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World Affairs “Through Our Eyes”: An evening with the Ambassador of The Netherlands

20th February at 7:30 pm8:30 pm

The Netherlands has an international reputation for exploration, trade, Old Master paintings and tulips… but in the twentieth first century era of European instability and rising popular movements, how does this famously liberal nation see its wider role in global politics?

In the latest in the Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution’s series of insightful talks on world affairs, His Excellency Ambassador Simon Smits will provide a Dutch perspective on major global issues.

This talk follows the very popular recent lectures by diplomats from Iceland, Poland and Mexico.

Ambassador Smits will discuss important interactions with other states, communities, governments and NGOs, as well as internal matters.

His diplomatic career began in the former Yugoslavia and has taken him to Bangladesh, Switzerland and South Africa. He has served in Brussels as part of the Permanent Representation to the EU, worked on secondment at Royal Dutch Shell, and held senior roles at the Ministry of Agriculture, Innovation and Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before taking up his post in London in 2015.

Ambassador Smits will be there on Tuesday 20 February 2018 at 7pm for 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £6 for non-members and £4 for BRLSI members and students, plus £1 transaction fee, and are available from Bath Box Office, boxoffice@bathfestivals.org.uk, 01225 463362.

Where: Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution

When: 20 February, 7:30pm

Income from ticket sales is used to cover the cost of making this lecture available to the public.


20th February
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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