Emirates Diplomatic Academy Hosts Panel on Improving Education for Children in Emergencies
21 November 2017, Tuesday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) hosted a panel discussion titled ‘Improving Education for Children in Emergencies’, shedding light on the importance of addressing one of the world’s most pressing problems – sustainable access to education in challenging times. The event was held as part of an ongoing initiative, Humanitarian Week, running from 19 to 23 November, that aims to raise awareness about the importance of supporting humanitarian work, particularly in the education sector. The event, hosted at the premises of the EDA included an introduction by the Academy’s Director General His Excellency Bernardino León and a keynote speech by His Excellency Mark Lowcock, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.The keynote speech was followed by a panel moderated by Dr Nawal Al Hosany, Deputy Director of EDA and was attended by Ambassador Abdullah Yahya Al-Mu'alimi, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations, His Excellency Maqsoud Kruse, Executive Director of Hedayah, The International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism, Sophie Barbey, Head of Office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the UAE, Toby Harward, Head of Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the UAE, and Engineer Rashed Al Dhaheri, Acting Executive Director of the Minister of State Office. In his opening remarks, His Excellency León said: "A lack of education can have detrimental political and socio-economic effects on the future of our world. It is crucial that we continue to seek solutions and shed a light on this challenge. By hosting such events at the Academy, we seek to also ensure that our future diplomats are equipped with the necessary information and tools to continue this fight for human progress.” In his speech, His Excellency Mark Lowcock said: “In my first six weeks as Emergency Relief Coordinator, I travelled to Niger, to Nigeria, to Bangladesh and to Yemen. And in each of these countries, I met children who had fled their homes and schools due to conflict. A single theme pervaded each of their stories: they all stressed their desire, above all else, to attend school." During discussions, panellists emphasized that while education is the first element affected by emergencies; it remains to be last to recover, resulting in a disruptive impact on children that endures for generations. Spurred by EDA’s belief in the significant role of humanitarian diplomacy under current global circumstances, Humanitarian Week addresses topics of critical importance to human progress and development, and provides valuable insights into the work of leading international organisations in the field. Apart from maximising the students’ learning outcomes, the event goes a long way in expanding the Academy’s own knowledge base. During the event, panellists highlighted the increasing number of crises worldwide, their effects on children and education, and the importance of providing safe and protected educational environments that ensure children are receiving the necessary care. They also noted the need to support the right to education and cooperate with governments to implement programmes to reduce risks of disasters. Apart from the panel discussion, the week’s events include a roundtable on the role of education in promoting peace, global citizenship and diversity, and ways of incorporating these values in education curricula for future generations. A book donation campaign, the launch of EDA’s volunteering platform, a field trip for students to the International Humanitarian City in Dubai, a training on humanitarian diplomacy and an internal Q&A session on the UAE's foreign aid policy are also on the agenda. EDA provides a holistic educational experience that enhances the capabilities of the UAE’s future diplomats through advanced teaching methods, interactive lectures and discussions with prominent diplomats and policy makers. The Academy aims to prepare young Emirati talent to face a variety of regional and global challenges when representing their country on the global stage.
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The Emirates Diplomatic Academy Hosts Roundtable Discussion About US-UAE Strategic Partnership and the Evolving Security Landscape in the Gulf
16 November 2017, Thursday
On 15 November, the EDA hosted a roundtable discussion about US-UAE Strategic Partnership and the Evolving Security Landscape in the Gulf, moderated by H.E. Bernardino Leon, Director General of the EDA. The speakers were from the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington and the participants included UAE government officials and experts from think tanks and universities, as well as EDA students.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Hosts President of International Committee of the Red Cross for Interactive Discussion on Effective Diplomacy in Humanitarian Action
14 November 2017, Tuesday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC), hosted an interactive discussion by Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on ‘Effective Diplomacy in Humanitarian Action’. Addressing an audience of diplomats, alongside students, faculty and staff of the Academy, Peter Maurer shared insights and thoughts from his affluent career as a Swiss diplomat and humanitarian advocate spanning three decades, on the importance of humanitarian principles and actions, and their correlation to diplomacy. Drawing on his experience, Maurer highlighted his most significant takeaways from serving humanity and representing his country in international fora. Maurer stated "Beyond the provision of humanitarian assistance, ICRC seeks to work with all actors, including governments to highlight the importance of principled humanitarian action and the implementation of international humanitarian law. We are pleased to participate in this discussion at EDA, emphasising yet again how humanitarian action and diplomacy should go hand in hand. " Identifying some of the global challenges diplomats face in addressing humanitarian issues in diverse scenarios, Maurer also elaborated on the strategies they should follow to successfully facilitate humanitarian action and achieve the foreign policy goals of their country. In this context, Maurer recognised the UAE’s global status in advancing diplomatic and humanitarian action and philanthropy. Speaking on the interactive session, His Excellency Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, said: “It is an honour for EDA to host such a prominent diplomat and humanitarian. This enriching session presented our future diplomats with valuable insights into the challenges involved in implementing humanitarian action across the world and explained the practical connection between diplomatic and humanitarian effort. “ “We are confident that through hosting similar sessions, we can significantly enhance 21st century diplomacy and prepare our students to effectively manage potential challenges in their own careers.” The interactive discussion is the latest in EDA’s series of presentations that invites high-profile diplomatic leaders and practitioners from across the world to share insights from their lives and careers with the Academy’s students with the aim of preparing the UAE’s future diplomats to face a wide range of regional and global challenges.
