September 26, 2016


The academy’s courses are designed to teach specific aspects of modern diplomatic practice and the skills necessary to carry them out. Our carefully balanced and interactive curriculum of classroom training, exercises and role-playing, field visits, meetings and briefings ensures that participants gain concrete and applicable knowledge and insights that can help them fulfill their duties effectively. The courses are one-week long, unless otherwise specified, and are taught by leading practitioners and scholars. Participants, whose number is limited to 20 per class, come from different countries and benefit from the rare opportunity to interact with each other in a learning environment.



Washington Embassy Seminar
Prepares foreign diplomats to be successful in the United States by giving them the knowledge and skills to understand and navigate Washington and to get concrete things done. Explores and explains U.S. policy-making processes and government operations, as well as relevant channels of engagement with the diplomatic community in the conduct of foreign relations. Addresses the most pressing challenges of embassy work and gives diplomats the tools to tackle them.

Multilateral Seminar
Prepares staff and country representatives at U.S.-based multilateral organizations to succeed in their work. Examines the role that government institutions in the executive, legislative and judicial branches play in multilateral diplomacy, and explores ways of engaging with them to achieve concrete goals.

Ambassadorial Seminar
Helps ambassadors to serve successfully as both the face of their nation and the leader of an effective embassy by providing them with the most useful and actionable knowledge and skills. Focuses both on big-picture strategies and goal-specific tactics, as well as both the behind-the-scenes and public roles of the effective ambassador. Addresses innovation and entrepreneurship in diplomacy. Features interaction with some of the most respected ambassadors and political leaders in recent decades.

Deputy Chief of Mission Seminar
Prepares senior diplomats for what is arguably the most difficult job at an embassy — managing the mission while serving the ambassador. Focuses on skills to ensure conducive work environment, community safety, high morale, collaboration, effective performance, internal controls and resource-management, feedback and evaluations.

Entry-Level Seminar
Introduces new diplomats to the fundamentals of diplomatic practice and prepares them for the challenges they will face during their initial assignments. Provides an overview of the current state of international relations, as well as insight into policy-making, 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. This is a two-week course.



Political Tradecraft

Economic Tradecraft

Public Speaking & Media Skills

Commercial Diplomacy

Leadership & Management

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Negotiation & Deal-Making

Advocacy & Lobbying

Communication & Protocol

Consular Affairs

Public Diplomacy

Diplomacy in Wartime

Conflict- and Crisis-Management

Training the Trainers