DRAFT PROGRAMME - version 26th September 2010 



Monday, 27th September 2010

20.00 – 21.00

Welcome drink on the hotel terrace


Tuesday, 28th September 2010

08.30 – 09.00



Bus departs to Valletta

10.00 – 10.40

Opening session at the Maltese Parliament

  • Hon. Dr Michael Frendo
    the Speaker of the Parliament of Malta
  • Dr William F. Shija, Secretary General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
  • Ambassador Hans Winkler
    Director of the Vienna Diplomatic Academy
  • Dr Paula R. Newberg, Marshall B. Coyne
    Director, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University

Dr Jovan Kurbalija
Director of DiploFoundation
Professor Stephen Calleya
Director of the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies

The opening session will be attended by the diplomatic community in Malta. It will be held at the historical Tapestry Chamber of the Maltese Parliament. See also: Virtual Tour of the historical Grandmaster Palace (seat of Maltese Parliament).

10.40 – 11.00

Coffee break and group photo

11.00 – 12.15

Regional diplomatic training

Prof. Stephen Calleya
Director of the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies

Prof. Ugo Mifsud Bonnici
President Emeritus of Malta

Prof. Hafiz Pashayev
Rector, Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy

Ms Dlomo Maud
Deputy Director General, Department of International Relations and Cooperation, South Africa

Ambassador Dr Mladen Andrlic
Director of the Croatian Diplomatic Academy

Diplomacy is becoming increasingly regional. This session will explore how diplomatic training can assist regional policy processes. It will discuss experiences from various regions including the Mediterranean (Ugo Mifsud Bonnici), Caucasus and Central Asia (Hafix Pashayev), Central and South-East Europe (Mladen Andrlic), and Southern Africa (Maud Dlomo).

Questions for discussion

  • How can regional diplomatic training support regional diplomacy?
  • What are the practical approaches for enhancing regional diplomatic training?
  • How can diplomatic academies cooperate in this process?

12.15 – 13.00

Tour of the State Rooms
Walk through Valletta to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malta

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch break (stand up lunch at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Welcome by Ambassador John Paul Grech
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malta

14.15 – 15.30

Bus transfer from Valletta to the conference hotel

15.30 – 16.45

Practical workshops in e-diplomacy and online learning
(optional session for participants)

The workshops will provide participants with a practical background for the conceptual and policy discussion about e-diplomacy and online training (to be conducted on the morning of 29 September 2010). The main purpose of this session is to introduce participants to Web 2.0 tools. The presentation will be adjusted to the participants’ backgrounds (awareness building, beginner with many questions, intermediate user concerned about using e-tools for professional purposes).Participants will select from the following workshops:

  1. How to follow social media. Designed for newcomers who want to start exploring social media, this session introduces us to ways we can keep up with what's going on. With thousands of blogs, tweets, Facebook updates, and YouTube videos, it is a challenging task. This workshop is an introduction to ways in which you can harness the power of social media and harvest the information it provides through the use of various aggregation tools.  
  2. How to run and manage a blog. In this session, we will work through the practicalities of starting and managing a blog. What are the principal dos and don'ts? What are examples of successful diplomatic blogs? What do you need to do to make your blog successful, visible, and influential?  
  3. How to start and run online learning courses. We will guide you through one week of a student's participation in an online diplomatic training course.

Each session will last 30 minutes. This is an optional activity for participants with an interest in the listed subjects.

16.45 – 17.00

Coffee Break

17.00 – 18.15

Presentation of new courses and methodologies

Participating institutions are invited to present new courses and training methodologies used in their diplomatic training programmes. At the conference venue, there will be 5 parallel spaces for presentations. Each presentation should last 10 minutes + 5 minutes for Q&A.

Participants are encouraged to submit their proposals for this session via e-mail (

List of presenters (as of 26 September 2010):

The challenge of teaching foreign diplomats – Experience from Romania
(Professor Radu Carp, Director General of the Romanian Diplomatic Institute)

The Romanian Diplomatic Institute recently had the privilege of teaching foreign diplomats from different countries in the framework of bilateral agreements or development aid. It is a challenge for an institution that started few years ago with a limited number of programmes dedicated only to Romanian diplomats and which is currently running five different teaching and professional development programmes. Teaching in a foreign language is a challenge. The most significant challenge is to adapt the content of the curricula to the specific needs of foreign diplomats, taking into account their different cultural backgrounds. Sharing this experience with similar institutions is important for the Romanian Diplomatic Institute in order to compare the results achieved and to find a common denominator in terms of scientific approach. The Romanian Diplomatic Institute would like feedback on this issue because it wants to extend this kind of programme in the next few months to include other countries diplomats on new diplomacy course tracks. Another issue to be discussed during the presentation is related to language courses for foreign diplomats in order to see if a common approach on the supranational level could be used with the purpose of disseminating specific terms used in international relations and international law.


