Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance - Activities & Achievements
Setting up the Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance at Loughborough University London was a major challenge with establishing new syllabi and recruitment of new staff and students. The focus in research was developing teaching materials and identifying emerging paradigms in the field of diplomacy and related disciplines.
Activities & Achievements
Since the beginning of a long career, the practical aspect of university education has been a focus. The design of programmes for Diplomacy has placed equal emphasis on acquiring necessary academic qualifications and on applying academic knowledge to improve the actual work of Diplomatic missions in countries around the world. As part of the instruction, business leaders, politicians and academic leaders are invited to make practical presentations to candidates such as Mr Allister Harrison CMG CVO, Her Majesty’s Marshal of the London Diplomatic Corps and His Excellency Dr Enrique Castillo Barrantes, Ambassador of Costa Rica to the Court of St James’s and former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship.
In addition, the use of media and digital information, including information from various media enterprises, has been an important feature. Most recently, an important part of course work has been how to deal with mass media and the Internet. New components were developed which integrate scientific knowledge, so that the Diplomat in the field can deal with scientific issues plaguing society. Most of these issues, such as global warming, migrants and refugees, and pollution. Interaction is an essential part of the diplomatic studies programmes that I have designed and developed. Students interact with and learn from each other; as well, they interact with and learn from academics, politicians and professional diplomats who are working in the field.
With the increasing number of nationalities of the student body, it was essential to deal with regional diplomatic case studies. New teaching materials were introduced to reflect the changes in the international political environment such as BREXIT and US Presidential elections. I have developed three case studies for the International Protocol and Etiquette module such as how to deal with a crisis between two countries when the accredited ambassador was about to be declared persona non grata , tit for tat reaction during a diplomatic summit and the impact of culture and politics on protocol. In addition, I chaired meetings and led the discussions at the sessions which involved guest speakers and professionals.
Some of the strengths of the Diplomacy Programmes included: integration of theory and practice, close links with the profession and the representation of different nationalities which facilitied cross- fertilisation amongst course participants and consolidated cultural sensitivity awareness.Selected Scholarly Activities
Scholarly Activities included participating in and organizing a number of international events and symposia.
During my tenure at the University, I recruited 13 PhD candidates and guided them in developing their proposals in Diplomacy and other related fields. These include the following research students >>
My article on "Emerging Patterns in Diplomacy" was published in a book entitled Intercultural Dialogue and Innovations in Diplomacy and Diplomatic Training. ISSN 1334-7659 Diplomatic Academy of Croatia, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs