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DiploNews – Issue 417 – 15 April 2021

DiploCircle Magazine #2

Diplo Circle MagazineWe are happy to announce the publication of the second issue of DiploCircle Magazine! This online publication gathers some of the best texts published during 2020 by DiploFoundation-related people. The texts cover a wide range of topics (from the impact of COVID-19 to cybersecurity and artificial intelligence) and offer informative and enjoyable reading to anyone interested in the wider fields of international relations and diplomacy. Read it here!

Note: We’re already gathering materials for the third issue for autumn 2021. Contact andres@diplomacy.edu if you would like to contribute.

Upcoming study opportunities

New course: Cybersecurity Diplomacy

Cyber(in)security impacts international peace and stability, as well as sustainable development, human rights, and the global digital business environment. Our new course Cybersecurity Diplomacy will help equip professionals to become actively involved in cybersecurity negotiations and processes.

Compared to our annual Cybersecurity course, which focusses on policy issues, this new course focuses in depth on the risks of cyber-conflict and related international negotiations. Like all our courses, this course is highly interactive. It requires 3 to 4 hours of study time per week.

The course starts on 17 May 2021. Visit the course webpage to read more and apply by 1 May.

May 2021 online courses

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

Apply by 28 April 2021 for Diplo certificate courses. For further information or to apply, click 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.

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

Upcoming events

◆ Briefing #74: Internet governance in April 2021 (27 Apr.)

Keep up to date with this month’s internet governance and digital policy updates! The 74th iteration of our monthly analysis will offer a summary of the main highlights from April 2021. Join us on Tuesday, 27th April, at 12:00 UTC (14:00 CEST). Register now!

◆ Digital Economy: Trade and Finance Tour – 12 Tours to Navigate Digital Geneva (28 Apr.)

The third episode of our 12 Tours to Navigate Digital Geneva series, organised by the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP), will take us on a journey into ‘Geneva’s Digital Economy: Trade and Finance’. We will cover the work of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Economic Forum (WEF), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and others. Join us on Wednesday, 28th April, at 09:00 UTC (11:00 CEST). Register now!

◆ Masterclass: ‘Ancient Greek diplomacy: Politics, new tools, and negotiation’ (29 Apr.)

After dealing with the early days of diplomacy and the diplomacy of the ancient world, we move to ancient Greek diplomacy. To the ancient Greeks we owe the term ‘diplomacy’ (meaning ‘folded in two’). What can modern diplomacy learn from ancient Greek diplomacy? Join us for another engaging discussion on Thursday, April 29th, at 12:00 UTC (14:00 CEST). Register now!

Main takeaways from our recent events

◆ WebDebate #46: Unpacking the EU’s digital diplomacy and foreign policy

In our 46th WebDebate, we took a closer look at how the EU is tackling digital issues in its foreign policy. What do we mean by digital foreign policy? Which objectives should an EU digital foreign policy have? What is the diplomat’s role? Read the summary and watch the recording of the event.

Blogs and publications

◆ [Podcast] The history of drinks and diplomacy: An interview with Tom Standage

As part of the series Diplomacy and technology: A historical journey, Dr Jovan Kurbalija interviewed journalist and author Tom Standage to find out more about the influence that drinks had on ancient societies and diplomacy. From beer, wine, and rum, to tea and coffee, drinks have lubricated talks during diplomatic gatherings. Listen to the podcast!

◆ Digital Watch Newsletter #58, March 2021

Countries have taken a deep interest in vaccine passports; cyber diplomacy is in action; there are new ambitions for tech supremacy. In this issue we also delve deep into the public rift among Big Tech, the case of Clearview AI, and the regulatory approaches to facial recognition technology, and a look at what the Open-ended Working Group’s (OEWG) final report includes (and leaves out). Read the newsletter (available in English and French).

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