20 January 2021
The pivoting argument in the article ‘Reading the CCP [Chinese Communist Party] Clearly’ by Perry Link (The New York Review of Books, 11 February 2021 issue) on US policy toward China is the topos of appeasement...
26 December 2020
Some see two black faces, Some see a white vase. A few see them both. Both sides mock the relativists. It is all a matter of the right imagination... [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOgFZfRV...
03 December 2020
Recent official revelations about the ‘special arrangements’ governing the diplomatic status of the US intelligence hub at the Croughton airbase in the English Midlands, which were provoked by the Sacoolas affa...
08 August 2020
What are connected objects? Consider home assistants, smart thermostats, fitness wearables and connected cars to name but a few which advocate the advantages of convenience, home efficiency, health monitoring, safet...
- What is your favourite clichéd metaphor and why?
(Of topoi and memes, Aldo Matteucci)
- What are the main differences between the violent left and the violent right in your region?
(Violent left and right: Which is more dangerous?, Aldo Matteucci)
- Is the use of analogies in determining foreign policy appropriate? Why (not) and when?
(The abuse of analogies: Upon reading the article ‘Reading the CCP Clearly’, Aldo Matteucci)
- To what extent should diplomatic officers be worried by the Anglo-US Exchange of Notes of July 2020 on the Croughton airbase?
(Diplomats at US intelligence hub in UK lose immunities, G R Berridge)
- Considering the consumer and human rights issues of connected objects, to what extent do you think you will have control over their tracking and analytics features?
(Connected objects: Is there need for greater scrutiny?, Lee Hibbard)
- From your country experience, what do you think works best?
(What gives? Revolution or civil engagement and resistance?, Aldo Matteucci)
- How does your nation deal with embracing defeat, accepting closure, the burden of compensation for the state, adequacy of compensation, and internal issues of monetary compensation?
(Compensating victims of terrorism – looking at it from the point of view of international law and national culture, Aldo Matteucci)
- To what extent to do you agree – if at all – that the arrangement of separate but discreetly connected ministries is the best way for richer states to balance their development assistance and foreign policy priorities, and why?
(Hostile takeover: Foreign Office swallows Development ministry, G R Berridge)
- How would you qualify concepts like ‘identity’?
(A tale of influencers, Aldo Matteucci)
- Will AI dehumanise us, or valorise the essence of human beings?
(Artificial intelligence (AI) and the human condition, Petru Dumitriu)
- What is the top priority for health attachés?
(Where have all the health attachés gone?, G R Berridge)
- Do you believe that governments avoid using biological warfare? If not, why?
(COVID-19 is not a bioweapon and it is dangerous to claim that it is!, Ljupčo Jivan Gjorgjinski)
- What is the most challenging aspect of a diplomat’s life?
(What Diplomats Do: The Life and Work of Diplomats (Book review), Milan Jazbec)
- Soft power might be nothing more than another term for influence but perhaps signals its meaning better?
(‘Soft power’ is nothing more than influence, G R Berridge)
- What do you see as the dangers of using AI in warfare?
(The opportunity costs of an arms race, Ljupčo Jivan Gjorgjinski)
- Are there circumstances in which one should not help a neighbour in difficulty?
(The hole in the fence, G R Berridge)
- Should states permit foreign embassies to monitor and – if they think it necessary – ‘correct’ the activities of their students studying abroad?
(Q. Which London embassy needs 13 cultural attachés?, G R Berridge)
- Is the work of honorary consuls likely to be changed for good by the pandemic?
(An honorary consul in the pandemic, G R Berridge)
- What are the main lessons of the Sacoolas affair?
(The Sacoolas affair: Diplomatic immunity or special immunity?, G R Berridge)
- Has the pandemic highlighted the limits of videoconferencing – or hinted at further potential?
(EU-UK videoconferencing. All for show?, G R Berridge)