Week Six – Diplomatic Tradecraft

And so to the last in this series of six blogs which have, very inadequately, tried to give a flavour of participants’ comments and suggestions as they worked their way through the online course Diplomacy in the 21st Century. Week Six was about protocol, networking and understanding other cultures – skills which very clearly cut across… Read More Week Six – Diplomatic Tradecraft


Week Five – Running a Diplomatic Mission

Week Five looked at the differences between “normal” and “expeditionary” diplomacy, and whether those are entirely separate things; at the challenges of running an effective diplomatic mission, from Residence hospitality to leadership skills; and at how diplomats prepare for postings. There was a lot of interest in the concept of a “tech Ambassador”.  This recent article… Read More Week Five – Running a Diplomatic Mission

Week Four – Why Bother with Theory?

The fourth week of Diplomacy in the 21st Century focused on theories and models of diplomacy and international relations (IR).  The week was led by Dr J Simon Rofe, Reader in Diplomatic and International Studies at SOAS University of London, who received much praise from participants for his ability to introduce complex subjects in an accessible… Read More Week Four – Why Bother with Theory?