Case Study Weekends – Fall 2019
During the practice-oriented case study weekends, participants will:
- Be provided with advanced in-depth knowledge and skills to grasp and navigate the complex realities of international relations and deal with practical situations encountered by diplomats in their everyday practice;
- Focus on a variety of the most important global challenges and governance solutions;
- Develop practical skills such as negotiation, working in teams, problem-solving, conflict resolution, decision making and leadership, through practical exercises and case studies;
The training sessions will take place at the heart of the most diplomatic neighborhood on the planet during the following weekends:
Weekend I (27 & 28 Sptember 2019)
Case Study Weekend I: “Smart Power” – New Trends in the Global Science Diplomacy
Global problems such as climate change, food, and energy security, and disease pandemics, require a global response, which is essentially dependent on the application of science and technology for resolution. The Case Study Weekend delves into an in-depth discussion on the three dimensions of science diplomacy (science in diplomacy, science for diplomacy and diplomacy for science). The participants will also explore the concept of the soft power of science and discuss practical ways of overcoming the barriers to scientific exchange.
Weekend II (17 & 19 October 2019)
Case Study Weekend II: “Soft Power” – Public Diplomacy & Media
Public diplomacy is an important foreign policy tool for building trust and an attractive image of a country, rather than relying on coercive diplomacy. New methods and strategies of asserting soft power and influencing public opinion are going to be explored during the course. The role of media in nation branding, as well as in managing crises and conflicts will be discussed, together with case studies on the modern news environment.
Weekend III (1 & 2 November 2019)
Case Study Weekend III: The Evolving Dimensions of Strategic Foresight
As uncertainty, ambiguity and change are increasingly becoming the key features of the modern world, policymakers and leaders are challenged by the need for constant adaptation and preparedness. The science of futures and strategic foresight provides indispensable tools to anticipate and explore the dynamics of change and to have well-prepared strategies and policies in place to face various scenarios of the future.