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About Ivor
Sir Ivor Roberts is a former British diplomat who served as ambassador in former Yugoslavia, Ireland and Italy. He is the editor of Satow's guide to diplomacy and on the advisory board of The Counter-Extremism project. He is based in Oxford, United Kingdom.
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The battle for Muslim Europe

18 Jun 2024  |  www.thetablet.co.uk
Europeans experienced a decrease in jihadist attacks last year, marking the safest period since the rise of Islamic State in 2014, according to Europol. Despite this, Europol suggests that the decline of IS may lead to increased efforts by al-Qaeda to regain influence.

Satow's Diplomatic Practice 8th ed

11 Jun 2024  |  practicesource.com
Satow’s Diplomatic Practice, first published in 1917, is a highly regarded text in the field of diplomacy. The eighth edition includes updated sections on the history and practice of diplomacy, international law, and multilateral diplomacy. It features new chapters on modern diplomatic challenges, the impact of China and Russia's actions, and updated content on human rights and digital diplomacy. The book covers a wide range of topics including diplomatic privileges, consular matters, treaty-making, and the role of NGOs and violent non-state actors. It also addresses the influence of international terrorism and the interaction with intelligence agencies and commercial security firms.

Telling it as it is: the role of the ambassador

24 May 2024  |  www.thetablet.co.uk
The leak of critical assessments of the Trump administration by the UK's ambassador to the US, Sir Kim Darroch, raises questions about the role and credentials of an ambassador. The article discusses the importance of an ambassador's candid assessments and the implications of such leaks, drawing parallels with a previous incident involving remarks about President George W. Bush. The focus is on the disingenuous attack on the ambassador's candour and the role of an ambassador in providing honest and accurate assessments.

The West is preparing for a future without America

15 Dec 2023  |  news.yahoo.com
Britain, Italy, and Japan are collaborating to build the next generation of fighter jets, reflecting a Western move to prepare for potential U.S. isolationism in defense. The EU is pursuing a stronger security role, independent of the U.S. and UK if necessary, with initiatives like a European Defence Union. This shift is driven by concerns over Russia's ongoing aggression in Ukraine, war fatigue in Europe, and the possibility of an isolationist U.S. administration. European NATO members face a dilemma between increasing defense spending to show responsibility and fueling a narrative of not needing the U.S. The article emphasizes the importance of balancing U.S. relations while expanding defense cooperation with other countries.

Panda gifts and orphan elephants: the history of animal diplomacy

02 Nov 2023  |  telegraph.co.uk
Animals have historically played a role in diplomacy, with notable examples including pandas given to the US and UK, a giraffe to France, and various creatures to English monarchs. The Smithsonian’s National Zoo's pandas are returning to China, marking the end of an era of 'panda diplomacy.' Other instances of animal diplomacy include Cleopatra's alleged gift of a giraffe to Julius Caesar, a polar bear swimming in the Thames, and various animals presented to Queen Elizabeth II. While animal gifts can symbolize respect and power, they can also lead to diplomatic incidents, such as the controversy over panda treatment in the US and Putin's dog scaring Merkel. The article recounts these historical events and the implications of using animals as diplomatic gifts.

The day Silvio Berlusconi ‘proposed’ to Tony Blair

01 Oct 2023  |  ca.sports.yahoo.com
Silvio Berlusconi, the flamboyant Italian politician and billionaire, shared a unique relationship with Tony Blair, marked by humor and mutual respect despite their political differences. Berlusconi's career spanned from entertainment to politics, often causing international embarrassment with his off-color remarks. His death raises questions about the future of his political party, Forza Italia, and its influence within Giorgia Meloni's coalition, especially given Berlusconi's controversial friendship with Vladimir Putin.

Joe Biden must tell hate preacher Abu Hamza to abandon hope of return to Britain

01 Oct 2023  |  The Scottish Sun
The article argues that hate preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri should remain in a high-security US prison rather than being allowed to return to the UK. It highlights the dangers he poses, the failures of the UK in handling his case, and the strain his return would place on security services. The author criticizes the leniency shown towards other terrorists like Adel Abdel-Bary and stresses the importance of keeping Hamza behind bars to protect public safety in both the US and the UK.

