September 26, 2016

Course Catalog

 

DIPLOMACY AT THE STATE & LOCAL LEVELS

May 3-4, 2018
Washington, DC

As U.S. cities and states increasingly conduct their own diplomacy with foreign counterparts, this three-day symposium is designed to prepare their officials engaged in international affairs to initiate, develop and improve programs and relationships abroad. It provides an insider’s view of U.S. diplomacy, and explains how to use its global infrastructure to achieve state and local goals. Participants will also learn skills in negotiations, conflict-resolution, trade and investment, political and economic tradecraft, and public diplomacy. They will have opportunities to network and socialize with speakers and fellow attendees.


BUSINESS DIPLOMACY & GLOBAL GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

May 3-4, 2018
Washington, DC

As companies with a global presence pursue their own foreign policies, this symposium is designed to help business executives — particularly those working in government affairs — to navigate both the U.S. administration and foreign bureaucracies more effectively to achieve specific goals. With a focus on the interagency process in Washington at a time of significant uncertainty and unpredictability, the symposium will address ways in which the U.S. government can assist business operations abroad, such as overcoming regulation and trade barriers, and building and cultivating important relationships. Participants will hone their skills in negotiation, political and economic analysis, crisis-management, government relations and intercultural communication. They will have opportunities to network and socialize with speakers and fellow attendees.


INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMACY

March 26-29, 2018
Washington, DC

This course introduces new diplomats and other officials from around the world to the fundamentals of diplomatic practice and prepares them for the challenges they will face in their work. It provides an overview of the current state of international relations, as well as insight into policy-making, diplomatic protocol, the functions and management of embassies and consulates, the line between being a public official and a private citizen, immunities and other aspects of living abroad. An important part of the program is its networking aspect, which helps to start professional relationships between and among piers from various countries.


PUBLIC DIPLOMACY & INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

April 5-6, 2018
Washington, DC

This symposium provides a practical and hands-on learning experience to public-affairs professionals working in an international environment in government, the nonprofit and private sectors. The program seeks to build leaders with both strategic vision and superb skills in specific aspects of public diplomacy. 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. Participants will have opportunities to network and socialize with speakers and fellow attendees.


SUMMER DIPLOMATIC ACADEMY FOR STUDENTS

Full-time: June 4-15, 2018
Part-time: June 19-August 4, 2018
Washington, DC

Our summer academy is a unique training program that helps prepare undergraduate and graduate students for careers in international diplomacy. It introduces them to the fundamentals of diplomatic practice and focuses on practical, real-life aspects of work in national and local governments, embassies and consulates, international organizations and multinational businesses. The material emphasizes a skills-based approach and is generally not offered at colleges and universities. Some of the most respected diplomats in recent years join other officials and experts to provide big-picture views on the current state of international relations, as well as lessons learned and insight into policy-making and implementation, diplomatic protocol, the functions and management of embassies and consulates, public diplomacy and intercultural communication, immunities and other aspects of living abroad, and many other issues.


GLOBAL CHIEF OF MISSION SEMINAR

September 4-6, 2018
Washington, DC

The purpose of this seminar is to prepare first-time ambassadors to serve successfully as both the face of their country and the leader of an effective embassy in the host-country. It provides participants with the most useful and actionable knowledge and skills a modern chief of a diplomatic mission needs. It focuses both on big-picture strategies and goal-specific tactics, as well as on both the behind-the-scenes and public roles of an effective ambassador. The material is presented in an objective and factual manner. The seminar is a facilitated, interactive and collegial training experience. It recognizes and appreciates that participants bring significant knowledge and professional skills. Participants who complete the program will be better equipped to run an embassy and better prepared to face policy and management challenges.


NAVIGATING WASHINGTON SEMINAR

September 4-6, 2018
Washington, DC

The purpose of this symposium is to prepare foreign diplomats to be successful in the United States. It explores and explains all relevant aspects of U.S. policy and government operations, as well as Washington’s inner workings and public sphere. The carefully designed and interactive combination of classroom training, exercises and role-playing ensures that participants gain specific and usable understanding and insights that can help them fulfill their duties effectively. The course addresses the most pressing challenges of embassy work and gives diplomats the tools to tackle them. It is taught by leading practitioners and scholars, who present the respective issues’ practical implications and real-life opportunities and risks.


DEPUTY CHIEF OF MISSION SEMINAR

This seminar prepares senior diplomats for what is arguably the most difficult job at an embassy — managing the mission while serving the ambassador. It focuses on skills to ensure conducive work environment, community safety, high morale, collaboration, effective performance, internal controls and resource-management, feedback and evaluations.


 

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