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4 2 Willkommen Welcome Liebe Freundinnen und Freunde, 2016 wird sicher nicht als ein Jahr der reibungslosen Außenpolitik in die Geschichte eingehen. In vielen Teilen der Welt sind die Verhältnisse nicht einfacher geworden. Immer noch gibt es zu viel Gewalt und Zerstörung, und allzu selten konnte Diplomatie das verhindern. Gleichzeitig hört man überall Stimmen, die meinen, das Zeitalter der klassischen Diplomatie, also das physische Zusammentreffen und Verhandeln von Diplomaten, sei vorüber. Soziale Medien und die zahlreichen Möglichkeiten der digitalen Komunikation, wie z.b. Skype-Konferenzen, seien an ihre Stelle getreten. Weit gefehlt, meine ich. Das Gegenteil trifft zu. Es war nie wichtiger als heute, auf allen formellen und informellen Kanälen miteinander zu kommunizieren; niemals waren Netzwerke essentieller. Richtig ist aber, dass uns die elektronischen Medien dazu zwingen, schneller und präziser als bisher gewohnt zu reagieren. In einer Ära der alternativen Fakten ist es jedoch entscheidend, mit verlässlichen Quellen und vertrauenswürdigen Partnern zu arbeiten. Freunde auf der anderen Seite zu haben ist nützlicher als jemals zuvor. Genau darum geht es in der Arbeit von 1-DA, der Internationalen Diplomatenausbildung des Auswärtigen Amtes. Wir bringen junge Diplomatinnen und Diplomaten aus aller Welt zusammen, um ihre professionellen Fähigkeiten zu verbessern und um sich gegenseitig kennen zu lernen. Unser Jahresheft gibt eine kurze Übersicht über unsere Aktivitäten des Jahres 2016 eine eindrucksvolle Abfolge von Veranstaltungen, Begegnungen und Persönlichkeiten. Im Jahr 2017 wird 1-DA sein 25-Jähriges Jubiläum feiern. Wir wollen das zu verschiedenen Anlässen begehen. 25Y1DA und auf geht es zu den nächsten 25 Jahren! Über die Jahre haben wir mehr als Alumni gewonnen. In diesem Bereich engagieren wir uns derzeit besonders intensiv. Wir wollen das Netzwerk weiter ausbauen, das die Freundschaft unter den Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmern lebendig hält und die Zusammenarbeit zwischen den Jahrgangskollegen aus verschiedenen Ländern unterstützt. Dieses Netzwerk wächst mit jedem Tag. Und die ebenfalls wachsende Zahl von mehr oder weniger selbstorganisierten regionalen Nachfolgetreffen zeigt, dass unsere Arbeit auf die Bedürfnisse und Wünsche unserer Alumni trifft. Wir haben es 2016 sehr genossen, mit Ihnen allen zusammen zu arbeiten, und freuen uns auf neue Erfahrungen und Freundschaften 2017, und darüber hinaus! Herzliche Grüße aus Berlin. Stefan Biedermann Leiter Internationale Diplomatenausbildung
5 Welcome Willkommen 3 Dear Partners and Friends, 2016 will surely not be remembered as a year of smooth foreign policy. Things have not become any easier in many parts of the world. There is too much violence and destruction every day. Diplomatic progress is not always being made where it should be. At the same time, we hear many voices that insist that the era of traditional diplomacy, socialising and negotiating among human diplomats, is over. Social media and the diverse opportunities offered by digital communication are supposed to do the job. I think that reality is very different, however. The opposite is the case. Granted, never has it been more necessary to communicate with each other, in formal and informal channels. Never have networks been more valuable. It is true that electronic means of communication force us to react faster and more precisely than before. However, in an age of alternative facts, it is extremely important to work with reliable sources and trustworthy partners. Having friends on the other side is essential. That is what the work of 1-DA, the Training for International Diplomats department of the German Federal Foreign Office, is all about. We bring together young diplomats from all over the world to work on their professional skills, and to get to know each other. This yearbook will give you an overview of our activities in It features an impressive gallery of events, encounters and, most importantly, the individuals who play the key role in our work: the participants of our programmes. 1-DA will celebrate its 25th anniversary in We are planning to mark this occasion with a number of events. 25Y1DA let s set our sights on the next 25 years. Over the years, we have built up a network of more than 3,000 alumni. This is a field where we are doing a great deal of work these days. The enlargement of our alumni network keeps friendships among participants alive and helps every single participant to maintain their cooperation with contemporaries from other countries. This network is growing every day, and the increasing number of more or less self-organised regional meetings proves that our efforts reflect the needs and wishes of our former participants. We enjoyed working with all of you in 2016 and are looking forward to new experiences and friendships in 2017 and beyond! Best regards, Stefan Biedermann Head of Training for International Diplomats
6 4 Inhalt Contents»Inhalt Contents«dk Diplomatenkolleg idl Internationaler Diplomatenlehrgang wb th Executive Seminar for Diplomats from the Western Balkans idp th International Diplomats Programme ukr High Level Experts Programme Ukraine hsp st Helmut Schmidt Programme on Global Issues asp th Executive Seminar for Diplomats from Asia and the Pacific lak th Executive Seminar for Diplomats from Latin America and the Caribbean afg th Executive Seminar for Diplomats from Afghanistan, Iran and Turkmenistan
7 Contents Inhalt 5 afr th Executive Seminar for Diplomats from Africa nmo th Executive Seminar for Diplomats from the Middle East and North Africa if th INTERNATIONAL FUTURES egy th Executive Seminar for Diplomats from Egypt mag ième stage de formation pour des diplomates du Maghreb Networking Team Internationale Diplomatenausbildung Training for International Diplomats Programme 2017 Programmes Zahlen & Fakten Facts & Figures Unsere Alumni in der Welt Our Alumni Worldwide
9 Diplomatenkolleg Diplomatenkolleg 29. Januar 16. Juni Reihe von links nach rechts: Ivan Alievich (Weißrussland), Petra Radić (Kroatien), Suvi Järvelä-Hagström (Finnland), Botschafter a.d. Heiner Horsten (Programmdirektor), Prof. Dr. Eberhard Sandschneider (damaliger Direktor des Forschungsinstitutes der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik, DGAP), Viktória Bere (Ungarn), Marta Kovisare (Lettland), Eda Yilar (Programmassistentin) 2. Reihe von links nach rechts: Askhat Ryskulov (Kirgisistan), Serhii Ilchuk (Ukraine), Fotis Filentas (Griechenland), Kristiina Omri (Estland), Maja Brdnik (Slowenien), Füruzan Özen Güzel (Türkei), Ondrej Gažovič (Slowakei), Sephora Gauci (Malta), Sophia Azara (Programmkoordinatorin) Es fehlen: Tatiana Mosneaga (Republik Moldau), Sinem Tekin (Studentische Mitarbeiterin)
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11 Diplomatenkolleg 9»Denn der Mensch ist und bleibt das entscheidende Element in solchen Netzwerken auch in der Diplomatie.«Ein jeder, der in der Ferne ein Land studieren will, er habe es früher nun selbst gesehen oder nicht, wird immer soviel Zeugen aufsuchen, als er nur kann. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe hatte offensichtlich nicht das Diplomatenkolleg 11 im Sinne, als er vor 200 Jahren diesen Satz schrieb. Trotzdem machten wir uns diesen in den letzten sechs Monaten zu Eigen. Auf Goethes Anweisung machten wir, eine Gruppe von 14 Diplomaten aus verschiedenen Ländern, von Kirgisistan bis Malta, uns im Rahmen des Diplomatenkollegs auf den Weg, möglichst viele Gesprächspartner aufzusuchen, um Deutschland zu studieren. Deutschland zu verstehen richtig zu verstehen mit allen seinen Facetten, Nuancen und Unterschieden, dunklen und hellen Seiten, ist nicht so einfach, wie man glaubt. Oft bedient man Klischees und wiederholt vereinfachte Stereotypen. Das Diplomatenkolleg hat für mich diesbezüglich eine Tür zu neuen Perspektiven auf Deutschland geöffnet. Es hat mir ermöglicht, mein Deutschlandbild zu erweitern, meinen Blick zu schärfen und mich Neuem zu öffnen. Diplomacy by networking das Diplomatenkolleg hat diesem Leitgedanken alle Ehre gemacht. Das Kolleg half mir, meine Netzwerke mit den deutschen politischen und wirtschaftlichen Trägern auszubauen und neue Kontakte zu knüpfen. Sie werden mir während meiner weiteren diplomatischen Laufbahn hier in Berlin sicher von Nutzen sein und auch darüber hinaus erhalten bleiben. Gleichzeitig fungierte es auch als Plattform für den Netzwerkaufbau und Meinungsaustausch mit den Kollegen aus den teilnehmenden Ländern. Nicht zuletzt wurde auch die Zusammenarbeit mit dem Auswärtigen Amt gestärkt, dem, gemeinsam mit der DGAP, ein besonderer Dank für die ausgezeichnete Organisation des Programms gilt. Am Ende entstand ein Netzwerk des Vertrauens zwischen den deutschen Gesprächspartnern, den ausländischen Kollegen und dem Auswärtigen Amt. Voraussetzung dafür war natürlich, offen zu sein für andere Sichtweisen, bereit zu sein, zuzuhören, miteinander zu reden, um vom Verstehen zur Verständigung überzuschreiten. Neben dem Netzwerk und der positiven beruflichen Erfahrung bleiben einem aber auch natürlich die Menschen und die unvergesslichen Momente erhalten. Denn der Mensch ist und bleibt das entscheidende Element in solchen Netzwerken auch in der Diplomatie. Indem wir in diesen sechs Monaten intensiv mit- und füreinander gearbeitet haben, entstanden am Ende nicht nur neue Kontakte, sondern auch Freundschaften. Diplomatie verbindet und vereint. Das Diplomatenkolleg erst recht. Und am wichtigsten: am Ende des Diplomatenkollegs verabschiedet man sich nicht, sondern sagt Εις το επανιδείν (Auf Wiedersehen). Fotis Filentas (Griechenland) Teilnehmer DK 11 The English version of this article is available on our website. Please visit
