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DiploNews – Issue 72 – 12 May 2005

DiploNews – Issue 72 – May 12, 2005

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Roma Diplomacy Programme – Call for Applications

The European Roma Information Office and DiploFoundation invite applications for the upcoming Roma Diplomacy Programme, starting in July 2005. This is a year long educational programme for professionals from Eastern European countries working in the field of Roma and human rights, run through a combination of workshops and online learning. Through skills training, study of diplomacy and human rights advocacy related topics, as well as individual and collaborative research, the programme aims to:

  • to create a strong group of Roma “public diplomats” with the ability to bridge the gap between Roma civil society and governments/EU institutions;

  • to create and build on existing Roma rights networks, so that activists can use diplomatic channels for fast appropriate responses to challenges facing the Roma;

  • to facilitate the sharing of research and experience of Roma and human rights activists with a focus on diplomacy, through ICT tools and a collaborative online platform;

  • to build practical capacity among Roma rights activists, through participation in conferences and internships in EU institutions, international organisations, and non-governmental organisations.

Participants who successfully complete the programme will receive a postgraduate level certificate from DiploFoundation, a leading provider of worldwide diplomatic training. Full funding (tuition, travel, and accommodation for workshops) will be available for 20-25 participants. Preference for funding will be given to Roma applicants in the 25-35 year age group, to female applicants, and to applicants from Eastern Europe. If you (or your organisation) are prepared to cover your own tuition, travel, and accommodation expenses please contact us by e-mail.

The application deadline is: 15 June 2005.

For further information and application requirements, please visit https://www.diplomacy.edu/roma or e-mail roma@diplomacy.edu.

Last Call for Applications: Multilateral Diplomacy Short Online Course

Diplo is now accepting applications for this postgraduate level online course, which will start on 2 June 2005 and last for two months. The main objective of this course is to introduce participants to diplomatic interaction between more than two actors, with particular emphasis on the multilateral diplomacy represented by the United Nations system. The course should provide participants an overview of all the protagonists and their roles, as well as of the complex framework, intricate rules, and methods of multilateral diplomacy. These challenging topics will be complemented by insights into the processes leading to the adoption of the documents by States within international organisations, as well as of the current transformations the multilateral system is undergoing. An academic perspective will be complemented with the up to date experience of the practitioner, which will include illustrative cases.

The deadline for applications is: 19 May 2005. For more information or to apply, please visit the course website or e-mail admissions@diplomacy.edu

Internet Governance at the GKP Annual Meeting in Cairo

DiploFoundation and FDC ran a two day workshop on 2-3 May on the collaborative tools and research methodology for the Case Study Programme on Multistakeholder Partnerships in ICT4D.

Diplo was part of a discussion panel on Internet Governance, which included Mr Baher Esmat from the Ministry of ICT of Egypt, Anriette Esterhuysen of APC, and Jovan Kurbalija from Diplo. The session was facilitated by Mr Wijayananda Jayaweera from UNESCO.

The panel engaged in very lively debate focussing on the facts and myths related to Internet Governance. During the GKP Meeting, Diplo presented its new portals on Internet Governance and its IG Capacity Building Programme.

The GKP members discussed various issues, including: how to reconcile the “high politics” of Internet Governance (WGIG) with grass-roots IG-related issues (universal access, local loops, etc.). The GKP’s unique strength in multistakeholder partnerships (both bottom-up and top-down) could be a useful advantage in this respect. The GKP members also discussed the prospect of organising various regional activities in the field of IG.

G.R. Berridge’s Diplomacy – Theory and Practice (New Edition)

Palgrave-Macmillan is pleased to announce the publication of a new edition of Diplomacy – Theory and Practice by G.R. Berridge.

This is a completely revised and updated edition of the standard textbook on diplomatic theory and practice, the most popular recommended text for courses on diplomacy. It includes comprehensive coverage of the main issues, from telecommunications to summitry. With new sections on the importance of following up agreements and the adaptability of the resident embassy, this third edition of Diplomacy offers the most up-to-date information about the real-world practice of international relations. The only comprehensive book to look at the practice of diplomacy rather than the history, it will be essential reading for students and professionals alike.

G.R. Berridge is a Senior Fellow of DiploFoundation and Emeritus Professor of International Politics at the University of Leicester, UK.

For further information and to order your copy of Diplomacy (1-4039-9311-4), please visit the website.

If you are a lecturer teaching a relevant module and are interested in adopting this title, please contact Palgrave Lecturer Services (tel: +44 (0) 1256 302794/ e-mail: lecturerservices@palgrave.com) to order an inspection copy.

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