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Dr Nawal Al-Hosany, Deputy Director General of Emirates Diplomatic Academy on the opening of the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi
13 November 2017, Monday
The opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi is a physical manifestation of the UAE’s commitment to human progress, humanity, culture and tolerance. Connecting people from the different corners of the world, this impressive museum highlights the legacy of our founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who believed in the power of cultural understanding and its ability to connect civilizations. This new iconic Museum is a reflection of our leadership’s vision and their continued efforts to highlight history’s fundamental role in informing our futures.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Board of Trustees Discuss Academic Plans for 2017/18 at Seventh Meeting
08 November 2017, Wednesday
His Excellency Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and Member of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy’s (EDA) Board of Trustees, noted that the directives and support of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Chairman of EDA Board of Trustees, have set a clear and strategic course for the Academy. He explained that EDA is working at a steady pace to consolidate its regional and global status as a leading diplomacy and international relations hub and research centre that equips young national cadres for future roles in UAE diplomacy. His Excellency Dr Al Jaber’s comments came at the seventh meeting of the Board of Trustees of EDA that examined the educational and training plans and initiatives for the academic year 2017-2018, and reviewed the latest developments in academic and administrative affairs. His Excellency Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, led the session on behalf of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Chairman of EDA Board of Trustees. The meeting drew the participation of board members including His Excellency Omar Saif Ghobash, UAE Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Her Excellency Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations in New York, and His Excellency Mohamed Issa Abushahab AlSuwaidi, Ambassador of the UAE to the Kingdom of Belgium. The Minister of State said: “EDA prepares the UAE’s future diplomats to effectively contribute to the realisation of our leadership’s vision of fostering international cooperation, safeguarding the interests of our country, promoting security, peace and stability at the regional and global level, and laying the foundations for sustainable socio-economic development.” He highlighted the commitment of the Academy to qualifying the UAE’s future diplomats to effectively implement the country's foreign policy, strengthen the prestigious position of the UAE in the international community, and identify strategic solutions to key challenges facing the country.During the meeting, His Excellency Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, said: “I take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan for entrusting us with the task of nurturing the next generation of Emirati diplomats. I also thank the members of the Board of Trustees for their continuous support and guidance that have contributed to establishing the Academy as the main driving force in the country's efforts to elevate diplomacy to the next level.” He added: “We are proud of what we have accomplished in 2017. We have established partnerships and synergies with relevant institutions at home and abroad. We have also launched a Master of Arts programme in Diplomacy and International Relations, and graduated the second cohort of talented Emirati diplomats. Furthermore, we have hosted some of the world's leading personalities in the field of diplomacy and international relations, and introduced new programmes and specialised training courses designed to meet the requirements of the modern age. “Building on its achievements, the Academy will continue to provide UAE national cadres with the required study, research and training programmes to help them address various global challenges so that they can join the ranks of the world’s most competent diplomats." During the meeting, members of the Board of Trustees reviewed the annual report and highlights of achievements in 2017. They also reviewed the recommendations of the sixth meeting and the most important practical steps taken in this regard. In addition, the Board received a progress update on the construction of the new academic building, as well as the developments concerning the Post-Graduate Diploma in UAE Diplomacy and International Relations and the recently launched Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations programme. The Emirates Diplomatic Academy provides a holistic educational experience that enhances the capabilities of the UAE’s future diplomats through advanced teaching methods, interactive lectures and discussions with prominent diplomats and policy makers. The Academy also develops international case studies on topics such as general and specialised diplomacy of the 21st century, sustainable development, climate change, nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, renewable energy, and peace and security.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy hosts His Excellency Yousef Al-Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the United States
