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DiploNews – Issue 353 – 17 August 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

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.

Autumn courses on diplomacy and digital policy

Diplo offers a wide range of exciting online courses this autumn, starting the week of 8 October.

Apply by 3 September 2018 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.

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.

Internet governance in July and August

What were the main Internet governance updates in July and August, and how will they shape future developments? What can we expect in September? Join us for our next monthly briefing, on Tuesday, 28th August. Registrations are now open.

[Upcoming WebDebate] Space diplomacy: Old geopolitics or new frontier for collaboration?

In our upcoming WebDebate, we will be looking at space diplomacy at the intersection of old geopolitics and new frontiers for collaboration. Recent developments such as the dispute over the EU’s Galileo Satellite and British access after Brexit as well as the US announcement of creating a space force remind us that this is not a marginal topic, but a hotly debated issue of geopolitical dimensions. However, space diplomacy also reminds of the potential of working together and pooling resources in the interest of achieving a larger goal. There also seems to be a need to foster better collaboration between scientists and diplomats under the various guises of science diplomacy. To discuss these issues, we are joined by Dr Bleddyn Bowen, University of Leicester, UK, and Dr Jean-Christophe Mauduit, Fletcher School at Tufts University, USA.

Join us online on 4 September at 11:00 UTC. Register to reserve your place.

Diplo alumni gathering at APrIGF

DiploFoundation organised an alumni gathering in Port Vila, Vanuatu, during the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) on 16 August 2018.


What’s been happening in Diplo’s blogosphere

This time, our blog is populated by three of our guest bloggers who share their expertise and discuss recent issues concerning public diplomacy, online gaming, and diplomatic immunity. In Some thoughts on public diplomacy, social media, and data, Ursula Wyss builds on years of experience working in public diplomacy to discuss the role of data, filter bubbles, and artificial intelligence. David Morar looks at the implications of  WHO’s recognition of ‘gaming disorder’ as a ‘disorder due to addictive behaviours’. He outlines the responses from industry, gamers, and mental health practitioners and stresses that this is not a marginal discussion as ‘gaming will undoubtedly become an even larger part of daily life and of the global economy’. Alan Franklin shares his expertise on diplomatic immunity and discusses the often overlooked question of immunity of international organisations.


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