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DiploNews – Issue 205 – 4 June 2012


Upcoming study opportunities

Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty – last call for applications

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. 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.

Summer online courses in diplomacy

We are now accepting applications for our interactive summer online courses: 

Courses start the week of 23 July 2012. Apply by 18 June 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.

Training workshop in Internet Governance and Diplomacy

In cooperation with Regional Cooperation Council and with the support of Central European Initiative, DiploFoundation is organising a training workshop on Internet Governance (IG) issues and information, and communication technology (ICT) policies in national, regional and international processes for officials and professionals from the Central European (CE) countries. The workshop will take place on 27 and 28 June 2012, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. This workshop will give participants an overview of the multidisciplinary field of IG (including technical, legal, economic, socio-cultural, and developmental aspects) and explain the interplay among international, regional and national IG policy processes and actors. This is an opportunity for officials and professionals from CE countries to strengthen their overall understanding of IG and to develop the diplomatic approach of their countries and institutions in the IG process.

Registration is open to all stakeholders from Central Europe. The workshop is limited to 25 participants. Accommodation and meals will be provided for a number of selected international participants. International travel costs must be covered by participants or by their sending institutions.

To apply, please e-mail your full name, country of residence, institution, and position (with subject: Application for IG Workshop in Sarajevo) to ig@diplomacy.edu before 10 June 2012.


What’s been happening in Diplo’s blogosphere

Our resident contrarian, Aldo Matteucci, unveils the failed promise of the European Union and looks at the attraction of direct democracy. In his post, One agreement too far…? Aldo reflects on Henry Petrisk’s interesting book on design failures and wonders whether success is simply failure postponed. Mary Murphy looks at how we communicate about climate change in her post, I have a dream… or is it a nightmare? while Steven Nelson contemplates Geoengineering – a possible solution to climate change? Continuing our successful series of webinars, Richard Werly considers whether after Sarkozy’s downfall, can Europe and NATO take a new turn? Pete Cranston reckons that we’re all Digital Migrants now as he talks about the coaching programme we have been running with Diplo staff and teaching faculty.

Feel free to add you comments to these posts and perhaps consider writing a guest blog yourself!


Discussing Internet Governance

Geneva is celebrating 300 years since the birth of philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau. On this occasion, DiploFoundation director Dr Jovan Kurbalija reflects on Rousseau’s theory of social contract in relation to the Internet in ‘What would Rousseau advise Internet leaders today?’ In ‘Internet governance joins diplomacy in the real world news’, Diplo’s Virginia (Ginger) Paque refers to an article in Rice University’s Futurity, which explains how governments have acknowledged the importance of the Internet.

May was an eventful month for Internet governance. On our community platform, IGCBP12 tutor Marsha Guthrie talks about the key issues participants in the African, Island and Americas classes discussed during a joint online session for the Introduction to Internet Governance course. AHM Bazlur Rahman shares information on a recent Bangladeshi Consultation meeting on the 7th IGF, WSIS+10 and broadband targets for 2015 of the Broadband Commission which took place last month. Deirdre Williams shares her notes from the panel of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) on Universal Service Funds and rural broadband, organised by the USAID Global Broadband and Innovations (GBI) Programme. Michele Marius shares information on the CTU’s 10th Caribbean Ministerial Strategic ICT Seminar, during which Dr Jovan Kurbalija delivered the keynote speech. For those who would like to participate remotely during the upcoming EuroDig meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, on 14-15 June, Robert Kikonyogo shares information on a pre-event, and on remote participation and training. On a separate note, in Tweets, Libel and Pakistan, Arzak Khan talks about a recent court judgment on the first ever Twitter libel case in England, and the surrounding implications.

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