The Hague, Netherlands

DIversity & Inclusion in International Relations

when 20 August 2023 - 30 August 2023
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 300

In 2021 the Council on Foreign Relations wrote that "promoting inclusion and equity among different groups within societies improves stability. Those efforts increase social cohesion and trust and augment faith in government and governance". Along the same lines the United Nations stated "the best way to prevent societies from descending into crisis—including but not limited to conflict—is to ensure they are resilient through investment in inclusive and sustainable development".

It is fair to say we are still far from an inclusive world where each person has equal chances. Diplomats play a key role in shaping agreements and opportunities for a more inclusive world. On the other hand, these meetings are not always a success and you have to deal with difficult and inflexible negotiators. So how can you turn a discussion on inclusion, diversity and equity into a win-win situation? What can you do to facilitate that change? What are the current challenges within international politics in relation to diversity and inclusion? If you recognize yourself in these questions then this summer school might exactly be what you are looking for.

The program of 2023 includes speakers like Paul Meerts, Marene van Elgerswegen, Adeline Tibakweitira, Hans van den Berg and practising diplomats. Participants are offered the opportunity to expand their (international) network with networking sessions and practice their skills in a diplomatic simulation and other practical assignments.

CEST (Amsterdam Time)
Sunday 20th of August 2023
20.00 - 21.30’ish
Welcome and introductions

Monday 21st of August 2023
10.00 - 11.30
Introductions to diversity & inclusion in international relations
Speaker to be announced

13.00 - 17.00
Negotiation Competition
This competition will help you identify which elements of negotiation you want to focus on during the summer school.
Remi Smolinski & The Negotiation Center

Tuesday 22nd of August 2023
09.30 - 12.00
Introductions to International Negotiation & Diplomacy
Dr. P.W. Meerts (International Negotiation Analyst, Clingendael Institute & College of Europe)
Location TBA

13.30 - 17.00
Power & Strategies in International Diplomacy & Negotiations
H.B. van den Berg, MSc. (Founder & Director of the Young Diplomat and project manager at the Center for International Legal Cooperation)

Wednesday 23rd of August 2023
10.00 - 11.30
Feminist foreign policy
A feminist approach to foreign policy centers human security over state and national security, and has a focus on dismantling the global economic and political structures that reproduce gender inequality as well as other forms of exclusion, discrimination, and injustice.
Marene Elgershuizen (Policy officer at WO=MEN, researcher at the Young Academics Network of the FEPS Europe - Foundation for European Progressive Studies).

13.00 - 17.00
Workshop on Female Leadership
Adeline Tibakweitira (International trainer on Female Leadership & senior project manager at the Center for International Legal Cooperation)

Thursday 24th of August 2023
10.00 - 11.30
Visit to the International Court of Justice in the Peace Palace
Young Diplomat Team

14.00 - 16.30
Visits to Embassies in the Hague

Friday 25th of August 2023
10.30 - 17.00
Negotiation Workshop by a leading international female negotiation trainer
Trainer to be announced

Saturday 26th of August 2023
Celebration of the 5 year anniversary of the Young Diplomat
The unique conference will feature keynote speakers, a competition between this year summer school participants and alumni, and of course a reunion of the Young Diplomat participants of previous summer schools and winter seminars.

10.30 - 12.00
Keynote speech
Fleur Ravensbergen (Building on fourteen years of mediating in armed conflict, Fleur is dedicated to helping people and organisations manoeuvre conflict (including that tough negotiation phase). What drives her is contributing to positive change. Fleur is the co-founder of the Dialogue Advisory Group)

12.00 - 13.00
Keynote speech

13.00 - 1400

14.00 - 17.00
Workshop/ Negotiation Competition

Sunday 27th of August 2023
Optional fun activity

Monday 28th of August 2023
10.00 - 11.30
Keynote speech on Diversity & Inclusion at the US Embassy
Speaker to be announced

14.00 - 16.00
Visit to the ICC & other international institutions in The Hague

Tuesday 29th of August 2023
10.00 - 17.00
Negotiating a new approach to diversity & inclusion for the world of tomorrow

Wednesday 30th of August 2023
10.00 - 15.00
Negotiation Simulation

15.30 - 17.00
Evaluation and feedback on performance and experiences within the Negotiation Simulation

Course leader

Hans van den Berg - Director of the Young Diplomat

Target group

Open to everyone

Course aim

You will be challenged to gather theoretical insights in the rapidly developing field of diplomacy in relation to diversity and inclusion from leading figures in the field.

Gain valuable skills through a proven combination of applying theoretical knowledge in high end simulations. During the summer school, you will develop skills for public speaking, speech writing, doing research for negotiation and reporting.

Build your international network through the Young Diplomat community and meet with diplomats from different disciplines. The Young Diplomat community offers you the opportunity to find new contacts within the field.

Fee info

EUR 300: This fee includes:
Workshops, lectures, tours of the Hague, embassy visits and final simulation.
Access to all events (participants may join optional events for an extra fee)
Signature welcome package.
All reading materials.
Certificate of participation.


Please check the website for information on scholarships.