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DiploNews – Issue 199 – 1 March 2012

20 years of e-diplomacy

This year we celebrate 20 years of e-diplomacy and Diplo’s work in this field. We are launching a series of activities, including new training courses on e-diplomacy and e-participation, seminars on e-diplomacy, and an e-diplomacy conference in November 2012. The ‘E-diplomacy year’ will be supported by active research, papers, and articles, and online discussions on the role of e-diplomacy in modern international relations.

Call for applications: Online course on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

With growing calls to make the process of nuclear disarmament comprehensive and irreversible, the resurgence and the need to sustain nuclear arms control diplomacy, the persistence of unresolved nuclear proliferation issues (including in Iran and North Korea), and the desire for nuclear energy, coupled with safety and security concerns, the 40-year-old Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) remains central to the prospects for disarmament, arms control, and international security. Familiarity with the NPT is increasingly indispensable for practitioners and analysts to navigate their way through current and future nuclear issues, whether in the context of the NPT itself, or of other disarmament fora and organisations such as the Conference on Disarmament, the UN General Assembly, or the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), in collaboration with DiploFoundation, is pleased to offer a unique opportunity to learn more about the NPT and disarmament through this online course.

The course runs from 16 July to 16 September 2012. The application deadline is 11 June 2012. Partial scholarships are available for applicants from developing countries. Please visit our website for more information and to apply.

Upcoming online courses

From the fundamentals of diplomacy to the most exciting new trends: check our three interactive online courses starting in May 2012: 

Courses start the week of 7 May 2012. Apply by 5 March for University of Malta accredited courses or by 2 April 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.

Diplomacy of Small States has further strengthened my knowledge and belief that regardless of constraints, some small states have shown their ability to project formidable foreign policy initiatives. The course has to a large extent helped to broaden my horizon at a global level, thanks to the weekly assignments from colleagues, analysing the different perspectives on how small states practice their diplomacy.

Momodu Wurie, Head of Chancery, Embassy of the Republic of Sierra Leone in Tripoli, Libya

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