06 November 2017, Monday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy hosted His Excellency Yousef Al-Otaiba, the UAE Ambassador to the United States. His Excellency delivered a lecture titled “Connecting Capitals: from Abu Dhabi to Washington.” His Excellency Muhammad bin Issa, former Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, attended alongside students of the academy. His Excellency Al-Otaiba shared his thoughts and views with the audience on American foreign policy towards the Middle East generally, and the UAE specifically. His Excellency started the interactive lecture by speaking on his personal experience and knowledge as an Emirati diplomat. His Excellency Al-Otaiba discussed what he gained during a successful career spent serving UAE diplomacy and representing the country in the United States and in international forums. Students benefitted from his extensive knowledge on international relations and were motivated and inspired to become UAE’s future diplomats to represent the UAE at global platforms. His Excellency Al-Otaiba also touched upon a number of other subjects during the lecture, including American-Emirati relations and the strategic partnership between the two countries. He explained how the UAE could benefit from the influence the US has in international communication, especially on Middle Eastern affairs. His Excellency Al-Otaiba also explained that the UAE could gain from advanced knowledge the US possesses when it comes to technological, nuclear, and cosmic innovation. His Excellency highlighted the challenges diplomats could face and the strategies they should employ to succeed, stating: “My advice to you as Emirati diplomats and future representatives of the state is to always be fully prepared; for everything a diplomat says or does has an influential impact and effect which conveys certain messages; messages that could be misunderstood.” He added “diplomatic work is not limited to offices, occasions, or meetings; it is a constant effort that demands from us awareness and mindfulness of the positions and policies of the country we represent and the worldwide message of our state.” His Excellency praised the significant role played by Emirati women in diplomacy and its honorable image, both inside and outside the UAE. Furthermore, His Excellency Al-Otaiba commended UAE Diplomatic Academy efforts in fostering the talent of the Academy’s students through training courses, academic and lectures and courses designed to encourage the students to develop further and be creative to serve the UAE’s diplomatic interests. His Excellency Bernardino Leon, the Director General of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, said about hosting the Ambassador: “We were honored to host His Excellency Yousef al-Otaiba at the academy. He has shared the insight and practical experience which will assist us in preparing the students of the academy and empowering them to face the diplomatic challenges of the future.” He added, “His Excellency presented us with a number of diplomatic lessons from his career as a seasoned diplomat who left his mark on the international level as a representative of his country and Arab interests.” It is worth noting that the Emirates Diplomatic Academy hosts seasoned diplomats from the UAE and abroad to enhance the education of its students, who will become the diplomats of the future. His Excellency Al-Otaiba’s lecture was a fine example of this direction, as his lecture left the students with a positive impression and enriched their preparation and experience to face future international challenges.
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The Emirates Diplomatic Academy hosts a panel discussion titled ‘Peace-making through Diplomacy: Lessons from Colombia’
04 November 2017, Saturday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy - the UAE’s leading diplomatic training and research institution - held a panel discussion on the topic ‘Peace-making through Diplomacy: Lessons from Colombia’. The session was attended by H.E. Dr. Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, H.E. Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, the UAE's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, H.E. Mohamed Abushahab, Ambassador of the UAE to the Kingdom of Belgium, as well as a number of ambassadors and diplomatic envoys. Speaking on the panel were H.E. María Ángela Holguín Cuéllar, Foreign Minister of Colombia, H.E. Børge Brende, former Foreign Minister of Norway and now President of the World Economic Forum, and Mr. Jeffrey Feltman, United Nations Under-Secretary for Political Affairs. The speakers discussed the historic peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) following 52 years of conflict. They highlighted the important diplomatic role played by Norway, Cuba and the United Nations in the four-year negotiations, and underlined the courage that had been shown by Colombian political leaders in order to reach a successful agreement. The panel spoke of the disarmament operations of FARC, which were coordinated with the United Nations, the reintegration of FARC members into civilian life, which is still ongoing, as well as a number of programmes initiated to manage the post-conflict era and rebuild the social fabric and unity. H.E. Bernardino León, Director General of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, said: "The discussions provided powerful insights into the Colombian peace negotiations and the vital role that was played by international diplomacy.” H.E. León went on to praise the historic peace agreement in Colombia, as it marks an important milestone for Colombians. H.E. León added: I extend the deepest gratitude to our speakers and to H.E. Dr. Anwar Gargash for attending this important session. The panel was held as part of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy's ongoing programme of events involving Emirati and international speakers and providing an interactive platform to discuss international affairs with the Academy's students and guests.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy opens inaugural Future Diplomats PeaceGame
