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DiploNews – Issue 173 – 7 January 2011

DiploNews – Issue 173 – January 7,

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Online Study for the New Year

You are invited to apply for the following courses beginning the week of 21 February 2011:

These courses are available 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.

ACP Diplo Internet Governance Capacity Building Project

On 15 January, the Diplo Internet Governance Capacity Building Project will open applications for Phase I of the Information and Communication Policy and Internet Governance online course. The focus of this programme is capacity and community development in Internet governance and information and communication policy. Designed for regional and sub-regional institutions in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific, the first phase of online training consists of a twelve-week Foundation Course, introducing Internet governance policies, processes, and actors and covering five thematic baskets. Each basket focuses on a specific perspective related to infrastructure and standardisation, legal aspects, economic perspectives, socio-cultural issues, and development. More information about the program is available on Diplo's ACP portal. Details about the call for applications and a link to the online application form will be available online after January 15.

Non-ACP Diplo Internet Governance Capacity Building Project

Likewise, beginning 15 January the Diplo Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme 2011 will accept applications for the Foundation Phase of the 2011 course. This twelve-week online training programme will be open to applicants from non-ACP countries. More information about the programme is available here. Further details and a link to the online application form will be available online after 15 January.

Policy Briefing: WikiLeaks and the Future of Diplomacy

The release into the public domain of thousands of confidential documents leaked from diplomatic services was for some an embarrassing scandal and for others a healthy push for transparency and accountability of governments in foreign policy. Still, one wonders how deeply this has affected international security and about the implications for the future of diplomacy. Drs Khalid Koser from the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Jovan Kurbalija from DiploFoundation, and Mr Philippe Mottaz from World Radio Switzerland will discuss these questions from different perspectives on 11 January 2011 from 12h30 to 14h00 CET, at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy premises in Geneva, Switzerland (7 bis, Avenue de la Paix, WMO/OMM Building 2nd Floor, 1202 Geneva). This policy briefing will be streamed live on Diplo’s online webinar forum. To participate in either, prior registration is required. For the discussion in Geneva, please register here; to participate online, please register here.

This Week on E-Diplomacy

At edip.diplomacy.edu, our bloggers continue their reflections on WikiLeaks. In A leak in time, Jovan Kurbalija reviews a few other telegrams whose 'leaking' (intentional or otherwise) has shaped diplomatic history. Jovan asks whether the WikiLeaks revelations will have the same consequences or will they prove that in some cases 'more is less'. Post a reply. In How will WikiLeaks impact public diplomacy? Milos Radakovic describes why he has come to think that, rather than “obliterating the basic premise for public diplomacy,” WikiLeaks offers American foreign policy and public diplomacy more than a second chance.

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