Update from Canada on new developments in online learning
(Ambassador Michael Calcott, Director General, Canadian Foreign Service Institute)

Canada is one of the pioneers in online diplomatic training. Ambassador Calcott will present three new courses which are used for diplomatic training in Canada:

  • Islam and Muslim Communities:  Perspectives for Foreign Policy 
  • The New Way Forward: A new approach to the role of political officers
  • Orientation to consular services and emergency management

The presentation will be followed by short discussion. A digital version of the courses will be made available on CDs.

Negotiation, thesis, ethics — Course initiatives at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
(Professor Alan Wachman, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University)

Pilot training for the European External Action Service
(Professor Sieglinde Gstöhl, EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies, College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium)

As the European External Action Service (EEAS), the EU’s ‘new foreign service’, is taking shape, the question of how to train its diplomats arises. In order to gain some experience and insights, the College of Europe, in cooperation with the Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’, the Centre for Political and Diplomatic Studies in Oxford, and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, took the initiative for a first specialised training programme for national diplomats and EU officials who are joining the EEAS. It took place at the College of Europe’s Bruges campus from 30 August to 3 September 2010. In the morning sessions, the programme covered the structure and main policy areas of the EEAS and offered a choice of related, interactive workshops in the afternoons. It was evaluated very positively by the participants who came from various member states, the European Commission and the Council Secretariat.

Online course on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty: Past and Future
(Anti Kaski, Geneva Center for Security Studies)

A new diplomatic training methodology used in Indonesia
(Prianti Gagarin Djatmiko Singgih, Head of Center for Education and Training, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia)

Training on global health diplomacy: How to prepare diplomats and other policymakers to negotiate for health
(presenter to be confirmed)

Over the last three decades, health-related issues have risen on the global agenda. Issues such as pandemics, health security, food safety, intellectual property, and access to medicines, increasingly require diplomatic skills and negotiations at national, regional, and global level. It has therefore become necessary to forge a strong link between foreign policy and health, considering that global health issues have become a major concern to foreign policymakers. Foreign policy and diplomacy offer important tools to deal with the growing interdependence between countries on health-related issues and thus are complementary to, as well as extensions of, national policy efforts. This presentation will explore how global health can be mainstreamed into diplomatic training and will highlight some of the ongoing and new initiatives in capacity building for global health diplomacy.

A new courses at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy

(Aygun Hajiyeva, Director of Advanced Foreign Service Program, Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy)

Announcement of the research initiative: What is the perception of diplomats, diplomacy, and compromise worldwide?
(Dr Jovan Kurbalija, Director, DiploFoundation)

Diplo is in the advanced preparation phase of a research project on the public perception of diplomats, diplomacy, and compromise. The research project is inspired by the discrepancy between, on the one hand, the increasing relevance of diplomacy and compromise for solving global problems and, on the other hand, a not particularly favourable public perception of both diplomacy and compromise. In an increasingly interdependent world with numerous social, economic, and cultural dependencies, there will be a growing need for diplomacy as a tool for solving problems through negotiations and compromise. At the same time, compromise is rarely a highly appreciated value, especially compared to national pride.  The perception of diplomacy and of diplomats is usually very simplified, painted by stereotypes. Diplo is in the process of forming a consortium of institutions that could undertake research at national level. IFDT partners are invited to join this initiative.

Diplomatic Training Effectiveness through Quality Assurance: ISO 10015+ (Prof. Raymond Saner, University of Basel)

Diplomatic training, as one of the most frequently used approaches to tackling performance issues, needs to be managed carefully like any other major investment. ISO 10015+ offers a new and sector-specific quality management tool to ensure the link between the training and organisational performance needs of today’s MFA. It also offers a transparent and easy to follow process to ensure a sound and logical link between the four steps of any diplomatic training process and an MFA’s mission and performance requirements – thereby strengthening the expected results of such a training investment. The expected outcome of training investment should be two-fold, namely increasing personal competence of diplomats and a concomitant increase of the MFA’s organisational performance. Without a structured approach to training and a predictable process for continuous improvement, such expectations cannot be fulfilled.

Announcement of Master of Studies in Diplomatic Studies

(Jeremy Cresswell, Director, Oxford University Foreign Service Programme, Oxford)

Beginning in the upcoming Academic Year 2010/11, the Oxford University Foreign Service Programme will be offering an additional and innovative Master's option to its students, who are mainly but not exclusively early- to mid-career professional diplomats from a wide range of countries (the 23 students on the forthcoming Programme come from 17 different countries).  Following on from the one-year, residential postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in Diplomatic Studies undertaken by all students on the Programme, those students who meet the required standard and who choose to do so may apply to undertake the Oxford University Master of Studies in Diplomatic Studies. This will be part-time, non-residential and under distance supervision. MSt students will have access to a Virtual Learning Environment, access to online University libraries and to their designated Supervisor through online supervisions, and will prepare a research dissertation of 15,000 words. The additional Master's option will add a further dimension to the work and activities of the FSP and is intended to appeal to those professional diplomats who wish to continue their mid-career studies in more depth.

