Former Spanish Foreign Minister Discusses Challenges of 21st Century Diplomacy at Emirates Diplomatic Academy
11 January 2018, Thursday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomatic institution, today hosted His Excellency Miguel Ángel Moratinos, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, for a talk on 21st century diplomacy and Europe’s foreign policy in the Middle East. Moratinos addressed EDA students on the changing role of the diplomat in a world of social media and instant media reporting. A veteran who entered the diplomatic service in 1977 and served in Eastern Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East, he emphasised the importance of creative, flexible and democratic diplomacy. Mr Moratinos said: “Today, with the speed of modern media reporting, there is more emphasis on the diplomat’s ability to analyse the latest developments and promote the interests of their country. The diplomat forms a vital link between homeland and host country, and plays an essential part in building relationships with governments, sourcing knowledge about foreign institutions, and smoothing the path for businesses in foreign markets.” His Excellency Moratinos added: “I am pleased to see such a highly skilled group of young diplomats at the EDA and I look forward to what I believe will be a successful career for them. EDA is the leading diplomatic training centre in the Middle East, and I am honoured to contribute to the education of its students.” His Excellency Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, thanked him for his expertise and insights into the modern world of diplomacy. He said: “As a highly regarded diplomat, this talk was extremely relevant to EDA, where we are preparing outstanding UAE diplomats and government leaders. We want to ensure that every EDA graduate is equipped with the essential knowledge, skills and character to further the interests of the UAE in a landscape where traditional diplomatic concepts are being replaced with contemporary approaches.” During his tenure as Minister, Moratinos held the presidency of the UN Security Council as well as the chairmanships-in-office of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the Council of Europe and the Council of the European Union. More recently, he was a member of the High-Level Advisory Council of the President of the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly.  
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New EDA Insight explores how diplomats can make use of big data
08 January 2018, Monday
In the latest EDA Insight, Research Fellow Seppe Verheyen examines the new frontiers of using big data in diplomatic practices. In the paper, he highlights four different tasks in the day-to-day work where diplomats can use big data: the diplomat as a brand manager, analyst, negotiator and a humanitarian aid worker. Dr Verheyen addresses the challenges of unstructured data in the form of online comments and social media posts and explores how social media and analytics tools can be used to assess those. Social media management and analysis tools permit diplomats to manage the online reputation of a country for public diplomacy purposes and to understand and predict events in other countries. Diplomats can also use advanced data analytics to determine policy positions of other countries through automated content analyses and can even enhance humanitarian aid by using geopolitical data and crowd-source mapping for early-warning systems. Finally, he concludes that to make full use of the potential of big data, Ministries of Foreign Affairs should conduct reviews on how to best use data and how to train diplomats in the use of big data. Please note that EDA’s research outputs do not necessarily represent the views of the UAE government 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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Emirates Diplomatic Academy to Highlight Importance of Diplomacy in Sustainable Development at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2018
07 January 2018, Sunday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomatic institution, announced its participation at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) 2018, the largest sustainability gathering in the Middle East convening decision makers, politicians, business leaders, and academic researchers from all around the world. EDA’s leadership and students will participate in ADSW’s opening ceremony and the conversation on this year’s theme, ‘Driving the Global Energy Transformation’, to highlight the essential role diplomacy and the impact the youth can play in addressing climate change through participation of various high-level panels and youth interactive forums. Set to run from 13 to 20 January, ADSW 2018 will explore three key global trends that are impacting the shift to sustainable energy – climate change, urbanisation, and digitisation. In recognition of the importance of motivating and inspiring future sustainability leaders, this year’s edition of the annual event will turn the spotlight on the youth. The EDA students will also participate in the upcoming edition of ADSW in a seminar specifically organised for youth that will follow the official opening ceremony on day one. In addition, faculty members from the Academy will take part in knowledge-exchange sessions with international experts, such as Her Excellency Razan Al Mubarak, Secretary General of Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi, Thierry Lepercq, Executive Vice President at Engie, Dr Axel Michaelowa, Head of Research, International Climate Policy at the University of Zurich, and Michael