EDA Insight examines oil market trends and foreign policy implications
08 June 2017, Thursday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy has released an EDA Insight policy brief titled Global Trends in Oil and Energy: Implications for the GCC and Foreign Policy Responses. The Insight examines how global energy markets are evolving, what this could mean for Gulf oil exporters and how these countries could respond through the means of foreign policy. It presents ten key oil market-related trends, assesses their implications for the UAE and other key GCC exporters, and presents several possible foreign policy responses. The Insight concludes that the GCC countries’ foreign policy and diplomacy can play a role with regard to: responses to changing demand patterns, and managing the changing producer–consumer relations; managing changing producer-producer relations; and maximising the chances of economic success in a context of uncertainty over future oil demand and prices. The brief is the outcome of a joint workshop organised between the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES) and EDA, in May 2017, under the title Global and Regional Energy Trends: Implications for the UAE and Foreign Policy Responses. It draws from discussions at the workshop and in particular ideas and data presented by Dr Bassam Fattouh of OIES. 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:  Download in Arabic:
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EDA Reflection describes how to conduct successful negotiations.
30 May 2017, Tuesday
In this EDA Reflection, Baroness Catherine Ashton, former EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, highlights some key lessons from her experience of negotiations and identifies the importance of understanding who needs to be involved in the negotiation, how to manage the process, and what outcomes you want. Read more
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Concludes Cultural Attaché Executive Training Programme in Cooperation with the Ministry of Education
29 May 2017, Monday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, has graduated a new cohort of cultural attachés. The two-week Programme enabled students to improve in a range of skills and competencies – including negotiation, intercultural awareness and strategic thinking – and to explore various topics related to diplomatic protocol and etiquette, as well as the UAE’s foreign policy. Courses utilised an active learning environment that involved intensive teamwork and class interaction, and incorporated lectures, class discussion, presentations, videos, and problem-based learning. EDA President Bernardino Leon congratulated the participants who have learned impactful skills with immediate real-world applications: “We are very proud of our graduates from the Cultural Attaché Programme. EDA’s Executive Training Department is focused on offering training to develop diplomatic capabilities of professionals. To meet this goal, we have created programmes that offer training in skills that diplomats use regularly in the field, and the Cultural Attaché Programme is a great example of how the Academy supports the UAE’s diverse foreign policy objectives.” Mariam Al Mahmoud, Director of Executive Training and Student Affairs added, “Our aim with EDA’s executive training courses is to support diplomatic professionals and to make sure they have the necessary training to best represent their country abroad. The wide-range of topics in the Cultural Attaché Programme ensures that they are comprehensively prepared to serve as diplomats around the world.” EDA offers a wide range of executive training programmes for established foreign policy professionals that cover topics from economic diplomacy and political analysis, to international law and consensus-building. The executive training programmes represent an integral component of EDA’s specialised areas of focus that also include academic programmes for future diplomats, and research and analysis.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Hosts High-level Panel Discussion to Launch Culture Week
24 May 2017, Wednesday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, launched its Culture Week, with the aim of enhancing cultural awareness, soft power and tolerance. The five-day event commenced on Sunday with a high-level panel discussion highlighting the importance of cultural understanding in diplomacy and the integral role diplomats play in promoting this understanding across sectors. The distinguished panellists also stressed the pivotal role of cultural diplomacy as soft power in today’s geo-political landscape. Moderated by His Excellency Dr Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation and Cultural Advisor at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, the high-level international panel included His Excellency Paulo Portas, former Deputy Prime Minister and