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By Grace Mutung'u on 19 Dec, 2016 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

Collective decision making is not alien to African culture. In many traditional societies, decisions were made by a council after listening to the views of different age groups and other societal groupings. In Kenya for example, bodies such as the Buch Piny of the Luo, the Njama of the Taveta and Agikuyu and the Njuri Ncheke of the Meru were known to make decisions such as whether to go to war or about the division of farm land after consultation with groups within the community.

By on 16 Dec, 2016 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy, Webinars

Our December WebDebate focused on knowledge management and data diplomacy and the mind-set and skills that the next generation of diplomats needs in order to be effective in these areas. One of the key functions of diplomacy is to generate, manage, and use knowledge (Hocking & Melissen, 2015, p. 34).

By Bernardo Javalquinto on 14 Nov, 2016 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

Economic and development diplomacy are not neutral; in fact, they are always based on specific developmental and economic paradigms. Taking a step back, diplomats do well in re-thinking some of these paradigms. Last year’s Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa made suggestions regarding the role of philanthropy and innovative ways of financing. Taking this as a starting point, this blog post offers reflections on the social business model.

By Anar Sarsenova on 06 Nov, 2016 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

Co-authored with Ms Diana Madibekova

Diplomacy as a practice crucially depends on the use of language. The words of diplomats can foster agreement, persuade, or create tensions. Similarly, international law creates meaning and obligations through the use of language. It is, therefore, important to take a step back from the day-to-day work and reflect more broadly on the use of language in diplomacy and international law.

By on 04 Nov, 2016 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy, Webinars

Our WebDebate in November focused on the question: ‘What is needed for a curriculum on Gender and Diplomacy in diplomatic training academies?’ The debate produced the first building blocs for a curriculum and pilot training in gender and diplomacy.

By Milan Jazbec on 29 Aug, 2016 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

We negotiate throughout our lives.

We first learn to negotiate by simply imitating adults and then continue by somehow automatically developing our own patterns and approaches. The measure of our accomplishment is in how we succeed in daily life and manage its endless activities.

By Tiago Maurício on 03 Aug, 2016 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

I am currently contributing to a study on Portugal’s public diplomacy. The aim is to provide recommendations for a renewed dialogue between the ministry and stakeholders at home and abroad.

By on 02 Aug, 2016 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy, E-Learning

New information and communication technology (ICT) not only changes the practice of diplomacy, it also can, and should, influence how we teach diplomacy, and in particular public diplomacy. In June, I attended the annual conference of the British International Studies Association (BISA) and was inspired by a panel on Teaching with Twitter. I use the insights shared there and some of my own reflections to make the case for including Twitter in teaching public diplomacy.

By on 10 Jun, 2016 | From the channel/s: E-Learning

In this post, I want to take a step back and look at the motivation behind online learning – not from an individual perspective but from the perspective of institutions and society as a whole. The question is: what do we hope to achieve for our organisations and for society by offering online learning? For this post, I’ll be looking at some of the recent reports to get a sense of the current debate.

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