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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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Appoints First Happiness Ambassador to Celebrate International Day of Happiness
20 March 2018, Tuesday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomatic institution, today announced the appointment of Mayyasa Al Yammahi as its first Happiness Ambassador. The announcement coincides with the International Day of Happiness that is celebrated around the world on 20 March. Al Yammahi currently holds the role of Communication Manager at EDA and is an existing Master’s programme student as well as an alumna of the Academy’s Postgraduate Diploma Programme in UAE Diplomacy and International Relations. In her new capacity, she will support the objectives of the UAE’s National Programme for Happiness and Positivity through developing and implementing a series of initiatives to increase employee engagement at EDA. Speaking on the announcement, Dr Nawal Al Hosany, Deputy Director General of EDA, said: "The UAE was the first country in the world to establish a Ministry of State for Happiness and has, in a short span of time, made significant strides in this emerging field that has captured the global imagination. EDA is dedicated to supporting our government’s mandate to enhance happiness and positivity in our community, as these crucial qualities have a long-term impact on productivity, efficiency and, ultimately, the success of our Academy." For her part, Mayyasa Al Yammahi said: “I am honoured to be appointed to this important role. I believe that every workplace, whether it is a government entity or a private company, should have a Happiness Ambassador to promote the culture of happiness, positivity and cooperation amongst employees so that they can collectively achieve their goals. It is important to remember that personal success translates into organisational success and that in turn drives the progress towards a better future.” The UAE is the happiest country in the Arab world and ranks 20th on the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s World Happiness Report 2018. The government aims to position the UAE among the five happiest countries in the world by 2021.
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EDA Insight Examines Carbon Market Mechanisms for the UAE
18 March 2018, Sunday
This Emirates Diplomatic Academy Insight, titled ‘Leveraging Market Mechanisms for Climate Change Mitigation in the UAE and the Gulf Region’, provides an overview of recent developments around international market mechanisms for greenhouse gas emission reductions and analyses their relevance for GCC countries, in particular the UAE. The paper argues that there is a need to better understand what global carbon pricing and market trends could mean for the region’s competitiveness going forward but also to explore related opportunities. This understanding will enable GCC countries to actively participate in the ongoing discussions on international carbon market mechanisms, based on lessons learned to date. The Insight addresses the following questions: * What are the key trends of relevance for the UAE in international carbon pricing and markets, and why is engaging with the issue important? * What are the main lessons from the UAE’s experience with the Clean Development Mechanism? * What potential opportunities and challenges are there in relation to the Paris Mechanisms? * How do international aviation emissions relate to market mechanisms under the UNFCCC, and what could be some of the key areas of focus for the UAE and other participating countries? The paper is based on discussions at a carbon market stakeholder workshop organised by the EDA’s research programme on Energy, Climate Change and Sustainable Development in January 2018. It provides a summary of the workshop presentations by lead speaker Dr Axel Michaelowa and some of the key points made in the discussions. Please note that EDA’s research outputs do not necessarily represent the views of the UAE government or EDA event participants, but seek to address issues that foreign-policy experts and practitioners both in the UAE and worldwide will find informative and relevant. Download in English:
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Students from Emirates Diplomatic Academy to volunteer at  Special Olympics IX MENA Games Abu Dhabi
14 March 2018, Wednesday
EDA students attend a protocol lecture, organised by the Special Olympics IX MENA Games Abu Dhabi, to prepare for their roles as part of the Delegation Services team. Twenty-three students from the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomatic institution, will volunteer at the Special Olympics IX MENA Games Abu Dhabi. The upcoming event, set to take place from 14 to 22 March 2018, marks the debut edition of the Special Olympics in the Middle East. His Excellency Mohamad Abdulla Al Junaibi, Chairman of the Higher Committee for Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, said: “We are grateful to the students of Emirates Diplomatic Academy for their support of Special Olympics. Special Olympics volunteers will play a major role in the success of one of the world’s biggest and most inspiring events and will help to transform the lives of thousands of individuals and families by launching a new era of inclusion, hope and understanding.” His Excellency Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, said: “EDA is proud to support this meaningful and high-impact event that celebrates the talents of athletes in addition to showcasing the UAE on a global platform. In order to prepare for their roles and deliver the best experience to visitors, our students have participated in a protocol lecture and site visits.” He added: “As part of the Delegation Services team, EDA students will serve as the main points of contact for the official delegation of one of the participating countries throughout the event. This partnership will allow our future diplomats to demonstrate first hand their skills in building bridges of friendship and inclusion with people from the region as well as to showcase the UAE’s ongoing efforts to connect with the world through shared values of determination towards progress.” The Special Olympics IX MENA Games will host over 1,000 athletes from 31 nations competing across 16 different sports, as well as 450 coaches and 100 guests of honour. EDA students will join over 3,000 volunteers who are supporting the event in various capacities.
