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04 Apr Junior Diplomat Initiative Switzerland Youth Dialogue 2016: Future of Diplomacy

The fourth annual JDI Youth Dialogue, taking place in Geneva for the first time, invites students across Switzerland to gain insight on current trends in international diplomacy, learn practical skills to pursue a diplomatic career, and network with other students passionate about diplomacy. This year’s conference on Future of Diplomacy includes interactive panels with junior diplomats to provide a fresh perspective on some of the main global challenges and with senior diplomats to examine different aspects of globalised diplomacy and multilateralism.

Students have the option of participating in one of three workshops: Mediation Skills, Digital Diplomacy and Discuss Leading with Influence. The workshops will include both a theoretical and a practical component that will help immerse students in the intricacies of diplomacy.

The JDI Switzerland Youth Dialogue 2016 is organised by the Junior Diplomat Initiative Switzerland in partnership with the Graduate Institute, in collaboration with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), ForausDiploFoundation and swisspeace.

The full programme and registration information can be found here.

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22 Nov Documents of the 2015 Conference have been updated

What were the most inspiring thoughts shared during the JDI Youth Dialogue 2015 Conference? You can now relive the conference through reports from the three conference panels, as we have updated the Documents section. Also, you can read interviews with several distinguished conference speakers – Evangelos Fanoulis (Postdoctoral Researcher, Metropolitan University Prague, Greece), Jan Plešinger (Head of the Prague Office of the OSCE Secretariat, Czech Republic) and Benedetta Berti (Fellow and Lecturer, Ben Gurion University, Institute for National Security Studies, Italy).

We would like to thank our reporters Koen Durlinger, Thomas Claude Didier Fléchet and Veronika Schmidtová.

 

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11 Oct JDI Youth Dialogue 2015 Summary

Third year of the annual international conference JDI Youth Dialogue 2015 took place on Monday October 5 in Czernin palace, seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. The conference dedicated to the topic „Preventive Diplomacy: An Instrument for Preserving European Stability?“ was held under the auspices of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Mr. Lubomír Zaorálek, and Junior Diplomat Initiative’s invitation to take part in the event was accepted by guests coming from nine different countries.

The majority of almost 150 participants of the conference was built by university students, mostly from the University of Economics, Prague, Charles University and Metropolitan University Prague. As in previous years, we were honoured by the presence of representatives from various embassies in Prague and the University of Economics, Prague.

Opening ceremony of the JDI Youth Dialogue 2015 conference began with remarks given by Michaela Ptáčková (Project Coordinator, Junior Diplomat Initiative, Czech Republic) and a keynote speech given by Petr Drulák (Political Secretary of the Ministry, Director of Minister’s Cabinet, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic).

The first panel „The Concept of Preventive Diplomacy from the European Perspective“ featured three speakers from the academic sphere, who voiced their views on preventive diplomacy. After the panel was opened by its moderator, Jeremy Garlick (Lecturer, University of Economics in Prague, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), the floor went to the first speaker, Evangelos Fanoulis (Postdoctoral Researcher, Metropolitan University Prague, Greece), who explained the concept of preventive diplomacy and presented three perspectives of preventive diplomacy. The second speaker of the panel, Nona Mikhelidze (Senior Fellow, Istituto Affari Internazionali, Georgia), contributed to the discussion by describing preventive diplomacy actors, tools and instruments and emphasizing the need for practical guidelines for conflict prevention. The third and last speaker of the academic panel was Ida Manton (Consultant, Trainer, Lecturer and Researcher in International Negotiations, Republic of Macedonia) who focused on obstacles and challenges of preventive diplomacy.

The second, diplomatic panel, introduced four speakers who presented three major actors in the field of preventive diplomacy – UN, OSCE and EEAS. This panel, with the theme “Challenges of Successful Engagement in European Preventive Diplomacy”, was moderated by H.E. Tomáš Szunyog (Security Policy Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic). The role of UN in preventive diplomacy was discussed by H.E. Michal Mlynár (General Director for International Organisations, Development Assistance and Humanitarian Aid, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Slovak Republic) who had returned from the meeting of General assembly of the United Nations in New York only few hours prior to the conference. The second speaker of the panel, Jan Plešinger (Head of the Prague Office of the OSCE Secretariat, Czech Republic) described the importance of monitoring missions and early warning system. The third speaker to present her opinions in the diplomatic panel was H.E. Michèle Pranchère-Tomassini (Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to the Czech Republic, Estonia and Ukraine, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg). The topic of the speech of Her Excellency was “The EEAS: Peace Building as a Key Objective for the EU Strategy”. The last contribution to this part of the conference was made by Silvia Costantini (Team Leader at the Conflict Prevention, Peace-building and Mediation Division, Security Policy and Conflict Prevention Directorate, EEAS, Italy), whose presentation contained key information about the EEAS conflict prevention.

