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New Podcast: National Versus Ethnic Loyalty in Diplomacy

In this new podcast we discuss how are you meant to represent your country when you already feel like an outsider. Is nationality skin deep or just a matter of what you look like on the surface? Are you treated differently because on the surface, you don’t look like you typically comes from your represented country based on historical stereotypes and misconceptions?

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Albert Poggio: The Star of Gibraltar

Albert Poggio OBE, the Director of Gibraltar House and UK Honorary Representative of Gibraltar, was a Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award Honouree in 2015 for his longstanding commitment to Gibraltar relations. Mr Poggio has spent almost three decades strengthening both political and business ties for Gibraltarians and British citizens alike.

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Baroness Kidron on the Edge of Madness

Baroness Kidron, Director of Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, has ventured to the “edge of madness” (so to speak) in attempting to widen the horizons of today’s youth, showing them that ‘film’ means more than the Harry Potter series and that Disney are not the only filmmakers from whom lessons can be learned.

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New Podcast: Alternative Routes to Diplomacy

Diplomacy is one of the most misunderstood professions. Today’s international landscape is far more crowded and having purpose in the choice you make for yourself will better ground you in tough situations. We cannot afford to forget where we come from, whom we serve, and whom we represent.

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Girl, You're Going Rogue!

One of the best comments I ever got when telling people why I never became a diplomat was the statement: “Girl, you’re going rogue!” There are a very high number of people in the corporate world who dream of becoming an Ambassador. In movie-like fashion, they lust after the power of leading negotiations and be given a grand title that is otherwise absent in the world of business.

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Diplomacy isn't Dead After All

The year began with the war in Syria entering its sixth year, the impeachment of South Korean President igniting discussion of its ripple effect to other nations, the warrant of a North Korean diplomat for the assassination of Kim Jong-nam and the worst humanitarian crisis unfolding in Africa. How we respond to these issues will help shape the kind of society and future we wish to have.

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How to Work for a Government You Don’t Agree With

Diplomats will always have a role in representing their national governments, sometimes at the cost of their personal liberty, values, and beliefs. When quitting is not the answer, the other option is to manage the situation without government policies reflecting personally on you. What will you do if you disagree with your government?

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What's in a Name?

After much ardent commitment, Rehman Chishti MP successfully influenced his government to refer to the terrorist group, the so-called Islamic State as “Daesh” as part of daily rhetoric to move away from the peaceful message of Islam.

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Workplace Discrimination in Diplomacy

A prime example of discrimination can be found where deeply embedded cultures make discrimination invisible, such as senior political offices held by white males, followed by an inherent need for women or younger people of colour to join.

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New Podcast: Self Development in Diplomacy and International Relations

The lives of other people are in your hands, but higher education has failed to equip international relations practitioners with world skills that make them fit for leading in international relations. Talyn Rahman-Figueroa and Jeannette Viens discuss the challenges of self-development in the field of international relations and how to prepare onself in this career.

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Hello! I'm Alison Johnson.

I am Alison Johnson, a member of Grassroot Diplomat. I am a motivational speaker and trainer, having worked in the education sector for over 20 years. I have spent many years involved with vulnerable children and young people, engaging with their families, and have sat on many governing bodies, fostering panels and advisory committees for non-profit organisations.

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A Platform for Business, a Platform for Success

Not only has Karen Lumley MP taken a particular interest in the concerns of these workplaces, she has also made a tremendous effort in reducing unemployment, particularly in ensuring that the younger generation grow up with a vast array of entrepreneurial skills.

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