13 Internationaler Diplomatenlehrgang Internationaler Diplomatenlehrgang 31. Januar 18. März Reihe von links nach rechts: Samaneh Mobasher Tofighi (Islamische Republik Iran), Iris Reinl (Stellvertretende Leiterin der Internationalen Diplomatenausbildung), Gretchen Tietje (Vereinigte Staaten), Gabriella Jakab (Ungarn), Tamar Zhordania (Georgien), Stephan Steinlein (damaliger Staatssekretär), Oksana Kushnirchuk (Ukraine), Dan Zhou (China), Adinai Kemelova (Kirgisistan), Anna Zhurovich (Russland), Yulia Kunts (Weißrussland), Demet Özgül (Praktikantin), Elisabeth Flesch (Programmassistentin) 2. Reihe von links nach rechts: Antonia Wynne-Hughes (Kanada), Felipe Liebl (Brasilien), Pawel Jaworski (Polen), Mindaugas Damijonaitis (Litauen), Nazan Deniz (Türkei), Ryo Kogure (Japan), Haendel Sebastián Rodríguez Conzález (Kolumbien), Georgi Ivanov Tenev (Bulgarien), Eleni Gleißner (Konsulatssekretäranwärterin), Dimas Wisudawan (Indonesien), Patrick Heinz (ehemaliger Leiter Internationale Diplomatenausbildung)
14 12 Internationaler Diplomatenlehrgang»Junge Diplomaten tragen die Verantwortung für ein besser funktionierendes internationales System.«Antonia Wynne-Hughes (Kanada) Teilnehmerin IDL 40 Dieses Jahr hat der Internationale Diplomatenlehrgang (IDL) sein 40. Jubiläum gefeiert und das mit einem siebenwöchigen Programm für junge Diplomaten aus 18 verschiedenen Ländern. Tendenzen in ganz Europa konnten wir bei den Landtagswahlen in drei Bundesländern im März 2016 mit dem Stimmenzugewinn der AfD hautnah erleben. The English version of this article is available on our website. Please visit Warum ist es wichtig, internationale Diplomaten zum Dialog zusammenzubringen? Heutzutage ist es nicht mehr selbstverständlich, dass die globalen Institutionen wie die EU, OSZE oder UNO, auf die wir uns im Laufe unseres Lebens verlassen konnten, die Fähigkeiten haben, globale Krisen zu lösen. Zweifelsohne tragen junge Diplomaten die Verantwortung, ein besser funktionierendes internationales System auszugestalten. Der IDL behandelt Themen aller Art: beginnend bei der deutschen Geschichte, über Verhandlungen zum Thema Brexit und der Zukunft der EU, bis hin zu Institutionen der internationalen Beziehungen Deutschlands wie dem Auswärtigen Amt, dem Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung und der Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit. Auch die Rolle der Medien und Deutschlands Engagement im Ausland, etwa unter den Fahnen der EU, NATO und UN Missionen, wurden diskutiert. Im Fokus des IDL stand zudem die praxisnahe Vermittlung von Fähigkeiten in Mediation, nonverbaler Kommunikation, öffentlichem Reden und internationalen Verhandeln. Herausragend war für mich außerdem, wie wir das aktuelle und umstrittene Thema der Flucht und Migration im Laufe des Kurses verarbeitet haben. Dies passierte im Kontext der Flüchtlingsströme und des Austritts Großbritanniens aus der EU. Den Aufstieg rechtsextremistischer Außerhalb des Lehrgangs bekamen wir die Gelegenheit, den Gründer der Innovation and Planning Agency Kilian Kleinschmidt zu treffen. Mit seiner Praxiserfahrung als Leiter des Flüchtlingslagers Zaatari im Norden Jordaniens informierte er uns über konkrete Maßnahmen der Flüchtlingshilfe wie beispielsweise Open Source -Technologien oder technologische Fortschritte in der medizinischen Versorgung. Einige Denkanstöße bekamen wir durch Begegnungen in einem Flüchtlingsheim in Berlin. Wir erfuhren, wie wichtig es ist, Menschen konkret im Alltag zu helfen. Dafür muss man oft seine bürokratische Komfortzone verlassen. Auch wurde die Frage diskutiert, wie Länder Integration fördern können, wenn Rassismus, Xenophobie und Rechtsextreme das gesellschaftliche Klima vergiften. Schlussendlich möchte ich mich bei allen bedanken, die den IDL in Berlin möglich gemacht haben. Mit Freude blicke ich auch auf unsere Feierabend-Highlights zurück, zum Beispiel die Weinprobe in Boppard, den Spaziergang bei der Berlinale oder das größte Wiener Schnitzel, das wir jemals, wohlgemerkt in Wien, gesehen haben. Ich hatte alles in allem nicht nur die Chance, mehr über Deutschland zu erfahren, sondern konnte zudem kritisch über globale Themen diskutieren und auf dem Weg dorthin neue Freundschaften mit jungen Diplomaten aus aller Welt schließen.
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17 Executive Seminar for Diplomats from the Western Balkans 15 6 th Executive Seminar for Diplomats from the Western Balkans 22 February 18 March st row, from left to right: Marlena Markovic, Marina Lechleider (Trainee), Zinah Zakariya (Federal Foreign Office), Stephan Steinlein (former State Secretary), Enis Xh i, Dejana Backovic, Uarda Celami, Ejona Hoxha, Vjollca Halimi, Sophie Hövelmann (Programme Assistant), Mile Prangoski 2 nd row, from left to right: Butrint Ymeri, Irena Kužnik, Marina Šanko, Petra Buljan, Iva Dabović, Mario Kapeleti, Martina Vranesh, Amb. (ret.) Klaus Geyer (Programme Director), Miloš Marojević Absent: Sanja Radulović
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19 Executive Seminar for Diplomats from the Western Balkans 17»The input of knowledge as a foundation of any act is indispensable. «Eifer ohne Wissen ist wie Feuer ohne Licht is a German aphorism that expresses the idea that zeal without knowledge amounts to fire without light. Thus, the input of knowledge as a foundation of any act is indispensable. We cannot act, unless we know the logic of social interaction, whether it is common, every-day functioning, or whether we are engaging in a political level of decision-making. It goes without saying that as junior diplomats, enrolled in the International Training for Diplomats from the Western Balkans, organized by the Federal Foreign Office (FFO), we acquired an intensive and highly constructive knowledge of various subjects. We got to know the German political architecture, with on-site visits to most of the political institutions. In addition to the numerous lectures and discussions at the FFO in Berlin, we also visited other cities, such as the enchanting Mainz where we got to know the German public broadcaster ZDF. The discussions were vibrant and dynamic, in accord with our zeal, which I previously mentioned. To be honest, our opinions were not always convergent, but in the end, we always found it easy to enjoy the next component of the programme and laughed about the comical situations and experiences. The highlights of the programme were the media, mediation and international negotiation trainings. All of them were exceptionally dynamic, exciting, and provided us with a profound pro- fessional insight. The media training encompassed different situations of public conduct, and I can proudly state that our competencies in establishing professional relations with the media have been improved. The courses were conducted in a relaxed and exuberant style with a lot of jokes and laughter. The mediation training offered us a unique opportunity to get to know our personal dispositional traits in solving conflicts, and to practise real life situations with a conflictual dimension, all of it framed in the most creative format. I must emphasize the fact that we got to know each other quite well, made new friends and had fun in Berlin. As for Berlin we experienced it as a rollercoaster in terms of weather, having snow, rain, sunny weather, and the piercing Berlin wind, which speeded up our pace of walking. That s the spirit of the city as well seeing people on the move, everything in constant flux, different spots, tourists, ongoing construction, Gasthäuser, bars, etc. The experiences from this seminar in Berlin leave a smile and a deep satisfaction. The graduation ceremony rounded off the whole seminar in a dignified yet relaxed way. The benefits of the International Training for Diplomats from the Western Balkans, besides the immediate, shortterm effects, are yet to be experienced. The start of one s career has always been the most exciting phase of professional development, in spite of the obstacles on the way. Thus, I can claim that we are all glad that Berlin was the venue where we all placed a sound pillar in the foundations of our future professional endeavours. Martina Vranesh participant of WB 6 Bis zu unserer nächsten Begegnung!
