DiploNews – Issue 82 – 19 January 2006
Last Call for Applications – Short Online Courses starting February 2006
This is the final week to register for Diplo’s 2 short online courses starting in mid-February 2006:
- Diplomatic Theory and Practice (Professor Geoff Berridge and Mr Haraldur Egillson)
- Multilateral Diplomacy (Professor Dietrich Kappeler and Dr Petru Dumitriu)
Courses are designed to allow working diplomats and others involved in international relations to continue their education by learning about new topics in the field of diplomacy, or expanding and refreshing their knowledge of more traditional topics. Courses require 10 weeks of part-time study, typically 6-8 hours per week. Successful participants are awarded a postgraduate level certificate from DiploFoundation.
The application deadline for both courses is January 23, 2006. For further information, click on the titles of the courses above, or visit the Diplo website.
The price dispute over Russian gas deliveries to Ukraine is a typical example of using energy as leverage in accomplishing foreign policy objectives. The dispute questions the reliability of the current EU energy policy. The frantic shuttle diplomacy helped to defuse the crisis. Learn more about the crisis:
- Energy and New World Power Play (BBC News)
- Russian Gas Diplomacy Reveals EU Vulnerability (The times of India)
- Putin and Oil Gas Diplomacy (MosNewsCom)
- GazProm or Russian Gas Diplomacy (Russia Intelligence)
- Gazprom: The new big stick of Kremlin diplomacy (Petroleum WorldCom)
- Russian & Ukraine Strike a Deal to End Gas Dispute (Yahoo, Reuters)
- Financial Times Review of the Gas Dispute
- Gas Dispute Leaves cloud over Russian’s Chairmanship over of G8 (Washington Post)
- EU Gas Policy (links)
Call for Registrations – International Conference on Internet Governance: The Way Forward
The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis resulted in the decision to establish an Internet Governance Forum. The decision taken by parties at the WSIS indicates WHAT the Forum should do and WHO should be involved (multistakeholder approach). However, it remains to be seen HOW the Forum will be organised. This conference, to be held from February 10 – 12 in Malta, aims to provide an initial mapping, through addressing questions such as:
- How can the structure of the Forum appropriately involve various stakeholders covering a wide range of issues?
- How can the Forum promote a bottom-up and inclusive nature, while maintaining an efficient and operational organisation?
- How can complementarity between all stakeholders be increased?
- What solutions from other international organisations/initiatives could be adapted for the Forum?
- How can meaningful participation of institutions and individuals from developing countries in the Forum be facilitated?
Prominent players in the Internet Governance debate will also address the following topics:
- Internet Governance Capacity Building
- Implementation of the WSIS Conclusions on Internet Governance
- Multistakeholder Approach to Internet Governance
- International Cooperation and Internet Security
- Legal Challenges of Internet Governance