New EDA Insight explores GCC’s opportunities and challenges in Belt and Road Initiative
11 June 2018, Monday
In this EDA Insight, Dr Jin Liangxiang and Dr N. Janardhan analyse the scope for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries’ involvement in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). They link this to at least two factors: one, the region’s financial liquidity; and two, the Gulf’s infrastructure capabilities. While these two factors dovetail well with the BRI, the authors point out that the GCC countries view Iran’s role in the project as an obstacle. Despite this drawback, the Insight argues that the GCC countries should get on board the BRI for four reasons: one, it bears the potential to influence GCC-China ties in the long term; two, the initiative adds to the GCC’s economic diversification plans; three, it opens doors for multilateral partnerships beyond the region; and four, the project could serve as an incentive for China to get involved in the region’s political and security dynamics. Download in English:
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Roundtable Discusses Ways to Enhance Sustainable Development Finance
10 May 2018, Thursday
On 10 May 2018, aid stakeholders from multiple sectors gathered at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) to exchange views on ways to increase financing for sustainable development. The roundtable discussion, titled ‘Philanthropy in the Middle East in a Changing Global Development Finance Landscape’, was organised by the EDA’s research programme on Energy, Climate Change and Sustainable Development. Presentations were delivered by: H.E. Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and former Administrator of the UN Development Programme; Dr Mona Hammami, Senior Director of the Office of Strategic Affairs of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court; and Taufiq Rahim, Executive Director of Globesight. Participants discussed the role of different sources of financing that will be needed to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including remittances and philanthropy. They also reflected on the findings of a new report that explores the growth of philanthropy in the UAE considered ways to further leverage its potential.
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Her Excellency Helen Clark Lecture Marks Conclusion of  EDA Culture Month
09 May 2018, Wednesday
To mark the end of Culture Month, an annual initiative that aims to enhance cultural awareness, soft power and tolerance, the Emirates Diplomatic Academy hosted Her Excellency Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and former Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, for interactive sessions with the Academy’s students and faculty. The Academy welcomed Her Excellency as a distinguished visiting fellow. The former head of state attended a special screening of the new documentary ‘My Year with Helen’ that follows her campaign to become UN Secretary-General, in addition to holding a lecture on 21st-century diplomacy, and joining EDA students for discussions on topics ranging from innovation to humanitarian action. Speaking on the importance of cultural diplomacy, Her Excellency Helen Clark said: “With its multicultural demographics and visionary policies, the UAE has much to share with the world in the realm of culture and tolerance. The Emirates Diplomatic Academy offers an exemplary education model to its students. Through high-impact initiatives like Culture Month, it promotes the knowledge of other cultures and creates an open forum where views and ideas can be exchanged freely.” Extending his gratitude to Her Excellency Helen Clark, His Excellency Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, said: “I am honoured to host Her Excellency Helen Clark and thank her for sharing her valuable expertise with our students. Our diplomats have a major role to play as they convey the UAE’s achievements to the world. Through our innovative and versatile teaching approach, we ensure our students become true cultural ambassadors for the UAE on the global stage.” Serving as a platform for intercultural exchange, Culture Month hosted several distinguished speakers and high-level sessions underlining the importance of culture in diplomacy as well as the role diplomats play in promoting cultural understanding. Carefully crafted to reinforce the UAE’s competitive advantage in the global political arena, EDA’s education model interlinks academic courses and practical experience with research activities that focus on the specific context of the UAE and the wider Middle East region.
