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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    Global Crisis without a Global Solution Oct 2020 Amb. Jorge Dezcallar View More
    Oct 2020 + EDA Reflection/ Pandemic Diplomacy Series

    Global Crisis without a Global Solution

    Amb. Jorge Dezcallar

    Analysing the pros and cons of digital diplomacy, this EDA Reflection points outs that while telecommuting has been the biggest change, online platforms are not well suited to conduct multilateral diplomacy. It stresses that human factor and physical proximity will remain essential for efficient diplomacy.

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  • Aug 2020 + EDA Reflection/ Pandemic Diplomacy Series

    Are Current Challenges Creating Future Opportunities?

    H.E. Majid Al Suwaidi

    In this EDA Reflection, the author observes that the widespread damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has brought out the best humanitarian and innovative instincts in diplomats. He also reflects on the potential for this crisis to become a turning point in how the international community tackles wider challenges such as climate change, economic diversification and poverty.

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    Meetings: the lifeblood of diplomacy Aug 2020 H.E. Mohamed Abushahab View More
    Aug 2020 + EDA Reflection/ Pandemic Diplomacy Series

    Meetings: the lifeblood of diplomacy

    H.E. Mohamed Abushahab

    In this EDA Reflection, Ambassador Abushahab observes that the Covid-19 crisis has revealed the advantages of conducting diplomatic meetings online but at the same time it has reinforced the value of in-person meetings. He notes that one consequence of the crisis may be that diplomats will be better placed to harness the complementarity between both types of meetings.

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    Reinventing Diplomacy Amidst Uncertainty Aug 2020 H.E. Hafsa Abdulla Al Ulama View More
    Aug 2020 + EDA Reflection/ Pandemic Diplomacy Series

    Reinventing Diplomacy Amidst Uncertainty

    H.E. Hafsa Abdulla Al Ulama

    In this EDA Reflection, Ambassador Al Ulama recounts the challenges she encountered in taking up her new posting in Berlin during the Covid-19 pandemic. She emphasises how, despite the complications, it provided an opportunity for leadership, solidarity, networking and reinvention.

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    COVID-19: Diplomacy and the New Normal Aug 2020 H.E. Dr. Fahad Obaid Al Taffaq View More
    Aug 2020 + EDA Reflection/ Pandemic Diplomacy Series

    COVID-19: Diplomacy and the New Normal

    H.E. Dr. Fahad Obaid Al Taffaq

    In this EDA Reflection, the UAE ambassador to Nigeria highlights the vital role that ‘humanitarian diplomacy’ has played during the COVID-19 crisis and how the UAE and Nigeria have maintained their cooperation during the pandemic. He also posits that there will be an increased use of ‘digital diplomacy’ even after the virus has been defeated.

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  • Jul 2020 + EDA Reflection/ Pandemic Diplomacy Series

    Covid Response Reflects Africa’s New Mindset

    El Ghassim Wane

    Noting how swiftly Africa’s diplomatic system has adjusted to the new realities of conducting business, this EDA Reflection stresses the flurry of virtual consultations among decision-makers to chart common ways forward. It also wonders how telecommuting, to which African international bureaucracies have resorted for the purpose of business continuity, will evolve going forward.

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  • Jul 2020 + EDA Reflection/ Pandemic Diplomacy Series

    ‘Health Attachés’ – A Future Innovation?

    H.E. Dr Ahmed Al Banna

    Converting the crisis into an opportunity, this EDA Reflection highlights three main tasks that the embassy focused on and excelled in – offering consular assistance to stranded Emiratis; acquiring and chanelling much-needed medical relief; and fostering international collaboration, especially in the health sector.

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  • Jul 2020 + EDA Reflection/ Pandemic Diplomacy Series

    Impact on the Craft of Diplomacy – An Indian Experience

    Amb. Shyam Saran

    Though the pandemic is a classic transnational crisis, necessitating a global and collaborative response, this EDA Reflection argues that there has not been much evidence of a willingness to engage in international cooperation. Equally, however, it highlights India’s international outreach efforts and success in dealing with the crisis.

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  • Jul 2020 + EDA Reflection/ Pandemic Diplomacy Series

    Rwanda Deploys Drones at Home, South-South Diplomacy Abroad

    H.E. Emmanuel Hategeka

    Detailing Rwanda’s national response, which was built upon regional and international initiatives, this EDA Reflection also points out that COVID-19 has particularly altered the craft of diplomacy and the traditional role of an ambassador in several ways.

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    Online Dinner Diplomacy! Jun 2020 H.E. Mansoor Abulhoul View More
    Jun 2020 + EDA Reflection/ Pandemic Diplomacy Series

    Online Dinner Diplomacy!

    H.E. Mansoor Abulhoul

    While online tools facilitated diplomatic engagement under lockdown, this EDA Reflection stresses that it is no substitute for face-to-face interaction. It points out that the real-world is where we have chance encounters with important new contacts... Spontaneous conversation, rather than scheduled video calls, is where we might pick up interesting ideas and important information.

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    New Skills Required to Frame Messages Jun 2020 Amb. Bilahari Kausikan View More
    Jun 2020 + EDA Reflection/ Pandemic Diplomacy Series

    New Skills Required to Frame Messages

    Amb. Bilahari Kausikan

    Answering the question – will the pandemic change diplomacy – this EDA Reflection argues that foreign ministries and individual diplomats will have to learn a new skill set that entails not only framing messages in an appropriate way, but coordinating messaging across at least three dimensions: traditional diplomacy, official virtual diplomacy and unofficial virtual diplomacy.

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    Hybrid Diplomacy is the Way Forward Jun 2020 H.E. Dr Ali Al Dhaheri View More
    Jun 2020 + EDA Reflection / Pandemic Diplomacy Series

    Hybrid Diplomacy is the Way Forward

    H.E. Dr Ali Al Dhaheri

    Emphasising that diplomacy of the future will neither be traditional as it was nor just digital as it is, this EDA Reflection by Amb. Ali Al Dhaheri suggests that the dynamics of sitting together in meetings need to be recreated in online forums. It also points out that the diplomatic protocols which are long-learnt and rooted in centuries of understanding need to be reconsidered now.

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    Practising Crisis Diplomacy May 2020 H.E. Yousef Al Otaiba View More
    May 2020 + EDA Reflection

    Practising Crisis Diplomacy

    H.E. Yousef Al Otaiba

    Highlighting the UAE’s message of inclusion even during a period of crisis, this EDA Reflection points out several innovative measures undertaken by the embassy in Washington, including arranging Emiratis and Americans to share a meal via Zoom and discuss Ramadan practices and other cultural traditions.

  • Jan 2020 + Working Paper

    Diplomacy in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

    Dr. Corneliu Bjola

    This EDA Working Paper explores diplomacy in the age of artificial intelligence (AI). By connecting theories of AI development, decision-making, and institutional adaptation, the working paper develops an analytical framework for examining the transformative impact of AI on diplomacy. The paper explores three interconnected questions: first, what exactly does AI mean, how does it work, and what forms does it take? Second, to what extent is AI capable of revolutionizing how policy-makers make decisions? And third, in what areas of diplomatic activity could AI make a difference, in what form, and with what kind of risks?

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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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  • Jun 2017 +

    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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