21 International Diplomats Programme 19 7 th International Diplomats Programme 7 March 12 July 2016 From left to right: Mohamed Zeid (Egypt), Mohsen Sharifi (Islamic Republic of Iran), Márcio Guilherme Taschetto Porto (Brazil), Alejandro Larenas Martinez (Mexico), Michael Roth (Minister of State for Europe), Mpshiri Monica Setlhare (South Africa), Amb. (ret.) Hermann Sausen (Programme Director), Phoebe Jhule Brown (Australia), Hind Al Barwani (Oman), Gonzalo Rodríguez Newbound (Argentina), Bastian Chacko (India), Adnan Javed Khan (Pakistan), Adel Hamoud Hamoud Al-Sheikh (Yemen) Not photographed: Ertan Garip (Turkey), Sophia Azara (Programme Coordinator), Eda Yilar (Programme Assistant), Katja Plambeck (Student Assistant)
22 20 International Diplomats Programme»The programme gave us plenty of opportunities to learn from one another and to exchange views.«gonzalo Rodríguez Newbound (Argentina) participant of IDP 7 By the time I received the confirmation of my participation in the 7 th International Diplomats Programme, I had been working in Berlin for almost half a year. Certainly, I was still full of questions about Germany and very curious about the possibility to get to know other colleagues from different countries posted here. The 6-month-long programme was an excellent way to learn more about Germany, as well as to share views and perceptions with junior diplomats posted to Berlin. On the one hand, the balanced formula of lectures, activities and working visits gave us the unique opportunity to get to know Germany from many different perspectives, ranging from the political organisation, the economic situation and the role of media to the main topics on the domestic and international agenda. The programme gave us plenty of opportunities to learn from one another and to exchange views with politicians at Federal and local level such as Ms Edelgard Bulmahn, Vice-President of the German Bundestag, or Mr Andreas Bausewein, mayor of Erfurt. Moreover, it allowed us to have very enriching discussions with experts from different fields. During those meetings, we were able to ask many questions and we received very sincere answers. The programme also gave us the opportunity to learn directly about issues that are on top of the current agenda. The visit to the refugee camp at the Bavarian Barracks (editor s note: Bayern-Kaserne, a preliminary reception centre for migrants) allowed us to see first-hand the efforts that are being made to integrate these people into German society. Moreover, being part of a programme with colleagues from different cultures was a very enriching experience from which I benefited enormously, both professionally and personally. I had a chance to exchange views, experiences and perceptions with my colleagues. What is more, we created a very useful and helpful professional network for when we return to our everyday lives at our embassies. One segment of the programme that I found particularly interesting was the visit to Hamburg, where the G 20 Summit will be held in Additionally, I was impressed by our visit to the Airbus Operations Centre as well as by our guided harbour tour. Certainly, now that we have gotten a glimpse of the very high levels of technology and the extremely sophisticated logistic systems, we have a better idea of why Hamburg is a real symbol of international cooperation and European integration. As I mentioned, I started the programme with many questions and I found many answers. Nevertheless, as the programme was coming to an end, having explored new realities in discussions with colleagues, many new questions arose. Now, having lived for one year in Germany, I feel I have many more tools to understand this country and to find innovative approaches thanks to our many activities. This was definitely an experience that I will share with junior diplomats from my country, and I will encourage them to become future candidates for this programme.
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25 High Level Experts Programme Ukraine 23 High Level Experts Programme Ukraine 5 April 22 April st row, from left to right: Susanne Lada a (First Secretary at the Federal Foreign Office in Hanoi, Viet Nam), Viktoriia Mizerna, Nadiia Muzychuk, Alina Opanasenko 2 nd row, from left to right: Anna Stöppel (Trainee), Oleksii Poltorakov, Gernot Erler (Coordinator for Intersocietal Cooperation with Russia, Central Asia and the Eastern Partnership Countries), Amb. (ret.) Dr Hans-Dieter Heumann (Programme Director), Zlata Symonenko, Ilona Tarolo, Mikhailo Yevtushenko, Oleksandra Nesterchuk 3 rd row, from left to right: Oleksandr Vereshchak, Kyryl Tomliak, Valeriy Olefir, Vitalii Danylchenko, Oleksandr Pakhil, Dmytro Kardash, Olexandr Karapetyan (Armenia), Anja Jahn (Programme Assistant)
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27 High Level Experts Programme Ukraine 25»A person competent in other political cultures can bridge the gap between countries.«in the present era of hyperglobalisation no country can be spared the threats, nor can it turn the tide of problems by itself. And in a world where nations and people are ever more dependent upon one another to resolve political disputes and ensure international security, understanding others way of conducting policy is paramount. Today mutual trust is the basis for cooperation, thus a person competent in other political cultures can bridge the gap between countries and contribute to a better state of the world. This was the unequivocal message of the High Level Experts Programme (HLEP) that gathered together young Ukrainian executives from various fields of expertise for three weeks in Berlin. Those three weeks were stimulating and demanding, but at the same time enjoyable, enlightening and a fantastic experience an April to remember. However, before listing innumerable more adjectives to express what the participants brought home with them, let me start from the beginning. Gott ist im Detail (God is in the details) says the German proverb, and that corresponds exactly to what we participants saw during our HLEP journey. Little gestures by the organisers teams at the German Embassy in Ukraine and the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin contributed a lot to creating a unique atmosphere, where even the cold weather transformed into a warm welcome. The programme itself was a carefully crafted feat of management and logistics, with training that provided a strong academic foundation, combined with inspiration and challenges from accomplished peers and high level officials. Insightful seminars on public speaking, work with the media and conflict management, as well as extensive briefings on European integration, re- gional and international cooperation and fruitful discussions about economic, security, financial and energy policies created a great deal of learning experience. Nonetheless, to glimpse the nation s inner life it takes an acquaintance not only with the ways of society, or its institutions, but also, of course, with the modern-day individuals one meets. This is why it was vitally important that HLEP covered not only issues related to the functioning of the system. The rich cultural programme provided an excellent opportunity to get to know prominent representatives from different backgrounds. The shining smile of a driver in an early-morning bus to Dresden, the proud spirit of citizens in Weimar, the gaiety of fans during a football match, smalltalk in a queue at the Museumsinsel, the personal story of a tour guide in Potsdam: all this made HLEP much more than just a training programme it became a self-discovery. Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly. Away from the daily routine, we took a new look at Ukraine and familiarised ourselves with German and European life. The study tour to Brussels was a highlight that connected the participants, as well as organisers, on yet another level. The group became a team and developed a sense of trust, which later flourished in a successful follow-up event. More than once HLEP was mistakenly called help, perhaps not without reason. The programme is a helping hand for young leaders from different regions of Ukraine involved in building a better future for the country. And I also believe that the experience gained within HLEP will greatly influence our ability to improve the state of the world. Alina Opanasenko (Ukraine) participant of UKR 2016
29 Helmut Schmidt Programme on Global Issues 27 1 st Helmut Schmidt Programme on Global Issues 16 April 28 May st row, from left to right: Ellen Yan Lun Wong (USA), Jorge Manuel Meade Cervera (Mexico), Patrick Heinz (former Head of Training for International Diplomats), Tuty Dityawanty (Indonesia), Sumitra Chowdhury (India) 2 nd row, from left to right: Kassius Diniz da Silva Pontes (Brazil), Yannick André Eugène Minsier (Belgium), Fernando Pàllini Oneto di San Lorenzo (Italy), Jan Salzbrunn (Programme Assistant), Thomas Guibert (France), Miguel Angel Hildmann (Argentina), Maximilian Blasek (Trainee/Programme Assistant), Alison Kemp (Great Britain) Absent: Amb. Horst Freitag (Dean of the Foreign Service Academy and Programme Director), Andrey Belousov (Russia)
30 28 Helmut Schmidt Programme on Global Issues»Schmidt would have encouraged us to focus on outcomes. In his words: If you have a vision, see a doctor. «Alison Kemp (Great Britain) & Thomas Guibert (France), participants of HSP 1 Being among the first participants of the new Helmut Schmidt Programme on Global Issues, we arrived in Berlin filled with anticipation and excitement. Helmut Schmidt was the initiator of arms reduction talks during the Cold War, a founding father of the G7, an advocate for vibrant and engaged media and a leader who took concrete action to promote economic growth, counter terrorism and build understanding across nations. All this made him an example for us to follow in We were joined by colleagues from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, the European Commission, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Russia, and the United States. Our range of approaches to globalisation made for stimulating discussions: what posed a threat to one, offered an opportunity to others. Above all, there was consensus on the importance of establishing global governance and the need to better take into account the issues of development, migration and climate change. There was also consensus that the EU, although in crisis, was even more relevant today, because it is a strong example of regional co-operation. It is hard to summarise in a few sentences the many impressions we will take away from the programme. To be in Berlin in springtime is a delight, and the programme made both things possible: profound and absorbing discussions with senior diplomats and politicians as well as opportunities to explore the city. For Thomas it was an opportunity to reacquaint himself with Berlin, where he had studied several years ago. Alison s previous visit to Berlin had been as a child, prior to German reunification. So for her, this was a city transformed. Beyond Berlin, the programme included a trip to Hamburg, which underlined two things: the important relationship between the Federal Government and the Länder (Federal States) on the one hand and the central role of the Basic Law in regulating German security policy on the other. A study tour to Paris that included a conversation with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault afforded us the opportunity to compare and contrast the approach of Germany s closest partner to the same questions. Our key take-away was the strong Franco-German consensus on their national instincts and objectives, as well as the attention that both countries pay to nurturing this relationship to show global leadership. As a keen student of history, Schmidt knew that those who cannot learn from history risk repeating earlier mistakes. Inspired by his example, our group was very conscious that the issues we were discussing will be those that shape our world. Our challenge as diplomats is to formulate appropriate responses over the coming years and decades. Ever the pragmatist, Schmidt would have encouraged us to focus on outcomes. In his words: If you have a vision, see a doctor. We must place on record the thanks and appreciation of everyone in the group to Jan, Max and the entire team at the Foreign Service Academy for such an engrossing and rewarding programme.
