International Symposia and Conferences
Diplomacy, Gender Empowerment and Nation Building
Diplomatic Recognition, Defence Diplomacy, Nation Building and Civil Military Relationship
The New Nexus: Diplomacy, Security and the Digital Nation State
The Nexus of Diplomacy: Sport, Politics and the Media: Parallels, Paradoxes and Pitfalls
Science Diplomacy & International Policy
Global Economic Forum Hetropolarity - Diplomacy, Trade, & Security
Public Diplomacy Image Projection & Reputation Management
Diplomacy, Divinity, & Development Ethics in International Parctice
Refugees & Minorities & Development Information Explosion
Technology, Intelligence, & Security
Diplomatic Recognition, Defence Diplomacy , Nation Building and Civil Military Relationship
The conference was attended by senior government officials, decision - makers, diplomats , academics and practitioners.
Presentations by His Excellency Behgjet Pacolli, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo, and former President of the Republic of Kosovo and Ambassador Ahmed Bin Mohamed Al Jarwan, President, Global Council for Tolerance and Peace, Malta
"Defence Diplomacy, Nation- Building and the Civil-Military Relationship - Tolerance and Peace as Pre-Requisites for Nation-Building" presented by Ambassador Ahmed Bin Mohamed Al Jarwan, President, Global Council for Tolerance and Peace, Malta (PDF) >>
"Challenges of Nation Building" presented by His Excellency Behgjet Pacolli, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo, and former President of the Republic of Kosovo (PDF) >>
Kosovo Diplomatic Academy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Republic of Kosovo
Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Independence: Achievements and Challenges
|We must underline our collective responsibility, we who should know better than all of our predecessors what led humankind into the misery of the past and what could cause it to no longer exist in the future. We must never sleepwalk through the world which lies before us, we must always remain alert and set high standards.|
Are we willing - or able - to “remain alert and set high standards”? The issues, considerations and decisions at hand are vexing and massive. Is it more effective to concentrate on policy/diplomacy which is based on aggression, attack or perceived military threats, or on diplomacy based on the pursuit of peace and protection of the homeland? How does diplomacy based on aggressive intent differ from diplomacy based on defense? How do foreign ministries and defence departments, diplomats and soldiers interact? Are these institutions fit for purpose given the daunting nature of the challenges they face?
As a new nation, recognised by International Court of Justice in July 2010, Kosovo has confronted and is continuing to confront many obstacles to its prosperity, security and survival. The Kosovo government understands, values, and is committed to peace and living in harmony with those of various ethnic, religious, and cultural origins. Today, many nations in all parts of the world are diverse and multicultural, comprised of persons of various ethnic, religious, linguistic and cultural origins. Among and between these groups, tensions may exist regarding disparate levels of wealth, social inclusion and political influence, all of which tend to vary widely. A fundamental question must therefore be put: does nation building consist of the consolation of power on the part of the dominant group(s) in tandem with the rejection and exclusion of those who are different? Alternatively, does nation building consist of outreach, integration and the ultimate acceptance of those whose origins differ, or who may be arriving, or have earlier arrived from the outside? These are difficult issues and they do not give rise to easy decisions. But they are fundamental questions which all in positions of influence must confront.
They are perhaps best addressed with empathy, compassion and an open mind.
Among the many matters related intimately to the defence-diplomacy dialectic is the relationship between the civil the military administrations. In some cases, having traditionally enjoyed a paramount position in the national political economy and overall scheme of things, the military may be unwilling to relinquish its power. In other instances, civilian political leaders may endeavour to achieve a degree of popular control over the state’s instruments of violence, often after a protracted period of transition, and sometimes without the capacity necessary to ensure adequate national defence. The challenges that civil-military relations face in many developing countries involve problems of authority, legitimacy, institutional deficits and a lack of human and financial resources. Even in many long established Western countries, these sorts of challenges remain salient.
How then, can we better understand these complex and difficult issues, and what is to be done?
Diplomacy and defence are common terms, but they are often confused and misunderstood. How might they best be defined?
How are defence and diplomacy related? What do they have in common, and where do they differ?
Do soldiers and diplomats speak the same language? What are the obstacles to effective inter-institutional communication, and how might they be overcome?
Is security more than a martial art?
How can diplomacy and defence contribute to development?
Are we collectively sleepwalking towards disaster, as was the case in 1914?
What is the role of international organizations in enlarging the political space required for defence diplomacy?
What are some best practices and case studies in successful defence diplomacy?
How might the lessons learned best be summarized?
 Macron, P. E., 2018. France Diplomatie. [Online]
Available at: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/the-ministry-and-its-network/events/2017/article/president-emmanuel-macron-new-year-greetings-to-the-diplomatic-corps-04-01-18
[Accessed 20 February 2018].