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DiploNews – Issue 84 – 28 March 2006

DiploNews – Issue 84 – March 28, 2006

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Call for Applications: Diplo Short Online Courses 2006

You are invited to browse through our course schedule for 2006 and apply for courses of interest:

May – June 2006 (application deadline next week – April 3)

July – September 2006

September – November 2006

November 2006 – January 2007

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 courses is posted in the course schedule. For further information, click on the titles of the courses above, or visit the Diplo website.

Roma Diplomacy Seminar in Geneva

DiploFoundation and the Graduate Institute of International Studies are pleased to invite Geneva-based international organisation staff, NGO staff, academics and others concerned with human rights and related issues to take part in the Roma Diplomacy Seminar (April 26 – 27, 2006, Graduate Institute of International Studies, 132 rue de Lausanne, Geneva). Please visit the Roma Diplomacy website to see a draft seminar agenda.

The Roma Diplomacy Seminar will provide an opportunity for dialogue and development of the concept of Roma Diplomacy: “Virtual Diplomacy for a Virtual Nation.” Working together in a round table environment, Roma rights activists, academics, and members of the Geneva international community concerned with human rights and related issues will map out the main elements of Roma Diplomacy, a form of non-state representation aimed at developing policy partnerships. Seminar participants will explore the possibilities and limits of Roma Diplomacy, and its relation to classical diplomacy.

The seminar will address the problem of the policy gap which exists in the communication between Roma communities and decision makers at the European, national and local levels.

The seminar forms part of the Roma Diplomacy Project which aims to train young Roma rights activists as public diplomats with the skills needed to represent their communities. Besides traditional lobbying activities and human rights advocacy, Roma diplomats will be called upon to function on the international diplomatic scene.

For further information, or to register your participation, please contact roma@diplomacy.edu.

Conference and Workshop: Challenges for Foreign Ministries and Online Learning for Diplomacy

Conference – Foreign ministries the world over face a complex environment. Abroad they encounter unpredictable volatility in world affairs; the need to build extensive-intensive bilateral and regional networks; complex multilateral agendas crowded by new subjects; the need to build plural constituencies in foreign states, many nonofficial; the task of managing their own external image; new forms of public and soft diplomacy; and economic diplomacy covering trade and investment mobilization and free trade accords at bilateral, regional, multilateral and global levels.

At home they deal with plural partners, official and non-state, participants in the external policy process and stakeholders in the foreign ministry’s actions. The foreign ministry must act as a coordinator and a catalyst in such networks, covering the expanding foreign agenda. It must carry conviction with them, in an environment that often questions the foreign ministry’s functions. Domestic and external issues merge and influence each other in ways that no one anticipated even a decade ago.

This conference will be held in Geneva from May 31 – June 1, 2006. For more information, to view the draft agenda and to register, please visit the conference website.

Workshop – DiploFoundation will run a workshop on online learning for diplomacy prior to the Ministries of Foreign Affairs Conference (Geneva, May 29 – 30, 2006). Given the geographically distributed nature of diplomatic services, online learning is a natural answer to the training needs of diplomats. It bridges space and time boundaries and connects people over great geographical distances.

Decision makers must address a number of practical questions in order to introduce meaningful online training programmes in their ministries. In the process, they need to resolve institutional issues, solve technical problems, and manage cultural changes. This workshop provides a practical overview and guidance for introducing effective, learner-centred and relevant online learning programmes for diplomats. Topics will offer a range of perspectives and will include: 

  • The role of online learning today 
  • Effective learning frameworks 
  • Management perspectives 
  • Pedagogy and approach to learning 
  • The labyrinth of technologies 
  • Evaluation and quality control 
  • Case studies 

Active diplomats who have attended Diplo online courses will also share their experience and present a learners’ point of view. Participants in the workshop will have the opportunity to bring up the practical questions they feel are important.

Package registrations including both events are available. For further information and to register, please visit the Workshop website.

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