former Minister of State and Foreign Affairs of Portugal, His Excellency Talal Shubailat, Ambassador and Executive Director of the European Commission-League of Arab States Liaison Office, Her Excellency Manal Ataya, Director General of Sharjah Museums Department, Sir Anthony Seldon, British contemporary historian, commentator and political author, and Dubai Abulhoul, Rhodes Scholar and columnist with The Gulf Today and Al Bayan. His Excellency Bernardino León, President of EDA, said: "The UAE has established itself as an international leader, with policies that promote the principles of peace, tolerance and mutual respect. The UAE is an active participant in resolving many global issues, and supports humanitarian and development projects in many countries around the world. As part of EDA’s drive to enhance understanding across cultures and nationalities, Culture Week is a great platform to promote inter-cultural exchange and awareness. “We are honoured to host His Excellency Dr Zaki Nusseibeh as a distinguished keynote speaker and moderator of our panel discussion to launch Culture Week. He is an outstanding role model for our young diplomats, with a long career as a trusted senior advisor and translator for the late Sheikh Zayed. Equally inspirational are our international panel of speakers – all established diplomats in their own right." In his keynote address, His Excellency Dr Nusseibeh discussed how cultural diplomacy is an essential tool for reducing areas of conflict among diverse civilisations, and for reinforcing mutual understanding and building global perspectives that support peace. He also highlighted the UAE’s efforts in promoting cultural diplomacy and international exchange through the launch of projects such as the Saadiyat Cultural District. His Excellency elaborated that the UAE’s rich culture lies in its history, heritage, literature, arts and archaeology. For his part, His Excellency Paulo Portas stressed that cultural diplomacy is a very critical issue to enable nations to work across different dimensions of soft power. Her Excellency Manal Ataya added that Sharjah has built a diverse culture over the years and that her work in the emirate encourages an open dialogue that celebrates cultural differences. Sir Anthony Seldon also highlighted rapid changes in the diplomatic world, and the necessity of countries to increasingly leverage soft power. He praised the efforts of the UAE and in particular its successes, such as the formation of the Soft Power Council, and the new government ministries of Youth, Happiness, and Tolerance. Dubai Abulhoul commented that younger generations are responsible for the future of their country. She furthered that it is important for them to leverage the culture and heritage of the UAE, and to ensure that their nation continues to be a global cultural destination, as well as a beacon for the exchange of cultural experiences. Dubai concluded by advising on the importance of reading different types of content and being open to topics that challenge viewpoints. The UAE needs to encourage creators of content, not only consumers. Students from Emirates Diplomatic Academy enjoyed an interactive session with the panel and posed some thought-provoking questions to conclude the evening. Culture Week continued through the week with key highlights including a special screening of Anwar Roma (The Lights of Rome) in collaboration with Image Nation, a documentary telling the incredible story of the UAE national football team’s success in qualifying for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Furthermore, EDA is hosting a talent showcase offering students an opportunity to present the culturally relevant skills they need to emerge as well-rounded diplomats in the future. On Wednesday, a cultural excursion will showcase the UAE’s rich heritage allowing students the chance to appreciate the art and culture of people from around the world. Participants can explore the history of the country at Qasr Al Hosn, the symbolic birthplace of Abu Dhabi and former home to the emirate's ruling Al Nahyan family. In addition, they will visit local and foreign art collections at Manarat Al Saadiyat at the Saadiyat Cultural District Abu Dhabi. Underlining the deeply rooted links between language and culture and the influence of language on society, the final day of Culture Week will focus on foreign languages taught at EDA, and explore how the use of multiple languages shapes one’s perception of the world. Emirates Diplomatic Academy provides a holistic and streamlined educational experience that supports and enhances the diplomatic capabilities of the UAE with advanced teaching methods, through lectures and interactive discussions by leading diplomats and decision makers. EDA’s comprehensive study programmes train students in all aspects of diplomatic practice, empowering them to become worthy representatives of their country abroad.
