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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Emirates Diplomatic Academy organises public lecture by  H.E. José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero on Public Diplomacy
18 April 2016, Monday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy,  the leading integrated foreign policy,  academic and research centre in the region, hosted on Monday April 18, 2016, a public lecture by His Excellency José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero,  Former Prime Minister of Spain and Human Rights & Alliance of Civilizations advocate, on the topic, ‘The Force of Public Diplomacy’. The session enabled the students and other invited guests to gain greater understanding about the latest trends in international diplomacy. The event also highlighted the Academy’s emphasis on offering platforms of discussion on topics of regional and global relevance, reflecting its status as a key pillar in developing the country’s future diplomatic corps and foreign policy thought leadership. Commenting on the lecture, HE Zapatero said, “Like all policy fields, Public Diplomacy is evolving fast. It is important to consider public diplomacy as the centre of foreign policy making process, and a critical element in establishing a long-term relationship with foreign audiences, in particular at the leadership level, as has been shown by the UAE in its engagements at the global level.” “Public diplomacy is significant in influencing key decisions and is driven by the development and advances of society, especially since the growth of communication and technology has made it possible to receive information much faster and allows for more active engagement with the public,” he added. On the occasion, Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, said: “The lecture by His Excellency Zapatero is a significant step forward in EDA’s sustained efforts to share with the public the best international practices and experiences in the field of diplomacy. HE Zapatero has contributed immensely to the fields of diplomacy and development. His active engagements against domestic violence and his support for gender equality stand out as major initiatives and a model for other countries to follow.” Bernardino León added: “EDA is committed to creating more active engagements in the field of diplomatic learning through unique platforms aligned to the UAE’s vision to strengthen relations with countries around the world. EDA will harness such opportunities effectively to achieve its ambitious plans to set new standards of diplomatic excellence” HE José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero is a member of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE). He was elected President of the Spanish Government, in the 2004 and 2008 general elections, gaining the support in both elections of more than eleven million voters. Zapatero’s main action in Government was focused on civic and social rights creation and extension, with legislative initiatives like the Integral Law against Gender Violence in 2004; Equality between Women and Men and the Dependency Laws in 2007 or the legislative reform of the Abortion Law in 2010. 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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UAE Youth Ambassadors Concludes a 3-Day Diplomatic Training at Emirates Diplomatic Academy
16 April 2016, Saturday
Emirates  Diplomatic  Academy (EDA)  organized an interactive  training  course  for  over  100  students  of  the  UAE  Youth  Ambassador  Program (UAEYAP). The 3-day course, held in Emirates Diplomatic Academy in Abu Dhabi, focused on familiarizing participants with elements of diplomacy, protocol, etiquette and communication, negotiation skills, as well as teaching them how to conduct country analysis. The training program aims to develop the participants’ skills and confidence to better prepare them to effectively represent the UAE in the international arena, and enhance their diplomatic abilities and expertise in international relations. On the occasion, Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, said: “Emirates Diplomatic Academy complements academic knowledge with practical aspects of international relations to prepare the next generation of diplomatic cadre. EDA organised this training course to offer a better understanding of multicultural manners, enabling participants to make informed strategic decisions based on global best practices. The training course was designed to include a range of sessions including, introduction to diplomacy which introduced diplomatic principles to the trainees; developing their knowledge and understanding of diplomacy and its various forms such as multilateral, summit diplomacy, and other forms of diplomacy. It also introduced participants to ceremonial aspect of protocol procedures, behavior of etiquette, rules of courteousness in society, and respect for precedence. Emirates Diplomatic Academy provided the participants with certification of course completion. As an integrated centre for diplomatic training, EDA offers Post-Graduate Diploma Programme for the graduates to gain the skills and confidence required to effectively represent the UAE in the international arena. It also provides short-term Executive Education training courses targeted at current employees in the fields of foreign policy and diplomacy in the UAE. In the area of research and analysis, the Academy conducts in-depth studies on the region and the UAE to build a knowledge base in the field of international relations and diplomacy. The UAE Youth Ambassador program began in 2012 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed forces. The aim of this prominent program is to prepare young Emirati students to take positions in strategic sectors and strengthen the strategic partnerships between the UAE and selected countries under the program.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy training course highlights core practices of modern diplomacy
