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.
|Speaker||Director General Bernardino Leon|
|Event date||09 Aug 2016|
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.
|Speaker||The Emirates Diplomatic Academy|
|Event date||21 Jun 2016|
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
|Speaker||H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan|
|Event date||31 May 2016|
|Speaker||H.E. Baroness Catherine Ashton, First Vice President of the European Commission in the Barroso Commission|
|Event date||30 May 2016|
|Speaker||H.E. Paulo Portas, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister of Portugal|
|Event date||19 May 2016|
|Speaker||H.E. Ambassador Omar Al Bitar, former UAE Ambassador to China|
|Event date||28 Apr 2016|
|Speaker||H.E. Lana Nusseibeh, the Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations|
|Event date||28 Apr 2016|
|Speaker||H.E. Chuck Hagel, Former US Secretary of Defense|
|Event date||25 Apr 2016|
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.
|Speaker||Maria van der Hoeven, Former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency|
|Event date||18 Apr 2016|
|Speaker||H.E. José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Former Prime Minister of Spain|
|Event date||18 Apr 2016|
|Speaker||H.E. Ambassador Eladio Loizaga, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Paraguay|
|Event date||07 Mar 2016|
|Speaker||Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, University Professor at Columbia University|
|Event date||28 Jan 2016|
|Speaker||Madeleine Albright, Former US Secretary of State|
|Event date||10 Dec 2015|
|Event date||23 Nov 2015|
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.
|Speaker||H.E. Dr. Zaki Anwar Nusseibah, Cultural Advisor to the Office of Presidential Affairs, UAE|
|Event date||21 Nov 2015|
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.