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Ministry of Foreign Affairs Issues Final Call for UAE Nationals to Join Country’s Diplomatic Corps
05 May 2018, Saturday
The UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) has issued a final call for Emiratis to join the country’s diplomatic corps and extended the application deadline for recruitments until 15 May 2018. Emirati graduates and employees of government and semi-government entities interested in diplomatic service who meet the entry requirements may submit their applications through the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) website www.eda.ac.ae. The Ministry’s decision to extend the deadline aims to accommodate an unexpected surge of last-minute interest. The initial announcement in March 2018 led to an overwhelming uptake, with EDA receiving over 1600 applications. Applicants are not required to hold academic degrees in disciplines such as political science, history or economics. However, interested candidates must enrol in EDA’s Post-Graduate Diploma Programme in UAE Diplomacy and International Relations. The nine-month programme combines academic courses reflecting the dynamics of the 21st-century political landscape with practical experience. Lectures, meetings and interactive sessions with the world’s leading diplomats and decision-makers enable students to gain an in-depth understanding of all aspects of international relations. In addition to preparing UAE nationals to represent their country on the global stage, the Academy provides them with the guidance and insights necessary to address relevant regional and global issues, and enhance the nation’s international standing. Applicants wishing to apply for the programme at EDA must hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited university that is recognised by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research with a GPA above 2.5 on a 4-point scale. They also need to achieve a TOEFL score above 550 or equivalent (computer-based TOEFL score of 213, internet-based TOEFL score of 79-80), or an IELTS score exceeding 6.0. Entry procedures will also include several other assessments. Applicants working in government or semi-government entities require nominations from their respective organisations.
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Over 100 Students and Young Leaders Gathered at EDA to Discuss the Role of Women in Foreign and Security Policy
22 April 2018, Sunday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomatic institution, today hosted a one-day workshop for young leaders aged between 18 and 35 years, titled ‘MENA Diplomacy Dialogue: The Role of Gender in Foreign and Security Policy’. The interactive workshop was held at the Academy in conjunction with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC), Hedayah – The International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), and the Washington DC-based Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). The day-long event kicked off with a welcome address from Dr Nawal Al-Hosany, Deputy Director General of EDA, followed by a keynote address from His Excellency Maqsoud Kruse, Executive Director of Hedayah, who emphasised the need for policy makers and practitioners to increase and empower the role and responsibility of women in combatting extremism. His Excellency said: “The role women play in countering violent extremism is an understudied but critical contemporary security issue. Women must be engaged at all levels, as they represent an effective medium against intolerance and extremism, and can act as positive agents of change in their families and communities to prevent radicalisation. “My highest appreciation goes to the Emirates Diplomatic Academy for organising this critical workshop and for being at the forefront of driving the UAE’s commitment to empower youth to generate practical policy recommendations to the international community on issues related to gender inclusion in the domain of international peace and security.” For her part, Dr Nawal Al-Hosany said: "The UAE is an integral global player in women’s empowerment and the promotion of tolerance and peace. As a firm supporter of the United Nations and its initiatives to promote gender equality, EDA aims to instil these principles in its future diplomats and to equip them with the skills necessary to address future challenges.” She added: “We have organised this workshop to provide a platform for young diplomacy enthusiasts and future leaders to exchange insights and best practices as well as reflect on the importance of integrating gender perspectives into international peace and security.” A panel discussion on ‘Gender Perspectives in International Peace and Security’ dominated the morning session. Panellists included Her Excellency Dominique Mineur, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to the UAE, Her Excellency Francisca Elizabeth Mendez Escobar, Ambassador of Mexico to the UAE, and Sophie Barbey, Head of Mission at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the UAE. Attendees were then assigned to one of four breakout sessions on Increasing the