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DIPLOMATIC POUCH
‘Swissness’ in 2022
by Alain Gaschen - August 1, 2022 - 12:00am
The 1st of August is always an important day in the lives of every Swiss.
Canada turns 155: Environment top of mind
by Peter Macarthur - June 30, 2022 - 12:00am
Tomorrow, July 1, the Canadian confederation celebrates 155 years, one of the oldest constitutional democracies.
The Philippines and France: 75 years of friendship
by Michèle Boccoz - June 26, 2022 - 12:00am
Today, June 26, we celebrate the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and the Philippines!
Celebrations and professionalism
by Raduta Dana Matache - June 12, 2022 - 12:00am
In 1972, President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. approved the report by the then foreign minister Carlos P. Romulo recommending an independent foreign policy and the opening of relations with countries behind the Iron C...
Neutrality in 2022
by Alain Gaschen - April 14, 2022 - 12:00am
I have previously written in this column how I look forward to all the possibilities that 2022 can bring.
Separating the wheat from the chaff
by Olexander Nechytaylo - April 7, 2022 - 12:00am
The unprovoked Russian aggression against Ukraine has been topping international headlines for more than a month now.
Boosting economic recovery together
by Peter Macarthur - March 27, 2022 - 12:00am
Canada and the Philippines can together boost economic recovery in the post-pandemic future that happily now beckons.
The Philippines and the Francophone world
March 20, 2022 - 12:00am
The richness of the Philippines lies, among others, in the multitude of languages spoken in the Filipino islands.
The situation in Ukraine
by Marat Pavlov - March 17, 2022 - 12:00am
Philstar.com has removed this piece, which originally appeared in The Philippine Star's Diplomatic Pouch column.
A story of trailblazing
by R?du?a Dana Matache - March 10, 2022 - 12:00am
Fifty years ago to the day, Romania and the Philippines announced the establishment of diplomatic relations. In 1972, the world was a different place.
Japan and the Philippines’ immutable bond
by Koshikawa Kazuhiko - February 24, 2022 - 12:00am
I share the joy of the entire Japanese people as we commemorate today the 62nd birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan. This delightful occasion is even more meaningful because we are able to celebrate it with...
Israel’s global COVID diplomacy initiatives
by Ilan Fluss - February 20, 2022 - 12:00am
Coping with the profound challenges that coronavirus poses is still one of the problems of most nations.
Building the future, together
by Alain Gaschen - February 10, 2022 - 12:00am
The New Year generally brings a sense of wonder and optimism, as we look past the trials and tribulations of the previous 52 weeks and look forward to what triumphs and transformations are coming our way in the upcoming...
Progress towards an equitable and sustainable world
by Anke Reiffenstuel - February 6, 2022 - 12:00am
The new year has just begun and the Year of the Tiger is even younger but already packed with challenges, ambitions and expectations.
Steadfast friends, equal partners and enduring allies
by Heather Variava - January 30, 2022 - 12:00am
Friends help each other. Partners respect each other. And allies stand by each other. These values have been central to the US-Philippine relationship for 75 years, and they remain as important as ever.
Championing gender
by Saskia De Lang - January 13, 2022 - 12:00am
The pandemic pushed back gender parity by a generation, according to the World Economic Forum. It has had a more negative impact on women than men across ASEAN-5, with women losing jobs at higher rates, notes the...
Looking forward to a network of liberty
by Laure Beaufils - December 19, 2021 - 12:00am
As December draws to a close, I’m sure I will not be the only one looking back on 2021.
Good friends helping each other
by Peter Macarthur - December 9, 2021 - 12:00am
Last month, Canada issued a statement in support of the international rules based order, including UNCLOS, and the 2016 arbitral ruling in favor of the Philippines.
Angels in Christmas
by Alain Gaschen - December 5, 2021 - 12:00am
Christmas is once again around the corner! I recall that one of my first contributions to this section was also during the Christmas season in my first year in the Philippines.
No one is safe until everyone is safe
by Michèle Boccoz - December 2, 2021 - 12:00am
Yesterday, the French government delivered its donation of 1,632,900 AstraZeneca vaccines to the Philippines via the COVAX Facility.
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