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Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan Attends Emirates Diplomatic Academy to Celebrate Europe Day with 14 European Embassy Representatives
10 May 2017, Wednesday
His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development attended the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the European Union, in honour of Europe Day, held exclusively for students and faculty at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading institution specialising in international relations, diplomacy, education, executive training and research. 14 high-level representatives of embassies of EU member countries in the UAE were welcomed at a gala ceremony at the Academy in honour of Europe Day, a special celebration of the 60th anniversary of the European Union. The event offered a unique opportunity for EDA students to engage in closed, in-depth discussions with leading diplomats on academic and diplomatic topics during roundtable sessions. This event also provided students a platform to share experiences from their recent delegation visits to the Netherlands and Belgium, and to put their skills into practice. On the occasion, His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development said that the UAE is a land of peace and religious tolerance, where everyone lives in harmony and peaceful coexistence with each other despite different religions and beliefs, stressing that the state established a policy of tolerance, moderation and respect for others values. The UAE has always encouraged a strong relationship with our European counterparts. And this occasion highlights the achievements of the European Union, one of the UAE most valued partners. His Excellency Patrizio Fondi, Ambassador of the EU, led the delegation. Among participating ambassadors were Her Excellency Dominique Mineur, Ambassador of Belgium, His Excellency Dionyssios Zois, Ambassador of Greece, His Excellency Liborio Stellino, Ambassador of Italy, His Excellency Frank Mollen, Ambassador of the Netherlands, His Excellency Jan Thesleff, Ambassador of Sweden. More distinguished guests included Dr. Joseph Pirotta, Charge d'Affaires at the Maltese Embassy, Mr. Ondřej Soukup, Czech Consul and Deputy Head of Mission, Ms. Anna Gawlik, Polish Consul, Ms. Marjaana Ettala, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Finland, Mr. François Penguilly, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of France, Mr. Justin Ryan, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Ireland, Mr. Loïc Bertoli, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Luxembourg, and Mr. Gabor Gubicza, Deputy Head of Mission of Hungary. The event highlighted the importance of advancing relations between the EU and the UAE that have lately grown from strength to strength, especially since the simplification of visa rules that have provided more open travel for UAE national throughout the 34 European countries party to the Schengen agreement, and continued improving bilateral trade. In addition, EDA students participated in a lively roundtable discussion with the prominent guests on the Global Strategy for the EU’s Foreign and Security Policy as well as the impact of Brexit and the current political situation in France on the Union. Attendees at the ceremony got a glimpse into the history of the EU since the formation of its predecessor, the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), in the aftermath of the Second World War. His Excellency Patrizio Fondi added: “It is a great honour to celebrate this occasion in the presence of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, and with the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, where young Emiratis are inspired to be the leaders of tomorrow. The role of young diplomats is crucial to promoting peace, solidarity, tolerance and unity. This occasion marks the origins of the European Union and the challenges it faces in the world today. For his part, His Excellency Bernardino León, President of EDA, said: “Our Academy was greatly honoured to welcome His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan for this special anniversary. EDA seeks to enhance understanding across cultures and countries to help forge stronger, closer relations with a diverse range of nations, including our friends within the EU. The exchanges of ideas, such as the EDA students' trip to Brussels and The Hague pave the way for future cooperation and common projects.” Speaking on the importance of marking the anniversary of the EU, he added: “The UAE shares many common values with the Union. Tonight’s ceremony demonstrates the Academy’s unwavering commitment to supporting the strong ties between the UAE and the member countries of the EU. Furthermore, the roundtable discussion adds great value to the learning experience of our participating students.” Europe Day is an annual celebration that is held by the European Union during the month of May, and it is held to raise awareness of the Union, the development of European integration, defense of human rightEns, parliamentary democracy and rule of law. 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, which established the European Economic Community, and was one of the most important founding treaties of the modern European Union. The UAE and the EU have long held a diplomatic relationship centred on shared political and regional goals. Working together, this bilateral relationship focuses on ensuring global stability, implementing strategies to address issues that include, trade, energy, environment, climate change, security, among others.  
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Workshop Examines Global Energy Trends and Related Foreign Policy Responses
09 May 2017, Tuesday
On 2 May, the Emirates Diplomatic Academy organised a workshop under the title of 'Global and Regional Energy Trends: Implications for the UAE and Foreign Policy Responses'. The lead speaker at the event was Dr Bassam Fattouh, Director of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies of the United Kingdom. The half-day workshop was attended by twenty energy sector stakeholders from various UAE governmental and semi-governmental institutions, as well as think tanks and academia. The event was structured around two stage-setting presentations delivered by Dr Fattouh, each followed by a brainstorming session. During the first part of the workshop, participants identified major structural trends affecting global oil markets. In the second part, the discussion focused on assessing related implications for GCC oil producing countries, with a particular emphasis on the UAE, as well as related foreign policy response options.