Participation of Women in Diplomacy, Promoting the Participation of Women in Peace Processes, The Role of Gender in Countering Extremism, and Women’s Empowerment as a Tool of Foreign Policy. The sessions offered young leaders the opportunity to interact with and learn from renowned policy experts including His Excellency Abdulnasser Alshaali, Director of Policy Planning at MoFAIC, Dr Kent Davis-Packard, Coordinator of the SAIS Women Lead programme, Visiting Research Associate and Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies and Global Theory and History at SAIS, Hannah Beswick, Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and Gender Advisor at the Permanent Mission of the UAE to the UN, Noha Hefny, Head of Strategic Partnerships at the UN-Women Liaison Office in Abu Dhabi, and Wedad Al Hassen, Senior Programme Associate of Dialogue and Communications at Hedayah. At the end of the workshop, participants presented their findings to a distinguished panel of experts. EDA provides a holistic and streamlined educational experience that enhances the capabilities of the UAE’s future diplomats through a series of advanced teaching methods, interactive lectures and high-impact discussions with prominent diplomats and policy makers. The Academy aims to prepare young Emirati talent to face a variety of regional and global challenges when representing their country on the global stage.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy to Convene Young Leaders at ‘The Role of Gender in Foreign and Security Policy’ Workshop
21 April 2018, Saturday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomatic institution, will host a one-day workshop for young leaders aged between 18 and 35 years, titled ‘MENA Diplomacy Dialogue: The Role of Gender in Foreign and Security Policy’. Set to take place on 22 April, the interactive workshop will be held at the Academy in conjunction with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC), Hedayah – The International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism, and the Washington DC-based Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). In a bid to reaffirm the UAE’s commitments in gender inclusion within its foreign policy arena, the workshop will provide a platform to exchange insights and best practices as well as reflect on the importance of integrating gender perspectives into international peace and security. In 2000, the UN Security Council passed a historic resolution acknowledging that women’s equal and meaningful participation in peace and security initiatives is vital for sustainable peace. Ever since, the organisation’s ‘Women, Peace and Security Agenda’ (WPS Agenda) has gained traction and become an essential component of current foreign and security policy thinking. Having co-sponsored Resolution 2242 in 2015 that integrates a gender perspective into peace and security-related issues at the UN, the UAE is also a founding member of the WPS National Focal Point Network, an organisation that coordinates and implements the WPS Agenda at the national level around the world. The workshop will feature four breakout sessions on Increasing the Participation of Women in Diplomacy, Promoting the Participation of Women in Peace Processes, The Role of Gender in Countering Extremism, and Women’s Empowerment as a Tool of Foreign Policy. The participants will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from renowned policy experts including Her Excellency Dominique Mineur, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to the UAE, Her Excellency Francisca Elizabeth Mendez Escobar, Ambassador of Mexico to the UAE, His Excellency Maqsoud Kruse, Executive Director of Hedayah, His Excellency Abdulnasser Alshaali, Director of Policy Planning at MoFAIC, and Sophie Barbey, Head of Mission at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the UAE. The announcement of the event in March 2018 received an overwhelming response, with more than 220 aspiring leaders expressing an interest in attending. The participants were selected based on varying backgrounds and competencies to ensure a well-rounded audience. EDA has now closed registrations for the event.
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High-level Panel Discussion at Emirates Diplomatic Academy Underlines Role of Arts and Culture in Diplomacy
11 April 2018, Wednesday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomatic institution, held a panel discussion titled ‘The Diplomacy of Culture’ as part of Culture Month, an annual initiative that aims to enhance cultural awareness, soft power and tolerance.  