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DiploNews – Issue 58 – 27 October 2003

DiploNews – Issue 58 – October 27, 2003

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Last week for Abstracts: International Conference on Intercultural Communication and Diplomacy

The practice of diplomacy increasingly involves handling not only differences in national cultures, but different organisational and professional cultures at the same time. The Second International Conference on Intercultural Communication and Diplomacy (Malta, 13-15 February, 2004) will focus specifically on organisational and professional cultures and diplomacy. Diplomats today function in an increasingly multilateral environment: more often than in the past they are required to interact with a multitude of international organisations, ranging from the UN down to specific interest lobby groups. Simultaneously, diplomats are more and more involved in communicating directly with the domestic public; again with a multitude of groups.

Professor Geert Hofstede, author of Cultures and Organisations: Software of the Mind, and Cultures Consequences: Comparing Values, Behaviors, Institutions and Organizations Across Nations will make a keynote presentation at the conference, on “Diplomats as Cultural Bridge Builders”.

We welcome the submission of abstracts for papers to be presented at this conference. Please check the suggested presentation themes and use the online form available on the conference website or e-mail conference@diplomacy.edu for further information.

Abstracts deadline: NOVEMBER 1, 2003.  

Last Week to Apply: Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomacy

DiploFoundation's online Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomacy focuses on a broad spectrum of issues relevant for today's diplomats, including the position of diplomats in a globalised world, new topics on diplomatic agendas, and the use of the Internet and other information and communications technology (ICT) tools for diplomatic activities.

This year the program will coincide with the follow-up to the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society, or WSIS (Geneva, December 2003) and preparations for the second phase (Tunis, November 2005). Participants will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to take part in events such as the WSIS. Through negotiation simulation exercises participants will learn about the influence of ICT on diplomacy and international relations, and keep up-to-date with new developments in the field.

The program consists of an introductory workshop of 10 days in Malta and 10 months of online learning. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a postgraduate diploma in diplomacy awarded by the University of Malta.

Application deadline: October 31, 2003

Please visit the Postgraduate Diploma Course website for more information or to apply, or e-mail admissions@diplomacy.edu.

eFORESEE International Conference in Malta

eFORESEE is holding their 4th International Conference in Malta, from 13-14 November 2003. This conference will examine the Role of Foresight in Implementing the EU Wider Neighbourhood Policy, and in the Structuring of a Euro-Mediterranean Research and Innovation Area. For more information, and to register, please visit their website.

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