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DiploNews – Issue 127 – 1 October 2008

DiploNews – Issue 127 – October 1, 2008

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Upcoming Courses

Last Call for Applications: 2009 Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy

You are invited to apply for the popular Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy, offered through the University of Malta. This blended learning programme offers a valuable opportunity for diplomats and other international relations professionals to continue studies while remaining on the job.

Please note the application deadline: 15 October 2008.

Autumn 2008 Courses

A few spaces are still available in each of the following Autumn 2009 courses, beginning the week of October 13:

  • 21st Century Diplomacy

  • Development Diplomacy

  • Diplomatic Law: Privileges and Immunities

These courses are available as Diplo Certificate Courses. For further information or to apply, click on the titles of the courses above, or visit our courses website.

Euforic Approves DiploFoundation Membership

The Forum Européen de Coopération Internationale (Euforic) has approved Diplo's membership. Euforic facilitates collaboration, information-, and knowledge-sharing among those working in international cooperation and development in Europe. A non-profit cooperative, Euforic is owned and guided by its members. These members are a diverse mix of non-governmental organisations, research institutes, educational institutions, networks, governments, and other interested groups. They share and disseminate information on international cooperation policies and practices, producing web-based information services, including alerts, country profiles, thematic dossiers, organisation directories, an email digest, an online repository, event listings, and search tools. Through membership, DiploFoundation hopes to develop new collaborations. Diplo also hopes to access information regarding current development initiatives originating in Europe and to make its own information more widely accessible through Euforic channels.  

Managing Non-Market Corporate Relationship Capital

The European Institute for the Advanced Studies in Management is conducting a workshop on business diplomacy in Brussels, 13-14 November 2008. Global companies require a new set of skills in which most managers have no prior training. The abilities needed to deal with non-business counterparts such as foreign governments, domestic and foreign pressure groups, or domestic civil society organisations demand that global companies be competent in business diplomacy management. Submissions for presentations at the workshop are invited that can highlight the context-specific nature and functioning of business diplomacy. Deadline: 15 October 2008. For further information, and pertinent topics, see the announcement of The European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management.

Science Diplomacy: A New Way to Achieve Peace

As reported in Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science has opened a Center for Science Diplomacy to help improve international relations through science diplomacy. The new centre will promote the use of science and scientific cooperation in international peace. It will identify opportunities for science diplomacy to become a catalyst between societies with limited official relations, and to strengthen existing bonds. Science diplomacy made substantial contributions during the Cold War to US-Russian relations, and many believe that it can continue to contribute in the 21st century, in tying Iran, North Korea, and the Middle East to the rest of the world.

–contributed by Jing Jing Xia

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