A NEW DECADE OF DIPLOMACY BEGINS. By the time you read this, the UK should have left the EU, but another 10 years of diplomatic wrangling over the fine print is sure to follow. Despite this massive upheaval, Diplomat contributor Simon McGee says Britain’s foreign policy is more aligned with Europe than our colleagues across the Atlantic. Will that change, I wonder?
Defence is an ongoing theme we’ll be discussing in 2020. In our cover story, the former Director General of the UK Defence Academy asks if a focus on Professional Military Education can provide a military advantage disproportionate to the investment needed.
After the year began with a very public Twitter spat between the US President and Iran’s Foreign Minister, social media and digital diplomacy will continue in the fore.
James Landale writes on the public and private work now required of a diplomat, citing some recent examples of how this can go very wrong. As new contributor Duncan Fulton points out, thankfully private diplomacy is still alive and well. He suggests the recent UK-Africa Investment Summit is perhaps the shape of things to come. “London in the sunshine, Buckingham Palace reception [and] photogenic Royals… using the UK’s convening power to bring together heads of state, investors, business leaders and NGOs.”
We also cover Oman following the death of Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Croatia’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Iran and much more…
Diplomat’s lifestyle pages include a break to the magnificent Peninsula Paris, a review of the delightful Julie’s Restaurant in its 50th year, plus the Van Gogh Museum’s touring blockbuster Meet Vincent van Gogh, and the Kew Gardens Orchid Festival, which focuses on Indonesia this year.
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