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DiploNews – Issue 415 – 17 March 2021

Upcoming study opportunities

May 2021 online courses

Diplomacy2520of2520small2520states 0Our next course session starts on 10 May 2021. Register now to reserve your place in our popular courses:

Apply by 5 April 2021 for Diplo certificate courses. For further information or to apply, click on the titles of the courses above or visit our courses webpage.

Need financial assistance? Scholarships are available.

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 2021. Browse our course catalogue and contact us at admissions@diplomacy.edu for further information.

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Upcoming events

◆ Webinar: ‘Ancient diplomacy: What can it teach us?’ (25 Mar.)

Writing triggered a more sophisticated way of communication both within and between ancient societies. We will navigate through the rich diplomatic heritage of ancient Babylon, Sumeria, Egypt, the Hittite Empire, India, Persia, and China. In this journey through time, we will follow developments from clay to digital tablets, and search for insights that should help us understand the future of diplomacy. Join us on Thursday, 25th March, at 13:00 UTC (14:00 CET). Register now!

Check out last month’s session ‘Prehistory: The birth of diplomacy and early ‘technologies’

◆ Road to Bern via Geneva: ‘Fifth dialogue: On Data and Tech4Good’ (25 Mar.)

In preparation of the UN World Data Forum 2021, that will take place in Bern, Switzerland, in October 2021, and as a way to enhance the role of International Geneva in digital cooperation, a series of Cross-sectoral Dialogues on Digital Cooperation are being organised. The fifth dialogue titled ‘Data and Technology for Development’ will take place on Thursday, 25th March, 14:00–17:00 CET. Register to join the discussion!

◆ Briefing #73: Internet governance in March 2021 (30 Mar.)

The digital policy and internet governance world is in constant evolution. Keep up to date with this month’s updates by joining us for the 73rd iteration of our monthly analysis on Tuesday, 30th March, at 12:00 UTC (14:00 CET). Register now!

◆ WebDebate #46: Unpacking the EU’s digital diplomacy and foreign policy (6 Apr.)

Digital foreign policy is becoming a key topic this year. Both Switzerland and Denmark have recently launched their digital foreign policy strategies. Yet, it is also abundantly clear that the range of relevant actors in digital foreign policy goes beyond states. Following our March conference 2021: The emergence of digital foreign policy, we want to take a closer look at developments at the level of the European Union. Join us on Tuesday, 6th April, at 12:00 UTC (14:00 CET) for our next WebDebate. Register now!

Main takeaways from our recent events

Report - Sustainable Capacity Building: Internet Governance in Africa◆ Report launch: ‘Sustainable Capacity Building: Internet Governance in Africa’

Thanks to the participation of a number of stakeholders, this online event focused on Africa’s digital capacity building, its implications, and an action plan. View the event recording and download the report.

◆ Conference: ‘2021: The emergence of digital foreign policy’

Report - 2021: The emergence of digital foreign policyThe online conference was addressed by 19 practitioners who shared insights from their work in digital foreign policy and diplomacy. The event included a high-level opening, ambassadors’ roundtables, and in-depth and interactive practitioner discussions. View the conference summary and recordings.

Want to know more about digital foreign policy? Visit our dedicated digital foreign policy page, and read the research report.

Blogs and publications

◆ Digital Watch monthly newsletter (Issue 57, February 2021)

The latest Digital Watch monthly newsletter brings together and offers an analysis on the digital policy developments in February. Highlight include: Australia’s media bargaining code, gig workers, the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), digital health passports, digital foreign policy, and more! Read our monthly online or download the PDF (1.4 MB).

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