The Emirates Diplomatic Academy has published an ‘EDA Insight’ titled A Failed Coup in Turkey: What are the Consequences?
27 July 2016, Wednesday
The recent attempted military coup in Turkey confirmed the decreased ability of the military to intervene in Turkey’s democracy, the continuous popular support for the democratically elected government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the government’s determination to consolidate its position. This EDA Insight provides context on the coup attempt and explores the implications of its aftermath, both domestically as well as internationally. Please note that the views expressed in this publication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, an autonomous federal entity, or of the UAE Government. The EDA Insight can be found here: Download in English:
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy debates significance of diplomacy in age of instant communications
29 June 2016, Wednesday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy, the UAE’s integrated foreign policy, academic and research centre, organised an EDA Debate and Suhoor event at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island, to explore whether diplomacy has lost its relevance in the age of instant communications. The event, moderated by Mishaal Al Gergawi, Managing Director of Delma Institute, witnessed the active participation of students and staff of the Academy, and marked the closure of the academic year for the current batch of students at the Academy. Divided into a pro and against camp on the topic ‘Is Diplomacy Finished?’, students and staff debated whether diplomacy and ministries of foreign affairs are still relevant during the internet era when instant communications have made it possible for leaders to stay in regular direct contact with each other. “Emirates Diplomatic Academy organised the debate as part of its efforts to encourage critical and creative thinking in the students and build up team spirit among the students and staff. The debate offered a fun, experiential learning platform to help equip the UAE’s young diplomats with a good understanding of the challenges of modern day diplomacy and enabled them to hone their negotiation skills in tune with the requirements of the current age,” said Bernardino Leon, Director General of the EDA. “After nine months of intensive training that combined academic learning with interactive and hands-on activities, the students have gained the skills and experience to handle any diplomatic situation and further strengthen the UAE’s diplomacy,” Leon added. Emirates Diplomatic Academy plays a crucial role in supporting the strategic foreign policy objectives and aspirations of the UAE through its integrated courses and thought leadership platforms and events.    
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Blog: Post Conflict Yemen
27 June 2016, Monday
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EDA Insight Examines Tasks for the GCC Countries After the Adoption of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change
26 June 2016, Sunday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy has published an EDA Insight policy brief titled Operationalising and Implementing the Paris Agreement: Issues of Interest for the GCC Countries. Following the historic Paris Agreement on climate change of 2015, there are two tasks for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its member states: operationalising the Agreement and ensuring its smooth entry into force; and supporting and incentivising states and non-state actors to ensure the implementation of their national climate plans and scaling up of ambition. This EDA Insight examines some of the key actions countries now need to focus on, in the areas of: undertaking the necessary preparatory work under the UNFCCC to operationalise the Agreement; strengthening the UNFCCC’s approach to incentivising action, support and ambition by states; and incentivising cooperation among states and non-state actors beyond the UNFCCC. The Insight provides a brief assessment of progress by countries so far in 2016 and of expectations going forward, and explores related opportunities and challenges for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. 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. The full text of this EDA Insight is available in Arabic and English. The full text of this EDA Insight is available in Arabic and English. Download in English: Download in Arabic:
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy hosts Tom Fletcher book launch to highlight new face of diplomacy aligned to 21st century
23 June 2016, Thursday
In line with the announcement of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to mark year 2016 as the Year of Reading, Emirates Diplomatic Academy hosted the official launch of the book, ‘Naked Diplomacy’, by Tom Fletcher, Former British Ambassador to Lebanon, on June 21st 2016, highlighting EDA’s efforts to promote diplomacy as an effective instrument of foreign policy. Tom Fletcher, the youngest appointed British Ambassador, explores the core principles of a progressive 21st century foreign policy in his first book, ‘Naked Diplomacy’. The book also describes the balancing of interventionism and national interest, and how diplomats can use global governance to achieve their national objectives. In the book, Fletcher highlights the colourful history of diplomacy, and the ever changing role of the diplomat. Describing the wisdom from history’s most influential global leaders and diplomats, Fletcher goes on to analyse the rise of smart power, soft power and the new interventionism. Speaking on the occasion, Bernardino Leon, Director General of EDA, said: “The book launch event comes as part of EDA’s participation in the Year of Reading activities. The initiative complements the Academy’s constant endeavour to promote the best international practices in diplomacy, and offer our students innovative platforms to acquire the necessary skills, experience and knowledge to excel in their career.” Commenting on the occasion, Tom Fletcher said: “I am proud to be associated with Emirates Diplomatic Academy for the launch of this book. The role of the academy is crucial in developing the next generation of diplomats to tackle the global challenges of the 21st century.” Fletcher added: “Diplomacy continues to have a significant impact on people's lives. With the extraordinary reach of social media, diplomats have the means to influence the countries they work in on a massive scale. I hope that 'Naked Diplomacy’ provides some of the answers on how we can make diplomacy even better at promoting tolerance and coexistence in the new digital terrain.” Tom Fletcher is a Visiting Professor of International Relations at New York University, and Visiting Professor of Diplomatic Practice at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy. He was British Ambassador to Lebanon from Emirates Diplomatic Academy plays a crucial role in supporting the strategic foreign policy objectives and aspirations of the UAE. The Academy serves as a key pillar in developing the country’s future diplomatic corps and foreign policy thought leadership through its integrated courses that combines academic programmes and training, research and analysis highlighting the UAE’s leading role in international relations.        
