Our 21st Century Diplomacy research programme explores what great diplomacy looks like and what makes for a great diplomat, in terms of the skills they need and how to train them.




EDA Reflection

What Makes a Good Diplomat?

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

February 2017

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.


Video Interviews




Book Launch

Naked Diplomacy

Speaker: Author Tom Fletcher, former UK Ambassador to Lebanon

21 June 2016


Public Lecture

Economic Diplomacy: The Core of New International Affairs

Speaker: Paulo Portas, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Portugal

18 May 2016


EDA lecture

UAE's Role in Multilateral Issues

Speaker: Lana Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations

28 April 2016


EDA lecture

UAE Seven-Star Diplomacy

Speaker: Omar Al Bitar, Ambassador to China of the UAE

28 April 2016


Public lecture

The Force of Public Diplomacy

Speaker: José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Former Spanish Prime Minister

18 April 2016