Panellists included His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Chairman of UAE Unlimited, Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi, Founder of Barjeel Art Foundation, and Manuel Rabaté, Director of Louvre Abu Dhabi. Her Excellency Huda Alkhamis-Kanoo, Founder of Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation and Founder and Artistic Director of Abu Dhabi Festival, opened the session with a keynote address. The panel discussion was moderated by Joud Al Marar, Senior External Affairs Officer at Louvre Abu Dhabi. Highlighting the role of arts and culture in diplomacy, the panellists discussed key topics of interest, such as the influence of Arab art on the world and the pivotal role of art in promoting cultural diplomacy as part of a broader approach to soft power in today’s geopolitical landscape. They also examined the importance of cultural understanding in diplomacy and the integral part diplomats play in deepening this understanding across sectors. The interactive discussion is the latest in EDA’s series of presentations that invites high-profile leaders and practitioners from across the world to share insights from their lives and careers with the Academy’s students, offering them understanding into the crucial cultural and soft skills required for leaders of the 21st Century diplomacy. His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan said: “It gives me great pleasure to address the audience at EDA today. Many countries place great emphasis on promoting their art and culture internationally, as they recognise the strategic benefits this brings. In showcasing who they are through cultural heritage, they reinforce a positive image of their country, thus helping to accomplish their foreign policy priorities.” He added: “I am pleased that EDA has taken the lead in highlighting the UAE’s art and culture through this wonderful initiative. I encourage other academic institutions to follow the Academy’s exemplary success in promoting intercultural understanding through thought-provoking and stimulating events such as this one.” Drawing on his rich experience in the art world, Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi said: “As an art enthusiast, I strongly believe that a nation’s art is of social, cultural and historical importance. I fully support initiatives in the UAE, such as Cultural Month, that offer an opportunity to learn about diverse forms of Arabic art and heritage. I congratulate EDA for organising such a fascinating raft of events, and praise the Academy’s students, whose thoughtful questions today demonstrated a deep understanding of the importance of the art sector.” His Excellency Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, said: “When it comes to diplomacy, the UAE is an international leader due to its policies that promote peace, tolerance and mutual respect. As part of EDA’s mandate to enhance its students’ understanding of and appreciation for different cultures, Culture Month provides an ideal platform to drive intercultural exchange and awareness.” He added: “We were honoured to host our high-profile speakers at this panel discussion, and I thank His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi, and Manuel Rabaté for sharing their expert insights. It was also a pleasure to listen to Her Excellency Huda Alkhamis-Kanoo, our distinguished keynote speaker at the launch of Culture Month. Our guests have dedicated their lives to shaping the growth of the art, music and culture sector, and are outstanding role models for all aspiring UAE leaders.” The programme will continue with various cultural activities, such as a workshop on traditional Arabic calligraphy, exhibitions showcasing the works of local and international artists, a special movie screening, and visits to various cultural and heritage cities.
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Dr Mohamed Al-Kuwaiti Highlights Role of Cyber Security in Protecting Nations at Emirates Diplomatic Academy
09 April 2018, Monday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomatic institution, today hosted Dr Mohamed Al-Kuwaiti, Executive Advisor at the Signals Intelligence Agency (SIA) – formerly the National Electronic Security Authority (NESA), for a lecture on ‘The UAE Cyber Security Framework’. Taking place as part of the Academy’s ‘International Security and Conflict Resolution’ course, the talk aimed to enhance students' knowledge of cyber security and highlight its role in ensuring the safety of a nation’s population in our increasingly digitalised world. With cyberspace becoming the next battlefield, cyber security is key to defending a country’s interests, and hence a priority for public diplomacy. Dr Al-Kuwaiti discussed the importance of developing cyber security standards for technologies such as the Internet of Things, cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI). He also outlined some of the industry’s global challenges, including the evolving techniques used in data theft, psychological operations (PSYOP), piracy and cyberattacks.  