DiploNews – Issue 172 – 20 December 2010
We hope that your year has been as interesting, eventful, and successful as ours has here at Diplo. As this is our last newsletter for the year, we would like to take this opportunity to offer our best wishes for the holiday season and for the New Year.
Online Study for the New Year
Start planning now to make the most of 2011! You are invited to apply for the following courses beginning the week of 21 February 2011:
- Diplomatic Theory and Practice
- Public Diplomacy
- NEW! Multilateral Diplomacy II: Current Issues in the United Nations
These courses are available as University of Malta Accredited Courses (application deadline 20 December 2010) and as Diplo Certificate Courses (application deadline 17 January 2011). For further information or to apply, click on the titles of the courses above, or visit our courses website.
This Week on edip.diplomacy.edu
WikiLeaks has continued to attract worldwide attention, and discussion at edip.diplomacy.edu is following the developments.
Jovan Kurbalija writes about ‘Transparency and atavistic instincts: To see and not be seen’. CableGate puts into sharper focus the modern relevance of one of the oldest survival principles in nature ‘to see and not be seen’. Today, based on an informal ‘Internet social contract’, the deal is that we ‘see’ much more, but we also accept being ‘seen’ more than ever before… Read more
Ambassador Kishan Rana writes about ‘WikiLeaks and Diplomacy’. The release of 250 000 diplomatic ‘cables’ (a lovely, quaint term) by the US diplomatic system has produced some shock-waves and a vast outpouring of comment. Of course, some faces, belonging to those that acted with indiscretion are red… Read more
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The Hundred Most Influential Thinkers of 2010
For the second time, Foreign Policy has published its list of the hundred most influential thinkers of the year. The list serves as a great reminder of the events and debates during 2010. The first places and the list are dominated by the individuals involved in the economic crisis and its management, with the head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and the head of The World Bank, Robert Zoellick, leading the list. President Barack Obama, winner of last year’s Nobel Peace Prize comes third for “for charting a course through criticism.” Other entries such as Michelle Bachelet, the head of UN Women; Ashraf Ghani and Clare Lockhart of the Institute of State Effectiveness; Ory Okolloh of the emergency messaging service, Ushahidi; and Shai Agassi of Better Place, serve as great reminders of human ingenuity and potential for progress. In addition, many of the listed also recommended three books to read. Hopefully, the holiday season will offer you the time to engage with some of these influential thinkers or their book recommendations.