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Wilton Park – distinguished contribution to diplomacy


By dxw


Richard Burge, Chief Executive, writes:

So we are now really "the award- winning Wilton Park"!  I am terribly tempted to put that in front of our name – everywhere.  Last night I attended the annual "Diplomat" Magazine awards in London.  It was full of the leading lights of foreign missions in the UK.  My individual conversations were of three types: "my last visit to Wilton Park was so useful (even if it was 10 years ago)";  "I have an issue which my government thinks could well benefit from a quiet dialogue"; and "why have I never been invited!".  But when I am with people from overseas for whom the grit in international affairs is their daily work – from diplomatic spat to prolonged conflicts – I never have to explain what Wilton Park is, and even less do I have to justify its existence.

The editor of the Diplomat magazine in his presentation of the award delivered a brilliant description of "why Wilton Park" and I hope to publish it soon.  As I gave well -deserved thanks to staff past and present, and to the FCO who have been responsible for us for 60 years, I became aware that, for the majority of the diplomats in the room, this was not an award to someone else, it was an award to their institution, their Wilton Park."


Richard Burge 


Ingo-Steven Wais says

Dear Richard and the Wilton Park Team,
this is really my 1st. comment at all of which I don 't know of how to start exactly.So I just try to do my best.I 'm writing comments since many years-esp. for the FCO,Foreign and Commonwealth Office.I 've also written a lot about (and for ) the so-called "Cabinet-Brothers", David and Ed Milliband.But this is now a part of the past.Nevertheless I had to look and search for a new, serious and reliable "partner" located IN the UK.A "partner" with the highest standards in re. of quality.That's why I discovered in May this year the "Wilton Park" link via the FCO.On one side I was very insecure (...are my comments good enough?Am I welcomed ?Will my little reports published at all ?)On the other side is writing for Wilton Park "very creative","ambitious" and always-to me- a "postive" challenge.Not only because of yr. 1st.-rate articles.
That 's why I admit that I 've posted my 1st. comment to you(May 24th) to the topic " China:40 years...".There are so many conceptions of which I do know the background in such a way that it was unimpossible to write sthg. "wrong". (E.g. the UK-Chinese relationship today and how it started in 1972).So well, it wasn 't not a surprise but a little wonder that it was released within 1 day.Meanwhile I 've wrote several comments to you.And I also do think that winning this "DIPLOMAT"-Magazine Award was totally right."First class choice" in other words....Of course , I still don 't know very much about
this award.So I do hope that you will write a "Background-Report"about this special award.I think that it would be for many others and myself a big help and very usefully too.By the way:You 've also promised this ("...I hope to publish it soon...").So I 'm really looking forward to read and hear from you again.For, e.g., it would be very interesting to me to know when -and if-this years "Diplomat Magazine Award" event will happen. BW, Ingo-Steven Wais, Stuttgart

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