The Hague, Netherlands

Digital Diplomacy & Negotiation

online course
when 23 January 2022 - 30 January 2022
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 50

As our lives become increasingly online it is crucial to develop the skills to communicate on digital platforms successfully. Though online meetings come with the benefit of working from home in your pyjama pants, it can also be quite the challenge to get a message across. In the diplomatic world, online-negotiations are becoming more and more common. How do diplomats ensure negotiations run smoothly?

The winter seminar offers insights into this question through both a theoretical and practical approach. Along with introducing our students to general concepts of diplomacy and negotiation, special attention is dedicated to understanding how digitisation impacts the world of international negotiations. As our lives become increasingly online, new hazards to successful international relations like digital misinformation and cybercrime emerge. How can a negotiation still be successful in the midst of this digital negotiation arena?

The program of 2022 includes speakers like Paul Meerts, Corneliu Bjola, Hans van den Berg and practicing diplomats. Students are offered the opportunity to expand their (international) network with networking sessions and practice their skills in a diplomatic simulation. In doing so, participants represent a country or an international organisation, prepare a position, and negotiate an agreement.

Course leader

Hans van den Berg
Zita De Wild
Philipp Tolnner

Target group

To be admitted for this program you do not need previous experience, knowledge, or related studies in the field. This program is open to anyone interested in the subject and wishing to obtain experience with democracy and diplomacy and negotiation. To be selected please provide:
- Motivational statement of a minimum of 250 and maximum of 500 words why you want to take part in this winter course and should be considered. How would this winter course help you with your future plans?
- Curriculum Vitae, including current or previous studies, current or previous work experience, current or previous extra-curricula.

Course aim

As a participant you will:
- gain insights in the digitalisation of diplomacy and negotiation, as well as the developing field of cyber security and (dis)information.
- gain valuable negotiation and diplomacy skills through a proven combination of applying theoretical knowledge in high-end simulations.
- develop skills for public speaking, speech writing, doing research for negotiation, and reporting.
- build an international network through the Young Diplomat community and meet with diplomats from different disciplines.
- receive personalised coaching and training due to the small group design.

Fee info

EUR 50: This fee includes:
- Panel discussion, workshops, lectures and final simulation.
- Access to all events via a protected and certified ZOOM host-account.
- Signature welcome package.
- All reading materials.
- Certificate of participation.
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To guarantee personalised and high-quality education we will only host 40 spots.