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DiploNews – Issue 350 – 3 July 2018

Upcoming study opportunities

Foundations in Education Diplomacy 

Diplo and the Center for Education Diplomacy are pleased to announce a new session of Foundations in 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 presents the concept of education diplomacy in depth, considers the broader impact it may have on education, and allows participants to become more effective and responsive to the dynamic landscape of education. The next course starts on 1 October 2018; apply by 3 September. Partial scholarships are available for selected candidates from developing countries who are active in the field of Education Diplomacy. For more details and to apply, visit the course webpage or contact admissions@diplomacy.edu

Diploma in Humanitarian Diplomacy 

We are now accepting applications for the next session of the online diploma course Humanitarian Diplomacy, offered in co-operation with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). This highly interactive 13-week course, led by Ambassador Christopher Lamb and a team of experienced practitioners, extends the knowledge base and develops the practical skills of current and future practitioners in humanitarian diplomacy and policy. The course familiarises participants with basic definitions, concepts, actors, and institutions in the field of humanitarian diplomacy; introduces international humanitarian law; hones advocacy and negotiation skills; develops participants’ research skills; and increases their understanding of national and regional humanitarian diplomacy activities.
 The course is offered in English; however, participants have the option to write and submit major course assignments and the final research paper in French or Spanish.
 The next session starts 10 September 2018 and the application deadline is 30 July 2018. Please visit the course webpage to read more and apply. 

Applications open for the 2019 Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy

Diplo is now accepting applications for the 2019 Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy, and the Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy with a specialisation in Internet Governance. These unique postgraduate programmes, offered in co-operation 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 read more. Scholarships covering 20%–50% of the Postgraduate Diploma fee are available for applicants from small and developing states. The programme starts on 4 February 2019. The application deadline is 15 October 2018 for international applicants, and 15 November 2018 for Maltese applicants.

Summer online diplomacy courses – application deadlines extended

A few places remain in each of our summer online courses on diplomacy and Internet technology starting 23 July:

Apply by 12 July for Diplo certificate courses. For further information or to apply, click on the titles of the courses listed, or visit our courses webpage. Register now to reserve your place. 

Malta scholarships

Thanks to support from the government of Malta, partial scholarships are available for applicants from developing countries to attend upcoming Diplo online courses. These scholarships cover 30%–60% of course fees and can be applied to most online courses in 2018. Browse our course catalogue and contact us at admissions@diplomacy.edu for further information. You can also sign up for our courses mailing list to be informed about upcoming courses.

Geneva Dialogue on Responsible Behaviour in Cyberspace

The Geneva Dialogue on Responsible Behaviour in Cyberspace was initiated by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) as a place to discuss and analyse the roles and responsibilities of states, industry actors and civil society, and academic and tech communities in contributing to greater security and stability in cyberspace. Implemented in co-operation with the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP), the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), ETH Zurich, and the University of Lausanne, the Geneva Dialogue will include desk research and interviews, a series of online and in situ discussions and knowledge-exchange activities, and a series of workshops in Geneva on 1 and 2 November 2018.

The information session about the Geneva Dialogue will take place on Tuesday, 3rd July, 13:00 UTC (15:00 CEST), in Geneva. Stakeholders can also participate online. During this session,  Mr Adrian Junker, Deputy Head, Division for Security Policy, FDFA, will introduce the background, goals, and timeframes of the Geneva Dialogue. He will also explain how stakeholders can contribute to  the process. The session will include time for Q&As. The information session is open to representatives from governments, the private sector, the technical community, civil society, academia, and other interested parties. To register, visit the event page.

Learn more: Fact Sheet: Geneva Dialogue on Responsible Behaviour in Cyberspace.

What’s been happening in Diplo’s blogsphere

We published Dr Biljana Scott’s second blog post in her series on intercultural communication and logical fallacies. In No True Scotsman, she looks at various attempts to defend a generalisation against counter-examples by dismissing them as irrelevant. Scott looks at the ‘No-True-Scotsman’ fallacy or move in relation to religion, political ideology, and patriotism and challenges us to question rhetoric that uses stereotypes and unhelpful generalisations. 

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