Asia-Pacific, Foreign & Security Policy Group

Impressions from Pyongyang

“What do British people hate?” A straightforward question – but context is everything. When posed by an earnest thirteen-year-old North Korean schoolboy, in a Q&A discussion with British diplomatic visitors, it took me by surprise. But then much of what my colleagues and I experienced during a week-long familiarisation visit to the Democratic People’s Republic […]

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19th June 2014 Washington DC, USA

The next step forward

When Google unveiled its latest prototype of a self-driving car in May, it marked a new stage in the relationship between humans and autonomous vehicles in a very public way. But it is just one visible piece of the technical progress in areas such as autonomous systems, advanced manufacturing, and in the thinking on how […]

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25th April 2014 Washington DC, USA

From Washington to Beijing

One of the hardest things I have to do is explain my job. I work on Asia at the British Embassy in Washington DC, and “why?” is the most common question. And, particularly from Americans, “But the UK isn’t a Pacific nation, you haven’t got any skin in the game.” But the simple answer is […]

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17th April 2014 Washington DC, USA

by Andrew Preston

Development Counsellor

Incentivizing Innovation in #Development

I’ve been getting into Twitter in the last couple of weeks. I know I’m only five years later than everyone else, but I’m loving the new insights and the quirkiness of it all. Two things were “trending” on my Twitter timeline recently that, seemingly unrelated, made me reflect on the incentives shaping donor effectiveness. The […]

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31st March 2014 Washington DC, USA

Inherited Identities, New Futures

Diaspora – from Greek, “scattering, dispersion” Identity can be a complicated thing. What does it mean to be part of a diaspora? Do people always carry the old country with them or do they gradually leave it behind? You could read Zadie Smith or Jhumpa Lahiri for some answers. This isn’t a fictional question for me. Over […]

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Shoulder to Shoulder is a blog about the foreign policy, security, defense, and international development work of the British Embassy in Washington and our consulates throughout the United States. Our…

Shoulder to Shoulder is a blog about the foreign policy, security, defense, and international development work of the British Embassy in Washington and our consulates throughout the United States. Our bloggers come from various backgrounds.

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