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23rd October 2020

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by Matt Field

British Diplomat

The UN at 75

Amongst many less pleasant events, 2020 also marks the much happier 75th year since the founding of the United Nations, and a series of commemorations is being held throughout the year. I congratulate UN Resident Coordinator in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ingrid Macdonald, and all of the UN staff for their open-ended commitment to BiH’s citizens, […]

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23rd October 2020 Belgrade, Serbia

Sian MacLeod

by Sian MacLeod

UK Ambassador to Serbia

Sir Mick Jagger and the Art of Negotiation

This week stories about negotiations have been prominent in the media both in the UK and in Serbia. The history of diplomacy might also be called the history of negotiation.  Negotiating is a way of life for diplomats.   Whether you are working on a major arms control treaty, opening a new diplomatic mission or drafting a statement […]

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16th October 2020 Belgrade, Serbia

Sian MacLeod

by Sian MacLeod

UK Ambassador to Serbia

Diplomatic Tours

Old British Legation site

I arrived in Belgrade just over a year ago.  But for over half of that time lives have been turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic. For any newly arrived diplomat, that means that many of those first twelve months when you would be out and about starting to get to know your host country have […]

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15th October 2020 Colombo, Sri Lanka

From applicant, scholar to panellist: A nervous Chevening journey

Nerves, nerves, and more nerves aptly describes my entire Chevening application experience. I was a bundle of nerves from the point of filling out the lengthy application online to that heart-racing moment I clicked open the acceptance email from the Chevening Secretariat. And this year – as I sat on the interview panel, grading the […]

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15th October 2020 Skopje, North Macedonia

Aleksandra Cvetkovska

Program Director, NDI North Macedonia

More Women in Politics is a Must

In North Macedonia, we have fought the fight of gender equality since the country’s independence, and even though a lot has been accomplished, we are still far away from achieving full gender parity and equal opportunities. When I was asked, by the British Embassy, to write a blog post on women in politics, I welcomed […]

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15th October 2020 Vienna, Austria

Pauline Trepczyk

Climate Change Policy Officer, British Embassy Vienna

Debating: today’s most important skill?

On 29 September the British Embassy Vienna invited young people from all over Austria to join a Debate Workshop. Youth from Salzburg, Upper and Lower Austria, Carinthia as well as Vienna came together, separated by appropriate “baby elephants” (Austria’s 1.5m rule) to practice their skills. Trainers from Debattierklub Vienna, Joy Edobor and Miri Muntean, introduced […]

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14th October 2020

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by Matt Field

British Diplomat

Visible Women

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made” (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) The campaign for local elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina is about to begin. While there are many things we do not yet know about how those elections will run, we can be confident that women – as candidates, as decision-makers, and as […]

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9th October 2020 Belgrade, Serbia

Sian MacLeod

by Sian MacLeod

UK Ambassador to Serbia

Faces of Diplomacy

British Ambassadors in Belgrade

When I walk up the stairs to my office in the Embassy I pass a series of painted portraits and photographs of former heads of the UK’s diplomatic mission in Belgrade. Over the years our diplomatic mission has had different names and a different status.  It has been a Legation, a Consulate General and, as now, […]

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8th October 2020 Skopje, North Macedonia

Dominic Otway

Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Skopje

Secrets of writing a good Chevening application

We’re always excited when we launch the annual Chevening Scholarship fund.  We’ll be spending the next few weeks hoping to encourage as many good quality applications as possible before the closing date on 3 November.  Through a scholarship you can gain a world-class education, experience the UK’s diverse and welcoming culture, and become part of […]

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8th October 2020

Adnan Muminović

Chevening Scholar

When things appear too good to be true, they usually are. Except for when they are not…

About a year ago, I decided to quit my job in Sarajevo and move to London in order to pursue my second master’s in something called Psychology of Economic Life. Inevitably, as part of that decision, several others had to be made as well. Those included, but were not limited to, the decision to trade […]

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