lighting, Diplomacy

Reflections on the 45th IFDT meeting and the road ahead


Event description

In our November WebDebate, we will reflect on the 45th meeting of the International Forum on Diplomatic Training (IFDT), which took place under the theme ‘Diplomacy in an era of disruption and discontinuity’ on 19-22 September. We aim to have an online discussion with those who were unable to attend the 45th IFDT meeting in person. We will also take the opportunity to look ahead to the next IFDT meeting which will take place in Geneva, in 2019.

Join us online on 6 November at 12:00 UTC (13:00 CET).

On the basis of the findings of and discussions at this IFDT meeting and looking ahead to the next meeting in 2019, we address the following questions:

  1. What are the key findings of the 45th IFDT meeting with regard to researching and teaching diplomacy?

  2. What are key issue for future consideration?

  3. What are the questions and comments that should be reflected in the 2019 meeting?

We are joined by Ambassador Barbara Bodine (Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy and concurrent Director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University) and Professor Cédric Dupont (Director of Executive Education, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies) who will reflect on the discussions they have been part of and draw on their rich experience as part of diplomatic training and academic institutions.

Our speakers

Ambassador Barbara Bodine is Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy and concurrent Director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University. Prior to joining Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, she taught and directed policy task forces and policy workshops on US diplomacy in the Persian Gulf region, including Iraq and Yemen for seven years at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and served as Director of the School’s Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative, a fellowship program for students pursuing careers in federal service.

Professor Cédric Dupont received his PhD from the Graduate Institute of International Studies and University of Geneva (IHEID) and has been a member of the IHEID faculty since 1995. He is also Editor of the Swiss Political Science Review and Associate Editor for Europe of the journal Business and Politics. His research focuses on international political economic issues, both at the global and regional levels, on the problem of international cooperation, and international negotiation processes.  His current work concentrates on regionalism in Asia, national responses to international economic crises, the management of jurisdictional boundaries between international organisations as well as the factors which influence trade negotiations in the European Union.

Dr Tereza Horejsova is Project Development Director at DiploFoundarion. Originally from the Czech Republic, she is currently based in Washington DC. Joining Diplo in 2012, Tshe has had an international career in academia and the non-governmental sector in the Czech Republic, the United Arab Emirates, and Switzerland. During her stay in Geneva (2012‒2016), she coordinated the activities of the Geneva Internet Platform. She holds an MA in International Area Studies and a PhD in European Studies, both from the Charles University in Prague.

About our WebDebates

The WebDebates on the future of diplomacy are live streamed on the first Tuesday of every month. They are organised by DiploFoundation within the framework of the International Forum on Diplomatic Training (IFDT). Learn more about our series of WebDebates.

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