Improve your diplomatic skills


We provide the Geneva-based diplomatic and foreign-policy communities with a diverse range of diplomatic training modules. These include a series of lectures, discussions, short tailored made programmes and debates on pressing issues of international concern.

The Diplomatic Training courses can either be thematic or skills oriented in-situ (at the invitation of our partners) or at our own premises here in Geneva, which is a major centre for international cooperation. While relying on the expertise of our faculty, which includes world renowned professors, statesmen, stateswomen and ambassadors, we develop a methodology which is experience-sharing and practice oriented and courses are designed carefully to address cross-cutting issues and give a global understanding of the theme or skills at hence.

Learn and incorporate tools, procedures and instruments to effectively manage complex projects and programmes in international and multicultural environments.

Please see below the outline of the following possibilities:

The training modules can be customized for junior to senior level diplomats and helps them to:

  • (Better) Understand the dynamics of international politics and diplomatic issues;
  • Develop practical skills necessary to master the challenges of 21st century diplomacy;
  • Advance cross-cultural negotiation and communication skills;
  • Develop competence in dealing with challenges at the global, regional and national levels;

Programme Case Study Weekends

22 & 23 September 2017 Case Study Weekend I: Economic Diplomacy

  • ‘Emerging Trade Issues: managing an increasingly integrated global trading system in coherent ways’, by Dr. John Hancock, the Head of Policy Development and Strategic Planning at WTO
  • The Evolving System of Global Economic Governance: from the G7 to the G20 and beyond’, by Dr. John Hancock, the Head of Policy Development and Strategic Planning at WTO
  • Trade Policy: Negotiations Strategies and Practice, by Prof. Mariarosaria Iorio, Chief Executive of T4NSD
27 & 28 October 2017 Case Study Weekend II: Science and Diplomacy

  • ‘The governance Challenge of Climate Change’ by Mr. Michel Jarraud, Secretary General Emeritus at WMO
  • ‘Science for Peace in Diplomacy’, by Mr. Maurizio Bona, Senior Advisor for relations with Parliaments and Science for Policy, to the Director-General of the CERN
24 & 25 November 2017 Case Study Weekend III: Global Environmental Governance

  • ‘Public Policy and Environment’, by Dr. Jesse Hastings, GSD Faculty Member and Partner & Advisor of Research & Strategy at Altus Impact
  • ‘Environmental Acceptability as the Driver of the New World Order’, by Dr. Alexander Likhotal, GSD Faculty Member, Former President of the Green Cross International
  • ‘Green Economy and Sustainable Development’, by Dr. Jesse Hastings, GSD Faculty Member and Partner & Advisor of Research & Strategy at Altus Impact

 

Case Study Weekends (September, October & November 2017)

This is a practice-oriented training at the heart of international Geneva for young professionals from the diplomatic service, international institutions, private sector and NGOs.

Objectives:

  • Provides 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;
  • Focuses on a variety of the most important global challenges and governance solutions in the areas from migration and security to trade negotiations and global health;
  • Develops practical skills such as negotiation, working in teams, problem-solving, conflict resolution and cross-cultural communication, public speaking and leadership, through practical exercises and case studies;

Duration:
3 Weekends (Friday afternoon from 14.00 – 17.15 and Saturday from 09.15 – 17.00)*

Registration

To register for the Case Study Weekend(s), please fill out our online application form. In the form you can indicate if you would like to sign up for 1 or 2 weekends or the full package of 3 weekends.

* Please note that it is possible to register for the Case Study Weekends separately or to register for all three weekends.

Price**:
Per case study weekend: CHF 500
Full package (3 weekends) : CHF 1’200

** (registration fee of CHF 100,- not included)

ECTS value
3 ECTS per Case Study Weekend

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Diplomatic Skills – Tailor made trainings

This is a practice-oriented training at the heart of international Geneva for professionals from the diplomatic service, international institutions, private sector and NGOs (for groups). We offer organisations the opportunity to create a tailor made diplomatic skills program, based on their needs and focused on improving the practical skills of their employees to better face today’s challenges and issues.

The training will be created based on your specific needs and can include a series of lectures, discussions, simulations, short tailor-made programmes, case studies and debates on pressing issues of international concern. Some examples of the practical skills course we offer are:

  • Diplomatic Protocol and Etiquette
  • Working with the UN
  • Negotiation techniques and simulations
  • Rhetoric and eloquence: the art of public speaking and persuasion
  • Human advocacy

Would you like to improve your cross-cultural negotiation or communication skills and develop competence in dealing with challenges at the global, regional and national level, please contact us for more information.

Duration:

Flexible: from 2 days to 2 weeks. For example:

  • 2 or 3 days – fulltime
  • 1 or 2 weeks – fulltime
  • Part-time, 3 weekends (Friday afternoon + Saturday full day)

Price:

The price for the tailor made programmes depend on the duration, location and content of the course.

Diplomatic Training ‘Accelerated EMIR’ – 4 months

This Diplomatic Training Programme is a special 4 months intensive training based on our current Master (MIR) & Executive Master Programme (EMIR).

Objectives:

The objective is to expose the theoretical underpinnings of International Relations and Global challenges and the concrete functioning of UN agencies (WTO; WHO etc.) and provide attendees with the practical skills required to operate in International Organizations and the Diplomatic Field.

Components

  • EMIR classes & Term Paper, 1 Semester, 18 ECTS
  • Executive Winter or Summer School, 1 week full time, 4 ECTS
  • 3 MIR classes, by the candidate’s’ choice*, 18 ECTS
  • EMIR Thesis/Dissertation, 20 ECTS

Duration:

1 Semester (4 months), on-campus:

  • 8 Evening classes per Semester (every second week of Semester, Tuesdays, 17.00 – 19.00)
  • 3 Case Study Weekends (3 weekends per Semester, include Friday afternoon, 14.00 – 17.15 & full Saturday, 9.00 – 17.00)
  • Thesis: off-campus
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