Summer online diplomacy courses
Is summer a quiet time at your office? Then it's the perfect opportunity to take an online course. Have a look at our courses on diplomacy and Internet technology starting on 23 July:
Apply by 21 May for University of Malta accredited courses and by 18 June for Diplo certificate courses. For further information or to apply, click on the titles of the courses listed, or visit our courses webpage. Register now to reserve your place.
Thanks to support from the government of Malta, partial scholarships are available for applicants from developing countries to attend upcoming Diplo online courses. These scholarships cover 30%–60% of course fees and can be applied to most online courses in 2018. Browse our course catalogue and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. You can also sign up for our courses mailing list to be informed about upcoming courses.
DiploFoundation and the Geneva Internet Platform will be actively engaged in the 7th RightsCon Summit, to be held on 16–18 May, in Toronto, Canada. We will be hosting a booth and organise two sessions.
Diplo and the Geneva Internet Platform will be present in Toronto, hosting a booth and organising two sessions:
Negotiation skills are developed over years and years of practical experience; there are very few shortcuts to becoming a good negotiator. In our May WebDebate, we will unpack ideas about teaching and learning negotiation skills. In particular, we will look at the potential of teaching and learning negotiation skills online. Our speakers, Ambassadors Stefano Baldi and Kishan S. Rana, and Dr Katharina E. Höne, will reflect on years of negotiation practice and teaching experience. Read more about the debate and the background of our speakers. Join us on Tuesday, 8 May at 11:00 UTC. Register your place.
In our new briefing paper, Barbara Rosen Jacobson analyses the debate of the April 2018 meeting of the Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) and the progress that has been made in discussing emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS). She highlights the search for a definition of LAWS, the growing consensus on the necessity of meaningful human control, the role of a pre-emptive ban, and various policy options. Read the full paper.
This time, our blog focuses on the techplomacy and diplomatic representation in the San Francisco Bay Area. In Techplomacy in the US California Bay Area, Pavlina Ittelson reflects on Diplo’s recent study on the topic and highlights that innovative approaches to diplomatic practice were adopted ‘partly due to the fast-paced, unique Bay Area entrepreneurial ecosystem and partly due to the issues that states address in this setting – such as data, blockchain, urban mobility, AI, IoT, and live sciences, as well as the future impact of new technologies on the stability and prosperity of the state’. In Techplomacy: Denmark's bridgeway to Silicon Valley, Mads Mateusz Jaszczolt Fritzboeger focuses on the Danish experience and how the appointment of the World's first 'tech ambassador' to Silicon Valley fits within Denmark's overall foreign policy strategy.