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DiploNews – Issue 185 – 19 July 2011

DiploNews – Issue 185 – July 19,

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Upcoming study opportunities

Last call for applications: Climate Change Diplomacy

We are pleased to offer two parallel sessions of our Climate Change Diplomacy online course this autumn, starting on 29 August 2011. This course has been running since 2008. Materials are updated each year to reflect current developments and feedback from participants. With support from the Maltese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, scholarships are available for applicants from small and developing states. The course has been scheduled to finish before the upcoming climate negotiations in Durban, South Africa, and will serve as a good preparation at an introductory level for the global climate negotiation. Apply before 1 August 2011.

Autumn courses in diplomacy

Start the academic year with one of our interactive online courses this autumn:

Courses start the week of 10 October 2011. Apply by 8 August for University of Malta accredited courses or by 5 September for Diplo Certificate Courses. For further information or to apply, click on the titles of the courses above, or visit our courses website. Register now to reserve your place!

Online course: The Nuclear Non-Profileration Treaty and Disarmament

The Geneva Centre for Security Policy, in collaboration with Diplo, is pleased to offer an online course on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and Disarmament. With the growing call for nuclear disarmament, the resurgence of nuclear arms control diplomacy, the persistence of unresolved nuclear proliferation issues (including those regarding Iran and North Korea), and the desire for nuclear energy, coupled with safety and security concerns, the forty-year old Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is central to prospects for disarmament, arms control, and international security. Familiarity with the treaty is increasingly important for practitioners and analysts to navigate their way through current and future nuclear issues. This course will familiarise participants with the provisions, history, and complexities of the treaty. Participants will analyse and dissect the topic, through readings, interaction with lectures, discussions with fellow-participants, and written assignments. Taught by Dr Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu, Visiting Fellow at the Geneva Centre and former consultant to the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, the course runs from 22 August to 20 October 2011. The application deadline is 15 July 2011. For more information and to apply, please visit the GCSP website.

 2012 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 without leaving work. The application deadline is 30 September 2011. For more information and to apply please see the course

Remote participation at the 6th Internet Governance Forum

If you cannot attend the next Internet Governance Forum (IGF), taking place in September this year in Kenya, you can follow it remotely! Remote participation, specifically through remote hubs, has been successfully implemented during previous IGF meetings, thanks to the partnership between the United Nations IGF Secretariat and the Remote Participation Working Group (RPWG). This year, you can watch the webcast of the event and participate using chat, or you can expand the discussions by organising an IGF remote hub in your city – a local meeting taking place in parallel with the IGF.

For information about how remote hubs work, how to set up your local hub, and the advantages of organising a hub, visit www.igfremote.info/2011/07/igf-2011-nairobi-call-for-hubs. Online training will be offered to hub organisers prior to the event. To register, visit www.intgovforum.org/cms/remote-participation-2011/hubs-instructions-2011

Webinar – The Eurozone ‘time bomb’: Can the single currency be rescued for good?

SJoin Richard Werly on Tuesday, 26th July at 15:00 CET, to discuss the Eurozone ‘time bomb’. The webinar, following the crucial 21 July European summit, will assess the results of the meeting and the chances of a durable solution to the problems plaguing the Eurozone for the past two years. Many questions need an urgent answer: Can Europe convince the financial markets of its capacity to overcome the sovereign debt crisis? Will the Greek crisis linger? How much exactly will the Greek crisis cost the EU? Has Germany been accepted as the de facto boss of the Eurozone? Can the EU leadership make a difference after so many months of uncertainty? What about the remaining danger zones in Europe? Attendance is free, but registration is required. Register at

Books on Diplomacy in July

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 we present a rather unusual choice related to architecture as well as diplomacy.

Mark Bertram. 2011. Room for Diplomacy: Britain’s Diplomatic Buildings Overseas 1800 – 2000. Spire Books.

In a chronological fashion, Bertram, who worked in the civil service for 30 years as an architect, manager, and quasi-diplomat, introduces the various buildings used for British diplomacy over the course of 200 years. At the juncture between representation, functionality, and security, these buildings convey diplomatic history from another angle, including the changes in fashion and necessity. The book includes pictures of the buildings and maps of their interiors. The publisher’s website offers further information and a look inside the book.

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