Furthermore, he called on countries to share information and collaborate in adopting a proactive approach in addressing emerging risks, strengthening cyber security awareness and establishing educational mechanisms. Dr Al-Kuwaiti said: "Those who control the code can easily control the world. Hence, with governments increasingly moving towards smart cities and services, better awareness of cyber security, information security and the engagement of human resources are central to maintaining and enhancing overall social and economic security.” Commending the pioneering status of EDA, he added: "The Emirates Diplomatic Academy is truly a centre of excellence. It gives me great pleasure to have this critical interaction and to share my experiences with aspiring future diplomats, all of whom I am certain will go on to become the best representatives of our country." For his part, His Excellency Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, said: "We are honoured to host such a distinguished speaker at the Academy. I am confident that this valuable lecture has provided our students with a broader understanding of the evolving challenges facing us in the 21st century. Talks such as this one play a crucial role in redefining the implementation of diplomacy around the world." His Excellency added: "At EDA, we seek to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills to face the challenges of the future, and give them the capability of finding innovative solutions to achieve the soft power goals and interests of the UAE." Dr Al-Kuwaiti is a seasoned cyber security professional and a recognisable name in this domain with an impressive career spanning 20 years in the government, industry and academia. Prior to joining SIA, he served as Chief Technical Analyst at the UAE Ministry of Interior and as Chief Technology Officer of the Counter Terrorism Center. Earlier, he was stationed at the Defense, Military, Naval and Air Attaché Office at the UAE Embassy in Washington, US, as Diplomatic Attaché. Dr Al-Kuwaiti is an acclaimed speaker at international conferences and has published multiple studies in his areas of expertise.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Launches  Culture Month to Highlight Significance of Cultural Diplomacy
07 April 2018, Saturday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomatic institution, today launched Culture Month, an annual initiative that aims to enhance cultural awareness, soft power and tolerance. Set to take place from 9 April to 9 May, Culture Month will serve as a platform for intercultural exchange and feature an impressive line-up of speakers and activities highlighting the importance of culture in diplomacy as well as the role diplomats play in promoting cultural understanding. Notable speakers that are confirmed to participate in this high-impact initiative include His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Chairman of UAE Unlimited, Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, Founder of Barjeel Art Foundation, Her Excellency Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, His Excellency Dr Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, Minister of State, His Excellency Mansour Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Director General of the National Media Council, Her Excellency Huda Alkhamis-Kanoo, Founder of Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation, and Manuel Rabaté, Director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, among other esteemed guests. Dr Nawal Al-Hosany, Deputy Director General of EDA, said: “Home to over 200 nationalities that live together in harmony, the UAE is one of the world’s few truly international countries with an over 80 per cent expatriate population. Guided by our visionary leadership, our society is based on the principles of peace, tolerance and mutual respect. Here at EDA, we embrace the country’s spirit of openness and inclusiveness. I am confident Culture Month will reinforce the importance of cultural diplomacy among our students and expand their horizons in this field.” She added: “Following the overwhelming success of last year’s inaugural Culture Week, we have decided to extend this year’s edition into a month-long initiative. In addition to a series of engaging cultural events, we have put together a packed calendar of lectures and thought sessions headlined by distinguished speakers.” Kicking off Culture Month with a community art workshop for students, EDA will also hold a panel discussion to debate the role of arts and culture in diplomacy on 10 April. The programme will continue with various cultural activities, such as a workshop on traditional Arabic calligraphy, a movie night featuring a screening of an image nation produced documentary, as well as a special screening of ‘My Year With Helen’, held in partnership with the New Zealand Embassy in Abu Dhabi, followed by a Q&A session with Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and former Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme. EDA students will also visit the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. Throughout Culture Month, the Academy will host art exhibitions showcasing a number of local and international artists in collaboration with FN Design. The Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council will also perform live crafts demonstrations to visitors at various times during Culture Month. One of the highlights of the programme will be a visit to Wahat Al Karama memorial site on 6 May – the 100th birth anniversary of the founding father of the UAE, late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan – accompanied by a lecture on the important milestones in the history of the UAE. Culture Month will conclude with a quiz night on 9 May.
