Tag: Diplomacy

29th November 2016 Holy See

Sally Axworthy

by Sally Axworthy

Ambassador to the Holy See

How the Vatican does Foreign Policy

One of the things that I have been struck by since starting in Rome in August is the difference in how the Vatican does foreign policy compared to the UK (or indeed most countries). In some ways our foreign policy structures are similar. In the Vatican the Pope decides the policy line; in London, ministers […]

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17th August 2016 Skopje, Macedonia

Charles Garrett

British Ambassador to Macedonia

London 2012 Revisited

For me, most of August and September will be one massive nostalgia trip. Seven years ago I packed my bags and left the Foreign Office to join the team organising London 2012.  I spent three years there on secondment as Head of International Relations.  And then from July to September we put on the best […]

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1st August 2016 Holy See

Stephen Townsend

Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy to the Holy See

Time of transition

“There can be only one” – not only the tag-line from the “Highlander” movies, but also the rules about Ambassadors accredited to each State. There can only be one official Ambassador in a country at a time.  So there is always a gap between one leaving and the next arriving – which is another opportunity […]

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28th June 2016

Nigel Baker

by Nigel Baker

Ambassador to the Holy See (2011-2016)

Completing the mission

On 23 June I was given the honour, along with my family, of a farewell audience with Pope Francis. It was not the moment to discuss political or global developments, but to make reference to the depth and importance of the modern relationship between Britain and the Holy See. Characteristically, His Holiness chose to encapsulate […]

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18th May 2016

Nigel Baker

by Nigel Baker

Ambassador to the Holy See (2011-2016)

Pontifical Diplomacy

The international activism and high profile of Pope Francis has generated renewed interest in the nature and practice of the Holy See’s diplomacy. Just in the last week, the Pope visited the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy – the papal diplomatic college – to meet the young priests preparing there to take up their role as a […]

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29th April 2016

Stephen Townsend

Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy to the Holy See

Britain and Human Rights

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s Annual Human Rights and Democracy Report was published on 21 April.  This report is aimed at increasing awareness of the UK’s role in promoting human rights work overseas, and to encourage countries to uphold and maintain their international human rights record. The Report lists 30 human rights priority countries: these […]

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10th March 2016

Nigel Baker

by Nigel Baker

Ambassador to the Holy See (2011-2016)

Archbishop Gallagher in the UK

Last week I accompanied the Holy See Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, on a visit to the United Kingdom. He came at the invitation of the British government, so inevitably much of his time was taken up in official meetings with a wide range of government ministers. He visited five different Departments […]

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27th November 2015 Chennai, India

Bharat Joshi

by Bharat Joshi

British Deputy High Commissioner, Chennai

A Very Unlikely Ambassador

Today I celebrate 20 years in the Foreign Office. I joined, like many others, because I wanted to see the world and be a part of something that mattered. I remember during the induction a colleague who was less awed by the surroundings asking how long it would take to get promoted (answer 12 years if […]

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28th September 2015 Skopje, Macedonia

`Speak Truth Unto Power`

The UK Civil Service doesn’t have an official motto – but if it did, it would almost certainly be: “speak truth unto power”. It’s a maxim that’s in the blood of good civil servants, even if they know that it won’t make their lives any easier. The best politicians learn to cherish civil service advice […]

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14th September 2015 Stockholm, Sweden

Daniel Cartridge

by Daniel Cartridge

Head of Science & Innovation Nordics

Hello from SIN Europe!

Welcome, Bienvenue, Välkomna and Hoşgeldiniz to the new blog for the Science & Innovation Network in Europe! We are a diverse group of 22 officers working on science and innovation out of UK Embassies and Consulates across Europe, Russia and Turkey. We report on science and innovation policy developments in our respective countries and run […]

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