Poland is now the leading power of Europe

01 Oct 2023  |  ca.sports.yahoo.com
Poland has transitioned from being viewed as a problematic EU member to a leading power in Europe, particularly in the context of NATO and the Russia-Ukraine war. President Andrzej Duda is actively engaging in diplomatic efforts to bolster support for Ukraine, while Poland is significantly increasing its military capabilities and defense budget. The country aims to become a major European military power, with substantial investments in new tanks and an expanded army. Poland's role in NATO is increasingly pivotal, and its relationship with the US is strengthening, as evidenced by President Biden's upcoming visit.

Joe Biden must tell hate preacher Abu Hamza to abandon hope of return to Britain

01 Oct 2023  |  The Irish Sun
Abu Hamza al-Masri, a notorious Islamist preacher, is seeking to return to the UK from a high-security US prison. The article argues that he should remain in the US prison system due to the danger he poses. It highlights the failures of the UK in handling his case previously and the strain his return would place on security services. The piece praises the US justice system for its stringent measures and urges President Joe Biden to ensure Hamza remains incarcerated in the US.

Xi Jinping is humiliating the United States

20 Jun 2023  |  ca.sports.yahoo.com
During Secretary of State Antony Blinken's visit to China, the Chinese government, particularly through diplomat Wang Yi, adopted a stern and uncompromising stance, emphasizing China's core interests and blaming the US for the decline in bilateral relations. Despite Blinken's conciliatory tone, there was no breakthrough in the visit, which included a last-minute meeting with President Xi Jinping. The article suggests that China's assertiveness signals a clear message to the West that any cooperation will be on China's terms.

Xi Jinping is humiliating the United States

20 Jun 2023  |  ca.news.yahoo.com
During Secretary of State Antony Blinken's visit to China, the Chinese government, particularly through diplomat Wang Yi, adopted an assertive stance, emphasizing China's core interests and demanding the US to stop suppressing China's technological development. Blinken's conciliatory tone contrasted with China's firm position on issues such as Taiwan, trade, and human rights. The visit highlighted the strained US-China relations and China's growing self-confidence on the international stage.

House of Commons manager wins payout after colleagues sat in her ‘special chair’

20 Apr 2022  |  www.telegraph.co.uk
Alison Baker, a manager at the House of Commons, was awarded compensation after her colleagues used her special orthopaedic chair while she was on sick leave, and her bosses tried to discipline her for requesting them not to. The employment tribunal ruled that the House of Commons Commission's practice of allowing hot-desking on all desks put Baker, who needed a dedicated workstation due to her disability, at a substantial disadvantage. The tribunal found that initiating disciplinary action against Baker for leaving a polite note on her desk was unfavourable treatment. Baker's claims of failure to make reasonable adjustments were upheld, while other claims were dismissed. A further hearing will determine the compensation.

The trial of Vladimir Putin

30 Mar 2022  |  www.theneweuropean.co.uk
The International Criminal Court (ICC) faces challenges in prosecuting war crimes, as it lacks enforcement mechanisms and universality, with major powers like China, Russia, and the US not supporting it. The ICC can only try crimes if it has jurisdiction over the suspects or if the case is referred by the Security Council, which is unlikely due to Russia's veto power. US opposition to the ICC has varied, with the Trump administration imposing sanctions on ICC officials. The ICC and ad hoc tribunals like those for Yugoslavia and Rwanda have had successes but also face limitations. The ICC's chief prosecutor, Karim Khan, is likely to indict senior Russians, including Putin, for potential war crimes in Ukraine. However, without regime change in Moscow, international tribunals will struggle to enforce judgments against Putin and his co-conspirators, and the prospect of Putin appearing before an international court remains remote.

