About the forum

Established in 1971 the International Forum on Diplomatic Training (IFDT) is an informal gathering of Deans and Directors of Diplomatic Academies and Institutes of International Relations. This annual meeting is devoted primarily to the discussion and exchange of information about recent trends in diplomacy and experiences gained in training for diplomatic and international careers. The Forum serves as a valuable platform for exchange of views concerning training programs, teaching methods and service requirements and offers an occasion for networking and cooperation.

The 2016 IFDT will take place from 21 to 23 September 2016 in Canberra, Australia and will be hosted by the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at The Australian National University. This year’s agenda will focus on challenges and opportunities for diplomacy in, what has been widely dubbed, the Asian Century. In this context, the IFDT will look at the big picture of current trends, the regional picture of Asia-Pacific diplomacy, and the picture of the diplomat who has to develop skill-sets to navigate both challenges and opportunities in Asia and beyond.

The previous forums were held in Warsaw (2015), Pretoria (2014), Baku (2012), Boston (2011), Malta (2010), Vienna (2009, 2006, 2004, 2001, 1999) and many other cities. The main themes covered during the meetings included topics such as: multilateral diplomacy at the United Nations and other international organizations, regional dimensions of diplomatic training, diplomacy of small states in the globalizing world and environmental diplomacy.

For more information, please visit: The International Forum on Diplomatic Training.

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