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EDA Reflection sets out 10 diplomats’ Effective Habits
09 May 2017, Tuesday
In this EDA Reflection, Baroness Catherine Ashton, former EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, discusses the ten habits of effective diplomats. Issues vary from country to country, but these ten universal lessons from Baroness Ashton, will help you to be an effective diplomat, ranging from seeking knowledge and pursuing collaboration to showing good judgement and being humble. 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.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Signs a Memorandum of Understanding at a Ceremony to Mark 25 Years of UAE-Kazakhstan Diplomatic Relations
03 May 2017, Wednesday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading institution specialising in international relations, diplomacy, education, executive training and research, formally announced signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, at a ceremony celebrating 25 Years of UAE-Kazakhstan friendship and Diplomatic Relations. Attendees of the ceremony were joined by high-level senior officials and ambassadors, such as His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Ahmed bin Sultan Al Jaber, the UAE Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan, His Excellency Kairat Lama Sharif, the Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the UAE, Her Excellency Fatima Zhakypova, the Rector of the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Abdullah Al Matrooshi, Director of the Department of West Asia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Everyone This MoU will promote cooperation between the two institutions through joint educational, training and research activities; and exchange of information and expertise about common interests, as well as faculty, researchers, and students. In addition to the MoU signing, participants had an engaging and thought provoking roundtable where they discussed the cooperation between the UAE and Kazakhstan, and how the relationship created shared, mutual value from an economic, political and cultural perspective. Participants also underscored the importance of the bilateral relationship, and provided insights into the successes and opportunities that the collaboration offers to both countries. His Excellency Kairat Lama Sharif, the Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the UAE, offered comments on behalf of His Excellency Kairat Abdrahmanov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, at the event, “The relations between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the United Arab Emirates are an example of stable and successful political-economic cooperation, based on the principles of mutual respect, trust and openness. I would also like to note the historical role of the Founding Father of the UAE, the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in strengthening the fraternal relations with whom the President of Kazakhstan established a strong basis for bilateral cooperation.” His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Ahmed bin Sultan Al Jaber, the UAE Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan highlighted, “It is an honour to be here among my brothers and sisters at EDA. It is an important event -- signing this MoU with EDA and the Institute of Diplomacy. When I met with EDA President His Excellency Léon to discuss this celebration, he expressed significant interest in Kazakhstan. We will cooperate with our colleagues, and together with my friend, His Excellency Kairat Lama Sharif, we will put forward all our efforts to support relations between our two countries.”Speaking on the importance of the MoU, His Excellency Bernardino Léon said, “We are confident that this partnership will enhance EDA’s impact, as we look to foster even greater collaboration for our students and create an environment that promotes knowledge sharing and cross-cultural understanding.” Finally, in closing the event, His Excellency Léon stated the role of the two institutions, “It is in our hands to build cultural links between the UAE and Kazakhstan. It will be our responsibility, and it will require our passion. We need to agree on an action plan that will bring concrete steps, and ensure that we are ready to put it into practice. The UAE and Kazakhstan have natural riches, but the countries’ wise leaderships have highlighted the need to continue investing in human capital, and in the need for greater diplomacy and capabilities.” The new collaboration and partnership are strong demonstrations of EDA’s ongoing efforts to support the foreign relations of the UAE, and to raise the profile of the Academy and enhance the learning experience of its students.  