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Abdullah bin Zayed: Emirates Diplomatic Academy a leading centre of 21st century diplomacy
21 June 2016, Tuesday
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, said that the Academy has emerged as a leading centre for developing national talents in diplomacy and equipping them with 21st century  skills needed to strengthen the UAE’s international cooperation and positive relations at the regional and international levels. Since its launch more than a year ago, the Academy has built strategic partnerships with major international institutions of diplomacy and international relations, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah said. He said that during this period, the Academy has also been able to attract international experts who delivered their views on the future of the world diplomacy through the Academy’s platform. H.H. Sheikh Abdullah stated this while chairing the fourth meeting of the Academy’s Board of Trustees, in the presence of Board members His Excellency Dr. Anwar Mohammed Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs;  H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Cabinet Member and Minister of State; H.E. Omar Saif Ghobash, UAE Ambassador to the Russian Federation; H.E. Lana Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations; and H.E Mohamed Issa Abushahab, Director -–Policy Planning Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Also attended the meeting H.E Reem Ibrahim Al Hashimi UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation. H.H. Sheikh Abdullah said: “As the Emirates Diplomatic Academy prepares for the graduation of its first batch of future diplomats, it has become more confident in moving to the next phase of its development, taking the UAE’s diplomatic aspirations to the international level. With the highest academic training they received, the students of the Academy are fully prepared to be the diplomats of tomorrow and achieve the vision of the UAE leadership to develop diplomacy and attain excellence in foreign policy based on knowledge and innovation.” His Highness explained that in light of the rapid changes taking place in the region diplomats have the prime responsibility to serve the interests of their countries. “The Emirates Diplomatic Academy today sets a model for all academic and research institutions to develop capable national capacity, as part of government efforts to enable them to play an important role in creating the future of UAE diplomacy and contribute to nation building,” he  said. Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, spoke about perceptions of academic work in light of the Academy’s pursuit to achieve excellence in the field of training, research and academic study at both the regional and international levels. “Since the establishment of the Academy, it has managed through its unique operational approach to draw a clear academic path in the world of diplomatic education based on science and knowledge in order to develop diplomatic capacities, research and intellectual leadership for the region and the world,” he said. He said that the first batch of students taking the post-graduate Diploma Programme in UAE Diplomacy and International Relations, who complete their studies in a few days, have, over the past nine months, acquired all the necessary skills and knowledge to represent the UAE and defend its interests in the international arena. The Director General said preparations were under way to receive the second batch of the diploma students this September. The Board meeting discussed ways to enhance the prospects for international cooperation with leading institutions, organisations and academies in the field of diplomacy and international relations. It also evaluated the performance of the graduates and their final assessment. The meeting looked at the academic accreditation requirements of the Ministry of Education for the Master's Programme in Diplomacy and International Relations and also discussed developments related to the second academic year 2016-2017. The meeting also reviewed the strategic plan and performance system and the communication methods with members of the Advisory Council of the Academy, and evaluated the progress achieved in academic and administrative work.   
