Philippine Ambassador to the Netherlands J. Eduardo Malaya made a courtesy call on 10 June 2021 on Mr. Ron Ton, the director of the Clingendael Institute, one of the world’s leading think tanks and diplomatic academies, and had a lively exchange of views on Philippine-Netherlands relations and the recent developments in their respective regions.
Ambassador Malaya also conveyed appreciation to Director Ron Ton for Clingendael’s support to the capacity-building of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) officers and staff who benefited from the short-course trainings conducted by the Institute. Recent courses covered topics such as the Law of the Sea, diplomatic advocacy, and a specialized course for diplomats from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Member States and the ASEAN Secretariat.
Ambassador Malaya took the occasion to donate books to the Clingendael Institute. The books included “Philippine Treaties in Force 2020” that the Ambassador co-authored with Crystal Gale Dampil-Mandigma; “Stewards of the Nation: Aguinaldo to Duterte and their Inaugural Visions,” also co-authored with Jonathan E. Malaya; “Women in Diplomacy”; “The Remarkable Ambassadors in the Philippine Foreign Service,” edited by former Secretary of Foreign Affairs Delia Domingo Albert and the Dutch translations of José Rizal’s novels “Noli Me Tangere” (Raak me niet aan!) and the “El Filibusterismo” (De revolutie). The translations were made by Mr. Gerard Arp.
Clingendael, or the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael, is a leading independent think tank and academy on international affairs based in The Hague. It undertakes research, training and public debate on a wide range of issues, including security and terrorism and rule of law, sustainable development, and diplomatic skills such as negotiation techniques, economic diplomacy, conflict management and crisis control.