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy, in Collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Welcome Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Delegation
26 April 2017, Wednesday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading institution specialising in international relations, diplomacy, education, executive training and research, received a delegation from the Republic of Uganda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as part of its wider mission to facilitate an exchange of knowledge and expertise between countries in the intricate field of 21st century diplomacy. The meeting was arranged in collaboration with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation’s (MOFAIC) Technical Assistance Program (UAETAP), and intended to provide the visiting delegation with practical insights into EDA’s progressive development as an organisation, and an understanding of its rich operational experience. The Ugandan delegation comprised senior officials His Excellency James Kintu, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Juliet Kabonesa Ssekitoleko, Head of the North Africa and Middle East Region Department, and Daniel Ssekabembe, Foreign Service Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Accounting Officer at the Uganda Mission in Abu Dhabi. Welcoming the diplomatic guests, His Excellency Bernardino León, President, Emirates Diplomatic Academy, provided an overview of the Academy’s model and mission. The delegation also met with EDA students – the UAE’s future diplomats – in a special session which presented the students with an opportunity for direct, real-world learning experience. In addition, the delegates had productive discussions with faculty from the Academy’s Executive Training and Student Affairs, Research, Education departments on the educational programs and advanced curriculum offered by the Academy to enhance future diplomats’ skills necessary to face the 21st Century Diplomacy challenges. Referring to the diplomatic visit, His Excellency Bernardino León said: “It was an honour for us to welcome distinguished members from the Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As an organisation, we are pleased to share our multifaceted experiences in the world of diplomacy. We are also keen to exchange best practices and foster channels of communication with other diplomatic bodies.” His Excellency added: “Our students have benefited from the opportunity to interact with diplomats of this fascinating African country, and to learn from their experiences. For this opportunity, we are grateful to MOFAIC, and its Technical Assistance Program (UAETAP), whose continued support is pivotal to our sustained engagement with professionals and organisations in the international diplomatic community.” His Excellency James Kintu, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said: "The visit to the Emirates Diplomatic Academy came within the framework of strengthening the bilateral relations between the UAE and Uganda in the field of international diplomacy. This visit made it possible for us to learn about the UAE's diplomacy, and how it has progressed over time. We would like to extend our gratitude to everyone who contributed to the success of this visit, especially His Excellency Leon, MOFAIC, and UAETAP." EDA frequently welcomes high-profile experts, scholars, and professionals from around the world as part of its goal to raise the profile of the Academy and enhance the learning experience of students. The visit by senior officials from the Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs was an example of the wide range of regions and the diversity of speakers that the Academy connects with.
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EDA Hosts Joachim Bergström for a Lecture on “Foreign Policy of Sweden and Scandinavian Countries in the Middle East”
24 April 2017, Monday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, welcomed Ambassador Joachim Bergström to share insights from his esteemed diplomatic career at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm, and from serving as the Ambassador to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Special Envoy to Combat Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism. As part of the EDA course, “Preparing for 21st Century Diplomacy”, Ambassador Bergström discussed the topic of the Foreign Policy of Sweden and Scandinavian countries in the Middle East, while also providing an understanding of the OIC, and the Special Envoy, as well as best practices in Sweden’s work to combat racism and religious conflicts. The engaging lecture created a unique opportunity to learn about important diplomatic efforts, and international work to foster a culture of tolerance, peace and co-existence. Furthermore, the afternoon’s session showcased the Academy as a platform for engagement with the wider community. Students from the Politics and International Relations programs at Middlesex University Dubai visited EDA, and joined the lecture to contribute towards the dialogue, drawing from their own diverse backgrounds and varying interests. Everyone in attendance was able to learn more about EDA and develop a better understanding of the skills necessary to become diplomats. His Excellency Bernardino León, President of EDA, highlighted the impact of the lecture: “EDA is excited to build upon our prominent position in the UAE -- opening dialogues on important issues related to international affairs and diplomacy, and forging lasting partnerships with leaders and institutions. Ambassador Bergström’s lecture provided a great example of the expertise and insights that we seek to elevate. We were pleased to offer this opportunity, while at the same time, developing closer ties with Middlesex University and welcoming their talented students to our Academy”. In the session, Ambassador Bergström said: "At the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the fight against Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, we work to develop our relationships with international organizations, to eradicate the most immediate threat globally, which is Islamophobia and racism. I appreciated this opportunity to join with EDA to raise awareness on these important issues and to collaborate in combating these challenges." Ambassador Bergström holds a PhD in history from the University of Tokyo with a dissertation on transnational public memory of war crimes during World War II. He is also a clinical psychologist and former journalist working for media organisations in Sweden, Japan, and the United States. Since joining the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, he has been posted to Tokyo, Riyadh and Washington, DC. EDA regularly invites high-profile leaders and practitioners to enhance the educational experience of the UAE’s future diplomats, and Ambassador Bergström’s lecture was a great example of how real world lessons can better prepare students to meet the challenges they will face in the future.  
