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DiploNews – Issue 208 – 18 July 2012

Upcoming study opportunities

Last chance to apply: Humanitarian Diplomacy online course

Diplo is pleased to cooperate with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to offer an online course in Humanitarian Diplomacy. This 12-week course, led by Ambassador Christopher Lamb, aims to enrich and empower current and future actors in the field of humanitarian diplomacy and policy. In a supportive international online environment, the class 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 course starts on 10 September 2012; the application deadline has been extended to 20 July 2012. For more details and to apply, see the course website.


Migration and Development online course

The Instituto Matías Romero of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and DiploFoundation offer an online course on Migration and Development in English and Spanish, starting 17 September 2012. The course provides participants with a conceptual framework and analytical tools to address the many aspects of the relationship between international migration and economic and social development. See the course webpage for more information and to apply.


By bringing together scholars, advocates, and policymakers, this cutting-edge joint undertaking by DiploFoundation and Instituto Matias Romero has provided an excellent venue to share ideas and cultivate action agendas to advance the mutual well-being of migrants, home countries, and host communities.

Ryan Gener – Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of the Philippines

Autumn online courses

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

Courses start the week of 8 October 2012. Apply by 6 August for University of Malta Accredited Courses and by 3 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.


2013 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 2012. For more information and to apply please see the course webpage.


What’s happening in Diplo’s Blogosphere?

Not long back from a workshop in Sarajevo, we take a look at how e-tools are used to broaden reach and promote all-inclusiveness in the RCC. As Romania's international image takes a beating, Liz Galvez takes a look at its Nation Branding.  In the same region, Mary Murphy reflects on recent happenings in Hungary and wonders when negotiations start? Aldo Matteucci writes  in praise of superstition and comments on  Katharina Höne’s blog on Metaphors and Images: Illustrating Climate Change by delving further into analogies and suggesting that we don’t blame man, but blame the Polynesian rat.  US Vice-President Dick Cheney has argued that if there is a 1% chance that a rogue country has WMD one should act preventively on that assessment: ‘Better safe than sorry’. Aldo explores this precautionary principle and goes on to investigate the power of small things in a delightful story of ‘nudging’ a buffet table in India.


Discussing Internet governance

It’s the final weeks of Diplo’s advanced courses in Internet governance. In the following blog posts, shared on Diplo’s IG community platform, participants blog about some of the in-depth topics they have been discussing during the final weeks.

In Whom to blame for poor online security, Mayengo Tom Kizito discusses the recent Yahoo! user credentials leak and the use of easy-to-crack passwords: should users be allowed to use weak passwords? Syuzan Marukhyan and Katitza Rodriguez talk about the Protection of Privacy, Anonymity and Freedom of Expression.

Enock Othin believes that ICT-savvy youths should be willing to share, as this is key to developing ICT in Africa. In a separate post, he argues that offering mobile users free access to a select number of websites works against the principle of Network Neutrality, as this allows wealthy corporations to buy preferential access to the market to the detriment of the level playing field.

In Rudi International: An experience on e-participation, the first month!, Arsene Tungali writes about an organisation that aims to link the African diaspora with those on the continent, encouraging them to take active part in the development of Africa. Charles Oloo writes about an open call for proposals by the Web Foundation and International Development Research Centre to explore emerging impacts of open data.

Did you know that Mexico has already implemented e-voting in some states? Read Erika-Yamel Munive's blog post on Mexico's e-voting experience. So has the Philippines during the last presidential elections, as Bruce Avasadanond explains in E-voting in the Philippines. Osazuwa shares perspectives about e-Democracy for Meaningful Development and Strengthening Governance.

On a separate note, Diplo’s Mary Murphy refers to the recent debate in Hungary over who has the power to shut down a website, which is hosted in the USA but operated in Hungary. Who is responsible?

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