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33 Executive Seminar for Diplomats from Asia and the Pacific 31 9 th Executive Seminar for Diplomats from Asia and the Pacific 25 April 31 May st row, left to right: Gina John (Trainee), Jessica Yi Ka Cheng (Hong Kong), Laura Sylvia Johanna (Indonesia), Amb (ret.) Dr Norbert Baas (Programme Director), Saritha Ranatunga (Sri Lanka), Amreen Jahan (Bangladesh), Tanu Priya (India) 2 nd row, left to right: Fathimath Najwa (Maldives), Htet Htet Zaw (Myanmar), Doungmonyrath Mon (Cambodia), Anna Marie Mae Guerra (the Philippines), Sonam Namgyel (Bhutan), Chanthala Sengaloun (Lao People s Democratic Republic) 3 rd row, from left to right: Tanvir Ahmad Bhatti (Pakistan), Jan Souverein (Programme Assistant), Omid Kamal (Afghanistan), Yiliang Zhang (China), Takafumi Iida (Japan), Kalthira Koompirochana (Thailand), John Kemakeza (Solomon Islands), Long Nguyen Hoang (Viet Nam) Absent: Seonghyeon Cho (Republic of Korea)
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35 Executive Seminar for Diplomats from Asia and the Pacific 33»We realized that our different cultural backgrounds were no obstacle to forging true friendships and establishing long-term networks.«let me begin by mentioning that Berlin was the perfect place for this event to be held. Here, where the old and new converge beautifully, the 19 participants from various Asian and Pacific countries were able to explore Germany s vibrant cultural scene, immerse themselves into its history, and gain insight into its foreign policy and political structure. The plethora of museums and galleries provided for people to express their artistic creativity attests to Berlin s cultural and historical richness. As an art lover, I was grateful for the chance to visit art museums almost every weekend. The individual study sessions equipped us with an understanding of the political structure of Germany and were followed up by visits to the Bundestag, Bundesrat, Federal Chancellery and Office of the Federal President. Not only did the program offer a unique opportunity to gain a better understanding of the German federal system, it also gave us the chance to learn firsthand about the German states through our trips to Munich and Hamburg. During our memorable excursions to the Netherlands and Belgium, we learnt more about organizations such as the International Criminal Court in The Hague. In Brussels we gained a comprehensive overview of the European Union through meetings with representatives of the European External Action Service, the European Commission and the German Permanent Representation to the EU. In addition, participating in briefings by experts concerning global security at NATO was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that we will never forget. At the Federal Foreign Office we enjoyed the experience of seeing its actual working environment, learned more about its structure and met with federal government officials to discuss issues from the European refugee crisis to the Brexit referendum. Our understanding of German foreign policy was also significantly enhanced by discussions with non-governmental bodies and think tanks. During a visit to the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, a non-profit German political foundation, Mr Jürgen Stetten, Head of Department Asia and the Pacific, quoted a thought-provoking statement by former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt Foreign policy is too important to be left to governments alone. It occurred to me that the statement summed up well what we learnt and was an accurate reflection of the complexity of Germany s foreign policy considering the number of players. Academically-stimulating programs aside, fun activities were also arranged for us. The time spent together allowed us to learn more about each other and realize that our different cultural backgrounds were no obstacle to forging true friendships and establishing long-term networks despite living far apart. It is impossible to sum up this memorable fiveweek program in just one page. It has provided me with knowledge and experience which will no doubt be of benefit to me throughout my career. I would like to thank the Federal Foreign Office and Dr Norbert Baas for organizing this seminar Dankeschön! Kalthira Koompirochana (Thailand) participant of ASP 9
37 Executive Seminar for Diplomats from Latin America and the Caribbean th Executive Seminar for Diplomats from Latin America and the Caribbean 2 May 30 May 2016 From left to right: Kathrin Mangelsen (Programme Assistant), Astrid Lia Pavion (Suriname), Rafael de Medeiros Lula da Mata (Brazil), Tifany Elizabeth Arlantt Puente (Ecuador), Rafael Eduardo d Armas Lopez (Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela), Georgina Zubieta Duran de Rico (Plurinational State of Bolivia), Miguel Tchilinguirian (Argentina), Isadora Alexandra Pascual Young (Panama), Consul General (ret.) Matthias von Kummer (Programme Director), Dieter Lamlé (Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean), Iris Reinl (Coordinator of Training for International Diplomats), Lucresha Bryan (Guyana), Juan Pablo Osorio Jaramillo (Colombia), David Enrique Mendoza Balladares (Nicaragua), Asha de Suza (Saint Kitts and Nevis), Dania Gissela Booth Lara (Honduras), David Martinez Sugastti (Paraguay), Jessica Falcón (Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela), Gabriela Andrea Quezada Hinostroza (Chile), Timo Wanke (Trainee)
38 36 Executive Seminar for Diplomats from Latin America and the Caribbean»The course of history is fragile; it reminds us of the responsibility we all share in shaping the future.«rafael Eduardo d Armas Lopez (Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela) participant of LAK 11 I had high expectations coming into the Seminar: a few colleagues had attended previous editions and their experiences had been fascinating. Despite my expectations, I was however concerned with how the political climate and the polarization in Latin America and the Caribbean could affect the Seminar. Upon arriving in Berlin I was struck by the professionalism of the team and the quality of the classes. My cohort was a diverse group of people with different levels of experience and a wide range of professional and personal backgrounds. The internal debates and discussions were greatly enhanced by that diversity and also reflected the polarized and often divisive state of current Latin American and Caribbean politics. We began to have deeper levels of debate as our understanding of each other increased, and as we were exposed to an insider experience of contemporary German and European politics, centered on the challenges of global governance, diversity and sustainability. The balance of theoretical and practical skills, together with a highly motivated and committed staff, helped channel those debates into productive discussions. The Seminar is very effective in addressing the challenges to global governance which demand that young diplomats articulate innovative ideas and establish networks of diverse and proactive individuals committed to building consensus and finding solutions to the urgent issues of our generation. In times when the prevalence of violent conflict and the threats to world peace are pushing the limits of the international system, programs like this provide a unique opportunity to develop more capable professionals. Not long after the Seminar ended, major political crises unfolded both in Europe and in Latin America. The long-term viability of the European integration model has come under scrutiny. Extremist political parties have made significant gains in some countries. The basic principles of democracy and tolerance are being reshaped by the stress that political, economic and human rights challenges present. The world has changed so drastically in the past century. Yet we are witnessing the tone of international politics resonating with echoes of a disruptive and divisive message that is surprisingly similar to those of the past. In one of our trips we stood in the ruins of what aimed to be the foundations of a totalitarian political system. A heavy silence reminded us how fragile the course of history is and of the responsibility we all share in shaping the future. At that point, all the talks, lectures, guided visits and full access to government officials and private sector, gave way to a profound moment of silence and introspection. From that day we made an effort to understand each other better, to be more tolerant of our differences and to defend our political positions in a more productive way. We were able to acquire new professional skills, but more importantly we were able to reflect on our role as individuals who are committed to the global issues of our time.
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41 Executive Seminar for Diplomats from Afghanistan, Iran and Turkmenistan th Executive Seminar for Diplomats from Afghanistan, Iran and Turkmenistan 1 September 30 September 2016 From left to right: Stefan Biedermann (Head of Training for International Diplomats), Lars Weitzdörfer (Programme Assistant), Mahym Saparova (Turkmenistan), Mohammad Muqit Sakhi (Afghanistan), Abdul Musawer Wahab Safi (Afghanistan), Mohammadali Mohammadi Pishkenari (Islamic Republic of Iran), Govher Berdiyeva (Turkmenistan), Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier (former Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs), Negina Susan Faiz (Afghanistan), Hatyja Nuriyeva (Turkmenistan), Mohammad Osman Ahmady ( Afghanistan), Aminullah Azadany (Afghanistan), Maral Rahymova (Turkmenistan), Ejegyz Charyyeva (Turkmenistan), Rebecca Rüddenklau (Trainee), Amb. (ret.) Ortwin Hennig (Programme Director)
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43 Executive Seminar for Diplomats from Afghanistan, Iran and Turkmenistan 41»The programme improved my ability to open my mind to new ideas and different points of view.«the 16 th Executive Seminar for Diplomats from Afghanistan, Iran and Turkmenistan gave us the opportunity to discover Germany from different angles, ranging from political, economic, social and cultural affairs to issues such as integration, media and migration, although of course it is not possible to acquire a thorough understanding of a diverse country like Germany during a short period of time. The programme offered us the chance to meet and visit various people, such as high-level dignitaries like Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier. It was a great honour to meet him face to face, and to be honest I will never forget those moments. At the time, Dr Steinmeier was Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, and in my opinion, he is a kind, wise and intelligent person. The Seminar included plenty of enlightening discussions with experts from various fields, during which we were able to ask any kind of question. The two-day lecture on German and European history conducted by a qualified professor was really interesting for me. But the really exciting part of this programme was the public speaking and media training at the Federal Foreign Service Academy, where we learned how to prepare a speech and deal with media as professional diplomats. It is worth mentioning that Berlin, Bonn, Hamburg and Germany as a whole have unique beauties with lovely people. Even now while writing about my memories I feel as if I am still in Germany, which like all those in my group, I miss. Our trip to Brussels to visit NATO and the European Union was definitely one of the highlights for me. I gained sufficient practical information about these important international institutions and their working processes and framework. That applies too for our study trip to Vienna to visit the United Nations headquarters. The programme was very well organised and the lectures on current issues were really useful. The more active we were, the more we learnt. Since attending the programme, I have felt even more motivated and determined to work on my professional career, to serve my country and to further the friendship between Afghanistan and Germany. As the group spent more time together, we became closer to each other and established a strong network among ourselves. The programme gave us the opportunity to network, thus enhancing our career development. I am grateful to have been part of this programme. It has given me a rewarding feeling of consolidation and improved my ability to open my mind to new ideas and different points of view. Ultimately, I have to say that all these lessons allowed me to enjoy pleasure through experiencing the beauty of differences between cultures, not seeing them as barriers that separate us, but rather realising that they are what make each of us special and unique in the end. In conclusion, as a female diplomat, I benefited immensely from this training and I am confident that more of my female colleagues from Afghanistan will participate in similar programmes. A sincere thank-you to the organisers of the programme! Negina Susan Faiz (Afghanistan) participant of AFG 16
