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Matt Field

British Diplomat

17th June 2022

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by Matt Field

British Diplomat

Tough times, good people

This week I finish my time as UK Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina. It has been a remarkable privilege to represent my country here. It has been the most challenging, frustrating, enriching and rewarding experience of my professional life. As a diplomat, you can never draw a clear line between professional and personal life. My […]

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24th March 2022

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by Matt Field

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The Marvellous Miss Irby

“Here lies the body of Adeline Paulina Irby A great benefactress Of the Servian People in Bosnia-Herzegovina” Educator. Writer. Humanitarian. Suffragist. I will start by admitting that I did not know the name Adeline Paulina Irby before I began this job. In fact, when I picked up the shiny first edition of ‘Žene BiH’, it […]

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7th March 2022

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by Matt Field

British Diplomat

Why Ukraine matters to us all

Barok building in Tuzla lit in colours of Bosnian and Ukrainian flags

Blog post by Serhii Miniailo, Charge d’Affaires, Embassy of Ukraine in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Matt Field, Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Bosnia and Herzegovina The horrific scenes from Ukraine shock us all, wherever we are in the world. We see burning buildings, terrified civilians and lines of […]

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24th January 2022

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by Matt Field

British Diplomat

An end to BiH’s consequence-free environment

Serving as UK Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) continues to be the most rewarding, challenging, and frustrating experience of my professional career. The challenges and frustrations stem from the near constant turmoil experienced by the country, the destabilising activities and self-interest of many of its leaders, and the failure to improve the quality of […]

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1st December 2021

The United Kingdom’s enduring commitment to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Baroness Goldie and Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon with HMA Matt Field and DA LtCol Andrew Tait in Sarajevo

Joint message from Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, FCDO Minister of State and the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, and Baroness Goldie, MoD Minister of State for Defence Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) occupies a special place in the hearts and minds of the United Kingdom. As we have often heard in […]

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11th November 2021

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by Matt Field

British Diplomat

The world and us

On the 60th anniversary of the University of Sarajevo Faculty of Political Science, I addressed the conference “The World and Us”, held on 8 November. “My warm thanks for the invitation today. This is a prestigious list of speakers and panellists, many of whom I have been following for some time.  And this is an […]

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13th August 2021

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by Matt Field

British Diplomat

Keep on resisting

On Saturday 14th, hundreds of people will take to the streets of Sarajevo, to participate in a PRIDE march. I will be pleased to be one of them, as I was in the very first PRIDE event in BiH, two years ago. I will be there personally, because I believe in and support these values. […]

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4th June 2021

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by Matt Field

British Diplomat

From Paris to Glasgow, and Around the World

On 5 June, World Environment Day, we all have a chance to stop and think about this incredible, precious planet on which we live. Here in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), we have both experienced the natural wonders, the rivers, mountains and lakes, which represent an invaluable resource for all the country’s citizens. At the same […]

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27th May 2021

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by Matt Field

British Diplomat

Out of sight, out of mind…?

Just a few weeks ago, the front pages of many BiH newspapers, online portals, and TV coverage, were dominated by stories of women (and some men) speaking up against violence and abuse. Their bravery spread backwards and forwards across the region, linking calls to action like #NisamTrazila and #NisiSama with the #MeToo movement around the […]

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