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By on 08 Mar, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

What is the professional expertise needed by a diplomat? One should not be surprised that understanding of societal affairs and economics is more important as a knowledge base than the theory of international relations.

Kishan S. Rana, DIPLOMAT AND AUTHOR, INDIA

DIPLOMATIC EDUCATION

By on 07 Mar, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

Video-conferencing was a big hype in the 1990s when it was promoted as a way to replace traditional meetings. As with much hype, it was followed by a "disillusionment" phase.

People simply preferred traditional meetings. In the meantime, video gradually entered into international conference rooms and meetings. Today, it is normal to have the keynote address delivered via video. Here is an example of one of fathers of the Internet, Vint Cerf, addressing the 4th Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum in Sharm El Sheikh, 2009 (video by Seiiti Arata).

By on 05 Mar, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

Can we use state-of-the-art simulation and "serious gaming" tools to transform the way that peace-building organisations train, plan and collaborate?

 

By on 04 Mar, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

Invitations to events
The diplomatic world is also characterized by many official events (lunches, dinners, cocktails, galas, Celebrations of National Days, etc).

By on 04 Mar, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-tools

WHY?
In diplomatic life it is often necessary to organize meetings which involve the participation of several individuals.

By on 04 Mar, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-tools

WHY?
In many occasions it is necessary to create and/or exchange files containing documents that cannot be modified and look exactly like to the original. A kind of digital photocopy.

The PDF format ensure this possibility.

WHAT IT DOES
A PDF Printer works as a Microsoft Windows printer and allows you to write PDF documents from virtually any Microsoft Windows application.

By on 04 Mar, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-tools

WHY?

The first assumption is that once you have located useful information on the Internet, you will probably want to note the address (URL) of the information for easy future access.

One simple way to do this is with bookmarking. The second assumption is that diplomats often work on many different PC (Office PC, Home PC, Laptop, etc...) and therefore have different bookmarks on every computer. The bookmarks are generally (or should be) a very selected list of websites which are essential for the daily work of the user.

By on 03 Mar, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-tools

WHY?
In  many occasions diplomats need to organize or to be organized. Sometimes this activity refers to practical events (Conference, Meeting, Visit. etc.), sometime it refers to concepts or ideas (Reports, Speeches, Analysis, etc.).

In both cases a technique such as Mind mapping can be very helpful in order to structure (either the activities or the thoughts) and to plan.

By on 03 Mar, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-tools

WHY?
Frequent communications are essential in the diplomatic world. International phone calls are the norm in diplomatic network. The 'Voice over IP' (VoIP) services offer interesting opportunities and can allow important savings through low cost calls.

By on 02 Mar, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-tools

WHY?
The normal tool of ordinary and simple searches has now become, also for diplomats, the Internet. In particular the different search engines available (such as Google).

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