45 Executive Seminar for Diplomats from Africa th Executive Seminar for Diplomats from Africa 8 September 1 December st row, from left to right: Helen Deacon (Programme Assistant), Michael Nyaaba Assibi (Ghana), Folarinwa Foluke Atanda (Nigeria), Godiramang Henry Ratlou (Botswana), Tesfaye Fissiha Lemma (Ethiopia), Nanice Tsigui (Gabon), Matseliso Patricia Motsamai (Lesotho), Kassimou Moumouni Seidou (Benin), Sophia Azara (Programme Manager) 2 nd row, from left to right: Burgess T. Nimely (Liberia), Ali Abdillahi Hassan (Djibouti), Amb. (ret.) Karl Flittner (Programme Director), Florentin Alain Dansou (Benin), Koffi Tatavy Amewou (Togo), Stefan Biedermann (Head of Training for International Diplomats)
46 44 Executive Seminar for Diplomats from Africa»What made this programme both unique and extremely useful was that the participants were already serving in Germany.«Michael Nyaaba Assibi (Ghana) participant of AFR 10 The decision of the German Federal Foreign Office to dedicate the 10 th Programme for African Diplomats exclusively to those serving in Germany was timely and relevant. Previous programmes had invited diplomats from different countries in Africa to undergo training in Berlin for several weeks. This traditional arrangement certainly has its benefits among them, the opportunity for the participants to gain first-hand experience of Germany and German society. But what made this 10 th training programme both unique and extremely useful was that the participants were already serving in Germany, making every single aspect of the programme directly relevant to their work in their respective embassies. Participants therefore attached considerable importance to the programme, as that was perhaps their best chance to gain a better understanding of and deeper insight into some of the complex topics that were treated. The course content itself was extensive and stimulating, and each day brought in something new and refreshing. Broadly speaking, the programme covered a variety of subjects, beginning with Germany, its history, culture, economy, politics and foreign policy, and extending to themes of international relevance, such as climate change and sustainable development, governance and transparency, as well as peace and security. We also spent a day at the Foreign Service Academy where we were introduced to the art of public speaking. The opportunity for meeting and networking with the participants was clearly important. What struck me was that most of us had not heard about the programme before, even though we had lived in Berlin for some time. In a sense, it felt odd that it was the programme that brought us together; nevertheless, it was a great moment, and I am sure we will sustain the network. But if we thought that we knew Germany by virtue of having lived in the country a while, this programme handed us perhaps our greatest surprise. That Berlin is home to rich German and European history is not in doubt; but our excursions taught us that there is plenty more history to discover outside of the capital. Our trip to the Federal State of Thuringia was particularly revealing. In the city of Weimar, the focal point of the German Enlightenment, we experienced the lives and legacies of leading characters of the literary genre of Weimar Classicism, including Friedrich Schiller, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Johann Gottfried Herder. By all standards, the 10 th Training Programme for African Diplomats was a rich and exciting experience, designed to meet the specific needs of diplomats serving in Germany. It is undoubtedly a welcome response to the training needs of young African diplomats, and I wish, on behalf of my colleagues, to thank the Federal Foreign Office, the Foreign Service Academy as well as the Director and Coordinators for initiating this wonderful programme. Gut gemacht!
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49 Executive Seminar for Diplomats from the Middle East and North Africa th Executive Seminar for Diplomats from the Middle East and North Africa 18 September 8 December 2016 From left to right: Hatem Maged (Egypt), Sophia Azara (Programme Manager), Tsach Saar (Israel), Mutaz Abdel Qader Mahmoud Masadeh (Jordan), Abdulrahman Nawaf (Iraq), Theres Klose (Programme Assistant), Cynthia Chidiac (Lebanon), Amb. (ret.) Bernd Erbel (Programme Director), Asrar Ahmed Elsiddig Ahmed (Sudan), Rehab Al-Juboori (Iraq), Waleed Al-Shahari (Yemen), Abdulaziz Mahmoud (Qatar), Abdulla Al-Khalifa (Qatar), Abdulaziz Al-Falah (Kuwait) Absent: Ahmed Mohamed Ahmed Almuharraqi (Bahrain)
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51 Executive Seminar for Diplomats from the Middle East and North Africa 49»This programme was about expressing oneself freely, without the constraints of the diplomatic modus operandi.«sagen, was ist, or, as my poor translation would go, say what is. The Diplomats in Berlin from the Middle East and North Africa programme was somehow inaugurated with this quote from Rudolf Augstein, the founder of the Der Spiegel magazine. This quote on a wall right across the entrance to the Der Spiegel building, that we got the chance to visit on our trip to Hamburg, would prove to be very premonitory and inspiring to the course. The message was all too telling right from the very beginning: this programme would be about expressing oneself freely and light-heartedly, without the occasional constraints of the diplomatic modus operandi. We discovered many aspects of Germany that we thought we knew but that we didn t. We experienced first-hand the solid tradition of democracy and freedom that Germany has strived to conspicuously and relentlessly build and carry after the end of WWII. Our visits to the Chancellery, the national parliament, the Federal Foreign Office and to members of the German Parliament reinforced this vision of a country that is considered today as a bastion of democratic and human values. This programme was varied and rich given the time-frame allocated to it. We got the opportunity to learn many interesting things about German politics, economy, technology, industry and most of all generosity as it reaches out to help those who are destitute and bereft. Certainly, this programme is a networking platform. It is a learning platform of diplomatic craftsmanship where we had the chance to engage in what a German recruited diplomat undergoes in terms of language skills and public-speaking at the German Diplomatic Academy. To many colleagues, this was the highlight of the programme. Personal interaction was at the core of this programme; we would sit as diplomats and programme staff together and kibitz about our experiences and backgrounds, about the future and expectations. This programme allowed us to meet with officials, policy-makers, think-tank advisors and German diplomats, so it is quite safe to say that this programme took us where we otherwise couldn t go and helped us meet with people that we otherwise wouldn t have met. On a lighter note, we might also have said things that we otherwise wouldn t have said. The particularity of this programme is that it is tailored for diplomats already posted in Berlin. Personally, it was a very inspiring and enthralling experience to watch closely the mores and ways of German politics and traditions. After three years of living in Germany, this programme made it clear to me why and how Germany is a country that looks forward and excels without shying away from its past, but rather by learning from it. This programme will be outlasted by what we have learned and what we will carry forward. A final word of gratitude to the Federal Foreign Office for its unswerving commitment to bringing people closer, and to the team that coruscatingly and meticulously made it happen. And most certainly, Ich werde immer sagen, was ist! Auf Wiedersehen! Cynthia Chidiac (Lebanon) participant of NMO 15
53 INTERNATIONAL FUTURES th INTERNATIONAL FUTURES 7 October 21 October st row, from left to right: Krishna Barros Bonavides (Brazil), Carlota de Azevedo Bezerra Vitor Ramos (Brazil), Bernard Khanyisani Nhlangulela (South Africa), Weijin Wang (China), Katharina Sabatzki (Germany), Ditebogo Modiegi Morare (South Africa), Lixia Tang (China), María Elena Arcos Rodríguez (Mexico), Rina Kristanti (Indonesia), Shruti Yerramilli (India), Bhekokwakhe Henry Gutshwa (South Africa), Saskia Lienert (Intern at German Development Institute, DIE), Lilia Rebeca de Diego Correa (Mexico), Syafran Haris (Indonesia), Jinyan Zhou (China), Isabel Reible (Programme Manager), Dilshad Muhammad (Syria/Germany) 2 nd row, from left to right: Philina Schmidt (Programme Assistant), Qingyi Chen (China), Amb. (ret.) Peter Gottwald (Programme Director), Chenxi Yang (China), Mohammad David Masri (Indonesia), Eduardo Schnitzler Moure (Brazil), Carlos Alexandre Principe Pires (Brazil), Honey Karun (India), Thays Venturim Guimarães (Brazil), Stephan Steinlein (former State Secretary), Pedro Assumpção Alves (Brazil), Heenry Cristoper Valdivia Sandoval (Mexico), Pratyush (India), Jan Karon (Programme Assistant), Katharina Strecker (Germany), Miguel Cristophe Molina Alcantara (Mexico), Bo Li (China), Patria Nurhari (Indonesia), Eva Nienhaus (Germany) Absent: Christian Hugo Hoffmann (Germany)
54 52 INTERNATIONAL FUTURES»We were left with a desire to put into practice the knowledge and insight we had acquired during our training.«carlota de Azevedo Bezerra Vitor Ramos (Brazil) participant of IF 13 Even before leaving for Berlin, I had high expectations for the 13 th International Futures, not only thanks to the positive testimonies from colleagues who had already participated in the course. Judging by its schedule, the programme promised to be particularly inspiring, exciting and dynamic. I had no idea, however, that the course would completely surpass all of my expectations, making it a treasured professional, academic and personal experience, the memory of which I will take with me for life. During the two weeks of our programme, young professionals from Brazil, China, Indonesia, India, Mexico, South Africa and Germany got together to learn, network and share experiences regarding international relations and global governance in the 21 st century. I think I speak for our entire group when I say that the programme, though intense, was extremely rewarding. It was also an amazing experience to be part of such a committed, open and fun group of junior diplomats from very different cultures and diverse professional backgrounds. The incredible dynamics in the group from the very beginning made it possible for us to become much more than simple work colleagues and to establish close bonds with one another. When I first arrived in Berlin, I was extremely excited about the weeks to come, and the IF 13 course did not disappoint. We had interactive lectures on key topics of contemporary global politics, such as international security, global health policy, migration and the refugee crisis. Two highlights were the Oxford debate training and our study trip to Hamburg. It was special to have the chance to meet and network with a myriad of representatives from different professional fields with whom we were able to exchange thoughts and ideas. We all realised quite soon that Berlin, with its fascinating history and seemingly endless list of interesting places to visit, was a special, unique and vibrant capital. From our visit to the breath-taking German Bundestag to the beautiful classical concert at the Konzerthaus, I was very taken by Berlin s singular charm. Our visits to Potsdam and Hamburg were equally gratifying, leaving me with the desire to explore more of Germany. When the two weeks of the International Futures course came to a close, it was difficult not to feel nostalgic about the end of such an incredible shared experience. There was a common feeling of immense gratitude to the Federal Foreign Office and to the IF 13 team for making this all possible. We were left with a desire to put into practice the knowledge and insight we had acquired during our training, and to take back to our respective countries an expanded view on global governance. As we said our goodbyes, it was clear that we had become a real family and that one of the standouts of our programme had been, without a doubt, the opportunity to forge new friendships.
