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DiploNews – Issue 399 – 16 July 2020

Upcoming study opportunities

Applications open! Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy
(€400 early bird discount)

Diplo is now accepting applications for the 2021 online Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy and the Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy with a specialisation in Internet Governance, run in co-operation with the University of Malta Department of International Relations.

During 16 to 20 months of online study, the programmes guide working diplomats, international relations professionals, and Internet policymakers through the theoretical and practical building blocks of diplomacy, with a focus on contemporary issues and challenges.

In response to the current global pandemic, the introductory workshop – traditionally offered in Malta – will be run online in 2021, eliminating the need for travel and reducing expenses for participants.

Scholarships covering 20%–50% of the Postgraduate Diploma fee are available for applicants from small and developing states. The programme starts on 25 January 2021.

Discount: Apply by 1 September 2020 and benefit from our €400 early bird discount.

For further information and to apply, please visit the Master in Contemporary Diplomacy webpage.

Early bird discount: MA

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 on 14 September 2020 and the application deadline is 3 August 2020. Please visit the course webpage to read more and apply.

Applications open! Autumn courses on diplomacy and digital policy (start: 5 October)

Diplo offers a wide range of exciting online courses this autumn, starting the week of 5 October.

Apply by 3 August 2020 for the University of Malta accredited courses and by 31 August 2020 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.

Sign up for our courses mailing list to stay informed about upcoming courses.

Need financial assistance? Scholarships are available.

Thanks to the 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 2020. Browse our course catalogue and contact us at admissions@diplomacy.edu for further information.

Our recent events

◆ WebDebate: ‘Permanent missions at global diplomatic hubs: More or less relevant in 2020?’

Permanent missions will become increasingly important in the post-COVID-19 era, and their modus operandi will change as they become a key segment of ‘hybrid diplomacy’. These were the underlying messages of DiploFoundation’s latest WebDebate. The rich discussion led by Amb. Asoke Mukerji and Ms Maricela Muñoz, and moderated by Prof. Jovan Kurbalija, included the valuable input of a diverse selection of webinar participants coming from diplomatic services and research communities from around the world. Access the discussion summary and recording here.

Blogs and publications

French - DW Newsletter 51 - June 2020◆ ​​​​​​French translation: 51th issue of the GIP Digital Watch newsletter

For the benefit of our French-speaking followers, we have published the French translation of the 51st issue of the GIP Digital Watch newsletter. This issue includes a six-month digital policy review, an analysis on the UN Roadmap for Digital Cooperation, an overview on taxation in the digital economy, an article on the ‘Navigating Geneva’s digital policy landscape’ online conference, and much more. Get your copy here / Téléchargez votre copie. Didn’t manage to read the English version? Access it here.

◆ Blog post: The Future of the Internet

In this blog post, Ms Maricela Muñoz (Minister Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the UN, Geneva; Member, IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group) reflects on a digital future for a stronger, more inclusive, and more resilient society. She does so by reflecting on the future of the Internet in areas such as human rights, cybersecurity, infrastructure, skills learning, the digital divide, and the role of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Read the blog post.

◆ Blog post: A view on digital divide and economic development

In his blog post, Mr Guillermo Gutiérrez Nieto (Counsellor for Public Governance, Investment, Regulation and Competition Policies, Mexican Delegation to the OECD) underlines that humanity is undergoing the largest information and communication revolution in human history. He lists three fundamental aspects in which technology and development require synergy in order to strengthen the main dimensions of human development and achieve human well-being, economic equality, knowledge, and quality of life. Read the blog post.

Diplo team at external events

Webinar: Public diplomacy in times of pandemics

Former senior diplomat and DiploFoundation’s course lecturer Ms Liz Galvez has weighed in on this discussion organised by the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (DIPLOCAT). The discussion focused on public diplomacy in times of pandemics. Watch the recording:

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