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DiploNews – Issue 174 – 3 February 2011

DiploNews – Issue 174 – February 3,

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May Courses

You are invited to apply for the following courses beginning the week of 9 May 2011:

These courses are available as University of Malta Accredited Courses (application deadline 7 March 2011) and as Diplo Certificate Courses (application deadline 4 April 2011). For further information or to apply, click on the titles of the courses above or visit our courses website.

This course [Diplomacy of Small States] helped me to understand more
clearly the vulnerabilities of small states and how, despite their smallness, these states can maximize the opportunities afforded by the multilateral system to enhance their causes.

~ Nancy Nicholas, Consul, Embassy of St. Lucia in Cuba

DiploFoundation 2011 Foundation Course in Internet Governance

Applications for the Diplo African, Caribbean, and Pacific Information and Communication Technology and Internet Governance Capacity Development Programme Foundation Courses are now available. This 12-week online course sequence will improve information and communication technology and Internet governance-related knowledge and skills for participants from these areas and will assist them in participating in global decision-shaping debates on Internet governance. The programme also facilitates community building among individuals with different national, cultural, and professional backgrounds. Complete information on both courses is available here. More information about the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Programme is available on Diplo's ACP website. Applications close on 12 February 2011.

DiploFoundation 2011 Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme

For a parallel programme for applicants from non-African, Caribbean, and Pacific countries, Diplo is currently accepting applications for the 2011 Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme Foundation Course. Complete information and application are available here. Visit Diplo's Internet governance sectionwebsite for more information about the Internet governance programme. Applications close on 12 February 2011.

What Diplomatic Challenges Lie in Store for the EU in 2011?

As the euro crisis and the economic difficulties force the European Union to rethink its own integration and to reduce its foreign affairs, development aid, and military expenditures, what can we expect from Brussels in 2011 on the diplomatic front? Just after the first 2011 European summit on energy and innovation (4 February, Brussels), and on his return from the annual Munich Security Conference, Richard Werly, Brussels-based Diplo Fellow and permanent correspondent for the Swiss daily, Le Temps, will talk about the external priorities and challenges of the European Union. The one-hour webinar is being held Monday, 7 February 2011, at 15:00 CET (GMT+1). For more information and to register, visit the Brussels e-briefing website.

Diplomatic Reporting after WikiLeaks

Information is the lifeblood of the diplomatic services; diplomats, like veins and arteries, report from their posts back to their home countries. These diplomatic reports, commonly known as cables, keep information flowing; they help co-ordinate activities and prepare the groundwork for decisions. While reporting remains an intellectual activity requiring good judgment, good cognitive skills, and a good writing style, the Internet has affected it. What should be reported? How should diplomats integrate into their cables information that journalists, bloggers, and other providers of information have already published? How will WikiLeaks affect diplomatic reporting? These and other questions will be addressed during an e-diplomacy panel composed of Amb. Victor Camilleri, Permanent Representative of Malta to the UN in Geneva, Amb. Kishan Rana, former Indian diplomat and Professor Emeritus at DiploFoundation, and Mr Philippe Mottaz, Director at World Radio Switzerland. Dr Jovan Kurbalija from DiploFoundation and Mr Marc Finaud from GCSP will moderate the discussion. Join the panel online on Wednesday, 9 February 2011, at 13:00 CET (GMT+1). To register and for more information, visit Diplo’s E-Diplomacy website.

This Week on E-Diplomacy

At Diplo’s E-Diplomacy website, we've released the results of our WikiLeaks poll, in which we asked you whether you thought Julian Assange should be prosecuted for CableGate. The results are clear, but one doubt remains. Read more on Our WikiLeaks poll: here's how you voted, and comment here.

Books on Diplomacy in January

As we know that diplomats have little time to fit reading and study into their schedules, we hope that a monthly review of new publications may assist in choosing some of the most relevant. This month’s book provides background to a current and highly debated event: the Southern Sudanese Independence Referendum that took place earlier this month.

Hilde F. Johnson. Waging Peace in Sudan. The Inside Story of the Negotiations That Ended Africa’s Longest Civil War. Portland, OR: Sussex Academic Press.

Waging Peace in Sudan tells the story of the conflict between the government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement and Army in the south of the country. The book follows the negotiation process from the beginnings of the conflict, via the Troika efforts, through the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005, to the referendum held this month. The book is special as it builds on the author’s personal contact with the two main figures of the conflict, the Liberation Movement Chairman, Dr. John Garang, and Ali Osman Taha, First Vice President of Sudan. The author is a former Norwegian Minister for Development, has experience within the United Nations system and the African Development Bank. She is currently the Deputy Director of UNICEF. More information on the book and the author, see the author’s website.

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