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Covid-19. Two months of lockdown at the French countryside south west of Toulouse, only an hour from the Pyrenees and the Spanish border. This unprecedented and surreal experience brings back memories of 1990 when in the summer, Saddam Hussein of Iraq invaded Kuwait. 

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Ménusé de Catalan is my sliver of paradise in the French countryside, south west of Toulouse, only an hour away from the Pyrenees and the Spanish border. The house is an oasis of peace and tranquility, somewhere to escape from the madness of the world, when it all becomes too much. 

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I chose Vienna as my principal residence after my retirement from the United Nations in late 2019. Rather than returning to my native Netherlands, I felt that after three decades in the Near East, it would be good to let this new phase of semi-retirement be another adventure, exploring countries where I have not lived in before.

Book launch at the Middle East Centre and Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, 7 February 2020:

Palestinian Refugees in International Law by Francesca Albansese and Lex Takkenberg, Oxford University Press, 2020.

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