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DiploNews – Issue 200 – 15 March 2012

New online course: Diplomatic Protocol and Etiquette

  • Where should the host sit during an official dinner?
  • What is the official way of declining a formal invitation?
  • Is protocol an unnecessary formality or a practical necessity?

Diplo’s newest online course – Diplomatic Protocol and Etiquette – can help you answer these questions, and many more. Taught by former Director of Protocol of the Government of Malta, Mr Olaph Terribile, this course introduces diplomats and non-diplomats alike to the ceremonial aspect of protocol procedures, the rules of etiquette, the importance of courtesy in society, multicultural manners, and respect for precedence. The first session of Diplomatic Protocol and Etiquette starts the week of 7 May 2012. Apply by 2 April for this Diplo Certificate Course.

Internet governance webinars: February and March

During our February Internet governance (IG) webinar, our special host Salanieta T. Tamanikaiwaimaro, one of two co-coordinators of the Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus (IGC), discussed online freedom of expression, and the related issues of filtering, censorship, and the treatment of objectionable content. If you missed the webinar, a summary is available here, from where you can also listen to the podcast and download the power point slides. Our next webinar will take place on 27 March. Our special host is Virginia (Ginger) Paque, IG coordinator at Diplo, who will discuss the outcomes of the ICANN meeting currently taking place in Costa Rica. Join our IG webinars group to receive announcements and updates.

Discussing Internet governance

Earlier this year, Diplo helped facilitate nominations for the Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Group (IGF MAG). The open selection process took place on our IG community platform, www.diplointernetgovernance.org. In ‘Moving towards a more inclusive Internet Governance Forum (IGF)’, Virginia (Ginger) Paque talks about the process, the results, and the lessons learned. In another blog post, Vladimir Radunovic discusses the role of Internet service providers (ISPs), and whether they should be liable for the content they deliver. His blog post, ‘Hey Govs, leave those ISPs alone!’, is the first of a two-part series. On our IG community platform, Hanane Boujemi shares her study on ‘The Role of Information and Communication Technologies in Empowering Arab Women’; while Pete Cranston shares his views on the powers competing for control and on a new book, Consent of the Networked, in Sovereigns of cyberspace – power without responsibility?

Upcoming online courses

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

Courses start the week of 7 May 2012. Apply 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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