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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Delegations from Emirates Diplomatic Academy to Visit High-profile Institutions in Belgium, Netherlands, and China
29 March 2017, Wednesday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, is sending two delegations abroad as part of an educational and cultural exchange. The project aligns with the Academy’s strategy of strengthening ties with partner organisations in Europe and Asia. During the two week-long trips, over 65 students and faculty will visit a selection of high-profile international, government and educational institutions. In addition, they will stop over at several world-renowned cultural sites and offer their foreign counterparts insights into the UAE’s rich cultural heritage. The EDA delegation to Europe will start in Belgium, where the Academy delegates will attend sessions at the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), as well as meet Gilles de Kerchove, a Belgian senior European Union (EU) official at the EU headquarters, and Margaritis Schinas, the current Chief Spokesperson of the European Commission. The delegates will then proceed to the Netherlands to visit the Dutch Parliament and Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as prestigious international institutions, such as the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague. As part of EDA’s drive to build relationships with leading European educational institutions, the students and faculty will visit the College of Europe in Bruges and the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael. In parallel, the EDA delegation to China will travel to Beijing and Shanghai, where the future diplomats will attend meetings at key national government agencies including China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National People’s Congress. The students and faculty will also visit Peking University, China Foreign Affairs University, Zayed Center for Arabic Language and Islamic Studies at Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), and the Middle East Studies Institute at Shanghai International Studies University (SISU). Finally, they will engage in briefings on the Chinese international security framework, and One Road One Belt Initiative (OROB). Bernardino León, President of EDA emphasised the crucial role the delegation programme serves for the academy: “The annual international delegation is an integral component of our academic programme. Travelling abroad and gaining first-hand experience is an important part of the learning process, and it provides future diplomats an opportunity to put their training into practice, while improving understanding of the UAE abroad. The trips represent tremendous opportunities for EDA students to expand their horizons and to build relationships that will benefit not only the Academy but the UAE as a whole.” In 2016, EDA previously sent a delegation to the U.S. on its inaugural international delegation programme.
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UAE Diplomats’ Spouses Graduate from Emirates Diplomatic Academy Executive Training Program
28 March 2017, Tuesday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, has announced the completion of a program that provided participants with essential skills and knowledge on topics of protocol, etiquette, and professional appearance, in addition to teachings on the history and culture of the UAE. A current diplomat’s spouse also shared her own experiences at the program, which was developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The week-long course leveraged EDA’s first-class executive training capabilities to provide diplomats’ families with the tools they will need to meet challenges of diplomatic protocols for a range of responsibilities as spouses, such as the hosting of social events and the sending of correspondences. Diplomats’ spouses must be aware of diplomatic norms, codes of behavior, and social relations, and they must know how to convey a good image of the UAE while holding a strong understanding of the cultures of their host countries. EDA’s Diplomat Spouses Program ensures that all participants are ready to meet these demands. EDA President Bernardino Leon congratulated the participants, “We are proud of our graduates from the Diplomat Spouses Program. EDA’s executive training courses, such as this, continue to enable the UAE to see improvements in diplomatic capabilities, and support foreign policy objectives in both the short and long term.” Mariam Al Mahmoud, Director of Executive Education and Student Affairs further announced, “We are excited to offer this program for the families of diplomats. EDA understands it is important that not only diplomats, but also their spouses, are fully prepared to take on the great responsibility of representing the UAE around the world.” “It was a pleasure to join for this tremendous learning opportunity. The EDA Diplomat Spouses Program provided us with invaluable skills for local and international etiquette and hospitality. It also covered the ceremonial rules for official functions and explained how to behave on these special occasions. I feel prepared to take on a diplomatic role, and I have a firm understanding of multicultural manners.”, said a graduate of this year’s course. EDA’s Diplomat Spouses Program provides diplomatic families with the capabilities to effectively represent the UAE on a world stage. The one-week executive education program is offered to the spouses of all UAE diplomats.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Graduates a Group of new Senior Diplomats from Executive Training Programme
