Summer School: Modern Diplomacy. Across Levels, Actors and Tracks

United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) and Diplomatische Akademie Wien – Vienna School of International Studies

24 August - 4 September 2020

The art of diplomacy has evolved. In an age where 280 characters from a world leader on Twitter can give a green light to foreign military action or move markets, there is no denying that the classic notions of diplomacy – backroom handshakes between decades-long counterparts with a tinge of cigar in the air – no longer reflect reality.

What has taken its place is a modern, multi-level and multi-faceted approach that encompasses all the tools of the international and interconnected global sphere. Effective diplomacy now relies on the ability of a government to engage on numerous fronts and in numerous departments.

This summer school, organised by UNU-CRIS and the Diplomatische Akademie Wien - Vienna School of International Studies, in collaboration with Department of Foreign Affairs of Flanders, Ghent University and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), aims to present the most comprehensive, in-depth analysis of and training in modern diplomacy, gaining insights from practitioners, academics and policymakers at the forefront of their fields and operating at the highest levels, on the different facets of modern diplomacy and how they are being employed the world over to shape ideas, discussion and the world we live in.

How will the new methods of modern diplomacy change the art of it? Educate and prepare yourself for this new age of diplomacy at this Summer School.

This programme will be run virtually and sessions are from 10:00 - 16:00 CEST, with breaks included.

Target group Audience with professional background in the diplomatic service or with aspirations to do so, policymakers and academics.
Students of exceptional promise are also encouraged to apply.
Duration 2 weeks
(Monday, 24 August - Friday, 4 September 2020)
Language of instruction English
Tuition fee EUR 1,000

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