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DiploNews – Issue 494 – 1 July 2024

Diplo Academy upcoming courses and programmes

⭐ Humanitarian Diplomacy online course: Applications open! 

Applications are now open for our Humanitarian Diplomacy online diploma course, offered in cooperation with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Learn how to advance your career and improve the work of your organisation!

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☀️ Diplo’s 2024 summer online courses

Register now to reserve your place in our specialised summer courses!

👉🏼 Application deadlines for certificates issued by Diplo: 10 July 2024

For further information and to apply, click the course titles above or visit Diplo’s course catalogue.

◆ 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 2024 online courses. Browse our course catalogue and contact us at admissions@diplomacy.edu for further information.

Upcoming events

◆ UN Cybercrime Convention: Will States Give in Disagreements for the Sake of a Global Common Threat?

For more than two years, interstate negotiations at the UN have been working towards a global agreement on cybercrime. However, achieving consensus has proven challenging. Join us for a virtual expert discussion before the concluding session of the Ad Hoc Committee on Cybercrime.

🗓️ Tuesday, 2 July 2024
🕐 13:00–14:30 UTC
📍 Online

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◆ Cables, Novels and Nobels: The Journey of Diplomacy and Literature

Join us for the first episode of Diplo’s series of events titled Diplomats as Writers, featuring a lively discussion by two leading diplomats. Italian Amb. Paolo Trichilo will introduce his 2023 book, Diplomacy and Literature: The Eight Diplomats Who Won the Nobel Prize in Literature, while Egyptian Amb. Mohamed Tawfik will speak about his creative writings, including three novels published in Arabic.

Moderators: Amb. Amr Aljowaily and Amb. Stefano Baldi

🗓️ Tuesday, 9 July 2024
🕐 15:00–16:30 UTC
📍 Online

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◆ Using Current and Emerging Cyber Tools for Disaster Management in Africa

How can cutting-edge cyber tools and technologies improve disaster management practices in Africa?

Join us as we discuss innovative solutions that enable quicker, more coordinated responses to crises, ultimately enhancing overall resilience in the region.

🗓️ Wednesday, 24 July 2024
🕐 13:30–15:00 UTC
📍 Online

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Blogs and publications

◆ DW Weekly #166 (28 June 2024)

In the latest DW Weekly: the EU charges Apple and Microsoft for anticompetitive behaviour under the Digital Market Act (DMA); India mandates USB-C ports for smartphones and tablets to curb e-waste; ransomware actors compromise Indonesia’s national data centre. Read DW Weekly #166!

◆ Global Affairs Canada: What Are the Lessons?

Global Affairs Canada’s latest report reveals serious misconduct by diplomatic staff. With robust whistle-blower protections and strict disciplinary actions, will this change diplomatic behaviour? Alan Franklin shares lessons to consider. Read the blog post!

◆ The Evolution of State Virtue: From Plato to Adam Smith

Plato asked if states could possess virtues like wisdom and justice. The post by Aldo Matteucci analyses what thinkers like Machiavelli and Adam Smith have said about it, and why the notion matters for modern governance. Read the blog post!

◆ The Hidden Layers of Consciousness

In this post, Aldo Matteucci discusses how consciousness is connected to social behaviour, and how our subjective experiences shape our reality. Read the blog post!

Don’t miss…

◆ Bug Risk: Geneva Is Dropping the Ball on Tech Governance

The article, originally published in French in Le Temps, includes an observation by Dr Jovan Kurbalija on the importance of AI in the evolution of governance, which calls for a clear strategy from the Swiss authorities. Additionally, the article contains other references to Diplo and the Geneva Internet Platform. Read the article!

◆ Debate: Is Switzerland Losing Its Status as a Leader in Digital Governance?

In this debate organised by the Geneva Press Club and Geneva Solutions, Dr Jovan Kurbalija will will contribute his insights into the challenges and future of digital governance in Geneva. Learn more and register!

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