23 March 2017, Thursday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, held a graduation ceremony for a group of new senior Diplomats. Developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, EDA’s New Ambassador Programme provides senior diplomats with the tools and knowledge to effectively represent the UAE on a world stage. The three-month executive education programme develops a range of skills and competencies – including political analysis, diplomatic correspondence, strategic thinking and scenario planning – while exploring various topics related to global affairs, communications with media, and cross-cultural communication skills. Speaking at the graduation ceremony, held at the Academy’s Sheikh Zayed Hall, Bernardino León, President of EDA, said: “We are proud of our new graduates, who are now equipped with the capabilities that will enable them to better serve the UAE’s foreign policy goals. Executive education holds a prominent place in EDA’s mission of supporting the country’s global diplomatic ambitions.” For her part, Mariam Al Mahmoud, Director of the Executive Training and Student Affairs Department, added: “Today’s graduation is just the beginning. These new senior diplomats will take the knowledge and skills they have gained, and share them with others through their work in diplomatic missions abroad. Meanwhile, EDA will continue to enhance its programmes to ensure that our world-class professionals receive the international-calibre education they deserve.” EDA has brought world-renowned experts and practitioners in the field of diplomacy to the UAE to inspire budding diplomats to become worthy representatives of their country. The New Ambassador Programme is a prime example of how the Academy meets its mandate of preparing students to strengthen the UAE’s international relations and deliver its foreign policy messages across the globe.
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Image Nation CEO Urges EDA Students to Build Careers in Public Diplomacy
16 March 2017, Thursday
At a special event hosted by Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, Michael Garin, CEO of Image Nation Abu Dhabi, urged Emirati youth to pursue careers in the dynamic field of public diplomacy. Referring to public diplomacy as a "highly influential field that is pivotal to the UAE's international affairs in the 21st century", Garin threw light on the exciting career path that efficiently engages with global audiences in a way that informs and influences. Mr Garin explained, “When we bring Hollywood professionals to the UAE, they are overwhelmed and impressed by the talent of the young people here. People in the UAE are very knowledgable of the film industry. We don’t lack for talent, we lack for mentors and experience. I’ve never seen a place with a such a concentration of talent, and now is the time to realise that potential.” Speaking at the two-hour interactive session held at the auditorium of the Academy that drew engaging questions from students, Garin set the stage by elaborating on the growing role of public diplomacy, and linked it to the UAE's international communications agenda. He also underlined the media’s special role as a disseminator of a country's key messages to audiences worldwide. Illustrating how the UAE is adopting global best practices in the sphere of international communications, Garin spoke about Image Nation’s work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and showcased content – documentaries and other productions created by the company – that promotes the UAE's international outreach communications programme. He also discussed Imagine Nation's role and collaboration with His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of EDA, on securing internships for Emiratis within the Academy. Garin, who drew upon his 40 years of experience in the industry, and his current role managing and forging key international partnerships for a leading UAE film entertainment company, concluded by explaining to the students the preparatory steps they would need to take to successfully launch themselves in the sphere of public diplomacy. As CEO of Image Nation Abu Dhabi, Garin heads one of the leading media and entertainment companies in the Arabic speaking world. Image Nation produces local and international films, documentaries and television content, and is a pan-Arabic broadcaster following the 2015 launch of Quest Arabiya. Garin previously served as a member of the Executive Committee of Abu Dhabi Media Company for four years before he was appointed CEO of Image Nation in February 2011. Previously, he worked for over a decade at TIME, Fortune and Time-Life Television. He is also the co-founder of Lorimar-Telepictures, a leading independent television company in the US, and served as the CEO of Central European Media Enterprises. In an earlier role, he was also the Global Head to Media & Telecommunications Investment banking for ING.
