Posts tagged Middle East
Diplomacy isn't Dead After All

Board Member Vanessa Thevathasan offers a quarterly summary of Grassroot Diplomat's latest activities and innovations for January - April 2017.

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Naheed Farid: The Heroic Politician

“Running for office in Afghanistan as a woman is seriously dangerous and difficult,” says Farid, who like many from her generation, were forced to drop out of school under the oppressive Taliban regime.

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Year of the Arabs: Why Middle Eastern Diplomats Are Today's Role Models

For the first time, Ambassadors from the Middle East sweep up awards from Grassroot Diplomat, proving to the world that the region is advancing in civil society.

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Summer Magazine Looks into Muslim World

From their successes at the most recent Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award, the second edition of the Quarterly Magazine celebrates Arab Ambassadors who have paved the way for their people in the face of adversity; from the challenges of revolution, to patriarchy, terrorism, and even occupation.

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How to Attract Significant Government Attention

Being heard and enacting social reform is not just a problem under authoritarian regimes. Even in democracies, where newspapers have been filled with headlines on people crying out for change, we see little development or legislative change. Here are a couple of points which will help you achieve attention of governments and help you lobby your case. Persistence and preparation are key.

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Bashaer Othman: The Worlds Youngest Minister

Want to know who the youngest government Minister in the world is? Meet Bashaer Othman, a 16-year-old from Palestine who became the first female teenager to take over as Mayor in a small town of 9,000 people. Read her story here.

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HE Khaled Al-Duwaisan Shortlisted for Counter Terrorism Initiative

The longest serving ambassador in London, Mr Al-Duwaisan has lived a life of extremes, seeing his country become invaded by Kuwait in the 90s. Since then, Mr Al-Duwaisan has since been made Dean of the Diplomatic corps in April 2003 with 80 per cent of his time given to receiving officials from 185 embassies in London and attending official functions in the diplomatic community.

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Palestinian Diplomat Manuel Hassassian Nominated for Raising Palestinian Awareness

Professor Manuel Hassassian is a Palestinian diplomat who came from occupation and managed higher education under occupation. He has dedicated his career to raising awareness about Palestine to help change its future and discourse.  

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The Middle East and West Africa: The Politics and Security of Oil

As part of its re-branding launch with the Maritime Asset Security and Training (MAST), Ambassador Partnership analysed oil security in Africa and the Middle East with former British Ambassador Sir William Patey.

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Ambassador of Israel HE Daniel Taub Award Shortlist for Entrepreneur Development Scheme

Ambassador Daniel Taub of the Embassy of Israel has been nominated for the inaugural Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award under the Business Driver category in creating avenues for young entrepreneurs to pitch to investors and companies for funds.

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Arab Spring Opportunities for Women

There is no doubt about the pivotal role played by women in the uprisings in the Arab world in early 2011. However as political transition got underway the message being felt by women has increasingly been to “go home”.

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Challenges of Modern Foreign Policy Making

One of the key issues brought up at the conference was the need for the United Kingdom to maintain and continue to establish a global economic presence. Alex Ellis, Director of Strategy at the Foreign Office, pointed out that the government had opened 11 new embassies, 8 new consulates and a number of language centres across the world to aid diplomatic and trade links.

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