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WebDebates (new series): Discussions on the future of diplomacy

Published on 01 April 2016
Updated on 05 April 2024

We’re proud to announce a new series of WebDebates, aimed at discussing key topics related to the future of diplomacy. The era of connectivity brings about many challenges for diplomacy. How relevant is the diplomatic service? What changes can we expect to see in diplomatic training? Many more challenging questions will arise.

The online WebDebates, which will be held on the first Tuesday of every month, will bring together diplomats, professionals involved in diplomacy, and researchers from all over the world, to discuss topical issues. If you form part of a dynamic circle of diplomacy practitioners in your community, we also invite you to establish a diplomatic hub to follow the WebDebates and to facilitate discussions.

The first three WebDebates will tackle the following:

  • Is the diplomatic service still needed? A debate on the future of diplomacy in the era of connectivity | 5 April 2016, 11:00 UTC
  • Can we learn diplomacy from books? A debate on the future of diplomatic training | 3 May 2016, 11:00 UTC. Registrations are now open
  • Is research on diplomacy useful and relevant? A debate on academic research in diplomacy | 7 June 2016, 11:00 UTC

The WebDebates are organised by DiploFoundation within the framework of the International Forum on Diplomatic Training (IFDT), which gathers close to 100 diplomatic training institutions worldwide.

For more information about WebDebates, contact Ms Mina Mudric, DiploFoundation, at minam@diplomacy.edu

2 replies
  1. Kishan S Rana
    Kishan S Rana says:

    Your points are valid. We
    Your points are valid. We hope to cover this at the webinar. Kishan

  2. Heyecan  Veziroglu
    Heyecan Veziroglu says:

    I’d like to take this
    I’d like to take this opportunity to send my best regards for a healthy and happy spring season. ı hope to write on the challenges and trends of Public Diplomacy for my thesis… (Within the context of Turkey’s implementation of a new paradigm PD….) I sincerely think that the diplomatic service is still needed.. First of all, human interaction is an essential factor in diplomacy. Dialogue-based Public Diplomacy could not only be practised from web… You need to know the body language of your colleagues and how they adapt to the traditions. Secondly, technical experts are needed for further usage of computer based advanced Technologies.. Last but not least, art,cinema ,theatre influence publics realting to foreign affairs, and artists writers could very ell act as ambaasadors of peace…

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