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Be Bold for Change: Noura Al Kaabi Calls for Women’s Empowerment in MENA Region at Emirates Diplomatic Academy
16 March 2017, Thursday
Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs, Chairwoman at Media Zone Authority-Abu Dhabi, twofour54, and Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company, shared a compelling narrative of her personal and career growth experiences as a leading Emirati woman changemaker in her address to the students and faculty of Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution. The talk was hosted as part of the Academy’s celebration of the Untied Nations’ International Women’s Day. Entitled ‘Be Bold for Change’, the insightful and inspiring address called for leading women to help shape a stronger gender inclusive world. Drawing on her distinguished record as one of the most prominent young Emirati leaders in the UAE, Her Excellency Al Kaabi highlighted examples from her own journey to encourage her audience to maximise their potential and use their talent to effect a tangible difference in global women’s empowerment. In her address, Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi said: “Our leadership has long supported women’s empowerment as envisioned by the UAE’s founding father late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. These values continue to be championed by His Highness Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates. As was exemplified by the mother of the nation, Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, everyone should take this mindset to encourage even more women to fully participate in our society, going forward. Including women’s perspectives and skills as part of the solution to the challenges we face will further ensure the sustained success of our national development.” Her Excellency Al Kaabi’s achievements have been internationally recognised. The first UAE national to be ranked in the Foreign Policy magazine’s ‘Top 100 Global Thinkers List’, she has also been honoured by Forbes Magazine as one of the Middle East’s ‘30 Most Influential Women in Government’. Bernardino Leon, President of Emirates Diplomatic Academy, said: “EDA was honoured to host Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi to our Academy as the latest eminent speaker to address our faculty and students. Her personal and professional journey sets her out as an exemplary role model and an inspiration.” Commenting on the lecture, Omar Al Bitar, Vice President of Emirates Diplomatic Academy, remarked: “We are very grateful for the valuable lessons that Her Excellency Al Kaabi shared from her own impressive career. In terms of women’s empowerment, it's not just a matter of equality in numbers but in terms of capabilities. As Her Excellency Al Kaabi highlighted today, the UAE is the leader in achieving that goal. ” A global event organised by the United Nations to celebrate the political, economic, social and cultural achievements of women, International Women’s Day is marked on 8 March annually. EDA joined in the global celebration of women’s empowerment with Her Excellency Al Kaabi’s address featuring as a key part of the Academy’s support. Reflecting on its mandate to train the UAE’s future diplomats and offer thought leadership on international affairs, Emirates Diplomatic Academy is gaining international reputation as a forum for discussion of pertinent regional and global topics.    
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EDA Holds Lecture on Colombian Referendum, Peace Process
16 March 2017, Thursday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, hosted an interactive event on the ‘Colombian Peace Process and National Referendum’ for high-level participants. The Academy organised the lecture in collaboration with Abu Dhabi’s Hedayah, the International Centre of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism, and the Colombian embassy. Speakers included His Excellency Faihan Al Fayez Chalhub, Ambassador of Colombia to the UAE, and His Excellency Maqsoud Kruse, Executive Director of Hedayah. His Excellency Bernardino León, President of EDA, delivered the closing remarks.The lecture, followed by an engaging discussion, provided valuable insight into the Colombian peace process and the implications of the national referendum, which has initially rejected the peace agreement, on the future of the country. Ratified on 29-30 November 2016 following a four-year negotiation process, the ground-breaking Colombian peace agreement marked the end of conflict between the country’s government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). His Excellency Maqsoud Kruse said: “As part of the ongoing collaboration between the government of Colombia and Hedayah, we are delighted to co-host this event that highlights the importance of ending conflicts through constructive diplomacy, negotiation and reconciliation.” For his part, His Excellency Faihan Al Fayez Chalhub said: “The peace agreement is a historic event not only because it marks the end of a 52-year conflict, but because we have concluded successful peace negotiations. The implementation of the agreement will bring about social and economic development opportunities that have the potential to transform the country.” His Excellency added: “The peace has already brought tangible results: 7,000 FARC members have concluded surrendering their weapons in designated zones under the tripartite mechanism monitoring and under the coordination of the United Nations. By June 2017, we are expecting total disarmament, and we are working towards reintegrating former rebel fighters into civilian life in the near future.” “The balance between justice and peace is not easy, but in Colombia, those responsible for war crimes and violations of international humanitarian law will find justice under the law.” The event was part of EDA’s ongoing series of lectures providing a platform for prominent voices to share thought-provoking perspectives with the people of Abu Dhabi.
