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Diplo will offer three postgraduate-level online courses starting the week of May 10, 2010:

* Diplomacy of Small States Ambassador Victor Camilleri and Ms Solange Cross

* Bilateral Diplomacy Ambassador Kishan Rana

* Multilateral Diplomacy Mr Amr Aljowaily, Dr Petru Dumitriu and Ms Katharina Höne

These online courses are available as Diplo Certificate Courses (application deadline April 26, 2010).

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 7-10 hours per week.

Each course consists of eight lectures, each of which takes a week to complete. Each lecture includes a lecture text, online activities such as self-assessment quizzes, discussion forums, and further resources, all provided through an online classroom. Following a weekly cycle, participants read the lecture text, adding and responding to questions, comments and references in the form of hypertext entries. At the end of the weekly cycle, participants and lecturers meet online in a chat room to discuss the lecture text and other resources. Participants are expected to complete several assignments. Courses are based on a collaborative approach to learning.

For more information please click on the titles of the courses above.
To apply, please visit Diplo’s course website or contact admissions@diplomacy.edu.


Diplomacy of Small States

This course examines the manner in which small states conduct their diplomacy to pursue their foreign policy objectives, and to manage their participation in the global community of nations. The subject takes two aspects as starting premises - that diplomacy as practiced by small states is a subset of the basic themes and methods of diplomacy in general; and that small states, however defined, are necessary and active partners in the global community of nations.

Diplomacy is only one of a set of tools available to a country in the pursuit of its foreign policy. Diplomacy operates within a matrix of actions and of interests which collectively determine a country’s foreign policy objectives and affect the achievement of these objectives within the community of nations. Small state diplomacy is characterised by the relative importance that some of the standard factors and conditions which affect diplomacy everywhere, and especially physical, geographical and economic constraints and vulnerabilities, assume in both the definition, as well as the pursuit of policy goals.


Bilateral Diplomacy

Bilateral diplomacy is one of the building blocks of international relations. This course offers a practitioner’s perspective, looking at concepts, and how these operate in real life as countries work to promote their interests in the contemporary global environment. The course provides participants with the tools to analyze world affairs, and attempts to impart to them the craft skills of diplomacy. Participants will sharpen their analytical skills, and become aware of the complex and concurrent objectives that countries pursue in their external relationships, and how this makes the foreign ministry the hub of a dynamic network that has many actors, state and non-state, each with a legitimate role in foreign affairs.

Adapted versions of this course, in a self-learning format, are currently being used by the Canadian Foreign Service Institute and the British Foreign Office.


Multilateral Diplomacy

This course introduces participants to the diplomatic interaction among more than two actors, with particular emphasis on the multilateral diplomacy represented by the United Nations system. The course provides an overview of all protagonists and their roles, as well as of the complex framework, intricate rules and methods of multilateral diplomacy. These challenging topics are complemented by insights into the processes leading to the adoption of documents by States within international organisations, as well the current transformations affecting the multilateral system. The course blends an academic perspective with the experience of current practitioners of multilateral diplomacy through illustrative case studies.

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