Welcome to the February edition of the Diplomatist!

We are privileged to have Taiwan’s first female President-elect Tsai Ing-wen on the cover of the Diplomatist. Breaking the gender barrier to win the highest office in the land, she becomes the first woman without political lineage in Asia to head a government.

H.E. Amb. Chung Kwang Tien shares his perspective on what is rightly referred to as the historic moment for Taiwan.

The Islamic Republic of Iran takes the Global Centre Stage; with the conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed in July 2015, Tehran has begun its long awaited rehabilitation in the international community, and in particular its return to the global economic order.

The revocation of anti-Iranian sanctions is analysed in detail, which has led to a change in the power balance within the current model.

The Focus is back on the Paris Climate Agreement. Ms Sunita Narain takes a critical view of the Agreement and opined that the rich world has bubble-wrapped itself, and believes that nobody can prick it or burst through. To be secure in the bubble, conversation is restricted to only what is more convenient.

Soft Diplomacy – The Art of Attraction features Surajkund Mela, which showcases the richness and diversity of the handicrafts, handlooms and cultural fabric of India.

There's plenty more from the world of diplomacy.

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