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Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan calls for effective use of art as a soft power tool
15 June 2016, Wednesday
Art has been perceived in a philosophical manner but is actually an effective soft power tool that is capable of influencing people, said Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan Chairman of His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan Humanitarian & Scientific Foundation, during an interactive session at Emirates Diplomatic Academy. Speaking on the topic, ‘Importance of Culture and Art and Philanthropy as a Soft Power in the Strategy of Public Diplomacy’, HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan pointed out that ‘culture’ is not stagnant and that culture changes as people change over time. Stating that Emirati art is currently very localized, HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan expressed optimism that it will gradually move into the international arena. He highlighted his own initiative, Unlimited Arab Exploration (UAE), which promotes Emirati art, to describe his interest in art. During the interactive session with students of the Academy, HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan urged them to learn new languages as a key step towards building positive relations with other nations. He also spoke about how the UAE is a multi-cultural society where foreigners are not viewed differently and are considered a main segment of the society. HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan also said that every individual is capable of making a difference in the society, and it is the responsibility of each individual to bring about that change. Commenting on the occasion, Bernardino Leon, Director General of EDA, said, “The interactive session of HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan was a proud moment for us at Emirates Diplomatic Academy which enabled our students and staff to gain significant insights into the reach of art and culture as a soft power in today’s world. The session highlighted EDA’s innovative approach to diplomatic training aligned to real world situations and requirements.” The visit by HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan was arranged by a group of EDA students as part of their Capstone project on the UAE's public diplomacy overseas. EDA offers UAE’s future diplomats innovative platforms to expand their perspective of international relations and contribute to the foreign policy objectives of the country. It brings together the best of academia, research and practice through region-specific programmes. Its unique post-graduate diploma programme combines advanced academic course work with hands-on practical experience. The Academy also offers highly specialized executive education courses for those already established in foreign policy roles.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy joins hands with Delma Institute to organise simulation exercise
13 June 2016, Monday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy in cooperation with The Delma Institute, has organised a two-day simulation of a major international political negotiation. The simulation at the EDA premises was led by Mishaal Al Gergawi, Managing Director of The Delma Institute. In the preparatory sessions for the simulations, EDA students enhanced their understanding of strategic and tactical planning for negotiations, including shaping expectations, creating a conducive media environment and planning for the unplannable. The preparation sessions also included a thorough analysis of several historical political agreements, including the 1978 Camp David Accord, the 1989 Taif Agreement in Lebanon, and the 1990 Unification Agreement in Yemen and Libyan Agreement. Through experiential learning methods such as simulations, the Academy aims to equip the UAE’s young diplomats with a good understanding of negotiation processes and encourage critical and creative thinking on incentivising positive outcomes in such negotiations. Commenting on the simulation, Bernardino Leon, Director General of the EDA, said: “Enhancing a diplomat’s understanding of the psychology of negotiations is an important task. Many diplomats underestimate how difficult negotiations can be, especially in crisis and conflict situations. At EDA, the students get to experience both theoretical and practical learning and such simulation sessions enable them to effectively develop their negotiation skills and deal diplomatically with any situation”. Mishaal Al Gergawi urged the EDA students to work towards understanding the interests of all involved in political negotiations. He said, “Know your friends, foes, and potential spoilers, be principled and be creative in finding the middle ground.” This was the first simulation exercise that was held at the Academy. The Academy plans to organise several such exercises by collaborating with local and international partners. These real life simulations are meant to help prepare Emirati diplomats for their future positions and as such further strengthen the UAE’s foreign policy. As the leading diplomatic training institute in the region, EDA combines academic programmes and training, research and analysis on relevant issues related to Middle East, nuclear and energy. The Academy also conducts in-depth studies on the region and the UAE to build a knowledge base in the field of international relations and diplomacy, and support the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and decision-makers in the UAE.