Liebreich, Chairman of the Advisory Board at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. They will also participate in workshops addressing diplomacy’s role in climate action, sustainability efforts, nutrition, and foreign aid and assistance. His Excellency Bernadino León, Director General of EDA, will moderate a panel on the opening day that is set to draw the participation of His Excellency Suhail Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy, His Excellency Dr Abdul-Hussain Bin Ali Mirza, Minister of Electricity & Water Affairs, Kingdom of Bahrain, and His Excellency Adnan Z Amin, Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Speaking on EDA’s participation ahead of the landmark event, Bernardino León, said: “Climate change has an adverse effect not only on the environment, but also on the economy, security and society at large. In this context, climate change diplomacy plays an integral part in the global transition to sustainable energy sources and in ensuring that climate, security and development issues are a core focus of national and international agendas. Furthermore, it helps forge international partnerships that address the geopolitical consequences and security implications of climate change.” For her part, Dr Nawal Al Hosany, Deputy Director General of EDA, said: “ADSW 2018 will focus on the next stage of the global energy transformation and the important role of the young generation in ensuring a sustainable future. Through its participation, EDA aims to demonstrate to our youth how diplomats and sustainability leaders can work together to create and implement innovative strategies to mitigate the impact of climate change.”ADSW is the largest sustainability gathering in the Middle East. The event seeks to advance the understanding of the major social, economic and environmental trends shaping sustainable development worldwide, and empower the global community to adopt viable and effective climate action strategies. Throughout Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, EDA’s leadership and students will cover the various activities and share their insight and experiences via social media. Those interested can follow @UAE_EDA on Instagram and Twitter to learn more about EDA’s ongoing participation at ADSW. To learn more about ADSW, please visit or follow #ADSW and @ADSWagenda on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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Latest EDA Insight Analyses Europe’s New Defence Ambitions
16 December 2017, Saturday
In the latest EDA Insight, Senior Research Fellow Saskia van Genugten analyses the newfound political will of EU leaders’ to cooperate on matters of defence and security and looks at the potential implication for EU engagements in the wider MENA region. The author sees in these new European ambitions an acknowledgment of a changing geopolitical outlook, in which both external and internal developments are compromising Europe’s security. The Brexit vote, Trump’s ‘America First’ policies and a more assertive Russia are increasingly forcing the Europeans to become a more autonomous security player. The UK has historically been sceptical about deeper EU cooperation in this area and its decision to leave the EU by March 2019, has quickly lifted the level of ambitions of other key EU member states, France and Germany in particular. She concludes that, given the convergence of threat perceptions of key EU member states around issues related to the MENA region, a more enabling environment is likely to lead to concrete proposals and operational actions in the area of (limited) stabilisation efforts in North Africa and the Sahel. At the same time, the EU is also likely to further strengthen its efforts in the MENA region to cooperate with respective authorities on border management, countering terrorism and countering radicalisation. Please note that EDA’s research outputs do not necessarily represent the views of the UAE government 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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Amr Moussa focuses on “Future of the Arab World in a New Regional Order” during lecture at Emirates Diplomatic Academy
05 December 2017, Tuesday
Adapting to the 21st century is key to the continued progress of the Arab world, according to Amr Moussa, former Secretary-General of the League of Arab States (Arab League) and former Foreign Minister of the Arab Republic of Egypt. Mr. Moussa made his remarks at an insightful lecture titled ‘The Future of the Arab World in a New Regional Order’ at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) today. During an interactive session with EDA students hosted by His Excellency Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, the veteran diplomat highlighted the importance of an evolved, pre-emptive, multi-directional, and inventive diplomacy in addressing current and future challenges. Amr Moussa has over 50 years of diplomatic experience at a variety of high-level positions, including: former Secretary-General of the League of Arab States (Arab League) in 2001, former Foreign Minister of the Arab Republic of Egypt (1991 – 2001), and Permanent Representative of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the United Nations (1990 – 1991). Most recently, Amr Moussa has released the first volume of his memoirs where he shares his vast experiences as a diplomat and politician. Commending the Academy’s 21st Century Diplomacy programme, Mr. Moussa said: “It is of crucial importance in this day and age to take a step back and assess the tools we are using to educate our future diplomats. Today, diplomats of calibre must demonstrate an ability to appeal to a wide audience, use technology efficiently, and evolve continuously to stay relevant. And I am happy to see that this is at the core of the EDA’s curriculum.” He added: "I believe there is a silver lining to the pessimism that currently prevails in our region and it is our youth. Today, through the use of social and digital media, we have a youth that is globally engaged and striving for continued social and economic progress.” His Excellency Bernardino León, said: "With his diverse experience spanning nearly 50 years in civil service in the region, Mr. Moussa is an aspirational example of not just a successful diplomat but, more importantly, a diplomat who truly understands the value of adaptability in this fast-changing world.” He added: “In addition to his rich experience, Mr. Moussa has a priceless lesson to offer to our students – the lesson on how a seasoned diplomat can adapt to the changing times and environment. His session provided an invaluable opportunity to learn from a distinguished leader of the diplomatic community.” Amr Moussa marks one of the last in the EDA 2017 lecture series. Previous speakers include Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi, UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, His Excellency Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Børge Brende, former Foreign Minister of Norway, His Excellency Murray McCully, former Foreign Minister of New Zealand, Jeffrey Feltman, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, His Excellency Faihan Al Fayez Chalhub, Ambassador of Colombia, and many others.
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EDA UN Climate Conference Delegation Shares Lessons
04 December 2017, Monday
In November, six students from the Emirates Diplomatic Academy’s postgraduate degree programme participated in the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, also known as COP 23. Attending the conference as part of the UAE’s youth delegation gave the students privileged access to the world’s largest intergovernmental negotiating process. On Wednesday, 29 November, they shared their experience with other EDA students and faculty. During the event, held at EDA, the students reflected on the complexity of these negotiations, which take place among 196 countries every year and address more than 100 different issues related to national climate action and international cooperation to tackle the challenge. They also shared with their colleagues examples of innovative climate action in different areas, including cities, water and youth engagement. These examples drew from the students’ participation in the dozens of panel presentations and other special events taking place at COPs where policymakers, experts, businesses, investors and civil society convene to share information and lessons learned. The trip to Bonn was part of a special course on ‘UN Climate Change Negotiations’, offered at EDA annually, during which a selected group of students learn about multilateral climate diplomacy in theory and practice. The course comprises preparatory classes, simulations and workshops, and culminates in a one-week trip to the COP where the students observe the negotiations, attend expert events and produce reports for the national delegation on sessions they attend. In addition to learning about multilateral diplomatic skills, the students also practice their networking and communication skills by observing negotiating group coordination meetings and participating in panel discussions. The course also includes a follow-up component, during which the participants share their experience at various youth events and prepare a report with policy recommendations to the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. The UN Climate Change Negotiations course are part of the EDA’s research and training activities in the area of ‘Energy, Climate Change and Sustainable Development,’ which also include stakeholder workshops and policy briefs published throughout the year. For more information on the EDA’s research in this area, see: Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth
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EDA Insight Proposes Measures for Supporting CCS through Global Cooperation
04 December 2017, Monday
In the latest Emirates Diplomatic Academy’s EDA Insight, UAE-based energy expert Robin Mills discusses ways to enhance global governance of carbon capture and storage (CCS), and proposes ways for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries to support this cooperation. Titled, Global Governance of Carbon Capture and Storage: Role for the GCC?, the Insight also examines the extent to which limited progress in CCS is due to inadequacies in the global governance framework, and suggests how governance can be strengthened and how interested parties can push for such improvements. The Insight finds that numerous multinational and international organisations are engaged in CCS in different ways, including through research, advocacy, funding and deployment. It suggests that the GCC states, with the UAE and Saudi Arabia taking the lead, could cooperate with a small number of key CCS partners and a wider group of interested parties, with the ultimate aim of forming a ‘CCS club’ of countries with consistent and somewhat harmonised policies supportive of development of the CCS industry on a self-sustaining basis. Please note that EDA’s research outputs do not necessarily represent the views of the UAE government 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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EDA Reflection by IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin Explores the Age of Renewable Energy Diplomacy
