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.