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By Ana Andrijevic on 14 Feb, 2017 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy, Webinars

The WebDebate on ‘Science diplomacy: approaches and skills for diplomats and scientists to work together effectively’ was organised by DiploFoundation within the framework of the International Forum on Diplomatic Training (IFDT) and moderated by Dr Katharina Höne, Project Manager and Researcher Online Learning at DiploFoundation. The first speaker was Dr Maurizio Bona, Senior Advisor for Relations with Parliaments and Science for Policy and Senior Advisor on Knowledge Transfer at CERN.

By G. R. Berridge on 13 Feb, 2017 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

While studying documents on the ‘treaty of friendship’ signed between the State Department and the CIA in 1977, which – by providing assurances that Agency operations would no longer cause nasty surprises to diplomats – was designed to improve relations between CIA station chiefs and the US ambassadors who gave them diplomatic cover, I came across a particularly interesting memo

By G. R. Berridge on 13 Feb, 2017 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

‘Who would want to be a diplomat now?

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.

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