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Blogs about or by members of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
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Sir Simon McDonald looks at how the FCO are rising to the challenges and opportunities the recent Spending Review presents.
Our Ambassador in Afghanistan, Karen Pierce, tells us about a typical embassy Christmas in Kabul.
You might not associate foreign policy with devolution, but as FCO's Tim Hemmings shows, devolution is part of the context in which all government departments operate.
Jon Davies from FCO's Diplomatic Academy celebrates his teams nomination for a 2015 Civil Service Award and explains the work they do.
Ashley Prime, who has been working on the GREAT campaign at the FCO, remembers inspirational mentor Professor Aidan Halligan, a former Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, and what he learned from him about leadership.
FCO staff do more than support our Ambassadors, they're there to help all British citizens abroad. Joanna Roper lifts the lid on their frontline role.
Civil Service Diversity Champion Sir Simon Fraser looks at three new reports into barriers faced by civil servants from under-represented groups, and introduces a refreshed Talent Action Plan to ensure that talented civil servants can progress regardless of who they are or their background.
Sir Simon Fraser discusses the importance of bringing the Foreign and Commonwealth closer together with domestic departments and the launch of the Diplomatic Academy.
Sir Jeremy looks at how we are supporting civil servants from over 25 departments who work overseas, often in dangerous conditions.