The academy’s online courses are designed to prepare diplomats from around the world posted to any country to succeed in their current or upcoming assignments — from ambassador and deputy chief of mission to head of section to political or economic officer. Each course consists of five one-hour sessions, as well as one-on-one virtual office hours.
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Prepares first-time ambassadors to serve successfully as both the face of their country 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.
Deputy Chief of Mission Course
Prepares first-time deputy chiefs of mission for what is arguably the most difficult job at an embassy — managing the mission while serving the ambassador, or managing down and managing up. Focuses on skills to ensure conducive work environment, community safety, high morale, collaboration, effective performance, internal controls and resource-management, feedback and evaluations.
Prepares political-section chiefs and political officers, both at embassies and Ministries of Foreign Affairs, for all major aspects of their work with foreign governments and other constituents, including — but not limited to — bilateral, multilateral and global issues, negotiations, conflict-resolution, advocacy, political reporting and analysis, international law and diplomatic protocol.
Prepares economic-section chiefs and economic officers, both at embassies and Ministries of Foreign Affairs, for all major aspects of their work with foreign governments, the business sector and other constituents, including — but not limited to — macro- and microeconomics, trade, financing, markets, foreign investment and foreign assistance, as well as negotiations, advocacy, economic reporting and analysis.
Prepares public-diplomacy and public-affairs section chiefs and officers for all major aspects of their work in foreign countries, including — but not limited to — media relations, public outreach and education, audience development, advocacy, marketing and message development, social media, cultural diplomacy and exchange program management.
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