Recognising the need for up-to-the-minute information offset by the limited time we have available, DiploFoundation delivers regular webinars on various diplomacy and Internet governance topics. Webinars typically feature an interactive video presentation followed by a Q&A session. Participants from all over the world, with diverse backgrounds, meet to discuss topical issues and share their knowledge and experience. Facilitated by Diplo's subject matter experts, these conversations provide a forum for thought-provoking discussions that illustrate key developments and reflect on lessons learned.
WebDebates: Reflecting on 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? A new series of webinars, taking place every first Tuesday of the month, will gather diplomats, professionals involved in diplomacy, and
researchers from all over the world, to discuss key topics related to the future of diplomacy. Read more about WebDebates.
Internet governance webinars
The monthly Geneva Internet Platform briefings provide a 'zoomed-out' update of the major global digital policies and Internet governance developments. The
briefings are held every last Tuesday of the month, and are organised by the Geneva Internet Platform – operated by DiploFoundation – as part of the GIP Digital Watch initiative. Read more about the monthly briefings.
From our archive: Advanced diplomatic webinars
In a series of advanced diplomatic webinars developed with the Diplomatic Institute of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Diplo addressed the
challenges of modern diplomacy from two perspectives: evolution of diplomacy and technology - digging into history in order to see what we can use in
addressing modern diplomatic problems; social media and diplomacy - focusing on the use of modern social media tools in diplomacy (e.g. Twitter, Facebook,
blogs, and wiki).
Please consult the programme for upcoming webinars below.
Cyber-attacks using smart devices, new bilateral cybersecurity agreements, and discussions on the challenges surrounding advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) were among the main developments in the month of October.
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.
Our October WebDebate focused on the key skills that the next generation of diplomats needs in order to succeed in a changing world. While there seems to be a core and timeless skill-set for diplomats, an increasingly connected world places new demands on the diplomatic profession.
Can negotiation skills be taught? Some argue that they cannot; they are only acquired through practice. But while it is true that any skill is honed through deliberative practice, Prof. Raymond Saner, teacher of international and multi-stakeholder negotiations at the University of Basel, and Prof. Paul Meerts, visiting professor in international negotiation analysis at the College of Europe in Bruges, believe that teaching negotiation is not only possible but absolutely crucial.
The summer months were uncharacteristically busy for Internet governance. NATO declared cyber to be the fourth military domain, while the EU-US Privacy Shield was approved. The Microsoft judgment will impact other jurisdiction cases, while e-commerce is gaining momentum.