January 2, 2018

Introduction to International Diplomacy



A Seminar for Government Officials and International Affairs Professionals*

September 24-28, 2018
Washington, DC


This comprehensive 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 insight into the national and international diplomacy systems, 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, diplomatic writing and speaking and much more. The course is a highly interactive experience, with role-playing and simulation exercises. It is taught by some of the most respected career diplomats in recent decades.


9:00 a.m. The National and International Diplomacy Systems

11:00 a.m. Diplomacy’s Role in the Foreign-Policy Toolbox

12:30 p.m. Lunch Break

1:30 p.m. Securing and Managing Resources for Diplomacy

3:30 p.m. Case-Studies of Diplomatic Successes and Failures

5:00 p.m. End of Session


9:00 a.m. The Interagency Policy-Making and Implementation Processes

11:00 a.m. Behind the Scenes of a Diplomatic Mission

12:30 p.m. Lunch Break

1:30 p.m. Exercise: Running an Embassy

3:30 p.m. International Security and Nonproliferation Diplomacy

5:00 p.m. End of Session


9:00 a.m. Political Tradecraft

11:00 a.m. Economic Tradecraft

12:30 p.m. Lunch Break

1:30 p.m. Diplomatic Reporting and Writing

3:30 p.m. Commercial Diplomacy

5:00 p.m. End of Session


9:00 a.m. Consular Affairs

11:00 a.m. Crisis-Management Abroad

12:30 p.m. Lunch Break

1:30 p.m. Expeditionary Diplomacy and Civilian-Military Cooperation

3:30 p.m. Cyber Diplomacy

5:00 p.m. End of Session


9:00 a.m. Public Diplomacy

11:00 a.m. Cross-Cultural Communication

12:30 p.m. Lunch Break

1:30 p.m. Diplomatic Negotiation and Mediation

3:30 p.m. Exercise: Diplomatic Negotiation

5:00 p.m. Conclusion and Presenting of Certificates

*The schedule is subject to change as circumstances demand.


Cost & Registration


To begin the registration process, please fill out the form below. The deadline is August 31, 2018, though space in limited to 15 participants and may fill up earlier. The cost of the seminar is $2,499 for government and nonprofit employees, and $3,499 for private-sector representatives.


Get in Touch

If you have questions about this course, please fill out the form below or call us on 202-656-9828.