DiploNews - Issue 83 - March 13, 2006

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Call for Applications: Internet Governance Capacity Building Training and Research Programme - April - November 2006

DiploFoundation, in cooperation with various partners, is currently accepting applications for the Internet Governance Capacity Building Training and Research Programme. This programme aims at improving Internet Governance (IG) related knowledge and skills for participants from developing countries and facilitating community building among participants from different national, cultural and professional backgrounds.

The programme includes an online training phase (April 1 to July 10, 2006), a research phase (July 15 to November 1, 2006), and capacity building fellowships. Fellowships, which will be awarded to the most successful participants in the programme, include internships with partner organisations and attendance at Internet Governance related meetings including the proposed meeting in Athens later in 2006.

The application deadline for this programme is March 24, 2006. For further information and to apply online, please visit the Internet Governance Capacity Building Training Programme website.

Call for Applications: Cyber Diplomacy and Language and Diplomacy

Diplo will offer two short online courses starting in the first week of May, 2006.

  • Cyber Diplomacy (Mr Stefano Baldi and Dr Jovan Kurbalija)
  • Language and Diplomacy (Dr Biljana Scott)

Courses are designed to allow working diplomats and others involved in international relations to continue their education by learning about new topics in the field of diplomacy, or expanding and refreshing their knowledge of more traditional topics. Courses require 10 weeks of part-time study, typically 6-8 hours per week. Successful participants are awarded a postgraduate level certificate from DiploFoundation.

The application deadline for both courses is April 3, 2006. For further information, click on the titles of the courses above, or visit the Diplo website.

Cartoon Affair Crisis

Cartoons of Prophet Mohammed printed in a Danish newspaper and reproduced by other EU print and online media sparked waves of outrage in Muslim communities around the globe. In response to the cartoons, many Muslims took to the streets, marching on embassies, storming EU offices and boycotting western food products. The case caused tension in the diplomatic relations between EU and Muslim countries. Fence mending diplomacy was harnessed to defuse the crisis, as Western leaders met with diplomats from the Muslim nations. The most affected country, Denmark, employed its entire diplomatic potential to restore trust in the Muslim publics. The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs website was actively used for information campaigns and outlining positions.

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