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Welcome, Hola or what other language do I speak? Well, that’s going to be a problem because I can say welcome in many languages but do not necessarily speak them fluently. Let’s therefore stick to my knowledge of English.
          This is diplomacy. Complicated, mouth twisting, exciting, sad, formal, living in new places, packing and unpacking, loosing friends and making new ones, trying to fit in, being a supportive spouse, trying to make the children adapt to the new environment, and the list goes on.
          I would like to invite you into my world.

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Published on July 23, 2008 at 1:26 pm  Comments (14)  

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  1. Dearest Janet,
    I think this a wonderful idea which is long over due because you are touching on the right points which really determine, shape and also directs a very successes as diplomats. As you know my experience my be slightly different from yours and I would like you so consider it. By that I mean going on posting and leaving your children to be taken care of by a grandparent or a spouse and the anxieties associated with it as well as the pitfalls if one is not favoured with God’s Grace or luck. There have been several instances where its not only the fact that you miss out on an important part of the upbringing of the children, but also you may not get your money’s worth by returning to find that after all the sacrifices you made for a better life for the family you had left behind, the children have been turned into something you would not have wished for them. This is the lot of diplomats whose countries do not assist them to pay for the schooling of their children whilst at post in countries which speak languages different from theirs. Indeed, the diplomatic life is not a bed of roses as most people view it.
    You have mentioned the many countries you have visited. I think I may have done better than you in that aspect.But you failed to talk about the jet lag situations you find yourself in when you arrive at the other side of the world, and the fact that you sometimes have to walk straight into meetings. These situations are also sometimes compounded by terrible flights in little aircrafts and horrible flying experiences. A particular case in question for me was on a near fatal landing on one Spanish island on a very windy day. The pilot decided that the speed with which he had touched down was too much and took off lmost immediately to circle for another thirty minutes before coming in to land finally. Should it have been fatal, would I have been called a hero who had died in the service of my nation? I rest my case here and hope that other diplomats would share some of their experiences with us. Congratulations on this innovation, Janet.

  2. Hi Betty,

    You are very right about our situations being different. Being a diplomat comes with different stroke for different people.
    I remember being separated from my children for almost a year while they were with their dad. It was the longest one year of my life and I do not wish the situation to repeat.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and please visit the site more often, as you have a lot to contribute on being a diplomat.

  3. A journey of a thousand miles always starts with the first step weather it is towards the right direction or not the step comes first,so since the first step has come and i want to believe it is going towards the right direction,i want to say keep the DIPLOMATIC FLAG FLYING.

  4. Well,i’am very happy that you are a diplomat in your capacity.PRECISELY, what i have to advice here is for you to be a good diplomat in a way that you do not sideline those you found under you. Try to listen to your surbodinates and do not think that you know all things.However put God first.

  5. My Sister,
    Please, keep it up. May your shadow never grow less. May you continue to grow from small to big. I’m really inpress with your efforts.
    Regards,
    Eguaojes.

  6. Hi
    You are doing so well and I pray that the good Lord will continue to show you mercy and give you more wisdom to improve in your achievements .

  7. BRUSSELS: European Union diplomats backed plans Tuesday for a civilian monitoring mission to Georgia but rejected the deployment of a military peacekeeping force there without an international agreement.

    The decision was part of an emerging EU strategy designed to increase engagement in Georgia and other countries neighboring Russia, rather than seeking open confrontation with Moscow

    In advance of a special one-day summit meeting of European leaders called for next Monday by the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, officials were scrambling to find a coherent policy response to Russia’s actions in Georgia.

    On Tuesday both the EU and NATO rejected Russia’s decision to recognize the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

    But the meeting Tuesday of senior diplomats in Brussels points to a cautious European approach, with officials mindful that their options for punitive action against Moscow are limited.
    Analysts say that most measures available to the EU are unlikely to be effective and may prove counterproductive.

    Instead the EU is likely to try to adopt longer-term measures to forge a common energy policy to reduce its dependence on Moscow and to increase its presence in nations that border Russia.

    Meanwhile, the European Commission repeated its support for Russian membership of the World Trade Organization, providing that Moscow meets some, as yet unfulfilled, conditions.

    On Tuesday diplomats on the EU’s political and security committee discussed three proposals outlined in an internal paper on Europe’s potential role in the crisis.

    They agreed to continue support for the current efforts of the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and to assemble an EU civilian monitoring mission. No logistical details were discussed but officials were asked to draw up a mandate for the mission and the EU expected to send an exploratory mission to Georgia first.

