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DiploNews – Issue 288 – 20 November 2015

Upcoming study opportunities

2016 Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy – last few places left; scholarships available

DiploFoundation is accepting applications for the 2016 Master/PGD in Contemporary Diplomacy, and the Master/PGD in Contemporary Diplomacy with an Internet Governance specialisation. These unique postgraduate programmes, offered in cooperation with the University of Malta, include a 10-day residential workshop in Malta followed by 16-20 months of online learning. Visit the Master in Contemporary Diplomacy webpage to learn more and to apply. Scholarships covering 20–50% of the Postgraduate Diploma fee are available for applicants from small and developing states. The programme starts on 1 February 2016. Anyone interested to apply is asked to contact admissions@diplomacy.edu

February 2016 online diplomacy courses

Start the new year with one of our most popular online courses:

Apply by 14 December 2015 for University of Malta accredited courses and by 11 January 2016 for Diplo certificate courses. For further information or to apply, click on the titles of the courses above, or visit our courses webpage. Register now to reserve your place.

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Online Diploma Course in Humanitarian Diplomacy
The next session of the Humanitarian Diplomacy online diploma course, offered by DiploFoundation in cooperation with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, will start on 22 February 2016. This 12-week course, led by Ambassador Christopher Lamb and a team of experienced practitioners, will extend the knowledge base and develop practical skills of current and future practitioners in humanitarian diplomacy and policy. This course is currently offered in English; however, participants who are more comfortable with French will have the option to write and submit some course assignments and their final research project in French. Partial bursaries are available for applicants from developing countries who work in the humanitarian field. The application deadline is 11 January 2016. For more details and to apply, please visit the course webpage or contact admissions@diplomacy.edu

[New] Education Diplomacy Online Course

Diplo and the Center for Education Diplomacy are pleased to announce a new course on Education Diplomacy. Education and development are rapidly being shaped by the influence of new actors, international policy, funding structures, and the proliferation of initiatives. This interactive online course will present the concept of Education Diplomacy in depth, consider the broader impact it may have on education, and allow participants to become more effective and responsive to the dynamic landscape of education. The first session of the course starts on 15 February 2016; apply by 8 January. For more details and to apply, please visit the course webpage or contact admissions@diplomacy.edu

Webinar briefing: Internet governance in November

The main Internet governance event this month was undoubtedly the 10th Internet Governance Forum in João Pessoa. The week was packed with discussions on privacy, freedom of speech, cybersecurity, infrastructure, liability of intermediaries, e-commerce, net neutrality, the IANA transition, and much more. How will these discussions – and other developments which took place in November – shape future developments, and what can we expect in December? Join us online, or in situ, for our next webinar briefing on Tuesday, 24th November, at 12:00 UTC (13:00 CEST). Follow the link to register.

Navigating IGF 2015 with just-in-time reports

Our team has reported live from IGF 2015, providing just-in-time updates to help you fully grasp the numerous parallel sessions and events which took place last week. Consult one-page summaries from most of the workshops and sessions, check out Diplo CreativeLab’s linguistic analysis from session transcripts and the results from the Prefix Monitor, view the IGF Selfies for every day of the meeting (who are the mystery photographers?), read the four issues of our IGF Daily, and read the comprehensive final report covering the entire IGF 2015. Access all our resources.

Geneva Engage: E-participation in practice

The availability of the Internet in conference rooms introduces the possibility of more inclusive and open international negotiations, offering locally organised events the potential to have a wider outreach and a greater impact. E-participants enrich discussions physically taking place in the conference room, and at the same time, the event enjoys global exposure and, more importantly, fosters greater inclusion in global policy processes. DiploFoundation and the Geneva Internet Platform, in co-operation with the Republic and State of Geneva and the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN and Other International Organisations in Geneva, will organise the Geneva Engage conference on 7-8 December 2015, with the aim of addressing e-participation as a way of contributing to more effective and innovative policy processes in International Geneva. Diplo extends an invitation to online participants to join in the discussion. A special call for local hubs is also being made. Learn more and join the conversation.

What's been happening in Diplo's blogosphere

The interplay between science and diplomacy is rich, as Dr Jovan Kurbalija illustrates in Ten Points on Science (and) Diplomacy. In his post, he summarises the main points from his keynote address at the conference ‘The CERN Model, United Nations and Global Public Goods’.

The post on Radiocommunication Diplomacy – Historical Context provides excerpts from the lectures on Evolution of Diplomacy and Technology by the same author.

Comments on any of Diplo’s blog posts are welcome. Let us know if you’d like to be a guest blogger.

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