Diplomatic Training for Middle East & North Africa Juniors Completed
14 Mar 2024 - 16:18
Bron: Clingendael

What do sports and culture have to do with diplomacy? How are decisions made in the EU? What changes are happening in the international legal order? What is the role of water and sustainable development in diplomacy? What does humanitarian diplomacy entail?

These are some of the questions that were discussed during the diplomatic training programme for 16 junior diplomats from the Middle East and North Africa this February and March. Over four weeks, the participants delved into various themes related to key policy priorities in the region, while also sharpening their diplomatic skills such as intercultural communication, policy reporting, and the art of negotiations. The variation between informative lectures and practical skills sessions were highly appreciated by the participants, who described the overall programme as “enriching”, “beneficial” and “inspiring”.

Participants gained insight into the processes and policies of various EU institutions through an exciting trip to Brussels, which included visits to the European External Action Service, UNIDO and the European Commission. Back in the Hague, participants also visited the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Criminal Court to gain an understanding of their work practices and policies.

After four weeks of intensive yet inspiring training, we are positive that the participants have been equipped with the tools, competences and knowledge necessary to effectively navigate their work as a diplomat in the 21st century.