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H.E. Paulo Portas: Economic Diplomacy becoming more relevant in a globalised world
22 May 2016, Sunday
As globalisation transforms international economic relationships, economic diplomacy has a key  role in influencing policy decisions of governments and international organisations, said H.E. Paulo Portas, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Portugal, while giving a lecture on the topic ‘Economic Diplomacy: The Core of New International Affairs’, organised by Emirates Diplomatic Academy on May 19th 2016. “There are no more local or national markets, there are only international markets, and we have to promote our national interests in the international markets to win,” stated H.E. Portas while describing effect of globalization in international relations. He said that in order to understand Economic Diplomacy, it is important to aim to be global. “Not everything that is national becomes global, but everything global can become national,” he said. “Globalisation has changed the very nature of diplomacy, and the UAE has understood this phenomenon. Emirates Diplomatic Academy is a good example of the UAE’s sophisticated approach towards foreign policy, where future diplomats are provided knowledge at the theoretical as well as practical levels,” H.E. Portas said. He stated further: “The UAE is very young country, hence it has great opportunities to build co-operative relationships with enterprises and other governments.” On the occasion, H.E. Portas called on embassies to adopt the concept of ‘One Embassy One Team’ by unifying responsibilities, sharing information and acting together to achieve success in economic diplomacy. “Diplomats should try to be economic experts. We need to have practical and pragmatic agendas while making bilateral agreements with other nations,” he added. Describing digital diplomacy as an instrument for economic diplomacy, H.E. Portas said: “Digital diplomacy is relevant in this age. It is very important to invest in new ideas to promote investments for the nation. We need to use all the tools available and they include digital media. We can get new ideas right from our local markets that will help us in getting investments from international enterprises.” The lecture was another major event for EDA which has been hosting a series of lectures by prominent personalities and experts on relevant topics related to diplomacy and international relations. On the occasion, Bernardino Leon, Director General of EDA, said, “Emirates Diplomatic Academy is focused on providing our students with the knowledge and expertise based on real time experiences related international relations. The lecture by H.E. Paulo Portas on the role of economic diplomacy highlights EDA’s unique model of diplomatic capacity development that equips future diplomats with the right capabilities to meet the requirements of the international economy and the global political arena.” H.E. Paulo Portas was the Portuguese Deputy Prime Minister from 2013 to 2015. He also served as the Minister of State and Foreign Affairs from 2011 to 2013, and Minister of Defence from 2002 to 2005. As a prominent figure in the Portuguese political scene, he led a number of initiatives on Economic Diplomacy since his tenure as the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. While serving as the Deputy Prime Minister, he travelled around the world promoting Portuguese companies and products, an initiative he started during his tenure as the Minister of Foreign Affairs. As the leading integrated academic centre in the region, EDA combines academic programmes and training, research and analysis to highlight the UAE’s leading role in international relations. The Academy also conducts in-depth studies on the region and the UAE to build a knowledge base in the field of international relations and diplomacy, and support the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and decision-makers in the UAE.
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New EDA Working Paper on Global Energy and Climate Governance
15 May 2016, Sunday
The  Emirates  Diplomatic  Academy  is  launching  its  EDA  Working Paper series with a study titled Global Governance of the Energy-Climate Nexus: Towards National Engagement Strategies. The global landscapes of climate change and energy governance are both fragmented and complex. Often operating in silos, their interrelations are hard to grasp. An academic literature examining this energy-climate nexus is yet to emerge, and more studies are needed that provide practical tools for governments on how they can strategically engage with this governance landscape in line with their nationally-determined energy and climate action agendas. This working paper takes an actor-centric approach to the issue of global governance of energy and climate change in the post-2015 era by asking: (1) what kind of a global institutional landscape is currently governing the energy-climate nexus; and (2) how can states most efficiently engage with it? 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 Executive Summary in English: Download Executive Summary in Arabic:
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Ambassador Omar Al Bitar: UAE’s pragmatic approach to diplomacy has helped build strong international relations
12 May 2016, Thursday
