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DiploNews – Issue 367 – 15 March 2019

Upcoming study opportunities

Featured online course: Bilateral Diplomacy

DiploNews – Issue 367 – 15 March 2019Effective bilateral diplomacy is essential to advancing a country’s external interests and is a key building block of international relations. This course offers a practitioner view, examining concepts, and how these operate in the real world. The course provides participants with the tools to analyse world affairs, and to learn the craftsmanship of diplomacy.

Join this online course, starting 6 May 2019. Read more and register now, to reserve your place.

May 2019 online diplomacy courses

Starting on 6 May 2019, we offer courses on diplomacy topics, both classic and contemporary:

Apply by 1 April 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 2019. 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.

Intercultural communication essentials workshop

Diplo is organising a workshop on intercultural communication in Belgrade on 19-20 March 2019. The workshop promotes intercultural awareness as a means of avoiding interpersonal misunderstandings. It focuses on particular forms of diversity, from the different communicative styles that characterise individuals in all cultures (rational, emotional, and intuitive styles), to differences between cultures with regard to time, courtesy, relationship building, respect for authority, tolerance of dissent, risk aversion, and other defining variables.

Internet governance in March 2019

What were the main Internet governance updates in March? How will recent updates influence the developments in the upcoming months? Join us for our next monthly briefing, on Tuesday, 26th March, for a round-up of the major global IG and digital policy developments. Registrations are open.

Reporting from the Symposium on the Future Networked Car (FNC-2019)

The Symposium on the Future Networked Car (FNC-2019) took place in Geneva, Switzerland during the 89th Geneva International Motor Show. The event was organised by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The GIP Digital Watch observatory’s reports are available now.

Just-in-time reporting from the OECD Going Digital Summit

The GIP Digital Watch observatory provided just-in-time reporting from the OECD Going Digital Summit, which took place on 11-12 March in Paris. Read the session reports on the dedicated page.

New e-book by G.R. Berridge: Diplomacy and Secret Service

DiploNews – Issue 367 – 15 March 2019Intelligence officers working under diplomatic protection are rarely out of the news for long, and the last two years have been no exception. How did the relationship between diplomacy and secret intelligence come about? What was the impact on it of the bureaucratization of secret intelligence that began in the late nineteenth century? Is diplomatic immunity the only reason why intelligence officers still cluster in embassies and consulates today? What do their diplomatic landlords think about their secret tenants and how do the spooks repay the ambassadors for their lodgings? These are among the key questions considered in this historically grounded work on the contemporary interface between diplomacy and secret service. This new e-book is available online.

What’s been happening in Diplo’s blogosphere

In Internet governance in February 2019, Andrijana Gavrilovic writes about hardware making a comeback, new artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives being launched, and intensifying efforts to curb the spread of harmful content as being among the main digital policy developments in February 2019. In the [WebDebate summary] Humanising immigration, Gavrilovic sums up the March WebDebate which dealt with conflicting narratives on immigration and delved into the challenges and opportunities of intercultural relations in the context of diplomatic practice. In her blog post Humanising immigration: taking the discussion further, Dr Biljana Scott responds to some of the questions that were raised during the WebDebate, such as: Why does immigration need humanising? Does it not concern human beings? What is the scope of immigration as opposed to migration?


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