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Four Senior Diplomats Graduate from New Ambassadors Programme at Emirates Diplomatic Academy
10 March 2018, Saturday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomatic institution, today witnessed the graduation of four senior diplomats from its New Ambassador Programme. This takes the total number of the programme’s graduates till date to 22. Developed by EDA in close collaboration with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the programme aims to enhance the skills and knowledge of newly appointed UAE ambassadors and support them in their efforts to achieve the country’s foreign policy goals and aspirations. Its core themes include political analysis, international law, media handling, and diplomatic protocol and etiquette. Commenting on the occasion, His Excellency Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, said: “We are proud to have mentored such a talented cohort of diplomats and I am confident they will go on to become outstanding ambassadors for the UAE. These diplomats play a vital role in building, cementing, and enhancing our relations with the countries in which they will be based.” He added: “In today’s increasingly challenging international arena, diplomacy requires new thinking and mindsets. With a curriculum that has been carefully tailored to reflect the ever-changing geopolitical realities we deal with every day, the programme equips our diplomats with the ambassadorial intelligence they need to navigate the 21st century diplomatic landscape.” Now in its eight edition, the two-week executive training programme examines a diverse range of topics related to international affairs, diplomacy, and cross-cultural communication.
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ProMéxico CEO shares experience in attracting FDI with students of  Emirates Diplomatic Academy
27 February 2018, Tuesday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomatic institution, in collaboration with the Embassy of Mexico in the UAE, hosted His Excellency Paulo Carreño King, CEO of ProMéxico, for a discussion on Mexico’s growing stature in the world economy on 26 February (Monday). ProMéxico is the Mexican federal government trade and investment agency that works to enhance the participation of the country in the global economy through the internationalisation of local companies, promotion of exports, and attraction of foreign direct investment. As part of the talk, His Excellency Paulo Carreño King addressed a team of future diplomats, staff, and faculty at EDA on topics including trade, energy, and investment incentives. Outlining why Mexico is one of the best places to do business today as well as the benefits of internationalising the country’s products and services, he said: “Due to Mexico’s macroeconomic and political stability, low inflation, the size and strength of its domestic market, economic growth rate, and its ability to attract advanced manufacturing, it is today considered one of the most competitive countries for productive investment.” Highlighting the urgent need to brand nations in today’s increasingly competitive economic landscape, he added: “Since the establishment of ProMéxico in 2007, we have succeeded in transforming the global perception of Mexico. It is now regarded a business-friendly, enabling and preferred destination to locate businesses, and serves as a gateway to the Americas and beyond. Through meticulously raising awareness about internationalisation among our public and private sector entities, we have managed to create a growth mindset that has directly resulted in driving socio-economic development.” Prior to his current role, His Excellency Paulo Carreño King was Deputy Minister for North America at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also worked at the Office of the Mexican Presidency, where he oversaw the country’s branding strategy and international media relations. For his part, His Excellency Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, said: “We are pleased to host His Excellency Paulo Carreño King from Mexico. His lecture enabled our students to gain crucial insights on the significance of foreign direct investments for a thriving economy, and how diplomats can help bring about these investments. In government, we sometimes forget the powerful role of commerce in society, so it is important for our students to understand issues affecting international trade and what makes any country an attractive investment destination.” Diplomatic relations between the UAE and Mexico were formally established in 1975. In 2010, the UAE opened its embassy in Mexico and Mexico reciprocated in 2012, setting up its embassy in Abu Dhabi in 2012. The ties between the two nations were further cemented in January 2016, when Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto became the first Mexican president to visit the UAE on an official state visit. During this visit, Mexico and the UAE agreed on a number of collaborations, including relating to banking, clean and traditional energy, education, taxation, and tourism.
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All-star Line-up for EDA’s Programme on 21st Century Diplomacy
25 February 2018, Sunday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) has launched the next phase of its ambitious programme on "Preparing for 21st Century Diplomacy". The course, now in its second year, is designed to develop outstanding UAE future diplomats. It includes an impressive line-up of guest speakers, including H.E. Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development; H.E. Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh , UAE Minister of State; H.E. Sultan Mohammad Al Shamsi, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for International Development Affairs; H.E. Majid Al-Suwaidi, UAE Consul General in New York City; H.E. Mansour Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Director General of the National Media Council; H.E. Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand; Baroness Catherine Ashton, former High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, European Union; Professor Tom Fletcher, Special Advisor at EDA, bestselling author, and former British Ambassador to Lebanon; James P. Seevers, Director of Studies and the Georgetown Leadership Seminar at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University; and Dr Mari Luomi, Senior Research Fellow at EDA. H.E. Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, said: “We are very proud to have arranged such a high calibre of international and Emirati guest speakers, with extensive experience in international relations and government. The wisdom that our guest speakers will be able to pass on to our students will be immense.” Noting the extensive preparation that has gone into this course, León continued: “We have carefully thought about all of the important trends with respect to a career in diplomacy: the evolving role of the diplomat, the varying ministerial duties and the potential hurdles within international relations. We have designed the course in such a manner that our students will be able to take the new challenges they are likely to face in their stride.” Speaking about his role in developing the course, Professor Tom Fletcher said: "What is unique is the focus on developing not just knowledge, but the skills and character of the extraordinary diplomats of the future. The classes are practical, digital and innovative. People now rightly recognise the importance of emotional intelligence, curiosity and resilience. These '21st century skills' are at the heart of this course: we call them diplomacy. If diplomacy didn't exist we would need to invent it. This course reinvents it for the Digital Age." Designed to help nurture the 21st century diplomat, the main themes of this programme are leadership, culture and innovation. Lectures include Cultural Diplomacy; how to handle the toughest media exposure; and Artificial Intelligence and Social Media for Leaders. The course has a strong component of practical exercises and simulations.
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