28 November 2017, Tuesday
In this EDA Reflection, Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), reflects on how the rise of renewables will change the geopolitical landscape for the better, and how diplomats can make the most of the age of renewable energy. Please note that EDA’s research outputs do not necessarily represent the views of the EDA or the UAE government 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: Download in Arabic:
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Hosts Panel on Improving Education for Children in Emergencies
21 November 2017, Tuesday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) hosted a panel discussion titled ‘Improving Education for Children in Emergencies’, shedding light on the importance of addressing one of the world’s most pressing problems – sustainable access to education in challenging times. The event was held as part of an ongoing initiative, Humanitarian Week, running from 19 to 23 November, that aims to raise awareness about the importance of supporting humanitarian work, particularly in the education sector. The event, hosted at the premises of the EDA included an introduction by the Academy’s Director General His Excellency Bernardino León and a keynote speech by His Excellency Mark Lowcock, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.The keynote speech was followed by a panel moderated by Dr Nawal Al Hosany, Deputy Director of EDA and was attended by Ambassador Abdullah Yahya Al-Mu'alimi, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations, His Excellency Maqsoud Kruse, Executive Director of Hedayah, The International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism, Sophie Barbey, Head of Office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the UAE, Toby Harward, Head of Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the UAE, and Engineer Rashed Al Dhaheri, Acting Executive Director of the Minister of State Office. In his opening remarks, His Excellency León said: "A lack of education can have detrimental political and socio-economic effects on the future of our world. It is crucial that we continue to seek solutions and shed a light on this challenge. By hosting such events at the Academy, we seek to also ensure that our future diplomats are equipped with the necessary information and tools to continue this fight for human progress.” In his speech, His Excellency Mark Lowcock said: “In my first six weeks as Emergency Relief Coordinator, I travelled to Niger, to Nigeria, to Bangladesh and to Yemen. And in each of these countries, I met children who had fled their homes and schools due to conflict. A single theme pervaded each of their stories: they all stressed their desire, above all else, to attend school." During discussions, panellists emphasized that while education is the first element affected by emergencies; it remains to be last to recover, resulting in a disruptive impact on children that endures for generations. Spurred by EDA’s belief in the significant role of humanitarian diplomacy under current global circumstances, Humanitarian Week addresses topics of critical importance to human progress and development, and provides valuable insights into the work of leading international organisations in the field. Apart from maximising the students’ learning outcomes, the event goes a long way in expanding the Academy’s own knowledge base. During the event, panellists highlighted the increasing number of crises worldwide, their effects on children and education, and the importance of providing safe and protected educational environments that ensure children are receiving the necessary care. They also noted the need to support the right to education and cooperate with governments to implement programmes to reduce risks of disasters. Apart from the panel discussion, the week’s events include a roundtable on the role of education in promoting peace, global citizenship and diversity, and ways of incorporating these values in education curricula for future generations. A book donation campaign, the launch of EDA’s volunteering platform, a field trip for students to the International Humanitarian City in Dubai, a training on humanitarian diplomacy and an internal Q&A session on the UAE's foreign aid policy are also on the agenda. EDA provides a holistic educational experience that enhances the capabilities of the UAE’s future diplomats through advanced teaching methods, interactive lectures and 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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The Emirates Diplomatic Academy Hosts Roundtable Discussion About US-UAE Strategic Partnership and the Evolving Security Landscape in the Gulf
16 November 2017, Thursday
On 15 November, the EDA hosted a roundtable discussion about US-UAE Strategic Partnership and the Evolving Security Landscape in the Gulf, moderated by H.E. Bernardino Leon, Director General of the EDA. The speakers were from the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington and the participants included UAE government officials and experts from think tanks and universities, as well as EDA students.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Hosts President of International Committee of the Red Cross for Interactive Discussion on Effective Diplomacy in Humanitarian Action
