In an effort to enhance and expand the experience and exposure of our students, Emirates Diplomatic Academy has successfully hosted a series of speakers, roundtables, special debates, and simulations, and engaged in major national initiatives throughout the first academic year. While most of our activities are closed door events, we do make sure to communicate our public events.

Aug

09

Director General Bernardino Leon’s inspirational message to the participants of Project ‘PLUS’

Speaker Director General Bernardino Leon
Event date 09 Aug 2016
Director General Bernardino Leon’s inspirational message to the participants of Project ‘PLUS’

 

The Three Cultures of the Mediterranean Foundation (Fundación Tres Culturas del Mediterráneo) was established in 1998 as an initiative from Andalusia’s regional government and the Kingdom of Morocco. Since then, principles such as peace, dialogue and tolerance have been fundamental pillars of the institution, which works to bring together Mediterranean and Middle Eastern peoples and cultures. Based in the Spanish city of Seville, the Foundation engages in a number of cultural initiatives, including concerts, exhibitions, seminars, to name a few, with the overall aim of breaking down stereotypes and promoting respect among different peoples and religions.


In its PLUS (Politicians Listening to Us) project, the Three Cultures of the Mediterranean Foundation brings together a consortium of European countries and their southern Mediterranean neighbours – represented by youth associations and NGOs that work directly with young people. Young people from each country develop a research project and contact policymakers at different levels to discuss the situation of social entrepreneurship in their respective countries.


In the video, Bernardino Leon, Director General of Emirates Diplomatic Academy, who was also the first Director General of the Three Cultures Foundation talks about how both institutions have similar goals and work to fight ignorance. He laments the issues that the world is currently facing because of how ideas about religion and politics are warped to develop hatred. He advises the youth participating in PLUS to use their roles as future leaders to work towards fighting these prejudices and defusing conflicts that such extremist ideas can cause between nations.

 

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Jun

21

The regional launch of the new book by Tom Fletcher, Naked Diplomacy

Speaker The Emirates Diplomatic Academy
Event date 21 Jun 2016
The regional launch of the  new book by Tom Fletcher, Naked Diplomacy

 

Who will be in power in the 21st century? Governments? Big business? Or internet giants?

 

In the next 100 years, the world will need to deal with the same amount of social development witnessed in the last 43 centuries – from the rebirth of the city state and the battle for new energy to disappearing borders and the desire of the world’s people to move to developed nations.

 

Through his new book, Naked Diplomacy, Tom Fletcher, a former British ambassador – the youngest appointed for 200 years – explores the core principles of a progressive 21st century foreign policy: how to balance interventionism and national interest, use global governance to achieve national objectives and set out an agenda for representative international systems. Looking at the colourful history of diplomacy, the ever changing role of the diplomat, along with wisdom from history’s most influential global leaders and diplomats Fletcher analyses the rise of smart power, soft power and the new interventionism.

 

Now with the extraordinary reach of social media, diplomats have the means to influence the countries they work in on a massive scale. It is new, challenging and subversive territory, the survival of the digitally fittest. Mobilising public opinion by bringing non state actors into the conversation, diplomats have had to adapt their business to the new digital terrain.

 

Offering real-world examples of how diplomacy continues to have a significant impact on people's lives, and why it will continue to do so, Fletcher asks leaders: Who do you represent? And how can you do it better? Naked Diplomacy provides the answers for our digital age.

 

Tom Fletcher CMG was British Ambassador to Lebanon, 2011-15, and the Downing Street foreign policy adviser to three Prime Ministers. He is an Honorary Fellow of Oxford University and Visiting Professor of International Relations at New York University. He is has just delivered a review of British diplomacy for the Foreign Office, and is working on a report on the future of the United Nations for the next UN Secretary General. www.tomfletcher.global

 

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May

31

‘Importance of Culture, Art and Philanthropy as a Soft Power in the Strategy of Public Diplomacy’

Speaker H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan
Event date 31 May 2016
‘Importance of Culture, Art and Philanthropy as a Soft Power in the Strategy of Public Diplomacy’

 

This lecture offered significant insights into the prospects of using art and culture to form strong bonds between nations. It also addressed the cross cutting role of languages in building positive bridges with other nations.

 

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May

30

General Lecture

Speaker H.E. Baroness Catherine Ashton, First Vice President of the European Commission in the Barroso Commission
Event date 30 May 2016
General Lecture

 

The lecture focused on the importance of Judgement in decision making. The students and faculty also enjoyed an interactive question and answer session on the topic ‘Diplomatic Practices and Experiences’.