Joe Biden must tell hate preacher Abu Hamza to abandon hope of return to Britain

15 Feb 2021  |  The US Sun
The article argues that hate preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri should remain in the US high-security prison ADX Florence rather than being allowed to return to the UK. It highlights the dangers he poses, the strain his return would place on UK security services, and the failures of the UK in handling his case in the past. The author, Sir Ivor Roberts, emphasizes the importance of keeping Hamza behind bars to ensure public safety in both the US and the UK.

The west must not just abandon the Balkans to Russia’s embrace | Ivor Roberts

05 Apr 2018  |  www.theguardian.com
The article discusses a proposal by the youth wing of the Socialist party in Serbia to erect a statue of the late president Slobodan Milošević, who was on trial for crimes against humanity when he died. The author reflects on Milošević's legacy and the current political climate in the Balkans, where there is a divide between those seeking integration with the European Union and Nato, and those pursuing national interests aligned with Russia. The article criticizes the West, particularly Washington and London, for their lack of engagement in the region, which risks undermining previous efforts to support democracy and could inadvertently lead to the glorification of Milošević through the proposed statue. The author suggests that more support from the West could bolster liberal, progressive forces in the region, as exemplified by Macedonia's Zoran Zaev and Serbia's Saša Antić.

The west must not just abandon the Balkans to Russia’s embrace | Ivor Roberts

05 Apr 2018  |  www.theguardian.com
The article discusses a proposal by the youth wing of the Socialist party in Serbia to erect a statue of the late president Slobodan Milošević, who was on trial for crimes against humanity when he died. The author reflects on Milošević's legacy and the current political climate in the Balkans, where there is a divide between those seeking integration with the European Union and Nato, and those pursuing national interests aligned with Russia. The article criticizes the West, particularly Washington and London, for their lack of engagement in the region, which risks undermining previous efforts to support democracy and could inadvertently lead to the glorification of Milošević through the proposed statue. The author suggests that more support from the West could bolster liberal, progressive forces in the region, as exemplified by Macedonia's Zoran Zaev and Serbia's Saša Antić.

The west must not just abandon the Balkans to Russia’s embrace

05 Apr 2018  |  www.theguardian.com
A proposal to erect a statue of Slobodan Milošević in Belgrade reflects Serbia's political climate and the Balkans' division between pro-EU/NATO aspirations and nationalist, pro-Russian sentiments. Russia's influence in preventing Balkan states from joining NATO is evident, with incidents in Montenegro and Macedonia. The west's lack of presence and support in the region contrasts with Russia's engagement. Progressive forces in Macedonia and Serbia strive for closer ties with the west despite challenges. The article argues that western countries are neglecting the Balkans, risking previous investments in democracy and potentially allowing the immortalization of a figure contrary to democratic values.

We should stop tech firms from screening extremist videos

14 Oct 2017  |  the Guardian
Europe is intensifying its efforts to combat terrorism and extremism, with the UK proposing prison sentences for those repeatedly viewing extremist content. However, this approach may have significant financial implications and could potentially accelerate radicalization within prisons. Instead, the focus should be on preventing access to such material by compelling tech companies to remove extremist content more effectively. The Counter Extremism Project is hosting a conference to discuss better strategies for addressing these challenges, emphasizing the need for tech industry cooperation.

Sir Ivor Roberts: Milosevic was a pyromaniac and a firefighter – but he would never admit to being the former

17 Mar 2017  |  blogs.lse.ac.uk
Sir Ivor Roberts, former British ambassador to Yugoslavia, discusses his experiences with Slobodan Milosevic during the 1990s in an interview with Tena Prelec. He describes Milosevic as easier to deal with than Bosnian Serbs and shares anecdotes illustrating the challenges of negotiating peace. Roberts characterizes Milosevic as a 'pyromaniac firefighter' who contributed to the conflict but also sought to resolve it. He also touches on Milosevic's relationships with other leaders and his wife, Mira Markovic, and briefly comments on parallels between Milosevic and Donald Trump. The interview precedes Roberts' event at LSEE and promotes his book 'Conversations with Milosevic.'
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