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DiploNews – Issue 192 – 1 November 2011

DiploNews – Issue 192 – November 1,

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Online study in the New Year

Start 2012 with one of our popular interactive online courses:

Courses start the week of 20 February 2012. Apply by 19 December 2011 for University of Malta accredited courses or by 16 January 2012 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.

Humanitarian aid, intervention in Libya, responsibility to protect, United Nations Security Council reform, drafting and analysis of UN documents … these are but a sample in the rich field of topical issues and practical applications through which Dr Petru Dumitriu and his knowledgeable team expertly guided Multilateral Diplomacy II.  I now evaluate world events with keener insight and have a wider appreciation of the gargantuan challenges in tackling global concerns.

Anna Durante, Crown Counsel, Government of the Virgin Islands
Participant in Multilateral Diplomacy II: Current Issues in the UN, February 2011

Humanitarian Diplomacy Certificate Programme

Diplo is pleased to cooperate with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to offer a new certificate programme in Humanitarian Diplomacy. This 12-week programme aims to enrich and empower current and future actors in the field of humanitarian diplomacy and policy. In a supportive international online class environment, the programme will familiarise participants with basic definitions, concepts, actors, and institutions in the field of humanitarian diplomacy; introduce international humanitarian law; hone advocacy and negotiation skills; develop participants’ research skills; and increase their understanding of national and regional humanitarian diplomacy activities. The programme starts on 6 February 2012; the application deadline is 7 December 2011. For more details and to apply, see the programme website.

Fourth workshop on Modern Diplomacy for Small States

Diplo is organising the 4th workshop on Modern Diplomacy for Small States 21–30 March 2012. The workshop, which will be held in Malta, will focus on the current diplomatic challenges and organisational needs of small states, engaging as speakers experienced diplomats who have first-hand knowledge of the challenges facing small states and how these challenges have been dealt with in Malta. Scholarships are available for professionals holding senior/middle management positions within a Commonwealth Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other departments dealing with the foreign affairs of small states. The workshop is sponsored by the Government of Malta and the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation (CFTC). Visit the workshop website for more details and to apply.

Books on Diplomacy in November: Peace-building between Israel and Palestine

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.

Julia Chaitin. Peace-Building in Israel and Palestine: Social Psychology and Grassroots Initiatives. 2011: Palgrave Macmillan.

With the bid for Palestinian statehood currently with the UN, and the acceptance of Palestine as a member of UNESCO, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the question of building peace between Israel and Palestine is more pressing than ever. In her book, Chaitin uses a social psychological lens to look at grassroots initiatives active in peace-building in Israel and Palestine. She begins by analysing social-psychological factors of the conflict and possible paths to peace through dialogue. The grassroots initiatives she examines include joint research projects, so-called ‘political and peace tourism in the Holy Land,’ and women’s social-economic empowerment projects. Another chapter of the book is dedicated to ‘Co-creating Peace When You Can't Meet’ and looks at the case of Gaza and an Israeli city, Sderot, which is located close to Gaza and has been under attack by rockets fired from Gaza. Ultimately, Chaitin aims at creating an understanding for a socially just peace-building process that is based on grassroots activities. More information is available on the publisher’s website. 

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