    Diplomats also debated a third option: an EU military “interposition” – or buffer – force. But Spain and Cyprus made reservations clear, and the diplomats considered the idea premature.

    The strength of the European desire to stand up to Russia will be tested Monday at the emergency one-day meeting of European leaders. Several former Communist countries, eager to toughen the EU’s line against Moscow, pressed for the meeting, at which Sarkozy will be chairman.

    On Tuesday, Salome Samadashvili, the Georgian ambassador to the EU, said that the priority was to eliminate the presence of Russian troops outside the conflict zone and that the EU civilian mission might help. “If the EU takes decisive action to make sure that the cease-fire is enforced, that would be a significant help,” she said, adding that the idea of a military peacekeeping force had not been excluded.

    On Monday, Samadashvili called for suspension of partnership negotiations with Russia. She also argued for the EU to toughen its visa system and to consider boycotting the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, in 2014.

    But policy analysts expect Sarkozy to concentrate instead on longer-range policies and to try to use the crisis to establish a more coherent European policy toward Russia.

    Critics point out that first Poland then Lithuania held up the start of negotiations on a new cooperation agreement with Moscow for months, without any noticeable effect on Moscow. A visa ban has had little effect on Uzbekistan, a country which has only a fraction of the economic muscle of Russia.

    Nicu Popescu, research fellow for the European Council on Foreign Relations, said low-level sanctions could prove counter-productive.

    “Such measures are not likely to be effective,” he argued. “Many have been tried before. Now in a post-conflict situation they would be even less effective and would be discredited,report by Stephen Castle

  8. Diplomatic life is not an easy one,you had to give up somany things in other to succeed,most times you are needed by your family but you are not there for them,the job is a demanding one and the challenges are enormous,but you need tolerence and patience to succeed.

  9. Alas we read from another DIPLOMAT!!!
    Hi Chika please could you give us some examples of what you go through on the field as a diplomat,i personally know it’s not a bed of roses,but please if you can be generous enough to shed more light on what the job entails,as in some of the advantages and disadvantages,and if you had another choice of career would you have gone for something different other than been where you are today,so that those of us who want to go into the field will know what and what to expect.

  10. What would be expected is for me to comment on your life and travels as a diplomat. To be sure, you are a very talented, educated and dedicated one. I know as I witnessed your life for quite some time. But what I would like those who do not know you as I do to know is the person you are, not what you DO, but who you ARE.
    I have known many people from many parts of the world, many religions, many cultures, many ages and many educational levels. But you have always stood out from among them…shining and smiling…and always giving, even when you yourself had sadness in your life or little to give, your hand was always outstretched to others with less. I’ve seen you work tirelessly for weeks and months on end, yet, arise for prayers and studies with your children, go to your church services(when it would’ve been much easier to sleep in),teach Sunday school classes and always, ALWAYS, have the door of your home opened for your friends and others. I never once went to your home where the door was not answered or where you didn’t offer me a wonderful platter of food or smile happily when you saw me. When I was ill and lost my job, it was not my blood family who helped, it was you(who, to me, are truly my sister).
    There is a very old saying…to paraphrase loosely…”who you ARE speaks so loudly, I cannot hear what you are saying”. Who you are, Janet, is a shining light. I am grateful and blessed to know you, as is everyone whose lives touch yours.

  11. Hi Henry,
    Diplomatic work is indeed a very good work ,it has its advantages which includes your exposure to other poeple’s culture and way of life,it is also a possible means of perfect communication between countries which gives room for international peace,it makes negotiation easier for countries , however these are just few out of awhole lots of advantages of diplomacy but the diplomats themseleves are faced with enormous challenges which includes; family challenges, for instance you could be called at any particular time of the day for any assignment when you are relaxing with your family after the normal day’s work and you had to leave your family for that assignment puting your job first before your family, you could be send to an almost imposible task it is your duty to make it posible because you cannot afford to fail,you could loose your life espcially where you are in a war zone mission,however,in all these,you had to be patience and tactical among other qualities to make a head way in your career as a diplomat.
    Henry ,pls bear it in mind that diplomatic job is a good job irrespective of all that i have mentioned, life generally is not only about what you have but also of how you use what you have to make success in life.

  12. hello
    diplomats and diplomacy is interesting,tasking,sacrificing and not really lucrative but nice

    • Hello Dear,

      What do the family think about it all?

  13. Janet, please check your e-mail box for some messages. Regards.


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