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EDA Diplographic Highlights SDG Synergies
12 October 2017, Thursday
This EDA Diplographic uses the example of food security and climate action to illustrate how GCC countries can achieve more efficient and impactful policy outcomes by focusing on the synergistic interlinkages of different global sustainable development goals. The Diplographic is based on an EDA Insight policy brief authored by Dr Mari Luomi titled Synergies between Global Food Security and Climate Goals: Recommendations for Gulf Countries’ Foreign Trade, Investments and Aid. 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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Roundtable on Gulf-Asia relations
11 October 2017, Wednesday
On 11 October, the EDA hosted a roundtable discussion about Gulf- Asia relations. The speakers were from the Emirates Diplomatic Academy and Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy 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 Students Gain Insights from Former New Zealand Foreign Minister
07 October 2017, Saturday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading diplomacy and international relations education, executive training and research institution, hosted a lecture by His Excellency Murray McCully, former Foreign Minister of New Zealand. Speaking to an audience of EDA faculty and students, His Excellency shared perspectives from his distinguished diplomatic and political career, spanning over 30 years. He provided an overview of New Zealand’s foreign policy and diplomacy, and emphasised the vital contribution of the country during its two-year term as an elected member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) between January 2015 and December 2016. In his talk, he drove home the vital need for smaller nations of the world to play a more active role in global decision-making. During His Excellency’s stint as the Foreign Minister, New Zealand was among the first non-permanent members of UNSC to re-introduce Resolution 2334 demanding the cessation of all Israeli settlement activities in the occupied West Bank including Eastern Jerusalem. The resolution stated that it was illegal for the country to establish settlements in the occupied territories as it had been doing since 1967. Furthermore, it highlighted the importance of intensifying regional and global diplomatic efforts to achieve lasting peace in the Middle East under just terms. His Excellency Murray McCully praised the pivotal role the UAE plays in international relations, and the outstanding success the country has achieved in positioning itself as a leader in diplomacy and global cooperation. He also applauded the mutually beneficial collaboration between the UAE and New Zealand, particularly in investments, economy, education and food security. Following the lecture, His Excellency Murray McCully discussed pressing issues in international relations and diplomacy with the audience, and offered students practical career advice. The lively debate highlighted the significance of diplomacy in decision-making and consensus-building on an international level, as well as the importance of respect and commitment in the diplomatic vocation. His Excellency Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, said: “I thank His Excellency Murray McCully for his insightful lecture that provided a great example of the expertise we seek to cultivate at the Academy. With his wealth of experience in serving his country and his remarkable achievements at the helm of the New Zealand diplomatic corps, he is the perfect role model for our students. It has been a true honour to host him.” He added: “The lecture demonstrated EDA’s commitment to pioneering diplomatic approaches, promoting international best practice, empowering the next generation of UAE diplomats and reinforcing the UAE’s leading role in foreign policy.” Concurrently with his role as Foreign Minister of New Zealand, His Excellency Murray McCully also served as Associate Minister for Sport and Recreation. He started his political career as a member of the New Zealand Parliament in 1987, after winning the Auckland seat of East Coast Bays, and was appointed a Minister in October 1991. He has held several cabinet portfolios including Customs, Housing, Tourism, ACC, Rugby World Cup, and Sport, Fitness and Leisure. For his services to foreign policy, he was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2015. The lecture is the latest in a series of presentations in which the EDA hosts distinguished speakers. Reflecting its mandate to train the UAE’s future diplomatic cadre and offer thought leadership on international affairs, the Academy is gaining a growing reputation as a platform for discussion on pertinent regional and global topics.