12 April 2016, Tuesday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) organised a three-day interactive training session on ‘Introduction to Diplomacy’ to develop the core diplomatic skills of the participants and enable them to understand the multi-dimensional process of policy-making in external relations.Led by Dr. John Hemery, founder and Director of the Centre for Political and Diplomatic Studies, the training session included active discussions on the origins and development of diplomacy and addressed the rapidly-changing international context of globalisation. It also covered the elements of continuity and change and the role and work of embassies as well as the importance of effective public diplomacy and the increasing prominence of multilateral institutions. The highlight of the course was the lecture by His Excellency Philip Parham, UK Ambassador to the UAE, on the topic ‘The Duties of the Ambassador’. HE Parham said an ambassador is first and foremost a diplomat, and pointed out that one of the primary responsibilities of an ambassador is to represent the political interests of his or her country in the host nation, including communicating how the government feels about key issues of relevance to both countries. Commenting on the occasion, Mariam Al Mahmoud, Director of Executive Education and spokesperson at EDA, said: “The EDA model of education is designed to strengthen the UAE’s competitive advantage in the international and regional arena, making it a unique model in diplomatic capacity development. The training programme on diplomacy introduced the participants to the multi-dimensional process of policy-making in external relations, and highlighted the ways in which governments interact with other entities at home and abroad in modern diplomacy.” On the first day of the training, seminars were conducted on topics such as: 'Practice of Diplomacy: its evolution, theory and administration; Changing context of diplomacy; New roles of Embassies and Missions; and Practicalities of diplomacy: influencing and networking. At the end of the day, the participants were divided into teams for group exercises. The second day covered the topics Public diplomacy: theory, evolution and current practice; UAE as an actor in multilateral institutions, and Economic and Environmental Diplomacy. As an integrated centre for diplomatic training, EDA offers Post-Graduate Diploma Programme for the graduates to gain the skills and confidence required to effectively represent the UAE in the international arena. It also provides short-term Executive Education courses training courses targeted at current employees in the fields of foreign policy and diplomacy in the UAE. In the area of research and analysis, the Academy conducts in-depth studies on the region and the UAE to build a knowledge base in the field of international relations and diplomacy.
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New EDA Insight on Combatting Daesh in Libya
06 April 2016, Wednesday
EDA’s latest policy brief, titled ‘Combatting Daesh in Libya’, focuses on the strength, strategy and tactics of Daesh in Libya and assesses the range of policy instruments the international community could employ to help the legitimate Libyan authorities in their efforts to combat terrorism. 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 in the UAE and worldwide will find informative and relevant. The full text of this EDA Insight is available in English and in Arabic. Download in English:  Download in Arabic:  An infographic summary is also available in English. Download in English:     
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Paraguay Foreign Minister highlights shared values with UAE on tolerance and positive international relations
08 March 2016, Tuesday
The UAE and Paraguay share similar values on tolerance and friendly relations with other countries in the world, stated His Excellency Eladio Loizaga, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Paraguay, during a visit to Emirates Diplomatic Academy, which marked a significant step in EDA’s sustained efforts to highlight best international practices and experiences in the field of diplomacy. “Paraguay and the UAE are physically far apart on the global map, but in terms of development, culture, and ideologies we are very similar. Both the countries are renowned for their emphasis on tolerance, and we are proud to say that we share a positive relationship with each other,” HE Loizaga stated while describing his extensive experiences in public affairs and diplomatic fields with the EDA students and faculty. During the interactive session, moderated by Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, HE Loizaga called for stronger ties between the UAE and Latin America, and described the Gulf countries as important partners contributing to global development. He said Paraguay looks towards enhancing relations with countries in the region at various levels, and said stronger international ties are critical to establishing peace around the world. “We are open towards cooperation with the Gulf countries. We are aware of the international and regional scenario, and we absolutely condemn all kinds of extremist activities,” HE Loizaga said. The interactive session enabled the students of EDA to gain greater understanding about the latest trends in international diplomacy. On the occasion, HE Loizaga urged the students to work towards excelling themselves as outstanding diplomats of the future, and encouraged them to inspire good relations and achieve diplomatic success wherever they are posted. “A diplomat should be an intellectual, and should possess strategic skills and an open outlook to build and maintain positive relationships with other nations,” he said. During his interactions with the students, HE Loizaga emphasised the key role of the United Nations in establishing peace and better relations in all parts of the world. He said the UN representatives have a responsibility to work together on various objectives to create a better world. As an integrated academic centre, 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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EDA publishes Insight on Early Recovery Initiatives in Post-Conflict Yemen
07 March 2016, Monday
EDA’s latest policy brief, titled ‘Post-Conflict Yemen: Early Economic Recovery Initiatives’, focuses on the short-term and long-term challenges to Yemen’s economy and suggests priorities for economic recovery in Yemen in a post-conflict phase. The full text of this EDA Insight is available in English and in 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 in the UAE and worldwide will find informative and relevant. Download in English:  Download in Arabic: 