Moderator of the third and final panel entitled „Reflection of Preventive Diplomacy in the European Context“ was Jitka Znamenáčková (EU Policies and Structural Funds Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic) and she was joined by three young professionals in the field of international relations. First, the participants had the opportunity to listen to Evelien Borgman (Training and Research Fellow, The Clingendael Institute, The Netherlands), who dwelled upon the topic of refugee crisis and clarified whether it can be considered as a failure of European preventive diplomacy. After Ms. Borgman had finished her speech, the floor was given to Benedetta Berti (Fellow and Lecturer, Ben Gurion University, Institute for National Security Studies, Italy) who spoke about the European engagement in the Middle East and about the obstacles in using preventive diplomacy in this region. The last speaker of the conference was Václav Lídl (Research Fellow, Association for International Affairs Research Center, Czech Republic) and he gave a presentation on European neighbourhood policy and the effectiveness of preventive diplomacy in Ukraine. After Mr. Lídl’s speech, the audience took the opportunity to ask the panelists many interesting questions.

Immediately after the end of the third panel Michaela Pešková (Project Coordinator, Junior Diplomat Initiative, Czech Republic) and Júlia Miklasová (Allianz Alumni, Slovak Republic) gave final remarks, summarized the course of the event and expressed their thanks to the conference partners – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Faculty of International Relations at the University of Economics in Prague and Allianz Cultural Foundation – and all who contributed to the event.

Based on the positive feedback after the conference, Junior Diplomat Initiative will be keen on organising the JDI Youth Dialogue Conference in the following years as well and thus strengthening the established tradition. We already look forward to JDI Youth Dialogue 2016!

Photographs from the conference were taken by Ivana Ihnátová and Jan Kotík.

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06 Oct JDI Youth Dialogue 2015 Conference is over

On Monday, October 5, the third year of the international conference JDI Youth Dialogue 2015 dedicated to the topic  “Preventive Diplomacy: An Instrument for Preserving European Stability?” was held. The speakers of the three conference panels came from 9 different countries and almost 150 participants decided to join the debate with them. We appreciate your interest in our activities and hope to meet you again at the JDI Youth Dialogue 2016 Conference.

We would like to thank all the panelists, conference partners – Allianz Cultural Foundation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Faculty of International Relations at the University of Economics in Prague – and all those who have helped with the organization of this project.

We are now preparing reports from the conference, which will be officially released together with the photographs in the upcoming days.

 

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04 Oct JDI Youth Dialogue 2015 Conference begins in a few hours!

Tomorrow, October 5, academics, diplomats, young professionals and students will gather in Czernin Palace, seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of the Czech Republic, to join the debate about preventive diplomacy as an instrument for preserving European stability at the JDI Youth Dialogue 2015 Conference.

We would like to kindly ask you to come to the registration desk at the main entrance of the MFA CZ from 8:30 to 9:00. The conference is open to the registered participants only.

To arrive to the venue we recommend taking the tram number 22 and getting off at the tram stop Pohořelec. Each participant will go through a security check, please do not bring any sharp or dangerous objects with you.

The working language of the conference is English. The event is expected to finish at 15:45. More information about the conference program can be found at the conference website.

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02 Oct JDI Youth Dialogue 2015: Young Professionals Panel

The third conference panel  – Young Professionals Panel – is called “Reflection of Preventive Diplomacy in the European Context and aims at assessing the challenges of and limits to European preventive diplomacy by using examples from case studies. The speakers will tackle the question of whether the current migrant crisis can be understood as a failure of preventive diplomacy and how the European engagement in the Middle East, particularly in Yemen, can be evaluated. In the context of the Ukrainian crisis the European Neighbourhood Policy will be analysed too.

Jitka Znamenáčková, Director of the EU Policies and Structural Funds Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic will moderate the panel. Among the panelists will be Evelien Borgman, a research fellow at The Clingendael Institute where she develops training programmes for diplomats and other international relations professionals with a focus on diplomacy and international security. Previously, Ms. Borgman also worked for International Organization for Migration in New York. Another young professional is Benedetta Berti, foreign policy and security resercher based at Ben Gurion University and Israeli Institute for National Security Studies. Her areas of expertise include human security, internal conflict, integration of armed groups, post-conflict stabilization and peace-building, as well as crisis management and prevention. Third speaker of the panel will be Václav Lídl, secretary of the Association for International Affairs (AMO) and a research fellow at the AMO Research Center. In his research he focuses on Russian foreign and domestic policy, political developments in the post-Soviet area.

More information about each of panelists can be found in the short profiles on the conference website. To find out more about the conference’s topic the following publication is recommended: Is there a preventive action renaissance? The policy and practice of preventive diplomacy and conflict prevention.

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01 Oct JDI Youth Dialogue 2015: Diplomatic Panel

The second, diplomatic panel, is called “ Challenges of Successful Engagement in European Preventive Diplomacy” and will discuss practical aspects of preventive diplomacy. At this panel, three main institutions engaged in European stability – the UN, OSCE and EEAS – will be presented. The debate will tackle the issue of individual UN actors and their role in preventive diplomacy, importance of OSCE monitoring missions and early warning system or peace building as a key objective for the EU political and security strategy.