02 November 2017, Thursday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy hosted the opening day of the Future Diplomats PeaceGame, which is being organised by the Academy in collaboration with the Foreign Policy Group and Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, with the generous support of the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Twice each year, Foreign Policy convenes leading minds in national security policy, international affairs, academia, business, and media to “game” out how to bring violent conflicts to a peaceful conclusion. This exercise offers a chance to address the challenges of diplomacy and peacebuilding with the same creativity and focus as has been traditionally devoted to war games. This year, and for the first time ever, the Future Diplomats PeaceGame will engage the next generation of foreign policy leaders. Twenty-eight exceptional trainee diplomats and students of international affairs have been selected from 24 of the world’s leading diplomatic training institutions in 21 countries across 5 continents, to participate in the Future Diplomats PeaceGame. The Future Diplomats PeaceGame is being held on the 1st of November at the campus of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy - the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution - and the second day of the Future Diplomats PeaceGame will commence tomorrow at the InterContinental Hotel Abu Dhabi. The agenda includes discussions on several topics, including challenges of cybersecurity and information security, diplomacy, geopolitics, norms and international law, and multilateral negotiations. His Excellency Bernardino León, Director General of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, highlighted the impact of the PeaceGame: "At the Academy, we understand the importance of strengthening and refining the skills of future diplomats, not only in terms of academic education, but also the skills of applying classroom lessons to practical situations. And through this prestigious programme that we are proudly co-hosting, we have brought together our distinguished students with their peers from the world's most prestigious institutions and experts from all over the world, to engage, interact and learn from one another and explore innovative ways to resolve conflicts." H.E. León added: "I would also like to thank the Foreign Policy Group, Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and all participants in this PeaceGame, for giving our students this unique opportunity to learn best practices of negotiations. We are confident that this programme will contribute to honing the skills of trainee diplomats, to become the most efficient and best diplomats in the world." The Emirates Diplomatic Academy provides a holistic and streamlined educational experience that supports and enhances the diplomatic capabilities of the UAE with advanced teaching methods, through lectures and interactive discussions by leading diplomats and decision makers. EDA’s comprehensive study programmes train students in all aspects of diplomatic practice, empowering them to become worthy representatives of their country abroad.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Hosts Lecture on UAE Foreign Policy by Her Excellency Dr Ebtesam Al-Ketbi
27 October 2017, Friday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, hosted an interactive lecture titled ‘The UAE's Foreign Policy and its Transformation in a Decade and a Half’ by Her Excellency Dr Ebtesam Al-Ketbi, President of the Emirates Policy Center (EPC). Addressing an audience of EDA students, the first woman to lead an independent think tank in the Arab world shared insights from her eminent career that spans senior roles in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), among others. Her Excellency Dr Al-Ketbi examined the evolution of the UAE’s foreign policy since 1971, characterised by wisdom, moderation, fairness and neighbourliness, and based on the global principles of dialogue and understanding, as well as respect for international conventions and the sovereignty of other countries. Furthermore, she discussed various regional and global issues related to the foreign policy of the UAE as well as the role of the country and its leadership in shaping international policies that reinforce security and stability, and support sustainable development. She also highlighted the relevance of diplomatic efforts in reducing tension and conflict in the Middle East in general and the GCC region in particular. In closing, Her Excellency said: "I thank the management of EDA for inviting me to hold this lecture. The Academy has emerged as a distinguished institution that works relentlessly to refine the skills of the UAE’s diplomatic corps in accordance with best practices." Following the lecture, Her Excellency Dr Al-Ketbi engaged the receptive audience in a lively debate on the UAE foreign policy and the most important trends that have shaped it over the past 15 years. The talk was the latest in EDA’s series of lectures that invites high-profile diplomatic leaders and practitioners from all over the world to share insights from their careers with the Academy’s students with the aim of preparing the UAE’s future diplomats to face a wide range of regional and global challenges.