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy  training  course  enhances strategic thinking capabilities in diplomatic arena
23 February 2016, Tuesday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) organised a three-day interactive practical training session on developing ‘Strategic Thinking and Scenario Planning Skills, as part of EDA’s efforts to enhance the academic knowledge and skills of current and future diplomats to enable them to contribute positively to the UAE’s foreign policy goals.Led by Mr. Bart Hogeveen and Ms. Evelien Borgman, Training and Research Fellows at the Clingendael Institute, the session included active discussions on the role of strategic thinking in developing foreign policy. It also featured team exercises involving Scenario Planning as the main tool for Strategic Thinking. Attended by Diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as senior employees from other government entities, the training session offered a deeper understanding of the importance of contributing to strategic policy planning and adapting it to analyze policies at various levels. Commenting on the occasion, Mariam Al Mahmoud, Director of Executive Education and spokesperson at EDA, said: “The EDA model of education is designed to strengthen the UAE’s competitive advantage in the international and regional arena, making it a unique model in diplomatic capacity development, research and thought leadership in the UAE. The training programme is aimed at further developing the leadership skills of the diplomats by using innovative and creative techniques that will help them to contribute to UAE’s foreign policy goals.” “Diplomacy is multifaceted and is often affected by technological, political, economic and other changes. Developing an effective foreign-policy is a very complex task, and the policies have to be analysed at various levels. Strategic thinking is a critical factor in achieving excellence in foreign policy goals,” Al Mahmoud added. On the first day of the training course, participants were led through different approaches to policy planning. The participants were then divided into different groups for brainstorming exercises on strategic thinking ideas. The second and third day of the training focused on the use of Scenario Planning as a major tool for Strategic Thinking. Team exercises were conducted for the participants and were asked to brainstorm about the trends and developments on the scenario, ‘UAE Diplomacy in the World of 2020’. As an integrated centre for diplomatic training, EDA offers Post-Graduate Diploma Programme for the graduates to gain the skills and confidence required to effectively represent the UAE in the international arena. It also provides short-term Executive Education courses training courses targeted at current employees in the fields of foreign policy and diplomacy in the UAE. In the area of research and analysis, the Academy conducts in-depth studies on the region and the UAE to build a knowledge base in the field of international relations and diplomacy.
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Abdullah bin Zayed: EDA will play significant role in shaping UAE’s future international cooperation and diplomacy
21 February 2016, Sunday
His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, said the role of the academy in shaping the UAE's diplomatic future has become even more important, in line with the UAE leadership’s vision to strengthen the nation’s role in promoting international cooperation..HH Sheikh Abdullah said the responsibility of the Academy has also increased with the new direction and tasks of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. It now has to implement innovative initiatives that would contribute to activating the UAE’s international cooperation and establishing positive relations at both regional and international levels. This will support the nation’s move to a new phase of the future diplomacy to achieve significant successes in the international arena. HH Sheikh Abdullah said the academic curriculum of EDA must include significant new knowledge and skills that will enable the nation’s future diplomats to gain capabilities and expertise in international cooperation, and contribute to shaping of the UAE’s future diplomacy. HH Sheikh Abdullah was addressing the third meeting of the Board of Trustees, which was attended by HE Dr. Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs; HE Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State; HE. Omar Saif Ghobash, Ambassador of the UAE to the Russian Federation; HE. Lana Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations; and HE. Mohamed Issa Abushahab, Director of Policy Planning Department at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. HH Sheikh Abdullah explained that the academy today has a clear strategy to achieve its vision and consolidate its position as one of the most important educational, research and academic centres specialised in diplomacy in the region and the world. The academy will attract the best talent and expertise, and build global partnerships to share knowledge, and leverage them to achieve success in UAE’s diplomatic initiatives. On the occasion, Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, highlighted the strategy for the academy in the upcoming phase, underlining its commitment to achieving excellence in the field of training, research and academic study. “EDA will provide diplomats with the best skills and offer world-class academic programmes, and strengthen its position as a leading centre for diplomatic studies globally,” he said. The meeting reviewed the academic work in 2016 and discussed the proposals for developing academic programmes that will enrich the educational experience of the students. The participants also discussed the various training programmes implemented by the Academy. The meeting highlighted the research outputs of the Academy, and ways to support the projects submitted by students. It discussed the strategic directions for the next phase, with emphasis on the key initiatives and events to be implemented this year.
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