(14th of February – 21st of February)
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit us all in our own unique ways. To mitigate the spread of the corona virus and alleviate some of its consequences, governments have been requesting their citizens to work from home whenever possible. Surely, this has opened up the wonderful world of working comfortably in your pyjama’s behind your screen, but online communication also seriously impedes the quality of human communication. In the diplomatic world, ambassadors are challenged with navigating the world of online-negotiations as international politics continue and decisions remain to be taken. How do diplomats ensure negotiations run smoothly?
Our online winter seminar will offer insights into the world of diplomacy through both a theoretical and practical approach. Along with introducing our students to general concepts of diplomacy and negotiation, special attention will be dedicated to understanding how digitisation impacts the world of international negotiations. What are the pitfalls of digital communication, and ways to overcome these issues? As our lives become increasingly online, new hazards to successful international relations like digital misinformation and cybercrime emerge. How can a negotiation still be successful in the midst of this digital negotiation arena?
We are more than excited to present a program with speakers like Paul Meerts, Corneliu Bjola, Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar, Hans van den Berg and three practicing diplomats. Throughout the week, students will be offered the opportunity to expand their (international) network with networking sessions. The seminar will conclude with a newly developed diplomatic simulation regarding the subject. Participants will represent a country or an international organisation and are expected to prepare a position, negotiate an agreement, and deal with the issues as they arise during the simulation.
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AS A PARTICIPANT YOU WILL…
GAIN THEORETICAL INSIGHTS
You will be challenged to gather theoretical insights in the rapidly developing field of digital and cyber diplomacy from leading figures in the field.
WORK ON NEGOTIATION AND DIPLOMACY SKILLS
Gain valuable skills through a proven combination of applying theoretical knowledge in high end simulations. During the seminar, you will develop skills for public speaking, speech writing, doing research for negotiation and reporting.
START BUILDING YOUR OWN INTERNATIONAL NETWORK!
Build your international network through the Young Diplomat community and meet with diplomats from different disciplines. The Young Diplomat community offers you the opportunity to find new contacts within the field.
For the tuition fee of only 37.50 euros! (excluding 2.50 service costs). The tuition fee includes a certificate of participation.How to ApplySeminar program
PROGRAM WINTER SEMINAR OF 2021
Sunday 14th of Febrary 2021
20.00 – 21.00ish
Online welcome and introductions
Monday 15th of February 2021
19.00 – 21.00
Panel on Online Diplomacy with Diplomats and Assignment
Wednesday 17th of February
19:00 – 21.00
Introductions to International Negotiation & Diplomacy
Dr. P.W. Meerts (International Negotiation Analyst, Clingendael Institute & College of Europe)
Interactive Zoom Workshop
Friday 19th of February
19:00 – 21:00
Power & Strategies in International Diplomacy & Negotiations
H.B. van den Berg, MSc. (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Departement of Public Administration & Sociology, President of The Young Diplomat)
Interactive Zoom Workshop
Saturday 20th of February
The Dark Side of Digital Diplomacy: Tactics for Countering Digital Disinformation
Professor Corneliu Bjola (Associate Dr. Professor of Diplomatic Studies at Oxford University)
Interactive Zoom Lecture
At the Frontline of Cyber Security (Estonia, Russia and NATO)
Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar (Ambassador at Large for Cyber Diplomacy and Director for Cyber Diplomacy Department at Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Interactive Zoom Lecture
Sunday 21th of February
10.00 – 17.00
Digital Diplomacy Simulation
WHAT PARTICIPANTS OF OUR LAST (DIGITAL) SCHOOL SAID…
”I could feel the love for the discipline of diplomacy through my screen. Even though we couldn’t see each other in real life in The Hague, the Young Diplomat team did manage to give a good insight into and lessons from the world of diplomacy by sharing knowledge, skills and anecdotes from real-life by involving both practitioners and professors from the field. In doing so, it has brought me closer to reaching my goal for which I am thankful.”
37.50 euro (excluding 2.50 service costs)
Tuition fee includes:
- Panel discussion, workshops, lectures and final simulation.
- Access to all events via a protected and certified ZOOM host-account.
- Signature welcome package.
- All reading materials.
- Certificate of participation.
HOW TO APPLY
In order to guarantee personalised and high quality education we will only host 40 spots!
To be admitted for this program you do not need previous experience, knowledge, or related studies in the field. This program is open to anyone interested in the subject and wishing to obtain experience with democracy and diplomacy and negotiation. To be selected please provide:
- Motivational statement of a minimum of 250 and maximum 500 words why you want to take part in this winter course and should be considered.
- Curriculum Vitae, including current or previous studies, current or previous work experience, current or previous extra curricula.
Please send your application in PDF format to: email@example.com. We will inform you as soon as possible on whether you are accepted to join the winter seminar. We look forward to meeting you (online)!
Application deadline: 29th of January