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DIPLOMAT MAGAZINE By Diplomats for Diplomats Year 5, No 2, December 2018 ISSN: 2468-3469

HEADS OF DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS, FOUNDERS OF DIPLOMAT MAGAZINE IN JUNE 2013 H.E. Carlos Jose Arguello, Ambassador of Nicaragua, Dean of the Diplomatic corps

H.E. Roberto Canzadilla, Ambassador of Bolivia, vice-Dean of the Diplomatic corps

H.E. James Lambert, Ambassador of Canada H.E. Huynh Minh Chinh, Ambassador of Vietnam

H.E. Martin Valentino, Ambassador of Malta H.E. Yasumasa Nagamine, Ambassador of Japan

Dr. Eugenio Matos, Chargé d’affaires a.i. Embassy of Dominican Republic


Dr. Mayelinne De Lara Roy Lie Atjam


By Dr. Mayelinne De Lara.Photography by Roy Strik.


Diplomat Magazine, the first diplomatic magazine in the Netherlands, is inspiring diplomats, civil servants and academics to contribute to a free flow of ideas through an extremely rich diplomatic life, full of exclusive events and cultural exchanges, as well as by exposing profound ideas and political debates in our printed and online editions.

DIPLOMATIC ADVISER Baron Henri Estramant

ASSOCIATE EDITOR Guido Lanfranchi, Leiden University

JUNIOR EDITOR Eugene Matos De Lara, University of Ottawa

JUNIOR PUBLISHER Duke Michael of Mecklenburg, University of Leiden

PHOTOGRAPHERS Kim Vermaat Robert Huiberts Roy Strik

Photo on the cover: H.E. Fernando Arias OPCW, Director General. Photography by OPCW.

GRAPHIC DESIGN Studio Kliek, The Hague

Hester Dijkstra Marian van Noort Naldo Peverelli

Stichting Diplomat Magazine is a non-profit Dutch foundation. It is the first diplomatic magazine in the Netherlands’ history, published by and for diplomats in collaboration with experts in international relations and diplomacy, the academia and dedicated volunteers from the Netherlands and overseas.

A broader selection of articles and contributions can be found in our free online version at: www.diplomatmagazine.nl

The editors do their best to ensure the accuracy of all information in this magazine. However, mistakes and omissions are, regrettably, possible. No rights may therefore be derived from the material published. All rights reserved. Nothing in this edition may be reproduced, stored in an automated database, or made public, in any form or by any means, whether electronic, mechanical, by photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior written permission of the publisher.

After having gone global by passing our articles to the Dow Jones platform, where more than 1.3 million subscribers have access to our publication, Diplomat Magazine hit a major milestone by reaching out to the public through kiosks. We have also been invited to capture events and places globally: we attended the Baku International Humanitarian Conference, Uzbekistan’s Tourism and Investment International Fair, and the International Media Congress in Tirana; we have traveled to Budapest, and Georgia will follow soon.

In the past two years, the Flavours Festival has shaken the gastronomic panorama of The Hague. Thanks to the participation of Embassies accredited in The Hague, the Flavours Festival has created unique opportunities to promote international gastronomic traditions, accompanied by music and art. With appreciation for the culinary culture of every country and enthusiasm in involving Embassies in this ambitious project, Diplomat Magazine and Crowned Plaza started the Festival in 2017, and will successfully continue it throughout 2019.

In global times of reconciliation, the international organizations in The Hague are working restlessly to achieve peace and prosperity in the world. Prominent European personalities are participating in this new issue of Diplomat Magazine, with the promotion of peace and security as a major theme. Reading “Working together for a world free of chemical weapons”, our cover page article by H.E. Fernando Arias, Director General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, we can feel the urgency of reaching

peace in this world, in all its dimensions. The constant effort needed to solve and prevent cross border crimes and terrorism in Europe, as well as the urgent necessity of a solid international collaboration, are perfectly explained by Ladislav Hamran, President of Eurojust, the European Union’s judicial cooperation agency, in his article “Crime is best solved together”.

In this issue we also have the privilege to publish the reflections of the Honourable Pauline Krikke, Mayor of The Hague, on her city, while NATO’s priorities and implementation of international commitments are explained by US Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison. H.E. Sheikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa talks about Muharraq, Capital of Islamic Culture for 2018. Also, do not miss the declarations of the Ambassador of Iran, H.E. dr. Alireza Jahangiri, advocating Iran’s rightfulness in a frank exchange of views, as well as “Who said negotiations in diplomacy is easy” by Ron Ton, Director of Clingendael Academy.

Enjoy the many activities of the diplomatic corps, some of them documented in this edition, and be ready for more stimulant lectures and activities aimed at making your professional life an enriching experience.

A thanks goes to our team, always supportive. As always, we dedicate this issue of Diplomat Magazine to all of you.

Dr. Mayelinne De Lara

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