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57 Executive Seminar for Diplomats from Egypt 55 4 th Executive Seminar for Diplomats from Egypt 1 November 29 November st row, from left to right: Tanja Maximow (Programme Assistant), Banan Mohamed Abdellatif El Salamony, Mariam Mohamed Ragaei Abdalfattah Mohamed, Mustafa Tarek Hussein Abbas, Yara Mohamed Nabil Nawar, Amb. (ret.) Bernd Erbel (Programme Director), Minister Counsellor Ahmed Mostafa Abdelaal Mohamed, Kareem Mohamed Hosni Hassan, Nada Adel Hussein Refaat, George Ashraf Sobhy Kalliny, Heba Mohamed Mahmoud Sabry El Sayed, Shady Hesham Ibrahem Elsheha, Riham Gamal Eldin Hassan Mohamed Aly, Mahmoud Hamza Mohamed Elnasharty, Karim Ukasha Thabet Seifeldin 2 nd row, from left to right: Hans Rohde (Trainee), Mostafa Hassan Abdallah Abdelmaged, Amer Ramadan Fatouh Mazrou, Osama Mohamed Saad Ebeid, Mahmoud Hamdy Ahmed Khalifa, Mohamed Alaa Mahmoud Ibrahim, Amir Wagdi Youssef Wahba Guerguis, Ali Monir Mostafa Kassem, Karim Elhassan Hanafy Mohamed, Kamal Eldin Hesham Kamal Eldin Salah, Dina Hany Helal Fathy, Malak Mahmoud Hassan Abdel Ghaffar, Sabrina Caroli (Programme Assistant)
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59 Executive Seminar for Diplomats from Egypt 57»Increased dialogue and closer cooperation are important as we navigate the common challenges that lie ahead for all of us.«for me, Germany will always be a very special place. I spent three formative years of my childhood in Bonn and to this day consider them to be among my fondest memories. For example, I will never forget riding my bike through the picturesque beauty of the Rheinaue Park in the spring. Being back here after so many years and for such an enriching experience was a great privilege. One of the things that struck me most during my stay was the extent of people s infatuation with ancient Egyptian antiquities and culture. This was evident from our visits to the Neues Museum and to the Leipzig University Museum where we witnessed the great care and reverence with which my country s history is preserved and documented. Seeing this really highlighted the depth of German-Egyptian relations, which are deeply rooted in cultural exchange and cooperation in the fields of archaeology, education and the arts. I can confidently say that the training seminar was a success! It was a highly rewarding and informative experience, blending theoretical and practical components seamlessly. It was highly focused on developing the skills needed by a 21 st century diplomat, including public speaking, media relations and negotiation skills. This focus on technical know-how was complemented by visits to government bodies, companies, media outlets and think tanks. The real cherry on top of it all was the opportunity to experience cultural events, including a stirring performance by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. We arrived in Germany on the cusp of unprecedented global change. The world has witnessed transformations that have gone against conventional thinking and expectations and that have created a great deal of uncertainty. This really animated the discussions, workshops and debates we had during the seminar. It also reflected the importance of increased dialogue and closer cooperation as we navigate the common challenges that lie ahead for all of us, and the vital role that diplomacy will continue to play in this regard. I have always had the sense that Germany is a country that has managed to focus on its future without being defined solely by its past. Whilst it acknowledges and accepts its historical responsibility, history does not hold the country back from innovation and development. This forward-thinking approach coupled with hard work and ingenuity has allowed Germany to create such a successful and robust economy and redefine its role on the world stage. I cannot end my piece without extending my heartfelt thanks to Amb. (ret.) Erbel and his assistants for their tireless efforts to ensure the success of the seminar and for making us feel so welcome here in Germany. Vielen Dank! Ich hoffe, euch bald wiederzusehen! Osama Mohamed Saad Ebeid participant of EGY 4
61 stage de formation pour des diplomates du Maghreb 59 3 ième stage de formation pour des diplomates du Maghreb 1 novembre 31 novembre 2016 Au 1 er rang, de gauche à droite : Simohamed El Laiti Ben Ayad (Maroc), Isabella Pinno (Assistante du programme), Ryma Akli (Algérie), El-Hadramy El-Hadj (Mauritanie), Nesrine Elmansouri (Tunisie), Susanne Grönsfeld (Stagiaire), Hajar Ez-Zaher (Maroc), Senouci Saidi (Algérie), Mohamed Toukabri (Tunisie) Au 2 ième rang, de gauche à droite : Iris Reinl (Coordinatrice, Entraînement pour Diplomates Internationales), Mohamed Anis Ben Osmane (Tunisie), Abdarrahmane N Gaidé (Mauritanie), Stefan Biedermann (Directeur, Entraînement pour Diplomates Internationales), Mouloud Benbala (Algérie), Dr. Philipp Ackermann (Délégué régional pour le Proche- et Moyen-Orient et le Maghreb), Amb. (retraité) Ulf-Dieter Klemm (Directeur du programme), Rachid El Fakir (Maroc), Saber Khomsi (Tunisie)
62 60 stage de formation pour des diplomates du Maghreb «J ai pu développer des affinités avec les différents diplomates en dépit des frontières.» Hajar Ez-Zaher (le Maroc) participante MAG 3 «L Homme qui veut s instruire doit lire d abord, et puis voyager pour rectifier ce qu il a appris», telle est la devise qui a préludé à mon expérience en Allemagne. Un pays dont l histoire recèle de nombreuses blessures et fissures attestées par tous les mémoriaux et anciens centres de détention qui servent de musées aujourd hui. Ces musées transmettent les larmes et chagrins d autrefois promptement estompés par un présent optimiste et conciliant dans tous les domaines, culturel, politique et économique. Sur le plan culturel, le pays mise beaucoup sur la cohésion sociale à travers la multiplication des activités culturelles qui s adressent à toutes les composantes de la société. L Allemagne tient à sa justice sociale, également à travers les messages transférés à l opinion publique par le biais des médias et journaux qui font de leur mieux pour rester impartiaux et neutres vis-à-vis de tous les éléments de la société. Je fais ici allusion à la deuxième chaine de télévision ZDF et au magazine Der Spiegel qui ont eu la bienveillance de nous recevoir dans leurs quartiers. Sur le plan politique, dans une Allemagne extrêmement organisée et démocratiquement gouvernée par le Bundestag et le Bundesrat, les Länder ont également leur mot à dire. Dans tous les secteurs, le modèle allemand devrait être source d inspiration pour les pays du Maghreb, particulièrement le secteur industriel qui donne l exemple en matière de production aéronautique et de division internationale du travail, ainsi que le commerce et la coopération internationale comme en témoigne l immense port d Hambourg, ou encore le secteur tertiaire dont nous avons vu l expérience très réussie de l aéroport privé de Francfort. La fascination et l admiration profonde que j ai actuellement pour l Allemagne doit beaucoup à cette formation polyvalente et tellement bien élaborée, à la fois en matière d organisation et de qualité d intervenants La formation pour les diplomates du Maghreb a non seulement atteint son objectif initial de faire découvrir et connaître profondément les États fédérés de l Allemagne, mais a permis également une cohérence et charmante complicité entre tous les participants. J ai pu, en effet, développer des affinités avec les différents diplomates ressortissants de l Algérie, de la Mauritanie et de la Tunisie et partager avec eux de passionnantes discussions sur nos dialectes, nos musiques et nos cuisines qui se ressemblent tellement en dépit des frontières. Un grand merci à l Allemagne pour nous avoir offert les conditions favorables à cette cohésion aucunement présagée mais agréablement surprenante! The English version of this article is available on our website. Please visit Enfin, l économie, qui représente la principale priorité du pays et qui m a le plus fasciné, connaît une performance des plus pointues au monde.
