Clingendael Diplomatic Studies Programme CDSP

About CDSP

Clingendael’s Diplomatic Studies Programme (CDSP) has four broad dimensions. First, it studies contemporary trends and innovations in diplomatic practice. Secondly, it is dedicated to an increased understanding of global issues and governance challenges raised by the erosion of national boundaries. Thirdly, CDSP research is focused on the changing geopolitics of international relations, in particular the rise of Asia, the future role of the United States and relations between the Islamic world and the West. Last but not least, it builds on a long-standing worldwide reputation in the field of diplomatic training for a wide variety of countries

Diplomacy and Multilateral Affairs’ with junior diplomats from Morocco

April 27, 2010. Currently taking place at the Clingendael Institute: the 5th Course for Junior Diplomats from Morocco, organised from 12 – 23 April 2010. A group of fourteen young diplomats with different backgrounds, but all working in the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, came to The Hague for a two-week training in diplomacy and multilateral affairs.
This training, organised in cooperation with the Dutch and the Moroccan MFA through the MATRA programme, was specially designed to improve their knowledge on a variety of themes and to enhance the relations between Morocco and The Netherlands. The condensed curriculum is clustered around subjects like Morocco and the EU, international economic cooperation, international law, security arrangements, economic diplomacy and diplomatic practice. Besides from the lectures – where a closer look is taken on issues like the European Neighbourhood Policy and the Mediterranean Partnership, regional cooperation processes and Dutch-Moroccan bilateral relations – part of the programme is devoted to practical skills training. Before going back to Rabat to bring the lessons learned in practice, the diplomats will have another week of training in The Hague, in which they will run through subjects as ‘international negotiations’ and ‘protocol in the diplomatic service’. During their final week in the legal capital of the world, they will also pay a visit to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Peace Palace.
The Clingendael Institute welcomes a group of junior diplomats from Morocco.

Expert Meeting: Shifting Grounds in Burma/Myanmar? Dilemmas & Opportunities for the International Community.

April 5, 2010. IMPORTANT UPDATE:This meeting has been postponed and will now take place on June 17, 2010.

On the 26th of April, Clingendael Asia Studies organises an international Expert Meeting on recent developments regarding Burma/Myanmar. The meeting will address political developments and the upcoming parliamentary elections in Burma as well as their implications for the international community’s approaches to Burma. Participants will include academics and policy makers. Participation is upon invitation only.

First Clingendael course for Tunisian diplomats

March 18, 2010. From 8 until 12 March the Clingendael Institute welcomed, for the first time, a delegation of fifteen Tunisian junior diplomats in a training course on International Relations and Diplomatic Practice. The programme was carried out in the framework of the Matra-flex programme. During an intensive one-week training programme, the diplomats dealt with a wide range of topics varying from the European Union and human rights to economic diplomacy, energy and international security. These as well as other issues were intensively discussed in a challenging programme consisting of a mix of seminars, lectures, case studies and working visits. During the week the participants also strengthened their diplomatic skills in international negotiations, intercultural communication and public speaking. They made a working visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and engaged in networking activities with junior diplomats from Indonesia and the Great Lakes Region, who were also present at the Institute in the same week. With this first programme for Tunisian diplomats, the Clingendael Diplomatic Studies Programme has successfully concluded another diplomatic training programme. The Clingendael Institute would like to thank the institutions and lecturers who contributed to the success of this programme.

H.E. Ambassador of Tunisia Mr. Tekaya, Mr. Dawsar Drissi (Tunisian Embassy), Ms. Eva Kalkhoven (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Clingendael staff and Tunisian junior diplomats standing in front of the Clingendael Institute.