14 November 2017, Tuesday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC), hosted an interactive discussion by Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on ‘Effective Diplomacy in Humanitarian Action’. Addressing an audience of diplomats, alongside students, faculty and staff of the Academy, Peter Maurer shared insights and thoughts from his affluent career as a Swiss diplomat and humanitarian advocate spanning three decades, on the importance of humanitarian principles and actions, and their correlation to diplomacy. Drawing on his experience, Maurer highlighted his most significant takeaways from serving humanity and representing his country in international fora. Maurer stated "Beyond the provision of humanitarian assistance, ICRC seeks to work with all actors, including governments to highlight the importance of principled humanitarian action and the implementation of international humanitarian law. We are pleased to participate in this discussion at EDA, emphasising yet again how humanitarian action and diplomacy should go hand in hand. " Identifying some of the global challenges diplomats face in addressing humanitarian issues in diverse scenarios, Maurer also elaborated on the strategies they should follow to successfully facilitate humanitarian action and achieve the foreign policy goals of their country. In this context, Maurer recognised the UAE’s global status in advancing diplomatic and humanitarian action and philanthropy. Speaking on the interactive session, His Excellency Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, said: “It is an honour for EDA to host such a prominent diplomat and humanitarian. This enriching session presented our future diplomats with valuable insights into the challenges involved in implementing humanitarian action across the world and explained the practical connection between diplomatic and humanitarian effort. “ “We are confident that through hosting similar sessions, we can significantly enhance 21st century diplomacy and prepare our students to effectively manage potential challenges in their own careers.” The interactive discussion is the latest in EDA’s series of presentations that invites high-profile diplomatic leaders and practitioners from across the world to share insights from their lives and careers with the Academy’s students with the aim of preparing the UAE’s future diplomats to face a wide range of regional and global challenges.
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Dr Nawal Al-Hosany, Deputy Director General of Emirates Diplomatic Academy on the opening of the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi
13 November 2017, Monday
The opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi is a physical manifestation of the UAE’s commitment to human progress, humanity, culture and tolerance. Connecting people from the different corners of the world, this impressive museum highlights the legacy of our founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who believed in the power of cultural understanding and its ability to connect civilizations. This new iconic Museum is a reflection of our leadership’s vision and their continued efforts to highlight history’s fundamental role in informing our futures.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Board of Trustees Discuss Academic Plans for 2017/18 at Seventh Meeting
08 November 2017, Wednesday
His Excellency Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and Member of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy’s (EDA) Board of Trustees, noted that the directives and support of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Chairman of EDA Board of Trustees, have set a clear and strategic course for the Academy. He explained that EDA is working at a steady pace to consolidate its regional and global status as a leading diplomacy and international relations hub and research centre that equips young national cadres for future roles in UAE diplomacy. His Excellency Dr Al Jaber’s comments came at the seventh meeting of the Board of Trustees of EDA that examined the educational and training plans and initiatives for the academic year 2017-2018, and reviewed the latest developments in academic and administrative affairs. His Excellency Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, led the session on behalf of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Chairman of EDA Board of Trustees. The meeting drew the participation of board members including His Excellency Omar Saif Ghobash, UAE Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Her Excellency Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations in New York, and His Excellency Mohamed Issa Abushahab AlSuwaidi, Ambassador of the UAE to the Kingdom of Belgium. The Minister of State said: “EDA prepares the UAE’s future diplomats to effectively contribute to the realisation of our leadership’s vision of fostering international cooperation, safeguarding the interests of our country, promoting security, peace and stability at the regional and global level, and laying the foundations for sustainable socio-economic development.” He highlighted the commitment of the Academy to qualifying the UAE’s future diplomats to effectively implement the country's foreign policy, strengthen the prestigious position of the UAE in the international community, and identify strategic solutions to key challenges facing the country.During the meeting, His Excellency Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, said: “I take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan for entrusting us with the task of nurturing the next generation of Emirati diplomats. I also thank the members of the Board of Trustees for their continuous support and guidance that have contributed to establishing the Academy as the main driving force in the country's efforts to elevate diplomacy to the next level.” He added: “We