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65 Networking 63 Dear friends and alumni of Training for International Diplomats, Our alumni network is the heart of Training for International Diplomats. Yes, indeed the heart, for it is this network that connects the groups over years, programmes and continents. It is this network that continuously provides impulses for lively exchange, that enables us to learn from one another and that makes Training for International Diplomats grow and develop. Thank you for injecting all this energy and inspiration into this mission. And please keep up your initiatives and actively contributing to our alumni activities, such as our regional network meetings throughout the world, our Network Consolidation Programmes in Berlin, the Global Diplomacy Lab (GDL) and our offers related to learning German. Over the years, we have been extending our alumni network through cooperation with organizations that are committed to similar issues and goals such as the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), the German Parliament with its International Parliamentary Scholarships or the European Academy Berlin, which holds the Academies for Good Governance. Our work is guided by the perception of foreign policy as an opportunity for cooperation and a working partnership that helps secure future dialogue, peace and human rights. We are grateful for the variety of perspectives and backgrounds in this extended network and thank you all for your openness. UN Summer Academy on Shaping a Sustainable Future in Bonn, four others in an online course on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Find out more about the GDL and our many other activities on the following pages as well as on YouTube and Facebook. Gesa Giesing (centre) with two Ukrainian alumni: Obviously, being able to get in touch is vital for our network. You can always reach us via And please keep us updated so that we can always get in touch with you. With our new project MovingOn this takes less than a minute: As alumni you can enter your contact details on our website, deciding whether it should only be used internally for invitations or be shared with the entire network. This way we can all easily keep track of our growing network. Network Meeting in Kyiv, 3 5 November 2016 Our alumni activities are part of the project Networked Diplomacy, that is organised in cooperation with the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). Go ahead and keep in touch! We look forward to seeing you again. Yours, Gesa Giesing and the alumni team of Training for International Diplomats Let s look back on 2016: We organized two regional network meetings in Jakarta and Kyiv and invited 15 of you to Berlin for a Network Consolidation Programme on diplomacy and peace mediation, focusing on conflict resolution in the OSCE Area. Six of our alumni participated in the facebook.com/ TrainingForInternationalDiplomats GermanyDiplo/ playlists 26 February 2 March 2016: Regional Network Meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia
66 64 Networking Are you an active Training for International Diplomats alumna/alumnus? Test yourself! 1. Do you keep the alumni team updated on your new postings (via our MovingOn-page)? 2. Do you know our mail address by heart? 3. Are you counting the days until the next issue of our newsletter Brief aus Berlin? 4. Will this yearbook get a place of honour on your bookshelf? 5. Are you eager to participate in Regional Network Meetings around the world? 6. Would you consider organising a Regional Network Meeting yourself? 7. Have you ever applied to participate in one of our Network Consolidation Programmes in Berlin? 8. Or for the Global Diplomacy Lab? 9. Are you checking our Facebook page for latest news and photos of our programmes? 10. Are you staying in touch with the fellow alumni you met during your own programme in Berlin via your Facebook group or through other media? 11. Are you continuously improving your German skills, e. g. by subscribing to our German monthly newsletter Deutsch-Rundbrief? 12. If you are posted to Berlin, have you ever come along to dinner or an event with participants currently attending one of our programmes? 13. Fancy a free subscription to the German magazine KULTURAUSTAUSCH? 14. Fancy sharing your knowledge with other alumni through a webinar with our support? 15. Fancy creating a regional club? 16. Fancy being portrayed on our webpage or listed as an expert on the Alumniportal Deutschland? yes no Result 1 4 boxes checked? We need you! Please stay in touch. 5 8 boxes checked? Good job! We always love to hear from you boxes checked? Congratulations! It s a pleasure working with you. More than 12 boxes checked? Wow, that s really impressive. We should talk.
67 Networking 65»I continued developing the network.«zirahuén Villamar (Mexico), participant of IF 6 (2010) Coming from the academic sphere in Mexico City, I was rara avis in the diplomatic environment that I encountered in 2010, when I participated in the International Futures the only one then that included non-diplomats. But I always felt warmly welcomed. The experience was not only interesting content-wise it was a life changer. The programme was my entry point into the German foreign policy community, including the Federal Foreign Office, but also think-tanks, political foundations, etc. Realising the importance of Germany in the world scenario, once I returned to Mexico I changed my research focus, and continued developing the network with those actors in Germany. When the time to begin my doctoral studies came, I had the assets of knowledge and a network built as an alumnus. It was not difficult to find a supervisor in Berlin, and I even received a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service. As soon as I landed in Berlin, I told Gesa Giesing and her team I was back in town. Since then they have offered me all kinds of support in making Berlin my new home: workshops for newcomers and to improve German language skills, cultural activities, diplomatic networking events, and international conferences at the Federal Foreign Office. Moreover, they have facilitated access to relevant sources and actors related to my research. With my interest in public diplomacy and as an active alumnus of the Foreign Office, I am now guest author for the Federal Foreign Office s German Information Centre in the Spanish language where I share my ideas on German foreign policy and politics. Zirahuén Villamar Zirahuén is a Mexican economist and lecturer in International Economics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where he used to work as a junior researcher on world politics. After participating in the International Futures Programme in 2010, he became the Director of Economic and International Issues at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Mexico. He has lived in Berlin since Participants of International Futures (2010)
68 66 Networking FEBRUARY JANUARY Looking back is sometimes the best motivation for the future: we proudly present the 2015 Yearbook. 13 February: exclusive screening of the four-hour late work of German film maker Edgar Reitz Die andere Heimat, giving alumni and IDL 40 participants the chance to discuss the difficult topics of home/homeland (Heimat), migration and cultural roots directly with the director himself. FEBRUARY 12 February: trip to the Berlinale film festival to watch the world premiere of the film War on Everyone, directed by John Michael McDonagh. FEBRUARY 25 February: writing workshop: alumni of Training for International Diplomats and nefia (Netzwerk für internationale Aufgaben) participate in a four-hour writing-workshop held by the author Stephanie von Hayek to find new and better ways of formulating texts and bulletins.
69 Networking 67 MARCH 26 February 2 March: Regional Network Meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia: alumni from Central and Southeast Asia meet in Jakarta for the Regional Network Meeting, focusing on Diplomatic Approaches to New Regional Challenges The Asian Case. APRIL 22 April: working lunch with Dr Hans-Peter Bartels, army representative of the German Bundestag, who gives up almost two hours of his time to answer questions about Afghanistan, Ukraine and the rights of the German parliament, followed by a discussion on defence and security policy. APRIL 7 April: Berlin alumni and the participants in this year s High Level Experts Programme Ukraine meet Prof. Karl Schlögel, German expert on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. APRIL 12 April: alumni of Training for International Diplomats in Berlin join the participants of the High Level Experts Programme Ukraine for a special talk with Prof. Herfried Münkler, one of Germany s most respected voices in the area of history and social science.
70 68 Networking MAY 2 May 3 June: four alumni participate in the Online Foundational Course on the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development organised by the United Nation System Staff College s (UNSSC) Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development. MAY May: alumni meet in Berlin for the 5 th Network Consolidation Programme on Diplomacy & Peace Mediation in Action: Conflict Resolution in the OSCE Area. Highlight: discussion with Ambassador Cord Meier-Klodt, Special Representative of the OSCE, Chairperson-in-Office for the Transdniestrian Settlement Process. MAY 4 8 May: promoting the network among our Diplomatenkolleg alumni with a fourday meeting in Budapest, Hungary. JUNE 9 12 June: 4 th Global Diplomacy Lab on the topic: Do the Ends Justify the Means? The Significance of International Law and Moral Standards in Diplomacy takes place in Berlin read the contribution by Eirliani Abdul Rahman, founding member of the GDL, in this issue!
71 Networking 69 JUNE 9 June: our alumni team discusses ideas, challenges and strategies regarding alumni networks with many other institutions and organisations at the partner meeting of Alumniportal Deutschland. Topic: From acquaintance to cooperation how alumni become partners. DaF JULY 6 July: initial network update: launch of our new campaign MovingOn in our newsletter Brief aus Berlin. ALL YEAR ROUND alumni in Kyiv during their regular German get-together. AUGUST August: six of our alumni participate in the UN Summer Academy on Shaping a Sustainable Future in Bonn, focusing on topics including Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement. JULY 4 July: working lunch with the President of the Max-Kade Center St. Louis, MO, Prof. Paul Lützeler, whose publications have addressed the post-colonial discourse, Europeanisation and civil war.
72 70 Networking SEPTEMBER 16 September: how are European problems perceived and dealt with in Russia and Indonesia? Two of our alumni, Ivan Kravchenko (IDL 30) and Hariyadi Soemantri (IF 8) provide the answer in the magazine ad hoc international, which is published today ( docs/adhoc_15_gesamtausgabe). OCTOBER 25 October: alumni join the current group of the Middle East and North Africa Course for a tour of Islamic art in the Pergamon Museum. SEPTEMBER 29 September: as a follow-up to the Summer Academy in August, the participants share their knowledge in a webinar on The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): overview, examples from Bhutan, Pakistan and Mexico. NOVEMBER 3 November: writing workshop alumni of Training for International Diplomats and nefia participate in the second writing workshop held by Stephanie von Hayek.
