Diplocat and the IBEI host six specialist seminars featuring diplomats, academics and international relations experts
The meetings come under the aegis of the MDAE Alumni network and are designed to deepen the discussion about the global impact of COVID-19
The Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (Diplocat) and the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI) are hosting a series of six specialist online seminars featuring diplomats, academics and experts in international relations to provide further learning opportunities and foster discussion among alumni from the five editions of the Executive Master's in Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs (MDAE) under the aegis of the MDAE Alumni network.
The new circumstances posed by COVID-19 open up many global and European questions and challenges. To discuss them, Diplocat and the IBEI are hosting a series of seminars entitled "A seminar series on COVID-19 and its global and European impact" to talk about the pandemic's impact on politics, global governance, democracy and the scenarios emerging in international relations. The seminars will be held on a webinar platform once a month from June to December 2020 (except August) and in English or Catalan as the speakers prefer.
The specialist seminars are primarily aimed at MDAE Alumni. However, they are also open to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Institutional Relations and Transparency staff and also officials from Diplocat's member organisations, including the members of the working group to internationalise Catalonia's municipalities.
The MDAE Alumni network was set up to give follow through to the educational mission of the Master's as a way of enhancing the foreign affairs skills of public administration staff in Catalonia (the Catalan Government and local authorities) while fostering debate among alumni and keeping them constantly in touch with Diplocat. The MDAE is a joint undertaking by the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia, the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs and the European Union, the Barcelona Institute of International Studies, Pompeu Fabra University and the School of Public Administration of Catalonia. Its five editions have yielded a total of 87 graduates who have acquired new skills to better manage a dynamic, flexible foreign policy tailored to the challenges of an interdependent world in the digital age.
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