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EDA Working Paper Highlights Food As Foreign Policy Area
16 March 2017, Thursday
Food and foreign policy have important interlinkages for highly import-dependent countries. Foreign policy and diplomacy can serve as central tools for supporting national food security in these countries, in particular in the long term. Multilateral governance frameworks, regional cooperation and bilateral relations between countries all offer opportunities for this. Conversely, the international ‘dimensions’ of food – trade, investments and aid – should be understood as part of broader foreign relations of a country. They can also be employed to support a country’s foreign policy and national development goals. With its focus on the international dimensions of food, this EDA Working Paper by Dr Mari Luomi, titled Food and Foreign Policy: Options for the UAE and Other Import-Dependent Countries, seeks to move away from a security discourse-dominated approach and broaden the discussion around food in import-dependent countries. It examines different ways in which food and foreign policy interact, and highlights important issue linkages and lessons learned from past and present experience, with a particular emphasis on the United Arab Emirates. An executive summary of this EDA Working Paper is available in English and Arabic. 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 EDA Working Paper (English): Download Infographic (English): Download Executive Summary in English: Download Executive Summary in Arabic: Dr Luomi’s comment in Gulf News on food and foreign policy, published on 2 March 2017, is available here
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UAE Army Officers Complete First Diplomatic Skills  Programme at Emirates Diplomatic Academy
07 March 2017, Tuesday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) celebrated the completion of its inaugural training programme designed to impart critical skills and insights to the defense officers of the UAE’s Armed Forces, who serve the UAE’s foreign policy objectives in their missions abroad. The ceremony that took place in the Academy’s Sheikh Zayed Hall, drew the participation of representatives of the UAE Armed Forces and EDA faculty. Handing out the certificates to the participants, Omar Al Bitar, Vice President, EDA, who has to his credit an extensive and distinguished military career, said: Our mission at the Academy is to build the capabilities that support the objectives of the UAE’s foreign policy by delivering high impact training and disseminating research and thought leadership that furthers the understanding of diplomacy and international relations. During the past few years the Academy has worked on expanding its efforts to go beyond the primary objective of creating a successful generation of diplomats, but also to provide employees of government entities with the necessary knowledge and skills to become the best representatives of their country abroad. " He also added: “We are extremely honoured to be working with the UAE Armed Forces and assisting their mission to defend the nation and contribute to international security. Our military fulfills a vital role in securing solid national foundations for economic growth and the continued prosperity that so many of us enjoy. And today, we celebrate with pride the graduation of our brave soldiers and their completion of the program’s requirements, wishing them further progress and success and prosperity. " The customised three-week programme and the ceremony were organised by the Academy’s Executive Training and Student Affairs Department, which actively encourages experienced foreign affairs professionals to join its specialised short courses. Mariam Al Mahmoud, Director of the Executive Training and Student Affairs Department, said: “The Emirates Diplomatic Academy seeks to effectively combine academic training with practical aspects of international relations and diplomacy. EDA has launched this specialised training course to assist military attachés to make informed strategic decisions based on global best practices once they return to their missions abroad.” Speaking on the programme's positive outcomes, a participant said: “I am grateful to the Academy for this fine opportunity that has furthered my career development. This programme provided me with practical training that built on my knowledge of diplomacy and global affairs. The insights gained from this course will stand us in good stead when we return to our duties representing the UAE around the world.”