73 Networking 71 DECEMBER NOVEMBER 3 5 November: Ukrainian alumni organize a Network Meeting in Kyiv on decentralisation, anti-corruption and good governance takes place. Special guest: Mikheil Saakashvili, former President of Georgia and former Governor of Odessa Oblast. NOVEMBER 3 6 November: in Montreal, Canada, the 5 th Global Diplomacy Lab on the topic Global Diplomacy in the Digital Age: Decoding how technology is transforming international relations takes place. 29 December: The programme preview for 2017 is available! What is coming up next? NOVEMBER 11 November: in New Delhi, a handful of Indian alumni has a lot of fun with the German language and enjoys practising it in conversations, supported by our teacher Nina Bestmann. COMING February 2017: Regional Network Meeting in Rabat, Morocco March 2017: 6 th Network Consolidation Programme Regional Network Meeting in Mexico City, Mexico May 2017: 7 th Network Consolidation Programme June 2017: 6 th Global Diplomacy Lab in Buenos Aires (GDL) November 2017: 7 th GDL in Tunis
74 72 Networking»MovingOn your moves in 2016«Paula Sanmiguel Nationality: COL Has moved on to Berlin, Germany Participant of: LAK 9 In a constantly growing network with almost 4,000 alumni all around the world knowing who is where is as hard as it is crucial. Moving- On is our online form for updating contact details, supporting communication on two levels: among you and your network as well as between our alumni and us. Find out more about our alumni who had a change of scene in Butrint Ymeri Nationality: KOS Has moved on to New York, USA Participant of: WB 6 Ahmad Nawid Ariaye Nationality: TUR Has moved on to Ankara, Turkey Participant of: AFG 15 Steve Smout Nationality: BEL Has moved on to Washington DC, USA Participant of: DK 10 Rong Yang Nationality: CHN Has moved on to Greater New York Region, USA Participant of: MOE 17, GDL 1+2 Karina Aquino Nationality: HND Has moved on to Washington DC, USA Participant of: LAK 9 Albana Bylykbashi Nationality: KOS Has moved on to New York, USA Participant of: WB 3 Jevon Rodrigues Nationality: GUY Has moved on to Boa Vista, Brazil Participant of: LAK 7 Aleksander Korybut-Woroniecki Nationality: POL Has moved on to Vienna, Austria Participant of: MOE 9 Mohamed Salah Eldin Alkamy Nationality: EGY Has moved on to N Djamena, Chad Participant of: EGY 2 María Elena Arcos Rodríguez Nationality: MEX Has moved on to Mexico city, Mexico Participant of: IF 13, RNM MEXIKO
75 Networking 73 Zsuzsa Nóra Vincze Nationality: HUN Has moved on to Budapest, Hungary Participant of: DK 8 Ahmad Khalid Omary Nationality: AFG Has moved on to Moscow, Russian Federation Participant of: AFG 13, RNM JAKARTA Legende Legend USA /Canada Europe Jose Luis Alvarado Nationality: MEX Has moved on to Helsinki, Finland Participant of: LAK 9 Yeghishe Sargsyan Nationality: ARM Has moved on to Batumi, Georgia Participant of: MOE 7 Africa Latin and South America Near East and Central Asia/Pacific area Mateja Kracun Nationality: SVN Has moved on to Ljubljana, Slovenia Participant of: MOE 15 Heidi Beha Nationality: DEU Has moved on to Nairobi, Kenya Participant of: IF 10 Daniel Rogers Nationality: LBR Has moved on to Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria Participant of: AFR 6 Dr Zafar Iqbal Nationality: PAK Has moved on to Islamabad, Pakistan Participant of: ASP 2 Janbaz Khan Nationality: PAK Has moved on to Colombo, Sri Lanka Participant of: IDP 2 Enas Halaiqah Nationality: JOR Has moved on to Amman, Jordan Participant of: GDL 4 Australia Zane Mehmetaj Nationality: KOS Has moved on to Canberra, Australia Participant of: WB 5 Mohammad Muqit Sakhi Nationality: AFG Has moved on to Kabul, Afghanistan Participant of: AFG 16 Ramiaji Kusumawardhana Nationality: IDN Has moved on to Taipei, Taiwan Participant of: IF 10, RNM JAKARTA Evan Johns Nationality: AUS Has moved on to Canberra, Australia Participant of: ASP 4, IDP 5
76 74 Networking»Global Diplomacy Lab«Eirliani Abdul Rahman Eirliani served for 10 years in the Singapore Foreign Service. She was posted to Berlin as First Secretary in 2007, and then to Delhi as Political Counsellor in She left the Foreign Service in 2015 to pursue her childhood dream of working on the issue of children s rights. She is a Director at the Kailash Satyarthi Children s Foundation, founded by the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi. Eirliani Abdul Rahman (Singapore) 5 th Lab: 3 6 November 2016, Montreal, Canada 2016 was a difficult year: Among the many diplomatic challenges, the Syrian refugee crisis stood out for me, graphically epitomised by that image of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi washed up dead on the shore. Together with the other founding members of the Global Diplomacy Lab (GDL), we set out in 2014 with an ambitious goal: to turn diplomacy on its head by leveraging new tools and engaging non-traditional actors to help solve a multitude of challenges: How should we tackle mass migration and the refugee crisis? What measures can be taken to fight international terrorism? How can we stop and prevent human rights violations and mass atrocities? as Wiebke Koenig from the Global Leadership Academy, one of our supporters, described it at the GDL in June last year. The GDL is still in its infancy but holds great promise. In June 2016, at the GDL in Berlin, I had the pleasure of being conférencier as an elected member of the Advisory Council. In this Lab, we explored utilising new citizens diplomacy tools to find solutions in Syria. What role could neighbouring states, regional powers and Western countries play during negotiations and in a post-war Syria? How could the Syrian people and civil society organisations be included in long-term strategies for peace? Which is more important: democracy or stability?»the GDL s creative formats aim to find new approaches for example to end war, and to solve some of the most pressing problems related to it.«what do we mean by non-traditional actors? We have a conductor of a renowned orchestra, as well as a curator, among our ensemble of members. The GDL is not your average talkshop. It s a space to experience the positive power of diversity. You feel it. You carry it in your heart, The GDL s creative formats, including DiploHack and the OSR, aim to find new approaches for example to end war, and to solve some of the most pressing problems related to it. In 2016, Syria was the test case for those methods. What I find most pragmatic about these sessions was that we brought in members of the Syrian diaspora, as well as activists and members of NGOs involved in resolving the refugee crisis. All of them gave incisive feedback which would have otherwise been lacking. This is often what is missing in the arena of international affairs: de-
77 Networking 75 5 th Lab: 3 6 November 2016, Montreal, Canada cisions are made in a vacuum when the affected stakeholders are not present in the same room. It was so enriching to have Syrian nationals who have been directly affected by the war proffering advice on what would or would not work in their country from their respective experiences. As such, the discussions in the GDL formats could often be blunt, but in my view, this was necessary. A word about two of the innovative formats we use: DiploHack combines the specific know-how and skill sets of diplomats, social entrepreneurs, tech developers and designers, along with those of journalists, academics and NGOs. By hacking traditional diplomatic challenges, it creates new, more inclusive and creative methods for diplomacy. The Open Situation Room (OSR) simulates the time pressure and rapidly changing environment in a typical situation room, as operated by national security and intelligence agencies.»this is often what is missing in the arena of international affairs: decisions are made in a vacuum when the affected stakeholders are not present in the same room. The GDL brought them in.«what makes the GDL interesting is that our findings at the conclusion of every meeting were presented to the State Secretary of the German Federal Foreign Office. This ensures that our work and attendant recommendations come under scrutiny and if deemed fit, pursued to their justifiable end. In terms of the sustainability of the GDL, I like the fact that it is a member-driven initiative. For example, one of our members proposed that the GDL should take part as an innovator in the Bled Strategic Forum last year on the issue of youth radicalization. It was a success, and this year we will again be taking part. We are currently exploring a side event at a major UN event this November. The possibilities are endless, as long as we have members who understand that this is their platform, to drive it forward and to contribute towards making an impact at the global level by involving non-traditional methods and actors. We are here to help make this a reality. I believe the GDL s strength is in having this very platform to allow such informal interactions and exchanges to take place. I am proud of how far the GDL has come. I believe we have the capacity and collective wisdom to grow further. 5 th Lab: 3 6 November 2016, Montreal, Canada 4 th Lab: 9 12 June 2016, Berlin»Presenting our work and recommendations to the State Secretary of the German Federal Foreign Office ensures that they come under scrutiny and if deemed fit, pursued to their justifiable end.«
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81 Programmes 2017 Programmvorschau »Programm 2017Programme 2017«IDL 41. Internationaler Diplomatenlehrgang Januar 3. März 2017 IDP* 8 th International Diplomats Programme.... January April 2017 WB 7 th Executive Seminar for Diplomats from the Western Balkans February 10 March 2017 UKR High Level Experts Programme Ukraine March 24 March 2017 ASP* 10 th Programme for Diplomats in Berlin from Asia and the Pacific.... April June 2017 AFR 11 th Executive Seminar for Diplomats from Africa April 22 May 2017 NMO 16 th Executive Seminar for Diplomats from the Middle East April 23 May 2017 DK* 12. Diplomatenkolleg.... August Oktober 2017 AFG 17 th Executive Seminar for Diplomats from Afghanistan and neighbouring countries September 29 September 2017 LAK* 12 th Programme for Diplomats in Berlin from Latin America and the Caribbean.... October December IF 14 th INTERNATIONAL FUTURES October 21 October 2017 Alumni Events in Germany and abroad Regional Network Meeting, Marokko February 7 February th Network Consolidation Programme on Peace Mediation, Berlin March 10 March 2017 Regional Network Meeting, Mexiko March 26 March th Network Consolidation Programme, Berlin, Strasbourg and Stuttgart May 11 May 2017 Global Diplomacy Lab Buenos Aires June 21 June 2017 Tunis November 21 November 2017 * Programme for Diplomats on posting to Berlin
82 80 Zahlen & Fakten Facts & Figures» Unsere Alumni in der Welt Our Alumni Worldwide «Die folgende Tabelle führt alle Länder mit den zugehörigen Alumnizahlen auf, die seit 1992 an Programmen der Internationalen Diplomatenausbildung teilgenommen haben. Die ehemaligen Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer kommen aus insgesamt 184 Ländern. Die Weltkarte veranschaulicht, wie viele Alumni jeweils aus einem Land kommen. The following chart shows all countries and respective numbers of alumni who have partici - pated in the programmes of Training for Inter national Diplomats since Former participants come from 184 countries. The world map illustrates the number of alumni coming from the same country. Afghanistan Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bhutan Bolivia Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Brazil Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Chad Chile China Colombia Comoros Congo Costa Rica Côte d Ivoire Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Democratic Republic of the Congo Denmark Djibouti Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Federated States of Micronesia Fiji Finland France Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Greece Grenada Guatemala Guinea Guyana Haiti Honduras Hongkong Hungary....55
83 Zahlen & Fakten Facts & Figures 81 India Indonesia Iraq Ireland Islamic Republic of Iran Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Kosovo Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libya Lithuania Luxembourg Macedonia, FYR Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Marshall Islands Mauritania Mauritius Mexico Mongolia Montenegro Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Oman Pakistan Palau Palestinian territories Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Portugal Qatar Republic of Korea Republic of Moldova Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Samoa Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Tajikistan Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United Republic of Tanzania United States of America Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela Viet Nam Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe.... 7
84 82 Zahlen & Fakten Facts & Figures» Unsere Alumni in der Welt Our Alumni Worldwide «Legende Legend >100
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