Monday, 25 September 2017 / Published in News

Every year, the Estonian School of Diplomacy offers Scholarship through an open call to its postgraduate development programme. The next round will be launched in late Spring 2018.

For more information please contact Ms Kristiina-Maria Ploom at kristiinamaria.ploom@edk.edu.ee

Monday, 25 September 2017 / Published in News

The five-day study visit and training, provided by the Estonian School of Diplomacy (ESD), offers a delegation of diplomats from the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs with knowledge and skills on foreign and security policy, foreign service development and IT-related experience in Estonia. The study visit runs from September 25th until September 29th, 2017. The project is financed by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the framework of the Development Cooperation Programme.

The delegation will meet experts from various Estonian institutions; including Estonian e-Governance Academy, Tallinn City Government, National Parliament of Estonia, Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Estonian Centre of Eastern Partnership, Estonian EU Council Presidency, Estonian Foreign Policy Institute, International Centre for Defence and Security, Enterprise Estonia, and the University of Tartu.

Over the years ESD has carried out several training projects with the aim on sharing Estonia’s reform experience and integration of the EU and NATO, foreign service formation, international relations, cooperation and diplomacy, international negotiations,  state and democracy building, public administration reform. A number of tailor-made short-term training projects have been launched for diplomats and civil servants from Afghanistan, Central-Asia, the Balkan countries, Palestine, Iraq and North-Africa.

ESD has been actively following developments of the European Union Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) with a special interest in its the Eastern Partnership (EaP) initiative. In 2009 a tradition was established to organise multilateral public administration reform seminars and conferences targeted to state officials from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

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Monday, 25 September 2017 / Published in News

On September 18th, 2017, the Estonian School of Diplomacy (ESD) commenced its academic year 2017/18 in Tallinn for its postgraduate diploma programme. Twenty-five students are enrolled this year. Nine Estonians and sixteen international students coming from fourteen countries from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean (Algeria, Egypt, Cameron, Rwanda, Uganda, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, China, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.)

The ESD Postgraduate Diploma is a nine months programme which runs annually from September until May the following year, offering mainly three thematic modules: International Relations, European Integration, and Diplomatic Studies.

The curriculum aims to provide knowledge and skills necessary for working in the field of international affairs. The studies are organised as a full-time evening course; with classes on four afternoons per week. The courses include classroom work (lectures and seminars) and independent work. The total amount of credit points obtainable is 75. The program is considered completed when at least 60 credit points have been collected.

This academic programme is organised in co-operation with the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The new round for scholarship for the next academic year 2018/2019 will be launched in late Spring 2018.

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Friday, 22 September 2017 / Published in News

From September 4th to September 8th,2017, the Estonian School of Diplomacy (ESD) hosted an 18-member delegation of diplomats from Ukraine for a study visit that focused on issues of soft power diplomacy and hybrid warfare. The delegation had the pleasure of meeting their peers from the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as officials from various governmental institutions, including the Estonian Ministry of Culture, the Government Office of Estonia. The delegation also met with a group of researchers from the International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS) and the Estonian Centre of Eastern Partnership (ECEAP).

The highlight of the study visit was the expert workshop on September 7th entitled “Information, Cyber and Hybrid Means as New Warfare Methods”, jointly hosted by the ESD together with the ECEAP. The workshop started with a panel discussion moderated by Piret Pernik, a research fellow from the ICDS, with panellists Dmytro Zolotukhin, the Deputy Minister of Information Policy for Ukraine, Dmitri Teperik, the chief executive of ICDS projects in Ukraine, and Sergiy Korsunsky, the director of the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine. The second panel included Dace Kundrāte, a senior expert with the NATO Strategic Communication Centre of Excellence, and from Ukraine Analytica; Hanna Shelest, editor in chief, and Yevgenia Gaber, deputy editor.

The panellists discussed the challenges and threats facing Ukraine, the existing experience in countering these challenges, and how to prevent them in the future. The discussions centred around issues such as resisting disinformation and questions such as, how to effectively stem Russian disinformation while adhering to values such as freedom of speech. Panelists stressed that Russia’s ability to reframe narratives. Also, they highlighted current domestic difficulties within Ukraine, such as the deepening lack of trust between society and government. The last part of the workshop concluded with a detailed look at the mechanisms used to frame the 2016 coup attempt in Turkey, and the effective use of strategic communication by the Turkish government.

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