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Roundtable on Kurdistan region referendum
04 October 2017, Wednesday
On 1 October, the EDA hosted a roundtable discussion about the implications of the recent independence referendum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The two speakers were from the National Defense College and the Delma Institute and the participants included UAE government officials and experts from local think tanks and universities, as well as EDA students.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Announces Launch of Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations Programme
02 October 2017, Monday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading institution for international relations and diplomacy education, executive training and research, today announced the launch of its Master of Arts (MA) programme in Diplomacy and International Relations. The announcement came during a press conference, at the Academy’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi. Accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Education, the programme equips holders of EDA’s Post-Graduate Diploma in UAE Diplomacy and International Relations with specialised knowledge of global and regional issues, particularly those relevant to the UAE and the wider Middle East. With a focus on international relations and diplomatic thought, the curriculum enables students to hone their research, communication and critical thinking skills. The new MA programme will include a variety of courses, such as trends in European foreign and security policy towards the Middle East, American foreign policy in the Middle East, international relations and diplomacy, the Middle East peace process, foreign policy and extremism. His Excellency Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, said: “Since its inception, EDA has evolved into a leading national platform for education, training and research in the field of diplomacy and international relations, and is today a strategic resource for the country and its government. The Academy is mandated to equip the UAE’s diplomats with the skills and expertise they need to support the UAE’s foreign policy objectives and address the challenges and leverage the opportunities the country encounters on the global stage, while continuing to break new ground in international diplomacy.” He added: “In this context, I am pleased to announce the launch of our new academic programme – Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations, accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Education. I am extremely proud of the speed with which our accreditation was completed – it is an unprecedented achievement. Emirati diplomats play a crucial role in cementing the UAE’s global standing through their service on the frontlines of diplomacy, and we are confident that our continuing master’s programme will enhance their preparedness for this mission. EDA is a distinguished educational institution that serves as the driving force in the UAE’s efforts to qualify Emirati talent for international careers and positions of leadership in support of the nation’s foreign policy objectives. The Academy brings international knowledge, expertise and experience to the UAE to prepare its graduates to represent their country abroad at the highest levels.  
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EDA Insight Examines UAE/Saudi Arabia–East Asia Energy Relations
26 September 2017, Tuesday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy has published an EDA Insight titled The UAE/Saudi Arabia–East Asia Energy Relations: Towards More Dynamic and Diverse, authored by Dr Makio Yamada. This Insight explores the changing patterns of energy relations between the UAE/Saudi Arabia and East Asian countries. The UAE/Saudi Arabia–East Asia energy relations are becoming more dynamic and diverse. As a result, identifying the overarching trend in their development is no longer an easy task. These relations are underpinned by two global energy-related trends: the oil glut and the shift to non-hydrocarbon energy. In the area of hydrocarbons, the growing East Asian economies provide the UAE and Saudi Arabia with opportunities in terms of markets to export their oil and sources of investment in their oil industry. East Asian firms’ growing interest in the solar markets in the UAE and Saudi Arabia also provides the latter with greater options in selecting partners in this field. The rise of East Asian nuclear-reactor exporters gives the UAE and Saudi Arabia greater options in choosing their partners for their nuclear power development programmes going forward. However, it is desirable for the UAE and Saudi Arabia to carry out strict feasibility assessments before making an agreement – not only with emerging reactor-exporters but also with established ones – if they decide to include or expand nuclear power as component of their future power supply plans. 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 Insight Identifies Measures for Achieving Food and Climate Goals
20 September 2017, Wednesday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy has released an EDA Insight titled Synergies between Global Food Security and Climate Goals: Recommendations for Gulf Countries’ Foreign Trade, Investments and Aid, authored by Dr Mari Luomi. This policy brief suggests measures that GCC countries could adopt in their foreign policies, drawing from international best practices and knowledge on the interlinkages between food security and climate change. Agricultural production and climate change are interlinked in important ways, as are the related policy goals of food security, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the adverse impacts of climate change. At the international level, two global frameworks guide related development efforts: the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. It is crucial that the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, which largely rely on food produced in other countries, understand the relationships between the global development goals related to food security and climate change, and mainstream this knowledge into their foreign policy. This EDA Insight first explores the dynamics of the main food- and climate change-related global policy goals, including related synergies and trade-offs. It then presents a selection of international best practices in three areas of foreign affairs – trade, investments and aid – that relate to achieving food security and climate action goals simultaneously. The brief ends with suggestions on measures that GCC countries could adopt in their foreign policies, drawing from these best practices and knowledge on the interlinkages between food security and climate change. 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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His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan Attends Graduation of Second Cohort of Emirates Diplomatic Academy Students
17 September 2017, Sunday