Short overview and recent developments of the diplomatic training of FSTI
(Ambassador Yoshinori Katori, Director-General of the Foreign Service Training Institute of Japan)

Brief Description: Outline the Diplomatic Training Programs of FSTI and overview recent developments in the programs including those of science diplomacy and the diplomacy related to so called “Soft Power”.

20.00 – 22.00

Networking reception (buffet dinner)


Wednesday, 29th September 2010

09.00 – 10.30

Training on e-diplomacy

Dr Paula R. Newberg, Marshall B. Coyne
Director, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University


Mr. Richard C. Boly
Director Office of eDiplomacy U.S. Department of State

Ms. Marilia Maciel
Getulio Vargas Foundation, Brazil

E-diplomacy requires new skills, and in some cases, a new approach to diplomacy. Diplomats are already re-thinking the way they work and taking a new look at traditional activities, such as negotiation and representation. New activities, such as addressing policy communities via the Internet, call for specific skills. There are many questions to be addressed: Should diplomats blog? Can diplomats negotiate effectively online? (Re)training is essential!  The session will focus on two aspects of e-diplomacy. Mr Richard Boly will discuss how e-diplomacy changes the internal dynamics of diplomatic services. Ms Marilia Maciel will address the way in which diplomats can adjust to a new challenges posed by the Internet entering ‘conference rooms’ through e-participation and other similar approaches.

Questions for discussion

  • What is hype and reality in e-diplomacy?
  • How does e-diplomacy affects diplomatic routines and the way diplomatic services are organised?
  • What are the skills that diplomats should acquire for e-diplomacy?
  • What type of training should be designed for e-diplomacy?

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 – 12.30

Capacity development in diplomatic training


Ambassador Kishan Rana
Professor Emeritus – DiploFoundation (based in New Delhi, India)

Ms. Alina Bassegoda Treviño
E-learning Coordinator, Mexican Diplomatic Academy "Matias Romero"

Ambassador Dr Philip M. Mwanzia
Director of the Foreign Service Institute, Kenya

This session will address strategies and methods for developing national capacities for diplomatic training, with a special focus on online diplomatic training as an emerging approach, and also on developing domestic training capacity. Kishan Rana will provide a general overview of capacity development based on experience drawn from various countries. Mexico is among countries that successfully integrated e-learning into its training activities. Alina Bassegoda will reflect on Mexican experience since 2003, with special focus on the organisational, didactical, and financial aspects of developing e-learning. Philip Mwanzia has been leading a new Kenyan approach to diplomatic training, which is largely organised in-house, with the focus of training all staff starting from senior officials to new entrants in the diplomatic service.

Questions for discussion

  • What is the right balance between in-house training and outsourcing?
  • How do we integrate in-house talents in the training process?
  • How do we engage retired ambassador, academics and active diplomatic staff as trainers?
  • What diplomatic skills can best be developed via online methods?

12.30 – 14.00

Lunch break

14.00 – 15.30

Training diplomats for climate change diplomacy

Dr Jovan Kurbalija
Director of DiploFoundation


Dr Alex Sceberras Trigona
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malta

Professor Raymond Saner
Sciences Po, Paris & University of Basle, Switzerland

Climate change is one of the main current global policy issues. This session will discuss ways and means of training diplomats, scientists, and others involved in climate change negotiations. Michael Zammit Cutajar has provided the background for discussion by identifying a set of key skills for climate change diplomats. Raymond Saner will focus on training for inter-ministerial coordination and policy consultation as one of the main challenges in climate change and other policy processes. Alex Sceberras Trigona will provide practical experience of preparing Maldivian diplomats for a successful diplomatic initiative on linking climate change and human rights (which resulted in the adoption of the UN Human Rights Council Resolution).

Questions for discussion

  • What are the diplomatic skills that scientists should acquire and what scientific knowledge should diplomats have?
  • How could climate change policy-making and climate change negotiations be organised within our governments (Environmental Ministry leads and MFA plays a supportive coordination role or vice versa)?
  • What are the respective competencies required of today’s diplomats in either situation (MFA in lead or supportive role)?
  • How could these competencies be taught and this new learning be institutionalised?

15.30 – 16.00

Coffee break

16.00 – 17.00

Concluding session: The future of diplomatic training

Ambassador Hans Winkler

The session will summarise previous discussion with the focus on future challenges. Apart from questions that will emerge during previous deliberation, the following tentative lead questions are envisioned:

  • What proven diplomatic training approaches can address future needs?
  • What new approaches need to be introduced?
  • How can diplomatic services – in austere times – deliver more with less?


Bus departs to Mdina

19.00 – 20.00

Guided tour of Mdina

20.30 –

Conference dinner


Thursday, 30th September 2010

Guided visit to Gozo.