Tag Archives: Diplomacy

Mark Collins – The Foreign Office in 1985 (and the Trans-Siberian)

12 Dec

The start of a piece by Simon Winchester in the NY Times Book Review: Thirty-one years ago, while on a railway journey between London and Hong Kong, I stopped off in Mongolia and to a briefly illus…

Source: Mark Collins – The Foreign Office in 1985 (and the Trans-Siberian)

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Mark Collins – World Needs More 1980s Canada, UK High Commission Views

24 Aug

Who needs Wikileaks anyway? One fears there is too much truth in this British diplomatic reporting for a lot of Canadians to acknowledge. One point: I was in External Affairs (the good old name, st…

Source: Mark Collins – World Needs More 1980s Canada, UK High Commission Views

Mark Collins – UK Internal Diplomacy Pre-Iraq Invasion 2003

3 Aug

A delightful post by erstwhile British ambassador Charles Crawford on inside bureaucratic workings (and the communications technology and procedures of that time long ago): Iraq: FCO Slapstick H/t …

Source: Mark Collins – UK Internal Diplomacy Pre-Iraq Invasion 2003

Mark Collins – Chilcot Report: Iraq, Saddam and Tony and George

7 Jul

Erstwhile UK ambassador Charles Crawford writes a very interesting post on the conduct of diplomacy at the highest level between a little brother and a big brother (trying to play Athens to Rome on…

Source: Mark Collins – Chilcot Report: Iraq, Saddam and Tony and George

Mark Collins – Video: President Obama’s Speech to Canadian Parliament (US has very good dips)

30 Jun

Here it is. The US embassy in Ottawa is clearly on top of the diplomatic game given all the spot-on Canadian references in the address that I strongly suspect only bright and dedicated people on th…

Source: Mark Collins – Video: President Obama’s Speech to Canadian Parliament (US has very good dips)

Mark Collins – A Red Diplomat Amongst British Toffs

3 Apr

Ah, the good old days of diplomacy: The Maisky Diaries review – Britain’s high and mighty in conversation with Stalin’s man Ivan Maisky was Soviet ambassador to the Court of St James. His recently …

Source: Mark Collins – A Red Diplomat Amongst British Toffs

Mark Collins – “The Irrelevant Diplomat: Do We Need Embassies Anymore?”

21 Mar

Or: “What these days are diplomats good for and good at? The Canadian Case”. Further to this piece (put online by a retired American diplomat) at Foreign Affairs by a member of an Austr…

Source: Mark Collins – “The Irrelevant Diplomat: Do We Need Embassies Anymore?”