His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), attended the graduation of the second cohort of EDA students, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Abu Dhabi. His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan praised and thanked His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, for his unwavering support and outstanding patronage of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy that is committed to preparing young Emirati talent to shape the future of the UAE’s diplomacy. A total of 34 students received post-graduate diplomas in UAE Diplomacy and International Relations after successfully completing the nine-month academic programme. During the ceremony, 14 students were honoured for their outstanding Capstone projects, with awards presented in five categories: the best overall capstone, the most rigorous research, the most innovative capstone, the most practical capstone, and the best team work.The graduating class of 2017 also included employees of several ministries including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, and the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development. The graduation ceremony drew the participation of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan Humanitarian and Scientific Foundation, His Excellency Ahmed Juma Al Zaabi, Deputy Minister of Presidential Affairs, His Excellency Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, His Excellency Dr Ahmed Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education, His Excellency Dr Sultan Ahmad Al Jaber, Minister of State and member of the EDA Board of Trustees, Her Excellency Shamma bint Suhail Faris Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs, and several other high profile officials, public figures and families of the graduating class of 2017 also attended the ceremony. In his address to the graduates, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan thanked and applauded them on their achievement, emphasising the important role of the graduates in representing the UAE on the world stage. His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan praised the efforts of the EDA faculty in empowering the second batch of students to serve their country. His Highness said: “The UAE’s diplomacy represents the country’s soft power that has the potential to make a fundamental difference in its position on the global map and promote the noble values of tolerance and respect that we hold so dear.” His Highness added: "In 2018, we will celebrate the intellectual and moral legacy of the founding founder of the UAE, late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, as the Year of Zayed. I see his legacy reflected today when I look at this remarkable batch of Emirati youth, who are capable of fulfilling the country's foreign policy objectives in an efficient and responsible manner. I have the utmost confidence in these young people and in their ability to become the true bearers of Zayed’s message." For his part, His Excellency Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, said: “We are proud to graduate the second batch of EDA diplomats. We have confidence in their ability to achieve the vision of the UAE leadership to promote diplomatic work and excellence in supporting the foreign policy objectives of the country that aim to enhance international cooperation and defend the interests of the UAE.” His Excellency added: "We work relentlessly in preparing our students to meet the challenges of the changing world of foreign policy and to open new horizons for the UAE through enhancing its prominent global status. As part of their experiential learning component, our student delegations visited the Netherlands, Belgium and China this year, while last year's batch toured New York and Washington to get acquainted first-hand with the intricacies of diplomatic work abroad." EDA has been the driving force in the UAE’s efforts to qualify talented men and women for international careers and positions of leadership in support of the nation’s foreign policy objectives.
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EDA Working Paper Explores Ways for GCC Countries to Engage with International Cooperative Frameworks on Energy Pricing Reform
12 September 2017, Tuesday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy has launched an EDA Working Paper titled GCC States and Energy Pricing Reform: Building and Using International Frameworks of Cooperation, authored by Tom S. H. Moerenhout. The working paper analyses existing international frameworks of cooperation on energy pricing reform, from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries’ perspective. The paper focuses on two relevant modes of cooperation: norm-creation in an international policy setting; and technical assistance to domestic reforms. The Working Paper takes stock of key international institutions and cooperation frameworks, which include the Group of Twenty, Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform, Global Subsidies Initiative, International Monetary Fund, World Bank and World Trade Organization. It then examines GCC engagement with these frameworks, and presents experiences of other MENA countries. The paper further makes policy recommendations for the GCC countries with regard to participation in international policy formation and engaging international institutions on technical assistance. On international policy development, the study finds that GCC countries recognise the drawbacks of low energy prices, but want a debate that considers their socio-political importance. On technical assistance, it notes that international institutions have strong and diverse experiences with energy pricing reforms in the MENA region and in fuel exporting countries. 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 Executive Summary in English: Download Executive Summary in Arabic:
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EDA Reflection by Sultan Al Qassemi Explores Emirati Art and Cultural Diplomacy
12 September 2017, Tuesday
Following the recent announcement that the Louvre Abu Dhabi will open on 11 November, the Emirates Diplomatic Academy is releasing an EDA Reflection, in which Sultan Al Qassemi, the UAE-based writer and founder of Barjeel Art Foundation, describes the contribution that Emirati art has made to the UAE’s cultural diplomacy and soft power. 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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EDA Insight Identifies Role for Arab Aid Donors in Supporting Financing for Sustainable Development