 

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May

19

‘Economic Diplomacy: The Core of New International Affairs’

Speaker H.E. Paulo Portas, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister of Portugal
Event date 19 May 2016
‘Economic Diplomacy: The Core of New International Affairs’

 

H.E. Portas spoke about the key role of economic diplomacy in influencing policy decisions of governments and international organisations. The lecture also focused on using digital diplomacy as an instrument for economic diplomacy.

 

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Apr

28

Lecture on ‘UAE 7 Star Diplomacy’

Speaker H.E. Ambassador Omar Al Bitar, former UAE Ambassador to China
Event date 28 Apr 2016
Lecture on ‘UAE 7 Star Diplomacy’

 

H.E. Omar Al Bitar, former UAE Ambassador to China focused on the qualities of an ideal diplomat, highlighting his personal experiences in China and the strength of the UAE/China relations.

 

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Apr

28

‘UAE’s role in multilateral issues’

Speaker H.E. Lana Nusseibeh, the Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations
Event date 28 Apr 2016
‘UAE’s role in multilateral issues’

 

The lecture focused on the main strategic priorities that are in plan for the UAE at the United Nations. H.E. Lana Nusseibeh also shared examples of UAE’s contribution towards women’s empowerment, humanitarian assistance, sustainable development, and internet governance.

 

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Apr

25

‘New World Order’ hosted by EDA at ADNEC

Speaker H.E. Chuck Hagel, Former US Secretary of Defense
Event date 25 Apr 2016
‘New World Order’ hosted by EDA at ADNEC

 

Global security in the context of the 21st century came under close scrutiny as former US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel led a public lecture at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). Sec. Hagel also spoke about the relevance of adopting an integrated approach to security issues to meet the challenges of the New World Order.

 

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Apr

18

Roundtable discussion on Global Energy Trends and their Implications on the United Arab Emirates

Speaker Maria van der Hoeven, Former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency
Event date 18 Apr 2016
Roundtable discussion on Global Energy Trends and their Implications on the United Arab Emirates

 

The roundtable brought together representatives from various government entities and research institutions for a solutions-oriented conversation. The discussion focused on the topics of global energy governance and the low oil price environment, and what these mean for the UAE.

 

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Apr

18

‘The Force of Public Diplomacy’

Speaker H.E. José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Former Prime Minister of Spain
Event date 18 Apr 2016
‘The Force of Public Diplomacy’

 

The lecture focused on the evolution of Public Diplomacy and its importance in establishing a long-term relationship with foreign audiences. H.E. Zapatero also spoke about how Public Diplomacy has become more significant in decision making currently with the growth of technology.

 

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Mar

07

General Lecture

Speaker H.E. Ambassador Eladio Loizaga, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Paraguay
Event date 07 Mar 2016
General Lecture

 

H.E. Ambassador Eladio Loizaga shared his extensive experiences of over half-a-century in the public affairs and diplomatic fields. Students and professors also enjoyed an interactive question and answer session on the occasion.

 

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Jan

28

‘Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Goals’

Speaker Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, University Professor at Columbia University
Event date 28 Jan 2016
‘Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Goals’

 

The lecture focused on finding solutions to meet the challenges in sustainable development. Professor Sachs also spoke about the importance of finding practical solutions to major environmental and social problems.

 

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Dec

10

General Lecture

Speaker Madeleine Albright, Former US Secretary of State
Event date 10 Dec 2015
General Lecture

 

Madeleine Albright shared her rich experience of working with the United Nations and her prominent role as US Secretary of State. The students also enjoyed a brief interactive question and answer session with her.

 

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Nov

23

• Emirates Diplomatic Academy organizes innovation labs to promote innovative approaches in diplomacy

Event date 23 Nov 2015
•	Emirates Diplomatic Academy organizes innovation labs to promote innovative approaches in diplomacy

 

As part of its participation in the UAE Innovation Week, an initiative launched by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the EDA organised a set of parallel brainstorming workshops under the title, ‘Innovation in Diplomacy Labs’, during which the Academy’s students presented their ideas to enhance diplomatic work and promote the status of the UAE regionally and globally.

 

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Nov

21

‘UAE - Past and Present: A Personal Journey’

Speaker H.E. Dr. Zaki Anwar Nusseibah, Cultural Advisor to the Office of Presidential Affairs, UAE
Event date 21 Nov 2015
‘UAE - Past and Present: A Personal Journey’

 

This insightful lecture addressed the history of the UAE and the formation of the Union. H.E. Dr. Zaki Nusseibeh also spoke about the invaluable efforts made by Founding Father of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, to establish the UAE Federation and make the country a key player in the international arena within a short period of time.

 

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