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On Her Majesty's Service - in a new way
  • calender icon August 25, 2015

  • user icon Matthew Teller, BBC News

The outgoing British ambassador to Lebanon hates the image of diplomats as stuck-up champagne-drinking mandarins, and goes out of his way to prove ...

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How to step down as an ambassador – with style
  • calender icon August 13, 2015

  • user icon Christopher Meyer, The Telegraph

That sound you hear is the massed ranks of long-departed British ambassadors turning in their graves. Some of us, alive but retired, have had to re ...

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When the pandemic recedes, the world may see the rise of new soft powers
  • calender icon May 5, 2020

  • user icon Tom Fletcher, The National

How magnetic are our countries? Soft power has not been – understandably – at the top of our minds during the pandemic. But it has not ...

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A letter from the future about how we handled the coronavirus pandemic
  • calender icon March 27, 2020

  • user icon Tom Fletcher, Independent

At the time there was an American president who called it a Chinese virus, because it started there. But unlike the virus, that didn’t catch ...

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Viral diplomacy: in the age of coronavirus, how statecraft and summitry will have to adapt
  • calender icon March 12, 2020

  • user icon Tom Fletcher, The National

As corona goes viral, we are learning that predictions can be both contagious and futile. But here – recklessly – are a few for the mom ...

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Leaders from 2008 crisis call for G20 emergency summit on coronavirus
  • calender icon March 11, 2020

  • user icon Patrick Wintour, The Guardian

Veterans of the global response to the 2008 financial crisis have called for an emergency summit of G20 countries to discuss the threat to the worl ...

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Abu Dhabi students discover diplomacy in the digital age
  • calender icon February 9, 2020

  • user icon Caline Malek, Arab Weekly

Students offered innovative ideas, such as using blockchain as an anti-corruption tool, harnessing artificial intelligence and virtual reality to e ...