13 July 2017, Thursday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy has launched an EDA Insight policy brief titled Financing Sustainable Development through Development Cooperation: Role for Arab Donors. The Insight explores ways in which development cooperation donors can support the implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) through alignment of relevant policies and actions. A global framework for financing development over the next decade and a half is outlined in the AAAA, launched in 2015. Reaching the Agenda’s targets will require the alignment of efforts by numerous actors, and will necessitate both domestic and international actions. This includes development assistance donors. The Insight starts by presenting the AAAA and identifying its key aspects for development cooperation donors. It then turns to emerging economies, which are playing an increasingly important role in global development finance, and zooms in on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) donors, examining their experience so far. Finally, the Insight makes initial suggestions regarding how the GCC, as well as other ‘emerging’ (non-Development Assistance Committee) donors, could (a) support the implementation of the AAAA through their development cooperation policies and measures and (b) strengthen their role in shaping the new international framework for development cooperation and finance. 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 Organises Training Course for Participants of UAE Youth Ambassadors Program
10 July 2017, Monday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) organised an interactive training course for 20 participants of the UAE Youth Ambassadors Program. The Academy developed the course in conjunction with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and the Educational Affairs Office at the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi. In line with the objectives of the programme, the training course placed special emphasis on the UAE-China relations. The week-long course covered a range of subjects including protocol and etiquette, communication and cultural awareness, and report writing skills. Launched in 2012 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the UAE Youth Ambassadors Program seeks to develop young Emiratis to take on prominent roles in key strategic sectors to promote cross-cultural understanding and strengthen relations between the UAE and its strategic partners. His Excellency Bernardino León, President of EDA, said: "Emirates Diplomatic Academy works relentlessly to impart the latest theoretical and practical expertise in the field of diplomacy and international relations to future UAE diplomats with the aim of equipping them with the tools to become worthy representatives of their country on the world stage. EDA is committed to empowering young Emiratis to become the driving force of the UAE’s international strategic initiatives. The course for the participants of the UAE Youth Ambassadors Program is a prime example of how the Academy meets this mandate.” Mariam Al Mahmoud, Director of the Executive Training and Student Affairs Department at EDA, added: "The Academy offers programmes and training courses tailored to the requirements of the modern age and designed in accordance with international best practices. As the strategic partners of the UAE Youth Ambassadors Program, we have developed our latest course to build the participants’ diplomatic capabilities, and enhance their understanding of the UAE’s foreign policy and international relations. We are confident that the course will go a long way towards helping the youth ambassadors make the right strategic decisions while representing their country abroad." Speaking on her takeaways from the course, Majida Al Maktoum, UAE Youth Ambassador Program member, said: "I thank the Academy for organising the course that provided deep insight into the nature of the UAE’s relationship with China and the common values the two countries share, enabling us to gain a greater understanding of our country's foreign policy objectives.” She added: “Participants also learned about the Belt and Road initiative that seeks a symbolic revival of ancient trade routes through boosting foreign infrastructure investments and developing trade relations between China and other countries. We were proud to discover the significant role the UAE plays in this endeavour and other important strategic initiatives.” Al Maktoum said: “The Program will continue working on enhancing knowledge of Chinese culture, through multiple site visits within the UAE and in China. The Program will also work on further developing Chinese language skills amongst all participants." For his part, Hassan Abdullah Al Ali, a fellow participant, said: "With its vast territory, rich geographic diversity and high population density, China is one of the most diverse countries in the world in terms of cultures, religions and spiritual concepts. The course helped us understand the educational, cultural and economic connections between the UAE and China. We also studied the basics of Chinese protocol and etiquette, and the most important customs and traditions that distinguish Chinese people from other nations and reflect their history and civilisation. Furthermore, we got to bond with the other participants of the UAE Youth Ambassadors Program."
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy and Georgetown University Collaborate on Arabic Translation of Diplomatic Case Study
02 July 2017, Sunday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomacy educational and research institution, has for the first time collaborated with Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD) to translate one of their most recent case studies, Crisis in Dominion, into Arabic. Crisis in Dominion describes a fictional international, political-military crisis in which the participants are exposed to different elements of crisis management and acquire the crucial skills of information assessment, analysis, negotiation and decision-making. The ISD has a world-renowned library of nearly 250 case studies in diplomacy that serve as a unique and useful educational tool for aspiring diplomats. Crisis in Dominion is the first of ISD’s case studies to be translated into Arabic. His Excellency Bernardino Leon, President of EDA, said: “Case studies serve as a helpful tool in practical learning. We at EDA are delighted to have partnered on this milestone project for the benefit of Arabic-speaking students and practitioners. We are confident that aspiring diplomats worldwide, as well as our own students at EDA will find immense value in this case study for the improvement of their diplomatic skills. “We look forward to forging a long and fruitful relationship with Georgetown University in our aim to help diplomatic professionals to develop their capabilities and make sure they best represent their country abroad.” Leon added that EDA’s collaboration with Georgetown University validates its ongoing efforts to support the UAE’s foreign relations and raise the international profile of the Academy in enhancing the learning experience of students.The translation of the nearly 50-page case study can be accessed on the ISD website (https://casestudies.isd.georgetown.edu/products/student-version-333).
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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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