The pragmatic approach of the UAE towards its allies and neighbouring nations has enabled the country to build strong relations and play a key role in finding solutions to regional and international issues, stated His Excellency Omar Al Bitar, UAE Ambassador to China, while addressing a lecture on the topic ‘UAE 7 Star Diplomacy’ hosted by Emirates Diplomatic Academy on April 28th, 2016. Highlighting the qualities of an ideal diplomat, HE Al Bitar said: “The citizens of a country expect their diplomats and soldiers to keep them safe, hence a diplomat should know that failures in handling a foreign policy could lead a nation to conflict or war.” Describing his experiences in the field of diplomacy, HE Al Bitar said the UAE’s strong relationship with China reflects the strategic vision of the leadership which has enabled the country to emerge as an important business hub for China today. Addressing the students of Emirates Diplomatic Academy, HE Al Bitar said: “As a diplomat, you represent your leadership, your people, your country and your culture abroad. You also serve your country’s national interests with loyalty to the leadership and the nation.” He also called upon the students to develop good geopolitical awareness in a changing world to be successful diplomats. Speaking on the occasion, Bernardino Leon, Director General of the Academy, said: “The visit of HE Ambassador Omar Al Bitar to Emirates Diplomatic Academy was a crucial opportunity for our students to gain insights into the qualities that make a good diplomat. The key role HE Al Bitar played in building the UAE-China relationship is a great example of successful diplomacy. He is certainly a role model for all the young future diplomats in UAE.” HE Ambassador Omar Al Bitar began his service as the UAE Ambassador to China in 2010. Prior to taking up his role as the Ambassador he was the Vice President Member of the PSUAD Management Council of the Paris Sorbonne University-Abu Dhabi from 2006 to 2009. He started his career as a Flight Commander in 1977. HE Al Bitar has represented the UAE in several conferences abroad and a number of projects for the UAE Armed Forces. He has also served as the Commander of the Khalifa Bin Zayed Air College. HE Omar Al Bitar has also represented the UAE in the Arms Control & Regional Security (ACRS) workshops from 1998 to 2005. As the leading integrated academic centre in the region, EDA combines academic programmes and training, research and analysis to highlight the UAE’s leading role in international relations. The Academy also conducts in-depth studies on the region and the UAE to build a knowledge base in the field of international relations and diplomacy, and support the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and decision-makers in the UAE.
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HE Lana Nusseibeh highlights UAE’s crucial contributions on multilateral global issues in the United Nations
03 May 2016, Tuesday
Effective multilateral diplomacy plays a critical role in promoting peace, security, and development around the world, and in particular in the Middle East, explained Her Excellency Lana Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations in New York, and Member of the Board of Trustees of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy,  during a lecture on  the ‘UAE’s role in multilateral issues’, organised recently by Emirates Diplomatic Academy. In the Ambassador’s analysis, the UN remains a critical institution for global order – but it is tested today as never before and needs reform and renewal. Highlighting the main strategic priorities for the UAE, HE Ambassador Nusseibeh described how the UAE works with its partners at addressing critical developments in the Middle East. She also shared examples of UAE leadership on global issues in the UN, such as women’s empowerment, humanitarian assistance, sustainable development, and internet governance. She noted that the UN is an effective “tool in the toolkit” of UAE foreign policy, providing a strategic multilateral venue to enhance the UAE’s position as a global thought leader and building the country’s reputation as a key contributor to the United Nations. HE Ambassador Nusseibeh also reflected on the UAE’s ongoing commitment to defending the peace and stability of countries in the region, and she honoured the ultimate sacrifice made by Emirati soldiers in the service of their country. Expressing her appreciation for the pioneering role of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, HE Ambassador Nusseibeh said: “People everywhere increasingly look to the UAE, and to the lessons that can be learned from our country’s development as a society and as a nation. The most recent Arab Youth Survey shows that among the 200 million young people in the region, the UAE is the country they would most like to live and work in.” She added: “The EDA is preparing young women and men with the skills and tools they need to be effective diplomats wherever they are sent to serve, and to be able to share with pride and confidence the success story of our country.” Bernardino Leon, Director General of EDA, stated: “The lecture by HE Ambassador Nusseibeh came as a great learning opportunity for the future diplomats at the Academy. HE Nusseibeh has played a great role in raising the UAE’s prestige as a major contributor at the UN level. Her vast knowledge in various subjects, and her potential in contributing to the nation’s strategies makes her a role model for the young future diplomats of the UAE.” Speaking on the occasion, Bernardino Leon, Director General of EDA said, “HE Ambassador Nusseibeh shared a number of very practical and thought-provoking insights with the future diplomats at the Academy. It was instructive to hear how the team at the UAE Mission in New York identifies opportunities to raise the UAE’s profile as a substantive contributor at the UN, and how they work on advancing the UAE’s foreign policy objectives through multilateral diplomacy.” Ambasssador Nusseibeh was appointed Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations in New York in September 2013. In this role, she works to advance the UAE's multilateral priorities at the UN, particularly on regional peace and security issues, humanitarian assistance, women's empowerment, sustainable development and human rights. HE Nusseibeh recently served as co-facilitator of the overall review of the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society. She also currently serves, along with the Permanent Representative of Norway, as co-Chair of the Friends of the Future of the UN. In early 2015, she was appointed to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy. As the leading integrated academic centre in the region, EDA combines academic programmes and training, research and analysis to highlight the UAE’s leading role in international relations. The Academy also conducts in-depth studies on the region and the UAE to build a knowledge base in the field of international relations and diplomacy, and support the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and decision-makers in the UAE.