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Workshop Prepares UAE Delegates for UN Climate Change Conference
25 October 2017, Wednesday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy and the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment jointly organised a one-day training workshop on UN Climate Change Negotiations and COP 23. Organised for the third consecutive year, the workshop was attended by more than 30 UAE climate change negotiations stakeholders and young professionals. A morning session provided an introduction to the UN climate change negotiations and included a negotiating simulation. In the afternoon, stakeholders received briefings on the agenda and expectations ahead of the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN climate change convention (COP 23), which will take place in Germany in November 2017.
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EDA Diplographic Highlights SDG Synergies
12 October 2017, Thursday
This EDA Diplographic uses the example of food security and climate action to illustrate how GCC countries can achieve more efficient and impactful policy outcomes by focusing on the synergistic interlinkages of different global sustainable development goals. The Diplographic is based on an EDA Insight policy brief authored by Dr Mari Luomi titled Synergies between Global Food Security and Climate Goals: Recommendations for Gulf Countries’ Foreign Trade, Investments and Aid. Please note that EDA’s research outputs do not necessarily represent the views of the UAE government but seek to address issues that foreign-policy experts and practitioners both in the UAE and worldwide will find informative and relevant. Download in English:
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Roundtable on Gulf-Asia relations
11 October 2017, Wednesday
On 11 October, the EDA hosted a roundtable discussion about Gulf- Asia relations. The speakers were from the Emirates Diplomatic Academy and Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy and the participants included UAE government officials and experts from think tanks and universities, as well as EDA students.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Students Gain Insights from Former New Zealand Foreign Minister
07 October 2017, Saturday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading diplomacy and international relations education, executive training and research institution, hosted a lecture by His Excellency Murray McCully, former Foreign Minister of New Zealand. Speaking to an audience of EDA faculty and students, His Excellency shared perspectives from his distinguished diplomatic and political career, spanning over 30 years. He provided an overview of New Zealand’s foreign policy and diplomacy, and emphasised the vital contribution of the country during its two-year term as an elected member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) between January 2015 and December 2016. In his talk, he drove home the vital need for smaller nations of the world to play a more active role in global decision-making. During His Excellency’s stint as the Foreign Minister, New Zealand was among the first non-permanent members of UNSC to re-introduce Resolution 2334 demanding the cessation of all Israeli settlement activities in the occupied West Bank including Eastern Jerusalem. The resolution stated that it was illegal for the country to establish settlements in the occupied territories as it had been doing since 1967. Furthermore, it highlighted the importance of intensifying regional and global diplomatic efforts to achieve lasting peace in the Middle East under just terms. His Excellency Murray McCully praised the pivotal role the UAE plays in international relations, and the outstanding success the country has achieved in positioning itself as a leader in diplomacy and global cooperation. He also applauded the mutually beneficial collaboration between the UAE and New Zealand, particularly in investments, economy, education and food security. Following the lecture, His Excellency Murray McCully discussed pressing issues in international relations and diplomacy with the audience, and offered students practical career advice. The lively debate highlighted the significance of diplomacy in decision-making and consensus-building on an international level, as well as the importance of respect and commitment in the diplomatic vocation. His Excellency Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, said: “I thank His Excellency Murray McCully for his insightful lecture that provided a great example of the expertise we seek to cultivate at the Academy. With his wealth of experience in serving his country and his remarkable achievements at the helm of the New Zealand diplomatic corps, he is the perfect role model for our students. It has been a true honour to host him.” He added: “The lecture demonstrated EDA’s commitment to pioneering diplomatic approaches, promoting international best practice, empowering the next generation of UAE diplomats and reinforcing the UAE’s leading role in foreign policy.” Concurrently with his role as Foreign Minister of New Zealand, His Excellency Murray McCully also served as Associate Minister for Sport and Recreation. He started his political career as a member of the New Zealand Parliament in 1987, after winning the Auckland seat of East Coast Bays, and was appointed a Minister in October 1991. He has held several cabinet portfolios including Customs, Housing, Tourism, ACC, Rugby World Cup, and Sport, Fitness and Leisure. For his services to foreign policy, he was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2015. The lecture is the latest in a series of presentations in which the EDA hosts distinguished speakers. Reflecting its mandate to train the UAE’s future diplomatic cadre and offer thought leadership on international affairs, the Academy is gaining a growing reputation as a platform for discussion on pertinent regional and global topics.
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Roundtable on Kurdistan region referendum
04 October 2017, Wednesday
On 1 October, the EDA hosted a roundtable discussion about the implications of the recent independence referendum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The two speakers were from the National Defense College and the Delma Institute and the participants included UAE government officials and experts from local think tanks and universities, as well as EDA students.
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