Tomáš Szunyog, Director of the Security Policy Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, who previously served as Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia, will moderate the discussion. Among those who will join the debate is H.E. Michal Mlynár, Director General for International Organisations, Development Assistance and Humanitarian Aid at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. Previously, he served as the Ambassador of Slovakia with residence in Nairobi and as Chair of the Committee of Permanent Representatives to UN-Habitat. He has also served as Chair of the governing board of the International Security Sector Advisory Team in Geneva. Another panelist of the diplomatic panel will be H.E. Fred Tanner, senior advisor to the OSCE Secretary General and a member of UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament. Prior to his appointment to the OSCE, Ambassador Tanner was the Director of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. H.E. Michèle Pranchère-Tomassini, Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to the Czech Republic, Estonia and Ukraine, will be also present at the diplomatic panel. We especially appreciate H.E. Pranchère-Tomassini’s participation as the Grand Duchy currently presides the Council of the EU. The diplomatic panel will be concluded by the speech of H.E. Silvia Costantini, who works as a Team Leader at the EEAS’ Conflict Prevention, Peace-building and Mediation Division. Her previous experience include posting at the Delegation of the European Union to India and Bhutan. Before joining the EU structures Silvia Costantini held various positions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy.

In the context of the diplomatic panel’s topics we recommend the following resources: a report of the UN Secretary General Preventive Diplomacy: Delivering Results, a document containing a basic overview of the OSCE activities The OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre Factsheet or the EEAS website Conflict Prevention, Peace building and Mediation.

You can find more information about each of the panelists in the short profiles on the conference website.

Registration to the JDI Youth Dialogue 2015 Conference is now closed.

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30 Sep JDI Youth Dialogue 2015: Academic Panel

JDI Youth Dialogue 2015 is going to held in a few days! The Conference will begin on Monday, October 5 in Czernin Palace with a keynote speech by Petr Drulák, Political Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and Director of Minister’s Cabinet, followed by the first, Academic Panel.

The Academic Panel entitled “The Concept of Preventive Diplomacy from the European Perspective” aims at presentinting preventive diplomacy to the participants from a theoretical point of view. Culture of prevention and preventive diplomacy actors, tools and instruments will be discussed at this panel. Last but not least, there will be time allocated for a discussion on methods and new trends used in current preventive diplomacy.

The Academic Panel will be presented by Jeremy Garlick, lecturer at the University of Economics in Prague. Among those who will address the first panel is Evangelos Fanoulis, lecturer in Politics at the University of Leicester with experience working within the European Commission and European External Action Service. His main area of research is EU common security and defence policymaking. Another distinguished panelist is Nona Mikhelidze, a senior fellow at the Italian Istituto Affari Internazionali where she currently coordinates the project Azerbaijan, Caucasus and the EU: Towards Close Cooperation?. Her research interests include the European Neigbourhood Policy, conflict resolution in the South Caucasus and Russian foreign policy in the ex-Soviet space. Ida Manton will also take part in the debate. Mrs. Manton works as an independent consultant and conducts trainings on international negotiation processes, mediation and conflict resolution. In the previous years she was engaged in the OSCE missions and worked for Peace Corps and NATO.

More information about each panelist is available in the short profiles on the conference website.

Registration for the JDI Youth Dialogue 2015 Conference is now closed.

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28 Sep JDI Youth Dialogue 2015 in one week!

The international JDI Youth Dialogue 2015 Conference is to be held in exactly one week! Registration will close on Wednesday, September 30, 12:00.

Apart from the diplomatic representatives, professionals from several prestigious institutions, such as Benedetta Berti, Fellow and Lecturer at the Ben Gurion University and the Israeli Institute for National Security Studies; Nona Mikhelidze from the Italian Istituto Affari Internazionali or Evelien Borgman, who works as a Trainer and Research Fellow at The Clingendael Institute in the Netherlands and many others will be engaged in the lively debate.

To find out more about the conference topic the following information materials may be helpful: video Preventing Conflict, Making Peace, which helps to understand how the United Nations Department of Political Affairs works or the online publications Preventive Diplomacy and Conflict Prevention: Obstacles and Opportunities and Conflict Prevention: Theory in Pursuit of Policy and Practice.

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26 Sep JDI Youth Dialogue 2015 is coming!

The last preparations for the JDI Youth Dialogue 2015 Conference 2015, held under the auspices of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Mr. Lubomír Zaorálek, on October 5 in Czernin Palace, are underway. Registration for the conference is open until Wednesday, September 30, 12:00 at the email address jdiyouthdialogue@jdi-vse.cz. Please indicate your full name and the institution in the registration email.

The conference will offer an interesting program dedicated to the topic Preventive Diplomacy: An Instrument for Preserving European Stability?“. International guests and leading Czech experts will participate in three conference panels. The first, Academic Panel, called „The Concept of Preventive Diplomacy from the European Perspective“ will provide the participants of the Conference with theoretical insights into the topic, whereas the following Diplomatic Panel „Challenges of Successful Engagement in European Preventive Diplomacy“ will focus on practical experience with the topic. The conference will be concluded by the Young Professionals Panel „Reflection of Preventive Diplomacy in the European Context“, which will analyse the current challenges to and limits of preventive diplomacy by specific case studies. A detailed version of the conference program can be found at the following link.

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