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Chuck Hagel highlights 21st century global security challenges at Public Lecture hosted by Emirates Diplomatic Academy
26 April 2016, Tuesday
Global security in the context of the 21st century came under close scrutiny as former US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel led a public lecture on the topic, ‘New World Order’ on April 25, 2016. The lecture was hosted by Emirates Diplomatic Academy, the leading integrated foreign policy, academic and research centre in the region, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center. The session was organised as part of the Academy’s efforts to highlight innovative experiences in international relations and offer significant learning experience for EDA students. It enabled the students of the Academy and a distinguished group of diplomats and government officials present at the event to gain deeper insights on the fast changing developments taking place in the area of global security. Taking a broad perspective of the realities of the future, the lecture highlighted the relevance of adopting an integrated approach to security issues to meet the challenges of the new world order. Commenting on the lecture, Secretary Hagel said: “Security is as dominant and dynamic a challenge as it has ever been. But today it is more complicated. A world of integrated security and economic interests is the reality of the 21st century.” On the occasion, Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, said: “The UAE has been at the forefront of efforts to promote peace in the world, and has been a key contributor to regional security and economic prosperity. The public lecture by Secretary Chuck Hagel at Emirates Diplomatic Academy offered another distinct platform for the Academy to share expert insights into the latest developments and trends in international relations. Events such as this highlight Emirates Diplomatic Academy’s distinct role as a prominent entity that supports the UAE’s foreign policy goals and a key thought leader in international diplomacy.” Chuck Hagel was the 24th Secretary of Defense of United States of America, serving from February 2013 to February 2015. During his tenure, he directed significant steps to modernize America’s partnerships and alliances, advance the rebalance in Asia-Pacific, bolster support for European allies, and enhance defense cooperation in the Middle East while overseeing the end of America’s combat mission in Afghanistan. Hagel launched the Defense Innovation Initiative to better prepare the Pentagon for future threats, and enacted comprehensive reforms to the Nuclear Enterprise and Military Health system. He is also the author of the book, “America: Our Next Chapter”, an examination of the current state of our nation that provides substantial proposals for the challenges of the 21st century. As the leading integrated academic centre in the region, EDA combines academic programmes and training, research and analysis to highlight the UAE’s leading role in international relations. The Academy conducts in-depth studies to build a knowledge base in the field of international relations and diplomacy and support the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and decision-makers in the UAE.
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Roundtable on Global Energy Trends Highlights Need for Concerted Governance and Investments
19 April 2016, Tuesday
On 18 April, the Emirates Diplomatic Academy hosted a roundtable discussion on Global Energy Trends and their Implications for the United Arab Emirates, with Maria van der Hoeven, former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, as the key speaker. The event brought together representatives from various government entities and research institutions for a solutions-oriented conversation. The discussion focused on the topics of global energy governance and the low oil price environment, and what these mean for the UAE. Speaking after the event, which was the first in its kind organised by EDA, Director of Research Phil Dufty said “we were delighted to be able to bring together a diverse range of experts who work on similar issues but who do not always get the chance to interact and share ideas on important global issues.” “There was a rich and vibrant discussion, which enabled us to identify a number of key gaps in the architecture of global energy governance, and to share views on some of the major global energy challenges, including oil market stability, and financing and managing the global energy transition,” he stated.
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