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18th February 2015

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Dear Jordan, Our love affair has lasted for four years. But I’m afraid it’s time to break up. I have to leave. It’s going to be hard to do. As Juliet said to Romeo: “parting is such sweet sorrow”. We will be really sad, but it’s time to move on. Of course I knew from […]

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7th February 2015

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

The Jobs Challenge

In the charming Jordanian film Captain Abu Raed, a young boy from East Amman tells his friends that people like us don’t get good jobs. In the end, he becomes a commercial pilot with Royal Jordanian. The point is that getting a job shouldn’t depend on where you are from or what your connections are. […]

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21st January 2015

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

Our Common Agenda

The headlines have been full of conflict and argument about extremism and fanaticism. Yet there is a paradox in the debate. On the one hand “We Are All Charlie” and “We Are All Moath”. But on the other there is a perception of conflict between “The West” and Islam. Language which emphasises “jihad” or “crusade” […]

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10th December 2014

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

Who Needs Diplomats?

Diplomacy is an old profession. Over two thousand years ago Greek city states used to send envoys to negotiate war, peace and trade. But surely with new technology, governments don’t need intermediaries? They can use the internet, videoconferencing and Skype to talk to each other. And with multiple news websites, instant reporting and people uploading […]

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26th November 2014

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

Tunisia: Top of the Class?

Last week I visited Tunisia for a conference. The preparations for last weekend’s Presidential elections were in full swing.   As the taxi driver who drove me from the airport said: “We are proud to be Tunisians: top of the Arab Spring Class of 2011.” Sunday’s vote was indeed the first freely contested Presidential election in […]

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12th November 2014

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

Trashy Stories

Walking down from the Citadel to the centre of Amman a few weeks ago, we saw three boys sitting by the steps. I was showing some guests around, tourists from Britain.  The boys were about 7 – 8 years old and were eating crisps and drinking juice, watching people climbing and descending the stairs that […]

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29th October 2014

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

Aramram: Challenge and Controversy

Life would be dull if we all agreed with each other. Fortunately, differences of opinion are inevitable. They are also healthy. Whether disagreement revolves around what to watch on TV or where to eat, an open discussion will often lead to a better choice being made. The same applies to policy issues. An exchange of […]

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15th October 2014

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

Learning for Life

The Nobel Peace Prize is one of the world’s most prestigious awards. This year it was won by a Pakistani schoolgirl who fought for the right to learn. At 17 Malala Yousafzai was the youngest person ever to win the prize. She was told about it during a chemistry class at Edgbaston High School in […]

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17th September 2014

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

Box? What box?

I’ve lost count of the number of times we have been exhorted to “think outside the box”. Worthy management gurus parroting clichés and senior managers trying to sound trendy have turned it into a hackneyed and meaningless phrase. The approach it advocates is also self-defeating. It suggests that the box – and the constrained and […]

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3rd September 2014

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

What is the NATO Summit about?

His Majesty King Abdullah will be in Wales tomorrow for the NATO Summit. Why is this meeting important? The Summit will be the largest gathering of world leaders ever hosted in the UK. It brings Prime Minister Cameron, President Obama, Chancellor Merkel, President Hollande and many other world leaders together at a difficult and sensitive […]

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