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Ministry of Foreign Affairs Offers Scholarships to  UAE National High School Graduates
04 April 2018, Wednesday
The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) has announced the opening of applications for global university scholarships to UAE nationals aspiring to join the Ministry's diplomatic corps. The scholarship programme provides Emirati high school graduates, who already hold one or more offers from a list of 133 universities set forth by the Ministry, with a full scholarship to pursue a bachelor’s degree starting in the academic year 2018-2019. The scholarship is offered for undergraduate studies in select top-tier universities in the following 16 countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. The initiative aims to equip future diplomats with a well-rounded educational experience in areas of strategic importance to the Ministry. Upon completing their undergraduate degrees, graduates will return to the UAE and be enrolled into the Emirates Diplomatic Academy’s (EDA) Post-Graduate Diploma in UAE Diplomacy and International Relations. This programme at EDA will provide candidates with specialised knowledge of global and regional issues, particularly those relevant to the UAE and the wider Middle East, while serving as an introduction to their career in diplomacy. Interested candidates wishing to apply for the scholarships are required to work for MoFAIC upon graduation for a period equal to the years of overseas study, provided this is not less than three years. They must also maintain a GPA above 3.0 or its equivalent throughout the study period, attain no less than 12 credits per semester, and join a summer training or work placement as determined by the Ministry. The admission process will also include several other assessments and conditions. Applications will open from 6:00 pm today (4 April 2018) via www.eda.ac.ae, where candidates will also be able to view the full list of academic institutions and further information. The application deadline is 31 May 2018.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Announces Workshop on  ‘Gender Balance in Foreign and Security Policy’ on 22 April
31 March 2018, Saturday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomatic institution, announced that it will be hosting a one day workshop for young leaders on the topic of gender balance in the field of international diplomacy and security. Set to take place on 22 April, the event will be held at the Academy in conjunction with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hedayah, and the Washington DC-based School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University. The workshop aims to increase young practitioners’ understanding of the importance of ensuring gender balance in the UAE’s foreign policy arena. Titled ‘MENA Diplomacy Dialogue: The Role of Gender in Foreign and Security Policy’, the session will also offer participants an opportunity to exchange insights and to reflect on the United Nation’s (UN) Women, Peace and Security Agenda. Key topics that will be examined include the region’s efforts in countering violent extremism, peace negotiations, and the role of gender balance in facilitating these processes. The workshop is now open for applications from members of the public aged between 18 and 35 years with a keen interest in discussing and discovering innovative ideas on issues related to diplomacy and international security. Dr Nawal Al-Hosany, Deputy Director General of EDA, said: “As an Academy that is committed to providing our students with a well-rounded and practical education, it is crucial for us to address and face one of the most important foreign relations topics of our time. The inclusion of women in peace and security has proven to be vastly beneficial. Research indicates that peace agreements that have benefitted from women’s input tend to last longer, often because they address the deeper socio-economic causes of conflict. “Yet, despite this awareness and relentless calls from international advocacy groups for increased participation of women, a great gender gap still remains. Women continue to be excluded from pivotal negotiation processes on areas such as reconstruction efforts or new laws. I encourage youth from all walks of life to participate in this important workshop.” In 2000, the UN Security Council passed a historic resolution acknowledging that women’s equal and meaningful participation in peace and security initiatives is vital for sustainable peace. Ever since, the organisation’s Women, Peace and Security Agenda has gained traction and become an essential part of current foreign and security policy thinking. To apply for the definitive workshop, please visit www.eda.ac.ae and fill out the online application form. The closing date for applications is 10 April 2018.
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Ministry of Foreign Affairs Calls On UAE Nationals to Join Country’s Diplomatic Corps through Emirates Diplomatic Academy
28 March 2018, Wednesday
The UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) today announced that registration is open for Emirati graduates and employees of government and semi-government entities interested in joining the UAE’s diplomatic corps and the Ministry. Candidates that meet entry requirements may submit their applications through the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) by visiting www.eda.ac.ae and filling out the application form. Applicants are not required to hold academic degrees in disciplines such as political science, history or economics. However, interested candidates must enroll through the Post-Graduate Diploma Programme in UAE Diplomacy and International Relations of EDA. The nine-month Post-Graduate Diploma Programme combines academic courses with practical experience. Through lectures, meetings and interactive discussions with world diplomats and decision-makers, students will gain an unparalleled understanding of all