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DiploNews – Issue 135 – 1 April 2009

DiploNews – Issue 135 – April 1, 2009

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May 2009 DiploFoundation Courses

Diplo invites you to apply for the following courses that begin the week of 11 May 2009:

  • Bilateral Diplomacy
  • Diplomacy of Small States
  • Multistakeholder Diplomacy

These courses are available as Diplo Certificate Courses (application deadline 6 April). For further information or to apply, click on the titles of the courses above, or visit our courses website.

Call for Applications: European Capacity Development Programme in Internet Governance

In preparation for the Second European Dialogue on Internet Governance, the Swiss Federal Office of Communications, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and DiploFoundation are organising a Capacity Development Programme for government officials, academics, educators, researchers, civil society activists, journalists, business people, and others involved in Internet governance. The Capacity Development Programme, starting on 20 April 2009, will include a 12-week online course on Internet governance, followed by a policy research phase, and concluded with a policy immersion phase bringing ten participants to the European Capacity Development Programme in Internet Governance meeting in Geneva (September 2009). The deadline for applications is 10 April 2009. For further information and to apply, click here.

Capacity Building Cooperation with UNODC

Building on successful cooperation in 2008, this year Diplo will again work with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to offer capacity building courses focused on the universal legal regime against terrorism. In 2009, courses will be offered in both English and French. The courses aim to strengthen national capacities by assisting criminal justice officials and others involved in counter-terrorism to develop skills and knowledge to effectively utilise the channels for international legal cooperation envisaged in a series of UN treaties and resolutions adopted over the last 40 years.

Courses are offered free of charge as part of a UNODC capacity-building initiative, and priority will be given to applicants from developing countries. Applicants should be criminal justice officers, practicing diplomats, civil servants, and others who work in the legal areas of international cooperation in criminal matters, or are involved in drafting of criminal law texts.

For further information on course topics, prerequisites, and application instructions, please visit the UNODC website.

The application deadline for the English language course is 13 April 2009.
The application deadline for the French language course is 20 April 2009.

New Book

Negotiations between State Actors and Non-State Actors: Case Analyses from Different Parts of the World. Raymond Saner and Varinia Michalun (Editors). Republic of Letters, 2009.

With the end of the Cold War, a proliferation of local, regional, national, and international actors in disputes arose. This growing number of actors behind conflicts and negotiations has made negotiation practice demanding; consequently, negotiations in today’s world go beyond state-to-state negotiations and conflicts. While state-to-state negotiations still exist, developments at the boundary of state and political conflicts have occurred, with the result that economic and civil society actors now challenge state jurisdiction over diplomacy as a tool for conflict resolution, creating the new arena that is the focus of this book. For more information and to order, see: Republic of Letters.

Useful Online Resources on Diplomacy

The main goal of public diplomacy is to create a favourable image of one’s own country or initiate a desired change in public opinion. Understanding the concepts and methods of public diplomacy is important for practitioners and researchers alike. A good starting point for research in public diplomacy is the website of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy. Another useful source of online information on diplomacy is UN Peacemaker, an online project by the UN Department of Political Affairs. The website brings together a wealth of practical information and tools for those interested or engaged in peacemaking efforts. It includes peace agreements, operational guidance, and informational essays. The “peacemaker’s toolbox” is designed to provide help for negotiation and drafting of texts during peace talks. For access, see UN Peacemaker.

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