This research programme examines the latest trends in diplomacy and explores best practices. The programme contributes to innovative thinking around diplomatic skills and training for a new generation of diplomats.

Publications

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    The World Cup of Diplomacy Jun 2019 Prof. Kishore Mahbubani View More
    Jun 2019 + EDA Reflection

    The World Cup of Diplomacy

    Prof. Kishore Mahbubani

    Underlining the strength of the United Nations Security Council, this EDA Reflection sets out for the diplomats of small countries five practical suggestions. Based on his UNSC experience, Prof. Mahbubani’s tips are two-fold– one, how best to learn while being a part of the 15- member group; and two, how to leave an indelible mark, both for the country and as a diplomat, at the end of the two-year term.

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    EDA Gender and Diplomacy Diplograph Nov 2018 Ulrik Birk-Petersen and Dr Sara Chehab View More
    Nov 2018 + Diplograph

    EDA Gender and Diplomacy Diplograph

    Ulrik Birk-Petersen and Dr Sara Chehab

    The EDA Gender and Diplomacy Diplograph maps the percentage of women ambassadors representing the countries of the G20 in 2018 and addresses the question of which types of posts these women are appointed to. The diplograph is the first in a series of annual Gender and Diplomacy Diplographs to be published by EDA, allowing us to monitor progression over time and give MFAs a way to benchmark themselves against their peers. Our hope is that by publishing this data it will encourage MFAs to share best practices with each other on how to achieve a growth in the numbers of female ambassadors.

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    Transforming Diplomacy through Data-Driven Innovation Nov 2017 Dr Seppe Verheyen, Research Fellow View More
    Nov 2017 + EDA Insight

    Transforming Diplomacy through Data-Driven Innovation

    Dr Seppe Verheyen, Research Fellow

    This EDA Insight addresses the scope and nature of ‘big data’ – large amounts of structured or unstructured open source data – pertaining to diplomacy and international affairs. It discusses big data’s impact on public diplomacy, country analysis, policy making and humanitarian aid, and creates a platform for further thinking on how big data is transforming diplomatic practices.

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  • Aug 2017 + United Networks Report

    United Networks: Can Technology Help the UN Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century?

    Tom Fletcher, EDA Advisor

    Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) unveiled a report titled ‘United Networks: Can Technology Help the UN Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century? The document enlists a set of 20 recommendations to the UN Secretary-General on managing the shift to a hyperconnected world without compromising the values upon which the institution was founded.

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    The Athens of the Arab World Aug 2017 Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, UAE-based writer and founder of Barjeel Art Foundation Sharjah View More
    Aug 2017 + EDA Reflection

    The Athens of the Arab World

    Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, UAE-based writer and founder of Barjeel Art Foundation Sharjah

    In this EDA Reflection, Sultan Al Qassemi describes the contribution that Emirati art has made to the UAE’s cultural diplomacy and soft power.

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    Emirates Diplomatic Academy and Georgetown University Collaborate on Arabic Translation of Diplomatic Case Study

    Dr David Be Orswald

    Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) has for the first time collaborated with Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD) to translate one of their most recent case studies, Crisis in Dominion, into Arabic.

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    How to conduct successful negotiations Apr 2017 Baroness Cathy Ashton, Former EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy View More
    Apr 2017 + EDA Reflection

    How to conduct successful negotiations

    Baroness Cathy Ashton, Former EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

    This EDA Reflection highlights some key lessons from Baroness Catherine Ashton’s experience of negotiations and identifies the importance of understanding who needs to be involved in the negotiation, how to manage the process, and what outcomes you want.

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    EDA Reflection provides 5 tips for successful diplomats Apr 2017 Ambassador Yasser Elnaggar, former Deputy Minister of Investment, and former Deputy Minister of Planning and Administrative Reform of Egypt. View More
    Apr 2017 + EDA Reflection

    EDA Reflection provides 5 tips for successful diplomats

    Ambassador Yasser Elnaggar, former Deputy Minister of Investment, and former Deputy Minister of Planning and Administrative Reform of Egypt.

    In this EDA reflection, Ambassador Yasser Elnaggar highlights some key lessons from his experience in the diplomatic field, from taking calculated risks to staying true to yourself.

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    10 Habits of Effective Diplomats Apr 2017 Baroness Cathy Ashton, Former EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy View More
    Apr 2017 + EDA Reflection

    10 Habits of Effective Diplomats

    Baroness Cathy Ashton, Former EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

    This EDA Reflection discusses the ten habits of effective diplomats, from seeking knowledge and pursuing collaboration to showing good judgment and being humble.

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    What Makes a Good Diplomat? Jan 2017 Tom Fletcher, EDA Advisor and Omar Al Bitar, EDA Vice President View More
    Jan 2017 + EDA Reflection

    What Makes a Good Diplomat?

    Tom Fletcher, EDA Advisor and Omar Al Bitar, EDA Vice President

    This EDA Reflection looks at what diplomats throughout history have seen as the essential elements of the craft, from patience and courage, to tact and creativity. Drawing on this, it sets out how the EDA will aim to develop Capable, Influential and Ethical diplomats, ready for the challenges of the 21st century.

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