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Unveils Consultation Report to United Nations Secretary-General in New York
20 April 2017, Thursday
Download here: Members of the public can join the Thunderclap campaign at http://thndr.me/FnIQCG and share their insights with EDA at unitednetworks.ae. Emirates Diplomatic Academy Unveils Consultation Report to United Nations Secretary-General in New York Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, unveiled a consultation report titled ‘United Networks: Can Technology Help the UN Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century?’ The document enlists a set of 20 recommendations to the UN Secretary-General on managing the shift to a hyperconnected world without compromising the values upon which the institution was founded. Tom Fletcher, Special Advisor to the President of EDA, authored the report with the support of EDA. During the launch event in New York, people from around the world were invited to advise on how to overcome the challenges the UN faces in the 21st century. Utilising Thunderclap, a "crowdspeaking" platform, the Academy initiated a social media campaign that enables everyone – from global citizens, refugees and beneficiaries of the UN to policymakers who value the organisation’s work – to contribute their ideas. Highlighting the importance of the report and the issues it raises, Tom Fletcher said: “The world is changing at an unprecedented rate, and the UN must adapt and innovate to ensure that it can deliver on its mandate to global populations. There are huge opportunities, but also serious challenges. We are confident that this report and its 20 recommendations can serve as a blueprint to prepare the UN for the demands of the 21st century.” His Excellency Bernardino León, President of EDA, added: “The report represents the culmination of months of hard work by authors from EDA and other partners. Embracing its role as a contributor to global solutions in diplomacy and international affairs, the Academy is pleased to support this significant effort and facilitate a worldwide dialogue on important socio-cultural issues.”
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Hosts HE Majid Al Suwaidi, UAE Consul General of the UAE in New York
17 April 2017, Monday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, hosted HE Al Suwaidi for a lecture as part of the course, “Preparing for 21st Century Diplomacy”. Over the interactive session, HE Al Suwaidi shared lessons and wisdom that he has accrued throughout his long and successful career serving the UAE as a professional diplomat. His experiences, as an expert in international negotiations, and the former advisor of the UAE Mission to the United Nations (UN), offered students an abundance of examples to draw upon, as they aspire to follow in his footsteps. His Excellency was able to provide many real-world examples, and topical, in-depth understanding of his position as the Consul General of the UAE in New York, for which he was appointed in September 2015. In addition, His Excellency shared takeaways from other points in his career, such as the Lead Negotiator on Climate Change. Furthermore, HE Al Suwaidi also pulled from his background working with intergovernmental organizations, for example at the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), where he supported the negotiations of the climate change agreement that was adopted at the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) in 2015. HE Al Suwaidi has been instrumental for other UN focus areas, including the UAE’s pursuit of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that created an international mandate for global sustainability issues. Expressing his appreciation for the lecture, His Excellency Bernardino León, President of EDA, said: “We are honoured to welcome HE Al Suwaidi to our Academy. All of us at EDA greatly benefited from learning the first-hand experience of such a talented and experienced diplomat. His Excellency shared great insights into how students can best prepare, and the skills they need, to be an effective diplomat.” Throughout the lecture, HE Al Suwaidi highlighted challenges diplomats face, and the strategies they can use for success, “As a diplomat you have to always be prepared, as everything you do and say has a political dimension to it. In diplomacy, you work long hours, and even outside of the office, you must be on message. Everything you say should reflect the messages of the UAE.” “To me, the three most important traits of a successful diplomat are: patience, open-mindedness to others’ perspectives, and passion for the work you are doing.” “The world has changed, and we are in a fierce economic race. We need to make the UAE more competitive, and diversify our economy. Attracting investment and business from the USA is important for achieving this goal. Finding ways to show that the USA and UAE aren’t that different is crucial. It’s what encourages a businessman, or a tourist, to look towards the UAE.” EDA regularly invites high-profile leaders and practitioners to enhance the educational experience of the UAE’s future diplomats, and His Excellency’s lecture was a great example of how real world lessons can better prepare students to meet the challenges they will face in the future.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy separately partners with Delma Institute and Georgetown University to organise Simulation Week