are proud of what we have accomplished in 2017. We have established partnerships and synergies with relevant institutions at home and abroad. We have also launched a Master of Arts programme in Diplomacy and International Relations, and graduated the second cohort of talented Emirati diplomats. Furthermore, we have hosted some of the world's leading personalities in the field of diplomacy and international relations, and introduced new programmes and specialised training courses designed to meet the requirements of the modern age. “Building on its achievements, the Academy will continue to provide UAE national cadres with the required study, research and training programmes to help them address various global challenges so that they can join the ranks of the world’s most competent diplomats." During the meeting, members of the Board of Trustees reviewed the annual report and highlights of achievements in 2017. They also reviewed the recommendations of the sixth meeting and the most important practical steps taken in this regard. In addition, the Board received a progress update on the construction of the new academic building, as well as the developments concerning the Post-Graduate Diploma in UAE Diplomacy and International Relations and the recently launched Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations programme. The Emirates Diplomatic Academy provides a holistic educational experience that enhances the capabilities of the UAE’s future diplomats through advanced teaching methods, interactive lectures and discussions with prominent diplomats and policy makers. The Academy also develops international case studies on topics such as general and specialised diplomacy of the 21st century, sustainable development, climate change, nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, renewable energy, and peace and security.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy hosts His Excellency Yousef Al-Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the United States
06 November 2017, Monday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy hosted His Excellency Yousef Al-Otaiba, the UAE Ambassador to the United States. His Excellency delivered a lecture titled “Connecting Capitals: from Abu Dhabi to Washington.” His Excellency Muhammad bin Issa, former Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, attended alongside students of the academy. His Excellency Al-Otaiba shared his thoughts and views with the audience on American foreign policy towards the Middle East generally, and the UAE specifically. His Excellency started the interactive lecture by speaking on his personal experience and knowledge as an Emirati diplomat. His Excellency Al-Otaiba discussed what he gained during a successful career spent serving UAE diplomacy and representing the country in the United States and in international forums. Students benefitted from his extensive knowledge on international relations and were motivated and inspired to become UAE’s future diplomats to represent the UAE at global platforms. His Excellency Al-Otaiba also touched upon a number of other subjects during the lecture, including American-Emirati relations and the strategic partnership between the two countries. He explained how the UAE could benefit from the influence the US has in international communication, especially on Middle Eastern affairs. His Excellency Al-Otaiba also explained that the UAE could gain from advanced knowledge the US possesses when it comes to technological, nuclear, and cosmic innovation. His Excellency highlighted the challenges diplomats could face and the strategies they should employ to succeed, stating: “My advice to you as Emirati diplomats and future representatives of the state is to always be fully prepared; for everything a diplomat says or does has an influential impact and effect which conveys certain messages; messages that could be misunderstood.” He added “diplomatic work is not limited to offices, occasions, or meetings; it is a constant effort that demands from us awareness and mindfulness of the positions and policies of the country we represent and the worldwide message of our state.” His Excellency praised the significant role played by Emirati women in diplomacy and its honorable image, both inside and outside the UAE. Furthermore, His Excellency Al-Otaiba commended UAE Diplomatic Academy efforts in fostering the talent of the Academy’s students through training courses, academic and lectures and courses designed to encourage the students to develop further and be creative to serve the UAE’s diplomatic interests. His Excellency Bernardino Leon, the Director General of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, said about hosting the Ambassador: “We were honored to host His Excellency Yousef al-Otaiba at the academy. He has shared the insight and practical experience which will assist us in preparing the students of the academy and empowering them to face the diplomatic challenges of the future.” He added, “His Excellency presented us with a number of diplomatic lessons from his career as a seasoned diplomat who left his mark on the international level as a representative of his country and Arab interests.” It is worth noting that the Emirates Diplomatic Academy hosts seasoned diplomats from the UAE and abroad to enhance the education of its students, who will become the diplomats of the future. His Excellency Al-Otaiba’s lecture was a fine example of this direction, as his lecture left the students with a positive impression and enriched their preparation and experience to face future international challenges.
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