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Malta’s Ocean Diplomacy

The first thing that comes to mind when one mentions Malta and the oceans is the Declaration by Malta’s former representative to the United Nations, Arvid Pardo, in 1967, for the deep seabed beyond national jurisdiction and the resources contained therein to be declared the Common Heritage of Mankind. It expresses the desire for the global commons which constitute elements inherent to our natural environment to be administered in such manner as to benefit all of humankind.

Publication Date: 18/06/2020Author: M. Micallef
Malta and the IAEA

Speaking of Diplomacy in relation to Nuclear Science, what initially springs to mind are perhaps images of Summits between the leaders of Nuclear Powers amidst political tensions, Heads of State signing Disarmament treaties, the Cold War, or a State’s Nuclear arsenal. However, while traditional ‘’Nuclear Diplomacy’’ focused on military matters remains crucial in today’s political scenario, the international community has come to place ever-greater emphasis on the promotion of peaceful use of Nuclear Energy and Nuclear technology. This introduces a new face of Nuclear Science-related Diplomacy and moves the subject away from strictly military issues and towards national development.

Publication Date: 11/06/2020Author: Matthew Attard
Malta on the International Sphere: A Small State’s Perspective

In literall jargon, small is equated to size, however when this term is used to define a state, more often than not, we are faced with the question of what constitute a small state. There is ongoing debate as to what constitutes a small state. Opinions differ to say the least. Academics have failed to establish just one definition of small states, many seem to argue that size is defined by the country’s landmass whilst others are of the view that “smallness” can be perceived by their role in international hierarchy.

Publication Date: 01/06/2020Author: Michela Zammit; Dennis Grech; Kimberly Zammit
The Role of Small States in International Relations

Despite their generally insignificant size and lack of hard power, small states tend to be very active in international relations. Indeed, small states tend to play an important role in multilateral diplomacy.

Publication Date: 25/05/2020Author: Dennis Grech
Malta’s Climate Diplomacy

Many people associate climate action with national policy. While governance plays a vital role, an equally important part is played by foreign policy, through climate diplomacy. The networks that we, as diplomats, cultivate through our missions on the ground and through our participation in meetings at the regional and international level allow us to formulate targeted climate strategies towards different countries and regions of the world

Publication Date: 18/05/2020Author: M Micallef
Malta and Multilateralism by Ms Michela-Maria Zammit and Ms Kimberly Zammit

Multilateralism is indispensable to the proper functioning of our interconnected and globalised world.

Publication Date: 12/05/2020Author: Michela Maria Zammit, Kimberly Zammit
It is really a case of social distancing?

I do not know who coined the term social distancing, but I choose to challenge it and to push to replace it with physical distancing. Social distancing is ill-coined, because in times like these, social interaction becomes even more vital, almost crucial for our sanity.

Publication Date: 11/05/2020Author: Cecilia Attard Pirotta
The impact of COVID-19 on Women’s Rights

2020 was supposed to be THE year for women’s rights and gender equality, with the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and the 20th anniversary of the UN Security Council resolution 1325. Against the backdrop of an already difficult battle against the pushback against women’s rights, the pandemic has deepened pre-existing inequalities and exposed vulnerabilities in social, political and economic systems, which are amplifying the impacts of the pandemic.

Publication Date: 04/05/2020Author: Maya Schembri
A Lasting Foreign Policy

While studying diplomacy at Oxford during the late 80’s, I vividly recall, and not without a hint of nostalgia, the words of Professor Anthony Kirk-Greene, St. Antony’s College, God bless his soul, who, in his inimitable imperial tone (he served as Secretary of State for the Colonies between 1950-60), one chilly afternoon exclaimed : ‘You can change your leaders, you can change your governments, but you can never change your history, your geography or your neighbours. Those you have to lear​n to live with.’

Publication Date: 27/04/2020Author: Ambassador John Paul Grech, PhD
Far away but one with Malta

In Russia, like the rest of the world, the Covid-19 pandemic has confined life practically completely indoors. But just as ugly, moments like these can bring out the best of humanity.

Publication Date: 16/04/2020Author: Pierre Clive Agius
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