15 April 2017, Saturday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE's leading international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, organised a five-day Simulation Week covering negotiations and conflict situations. The first part of the activities was organized in collaboration with the Delma Institute, and the second part with Georgetown University's "Institute for the Study of Diplomacy". Throughout the week, EDA students improved their understanding of strategic planning for negotiations and practiced solving hypothetical dilemmas, such as the Kashmir conflict and cyber warfare incidents. Preparation for the activities included a thorough analysis of several historical political agreements, including the 1978 Camp David Accord, and the 1989 Taif Agreement in Lebanon. Through a variety of diverse learning approaches, EDA aims to provide a better understanding for the UAE's future diplomats on negotiating processes and ways to develop innovative solutions. The sessions were part of the Academy's focus on promoting critical thinking, encouraging outside-the-box techniques for reaching optimal outcomes through negotiations, and preparing students for 21st century diplomacy. His Excellency Bernardino León, President of EDA, highlighted the impact of Simulation Week: "At EDA, we understand that it is important to give our students the opportunities to apply classroom lessons to practical situations. For that reason, Simulation Week brings together a range of experts from within the UAE and abroad to expose future diplomats to both historical examples of negotiations, and also interesting mock simulation exercises. These sessions endow our students with the tools that will be essential to their careers in diplomacy". Mariam Al Mahmoud, Director of Executive Training and Student Affairs, said: "We continuously seek to offer practical training programs that better support and prepare future diplomats. Through this program, we have provided an opportunity to interact first-hand with experts, and to learn best practices for negotiation and conflict resolution". Simulation Week is a strong example of how EDA builds knowledge in the field of international relations and diplomacy, to support the UAE's foreign policy objectives. As a result, the Academy has made these exercises an annual part of the curriculum for its students.  
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Hosts SOAS University of London’s Centenary Celebration
02 April 2017, Sunday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, hosted a reception to mark the 100th anniversary of SOAS University of London (SOAS). Reflecting SOAS’s time-honoured tradition of imparting knowledge on important issues concerning the region, the celebration at EDA incorporated an engaging panel discussion themed ‘Diplomacy in a Polarising World’.Baroness Valerie Amos CH, Director of SOAS and Member of EDA Advisory Council, hosted a panel that included Mishaal Al Gergawi, Managing Director at the Delma Institute, Tom Fletcher, Special Advisor to the President of EDA, and Dr Leslie Vinjamuri, Director of the Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Relations and Chair of the International Relations Speaker Series at SOAS.The panel discussed the rapidly changing international political landscape that has lately witnessed dramatic developments from Brexit to the election of Donald Trump as the US president. The lively debate produced key learnings on the ramifications of these events, their implications for future diplomats, as well as their impact on the UAE, the Middle East region, and international organisations.Expressing her appreciation for EDA and the event, Baroness Valerie Amos said: “I would like to thank all at EDA who made tonight possible. SOAS has a long history of teaching and research on the Middle East, and we are pleased to have the opportunity, with EDA, to consider the skills and attributes necessary for diplomats in a rapidly changing and polarising world. Diplomats need to have the ability to work in many spheres to contribute to tackling global challenges, and helping to find solutions where they continue to evade us.”Expressing his appreciation for SOAS’s work, His Excellency Bernardino León, President of EDA, said: “We are honoured to welcome these thought-provoking speakers here today and to host SOAS’s centenary celebration at our Academy. SOAS has a great history of teaching the rest of the world about the Middle East, and we are very pleased to have this opportunity to build upon the positive relationship between our two institutions.” He added: “EDA seeks to forge lasting and impactful connections with prestigious international universities and their educators, and our reception in honour of SOAS and Baroness Valerie Amos CH is a prime example of working towards this goal. I have met many distinguished alumni from SOAS, and it was a privilege to host for this renowned university.”Established by a royal charter in 1916 as the School of Oriental Studies and welcoming its first batch of students in 1917, SOAS specialises in the study of Asia, Africa, and the Near and Middle East. In commemoration of its centenary, SOAS held events in Abu Dhabi, New Delhi, Hong Kong, New York, and Lagos.
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