Sigrid Kaag was appointed Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation in the third Mark Rutte government. From October 2013 to September 2014, Kaag, as UN Under-Secretary-General, led the mission to eliminate chemical weapons in Syria. After this mission was completed, in 2015, she became Under-Secretary-General in Lebanon with responsibility for all UN activities in the country, specifically the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701. In 2015 she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Exeter. She was awarded the Carnegie Wateler Peace Prize in 2016 in recognition of her efforts and the results of her work in the Middle East. She holds a B.A. in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo, a M. Phil. in International Relations from St. Anthony’s College, Oxford University, and a M.A. in Middle East studies from the University of Exeter.