Certification Level 1
September 23–27, 2019
This comprehensive five-day course introduces government officials and international affairs professionals to the fundamentals of diplomatic practice and prepares them for the challenges they will face in their work. It provides an overview of the national and international diplomacy systems, as well as insight into policy-making and implementation, diplomatic protocol, the functions and management of embassies and consulates, the line between being a public official and a private citizen, immunities and much more. The course is a highly interactive experience, with role-playing and simulation exercises. An important part of the program is its networking aspect, which helps to start professional relationships between and among piers from various institutions and countries.
Certification Level 2
This certification level requires the completion of at least three of the two-day courses below. The prerequisite for all courses is Certification Level 1 — it’s waived for diplomats with at least two years of service in a bilateral or multilateral mission abroad.
MANAGING A DIPLOMATIC MISSION
This course provides insight into the structure and operations of embassies, consulates and other diplomatic missions, with an emphasis on the many moving — and often competing — parts of daily leadership and management. It offers real-life case studies and exercises with immediate practical application.
This course focuses on both the day-to-day management of the relationship with a foreign country and long-term cultivation of bilateral ties. It teaches the skills needed to excel in political work, including diplomatic reporting and writing, advocacy and lobbying, diplomatic communication, persuasion and influence.
ECONOMIC TRADECRAFT AND COMMERCIAL DIPLOMACY
This course provides the tools that make a great economic and commercial officer, such as policy analysis and prognosis, economic reporting and advocacy. It also addresses ways in which the U.S. government assists American business abroad, promotes trade and investment and works to level the playing field.
CONSULAR AFFAIRS AND CRISIS-MANAGEMENT ABROAD
This course offers expertise and practical skills in the three main areas of consular work: American citizen services, nonimmigrant visas and immigrant visas. It incorporates unique exercises based on real cases, including visa interviews, crisis-management, dealing with natural disasters and quick, on-your-feet decision-making.
DIPLOMATIC NEGOTIATION AND MEDIATION
This course focuses on the processes of negotiation and mediation in a diplomatic context — in both transactional and long-term format, and in both win-win and win-lose scenarios. It examines the skills a great negotiator needs to build up and hone, and it includes exercises that develop those skills.
PUBLIC DIPLOMACY AND CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION
This course provides a practical and hands-on learning experience to public-affairs professionals working in an international environment in government, the nonprofit and private sectors. It covers media relations, public outreach, cultural-diplomacy tools, social-media techniques, and trends in interpersonal communication. It also addresses the role of public diplomacy in policy-making and implementation.
Certification Level 3
The prerequisite for this level is Certification Level 2 — it’s waived for midlevel and senior diplomats with at least 10 years of service.
LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT OF DIPLOMACY
Our most senior-level course is a weeklong interactive seminar designed to solidify and improve the skills necessary for leadership roles in diplomacy. It focuses on the unique activities required from senior leaders in management, communication, innovation, policy advice, negotiation and other areas crucial to exerting influence and maximizing soft power.
Special Certification Programs
Full-time program: July 15–26, 2019
Every day except Sunday: 9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.
Part-time program: June 29–July 30, 2019
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 5:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.
Our Summer Diplomatic Academy is a comprehensive practical training program that helps prepare undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates for careers in international diplomacy. Some of the most respected diplomats in recent years join other officials and experts to provide objective, non-partisan insight into policy-making and implementation, diplomatic protocol, the functions and management of embassies and consulates, public diplomacy and cross-cultural communication, immunities and other aspects of living abroad, and many other issues.
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