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Forum Lecture on EU-Ukraine Association Agreement – Q&A

 ‘Let’s stop being naïve and let’s accept that only by using force can we get Russia to the negotiation table’.  In the light of the upcoming Dutch Referendum on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, the international relations students’ association Clio, together with Checks&Balances and Forum Committee, organized a public lecture, given by the Lithuanian Ambassador to the Netherlands, Darius Semaska. With ... Read More »

It Is the Small State that Is Concerned About the Effectiveness of the International Laws the Most

When in 1569 the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was created, Lithuania ceased to exist. It was only visible on maps mostly as part of Poland and since 1795 as a part of the Russian Empire. Starting from 1918, Lithuania experienced 22 years of independence until it was occupied by the Soviets in 1940. Notwithstanding, the country managed to prevail, to maintain its language ... Read More »

The Life of a Diplomat: Assassination in Khartoum

On March 1, 1973, a terrorist attack led by the Black September Organization took place at the Saudi Arabian embassy based in Khartoum, Sudan. Five diplomats were taken hostage, of which only two survived. Jan-Willem Bertens, who was not only a diplomat in Uruguay, Costa Rica and Sudan, but also the party leader of D-66 in the European Parliament, and ... Read More »

Life of a Diplomat: Bridge Over River Nile

‘There is an Arab saying which claims that ‘When Allah created Sudan, he laughed’. Of course, it is impossible, Allah cannot laugh, because nobody saw his face!’, exclaims J. W. Bertens, when he remembers his assignment in Sudan. This is the second part of Checks&Balances’ interview with Jan-Willem Bertens, who was not only a diplomat in Uruguay, Costa Rica and ... Read More »

Interview: The Life of a Diplomat: a Football Match

The word diplomat always invokes a promise of success and adventure, at least among many IR/IO students. Checks&Balances interviewed Jan Willem Bertens, who was not only a diplomat in Uruguay, Costa Rica and Sudan, but also the party leader of D66 in the European Parliament. Above all, Bertens is a passionate story-teller, with plenty to talk about: he built a ... Read More »