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International Relations Students Visit The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Dutch EmbassyBy Dr. Kenneth Houston

On Wednesday the 28th of November, students from the undergraduate and masters international relations programs undertook a field trip to the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Kingdom of Thailand in Bangkok. Webster University students and faculty were joined by students from Chulalongkorn University.

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands has had a presence in Thailand since 1604 when both the string of trade ports across Eurasia and empire took the Dutch around the world. The Dutch East India Company (VOC) established a signficant trading hub in Siam, including Ayutthya, Pattani and Songkhla. The Dutch Embassy, now in Bangkok, currently undertakes diplomatic and consular services for Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.

The students were graciously received by H. E. Ambassador Kees Rade and his diplomatic staff. The afternoon commenced with a broad introduction by Ambassador Rade on several key dimensions to the diplomatic presence of the Netherlands in Thailand and southeast Asia in general.

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The Netherlands engages with the world along several important axes. Bilatarally, the Netherlands has multiple missions across the globe and in addition to its diplomatic and consular activities there are several policy areas where the Netherlands engages. As a nation-state it also pursues its diplomatic objectives through international organizations such as the European Union and the United Nations.

Beyond its diplomatic role, the Embassy of the Netherlands is also engaged several policy areas of global signficance. As a nation with over a quarter of its territory acquired through land reclamation, The Netherlands is acutely conscious of the issue of climate change and its negative impact on the environment and the global economy. The Netherlands is working through the international system in pursuit of policies that limit the impact of CO2 emissions. In addition, The Netherlands has prioritized the issue of human rights, in particularly through supporting human rights defenders, through the shelter city program, funding for human rights initiatives and the Human Rights Tulip Awards.

Dutch Embassy


Following the Ambassador’s presentation the students engaged in a question and answer session, which ranged across an array of topics including high profile issues in current affairs. Webster’s students were composed of Asian, European, African and North American students and the exchange proved to be a lively and informed discussion. Refreshments were served thereafter and the students enjoyed more informal discussion into the late evening.
The event concluded with a presentation to the Ambassador by Ms Amrita Nath (Webster University Thailand BA International Relations, President International Relations Club). Sincere appreciation is expressed to the Ambassador and his staff for their hospitality.

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