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EDA Shares Experience with Immersive Training in Climate Negotiations
02 March 2017, Thursday
In line with its mission to prepare ‘21st century diplomats’, the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) is exploring new ways to build national capacity to engage with highly complex multilateral negotiating frameworks, like the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In 2016, the EDA, together with its local stakeholders and partners, organised a voluntary course on UN climate change negotiations for six of its postgraduate diploma students. The course experimented with a mix of preparatory and immersive training, and included participation in the 2016 UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakesh. This publication shares this experience, in an effort to encourage further discussion on innovative ways to train 21st century diplomats. The different sections of this booklet cover: the rationale for building issue-specific diplomatic capacity; the concept of the course organised by the EDA; the course participants’ experience during the negotiations; and the course outcomes, lessons and future recommendations. Download in English:
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EDA Reflection sets out diplomats’ key competences
19 February 2017, Sunday
The EDA is launching a new publication series titled EDA Reflection, which will feature short comments by leading diplomats and innovative thinkers, reflecting on the changing world of diplomacy and global affairs, and how relevant trends and developments relate to the UAE. The first EDA Reflection, titled What Makes a Good Diplomat, speaks to the EDA’s objective of producing a generation of exceptional diplomats, able to take on the challenges facing not just the UAE but the international community. The Reflection explores some historical perspectives on what makes for effective diplomats, and explains that future diplomats should be Capable, Influential and Ethical: Capable • Skillful: they master traditional diplomatic skills (including languages, written and oral communications, negotiating, networking, crisis management, consular) and specific 21st century skills (including digital technology, using big data, brand management and public relations, campaigning, using social media). • Astute: they show good judgment, display abundant tact and earn the trust of their seniors. • Knowledgeable: they possess a robust understanding of international affairs as well as of their own country, and have an insatiable curiosity to learn more. Influential • Leaders: they can set out a vision, build and mobilise networks, relationships and coalitions to achieve specific goals, and organize and motivate staff and stakeholders to achieve them . • Communicators: they are empathetic listeners, who build trust by being honest and authentic, and can write and speak persuasively using multiple media. • Innovators: they are creative and outcome-focused, think critically and outside the box, and adapt flexibly to changing circumstances. Ethical • Courageous: they are resilient under pressure and willing to convey inconvenient truths. • Disciplined: they are punctual, reliable, hardworking and well presented. • Committed: they demonstrate great integrity, are dedicated to promoting their country’s interests and passionate about international cooperation. 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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Globalisation unstoppable despite rise of protectionism, increased need for diplomats, says former Prime Minister at EDA
15 February 2017, Wednesday
His Excellency José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Former Prime Minister of Spain and a prominent advocate of human rights and inter-civilisational dialogue, gave a lecture to students at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA). Addressing students in the Academy’s Sheikh Zayed Hall, Mr Zapatero’s address dealt with the topic of ‘The Force of Public Diplomacy’. Commenting on the theme of his lecture, Mr Zapatero said: “The inevitable advance of globaliation, facilitated by technological progress and ease of movement, means that we live in an increasingly interconnected world. One important result of this is a growing need for professional and adaptable diplomats. In order to understand other countries, we need to acquire a deep knowledge of their geography and history so that we gain the cultural awareness that can enhance dialogue. “The crucial importance of informed advice requires diplomats committed to the goals of promoting peace, respecting diversity, defending human rights and supporting progress. Most important of all is the need to avoid prejudice, which is a primary cause of conflict and misunderstandings”, added Mr Zapatero. Following the lecture, His Excellency engaged the interested audience in an interactive session where students were able to discuss pressing issues in international relations and diplomacy with the former Prime Minister. During this session the politician highlighted the importance of diplomacy in decision-making and consensus building on a national level. Bernardino León, the President of the EDA, said: “We have been honoured to host His Excellency today, and I would like to thank Mr Zapatero’s for his fascinating and insightful speech. I know from personal experience His Excellency’s abilities when I had the privilege of working with him.” The lecture is the latest in a series of presentations in which distinguished speakers are hosted by the Emirates Diplomatic Academy. 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. “Mr Zapatero’s speech was the latest distinguished contribution to our ongoing series of lectures by senior international leaders and diplomats from around the world. The Academy is establishing a growing reputation as a forum of choice for high-level debate and for preparing the next generation of UAE diplomats to protect and promote their country’s interests”, added Mr Leon. Mr Zapatero is the former Prime Minister of Spain, serving two consecutive terms in 2004 and 2008. In this capacity, Mr Zapatero emphasised that Europe’s future was linked to the global crisis. He strengthened Spain’s presence in Europe and Latin America while also building links with emerging powers like China and areas historically linked to Spain such as the countries in northern Africa. The Emirates Diplomatic Academy provides a comprehensive educational experience designed to prepare future diplomats of the UAE through state-of-the-art teaching methods including lectures and interactive discussions with leading diplomats and decision makers.
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