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DiploNews - Issue 85 - May 8, 2006

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

Diplo's conference on Challenges for Foreign Ministries (31 May – 1 June 2006) is now just 3 weeks away. The conference will attract representatives of over 30 foreign ministries, as well as leading academics and practitioners in this field. Discussion will focus on a variety of issues, including the issue of reform and adaptation of the diplomatic process that many foreign ministries have undertaken, the recently introduced US concept of “transformational diplomacy,” challenges for small countries, ways and means to manage diplomatic knowledge, and performance management in diplomacy. The conference will be preceded by the Workshop on Online Learning in Diplomacy (29-30 May 2006). Participation is limited to registered delegates only.

For more information and to register, please visit the conference website.

Call for Applications: July 2006 Short Online Courses

We are currently accepting applications for the upcoming short online course starting in July 2006:

  • Bilateral Diplomacy
    (Ambassador Kishan Rana)

  • Internet Governance
    (Dr Jovan Kurbalija)

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 beginning in July is June 12, 2006. For further information, click on the titles of the courses above, or visit the Diplo website.

Hague Journal of Diplomacy

Readers of DiploNews may be interested in the launch of the Hague Journal of Diplomacy. The editors of the journal invite readers and potential contributors to join in the reflection and research on diplomacy to which the authors in this first issue have made an impressive, initial contribution. The countries of origin of the academics, scholar-practitioners, and ourselves — Britain, India, the Netherlands, the Slovak Republic and the United States — may underline our wish that HJD will become a truly global journal. The themes and issues addressed here give an indica-tion of its potential scope, including contributions on the evolution and future of diplomacy, its key functions, practi-ces outside the Western world, as well as new methods and perspectives on what some still prefer to see as a strikingly traditional profession. 

The first issue is available online for free download and includes articles by Diplo faculty members and former conference participants: Jozef Batora, Brian Hocking, Jan Melissen, Kishan Rana and Paul Sharp.

Gender and Public Diplomacy

Saudi women may add a new face to their country’s public diplomacy. The Kingdom’s public diplomacy strategy may utilise the communication potential of talented Saudi women from the mass media to reach the hearts and minds of the American public. Increasing direct personal contact is also a way of bringing vitality to bilateral relations.

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