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DiploNews – Issue 105 – 19 June 2007

DiploNews – Issue 105 – June 19, 2007

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Call for Applications: 2008 MA/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy

The Master of Arts/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy is designed for diplomats, civil servants, employees of international organisations and others involved in international relations. The programme focuses on a broad spectrum of issues, including the work of diplomats in today’s world, new topics on diplomatic agendas and the use of information and communications technology tools for diplomatic activities.

The programme is delivered through blended learning, taking advantage of the benefits offered by both traditional, face-to-face teaching, and online instruction. It is accredited through the Department of International Relations within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Malta.

The application deadline for the programme commencing in 2008 is October 10, 2007. For further information, and to apply, please visit the MA/PGD in Contemporary Diplomacy website.

Online Credit Courses at Diplo

Starting in September 2007, you can take Diplo’s online courses for academic credit from the University of Malta. Credits may be applied later towards the Diplo MA/Postgraduate Diploma (PDG) in Contemporary Diplomacy. Each course is worth 9 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits.

If you are thinking of enrolling in the MA/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy in 2008 or 2009, this is an excellent way to get a head start: 

  • you can try out our courses before committing to the full programme; 
  • you can complete one or two courses before the programme begins, making your year as a PGD student less demanding; 
  • the University of Malta will screen and accept your application now, making the PGD application process quicker and easier. 

The following credit courses are available in Autumn 2007:

  • International Trade Relations and Diplomacy
    Starting week: September 10
    Application deadline: July 9
  • Multistakeholder Diplomacy
    Starting week: September 10
    Application deadline: July 9
  • Public Diplomacy
    Starting week: September 10
    Application deadline: July 9
  • Diplomatic Law: Privileges and Immunities
    Starting week: November 19
    Application deadline: September 24
  • Language and Diplomacy
    Starting week: November 19
    Application deadline: September 24

For more information visit the Courses page or contact admissions@diplomacy.edu.

Summer Reading in Diplomacy

Diplo is pleased to announce the publication of three new books on diplomacy.

Foreign Ministries: Managing Diplomatic Networks and Optimizing Value
Edited by Kishan S. Rana and Jovan Kurbalija

In this collection of papers presented at the Conference on Foreign Ministries hosted by DiploFoundation in May 2006, the overarching theme is the adaptation and reform that these ministries have undertaken to apply information technology in outreach to domestic publics, in consular services, and in outsourcing options. Some of the issues addressed cover relations between civil servants and politicians; the role of sub-state entities in diplomacy; and how to survive budget cuts.

Asian Diplomacy: The Foreign Ministries of China, India, Japan, Singapore and Thailand
Kishan S. Rana

Based on eight years of research and interviews with over 160 professional diplomats and others, the author presents information on the structures, operation and the working style of the foreign ministries of China, India, Japan, Singapore and Thailand. The book has been hailed for offering new insight into the countries covered, as well as for its examination of the cultural dimension of the diplomatic process.

Roma Diplomacy
Edited by Valeriu Nicolae and Hannah Slavik

Roma Diplomacy is a collection of papers written or inspired through Diplo’s 2005-2006 Roma Diplomacy project. The volume includes statements by European-level civil servants presented at the 2005 Roma Diplomacy conference in Brussels, papers by academics working in the human and Roma rights fields, and research by Roma rights activists from across Europe promoting awareness of Roma in different regions and countries. This volume should be of interest to students and practitioners of human rights and diplomacy alike, providing practical information for policy makers, Roma and human rights activists.

Foreign Ministries and Asian Diplomacy can be ordered via the Publications website. Roma Diplomacy is available only through Amazon.com or Barnes&Noble.com.

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