aspects of international relations, with courses reflecting 21st century dynamics. The announcement comes in recognition of the EDA’s achievements and its pivotal role in building efficient national capacities. Since its inception, the Academy has established itself as a centre of excellence and graduated a number of Emirati diplomats, who are playing a key role in shaping the future of the UAE’s diplomacy and are contributing to strengthen the status of the country internationally. The Academy will not only educate and prepare UAE nationals to serve and represent the country, but will also provide them with the guidance and insights necessary to enable them to explore regional and global issues that affect the UAE and, ultimately, consolidate and enhance the nation’s international standing. Applicants wishing to apply for the programme at EDA must hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited university that is recognised by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and a GPA above 2.5 on a 4-point scale. They also need to have achieved a TOEFL score above 550 or equivalent (computer-based TOEFL score of 213, Internet-based TOEFL score of 79-80), or an IELTS score above 6.0. Entry procedures will also include several other assessments. Applicants working in government or semi-governmental entities are required to be nominated by their respective organisations. In end-2017, EDA launched an additional programme, the Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations, for students who have successfully completed the Academy's Post-Graduate Diploma Programme. The Master of Arts programme enhances students’ existing skillsets with specialised knowledge of global and regional issues, particularly those relevant to the UAE and the wider Middle East.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Students to Visit  High-profile Institutions in Brussels and Geneva
24 March 2018, Saturday
A delegation of 38 students and faculty from Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomatic institution, will travel to Brussels and Geneva from 24 to 31 March as part of an educational and cultural exchange programme. Throughout the trip, EDA students will visit high-profile international, government and educational institutions, which will offer them the opportunity to apply their acquired academic and practical knowledge into experience. In addition, the group will tour several historic sites and exchange cultural insights with European diplomats that will contribute to strengthening the Academy’s ties with partner organisations in the two prominent European political hubs. His Excellency Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, said: “As an Academy that strives to ensure we graduate well-rounded students, it is crucial for them to get hands-on experience, to meet established diplomats in the field and to learn about international organisations that operate in the sphere of foreign policy. In preparation for their diplomatic careers, EDA student delegates will also take the opportunity to cement ties with our European friends in the institutions they visit.” Kicking off their European sojourn in Brussels, the delegation will visit the historical town of Ypres, which includes some of the most significant World War One memorial sites. The students will also meet with His Excellency Mohamed Issa Hamad Abushahab, Ambassador of the UAE to the Kingdom of Belgium, and attend a presentation on the European Union’s (EU) political and institutional landscape given by Tim Eestermans, Senior Counsel at DLA Piper. The delegation will also be visiting the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) where they will engage in discussion on EU foreign policy towards the Gulf with James Moran, the former EU Ambassador to Egypt. Additionally, they will meet Colin Scicluna, Director of MENA at the European External Action Service (EEAS), the EU’s diplomacy and foreign policy body. Furthermore, the students will attend a European Commission press briefing with Maja Kocijancic, the Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations at the EU. They will also meet Margaritis Schinas, Chief Spokesperson of the EU Commission. Moreover, the programme also includes a roundtable with select members of the European Parliament, an experts networking dinner at Brussels business club Cercle de Lorraine, and visits to Politico Magazine and the European Council. In Geneva, the EDA delegation will visit the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Palais des Nations, home of the United Nations (UN) Office at Geneva. At the ICRC, the delegation will meet with Yehya Khalil, Operations Coordinator for the Near and Middle East and Dr Hugo Slim, the Head of Policy of the International Law and Policy Department. They will also meet with His Excellency Ambassador Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, the Permanent Representative of the UAE to the UN in Geneva, and UAE Mission staff members, as well as Ambassador Wolfgang Amadeus Bruelhart, the current head of division of Political Affairs for the MENA region at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and former Swiss Ambassador to the UAE. The Europe trip is part of the third edition of EDA’s annual cultural exchange programme. In 2016, a delegation from the Academy visited the US, and in 2017, one group of students and faculty toured Belgium and the Netherlands while another travelled to China.
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EDA hosts roundtable discussion on ‘Continuity and Change in China’s Domestic and Foreign Policies after the 13th National People’s Congress’
21 March 2018, Wednesday
On 21 March, the EDA hosted a roundtable discussion on ‘Continuity and Change in China’s Domestic and Foreign Policies after the 13th National People’s Congress’. The participants included UAE government officials, experts from think tanks and universities, as well as EDA students.
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