Tuesday, 21 November 2017 / Published in News

On November 20th, 2017, within the framework of the project of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia and Estonian School of Diplomacy “Support to the Diplomatic Training Centre of the Georgian MFA, 2016-2017“, the Levan Mikeladze Diplomatic Training Centre of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia started a seminar on “Aggressive State Behaviour and International Law”, conducted by Rene Vark, Associate Professor of International Law, School of Law, University of Tartu. The seminar, running for three days, is held within the framework of the Capacity Building Programme for Diplomats and it is attended by the staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 / Published in News

On 16 November, within the framework of the project of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia and Estonian School of Diplomacy “Support to the Diplomatic Training Centre of the Georgian MFA, 2016-2017“ the Levan Mikeladze Diplomatic Training Centre in Tbilisi, Georgia hosted a seminar “ICT and Diplomacy”. The Seminar was conducted by Marina Kaljurand, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Ambassador, Cyber Security Expert. The seminar was attended by the representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.

Monday, 20 November 2017 / Published in News

On November 17th, 2017, the Estonian School of Diplomacy in partnership with the Levan Mikeladze Diplomatic Training Centre of the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs organised a one-day seminar entitled “Georgia’s Path towards the European Union: Next Steps after the Eastern Partnership Summit”.

The opening remarks were given by Mr Ekke Nõmm, Director, Estonian School of Diplomacy, Ms Maia Kipshidze, Director, Levan Mikeladze Diplomatic Training Centre, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The one-day seminar consisted of two sessions. Moderated by Emmet Tuohy, Senior Research Fellow, Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership; Fellow, Eurasia Democratic Security Network, the speakers of the first session were: Vakhtang Makharoblishvili, Deputy Foreign Minister, H.E. János Herman, Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia, Marina Kaljurand, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, and Kakha Gogolashvili, Director, EU Studies Centre, Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies – EU-Georgia Relations and Future Perspectives

The speakers of the second session were Archil Karaulashvili, First Deputy State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Mariam Gabunia, Head of Foreign Trade Policy Department, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, and H.E. Kai Kaarelson, Ambassador of Estonia. The session was moderated by Giorgi Goguadze, Deputy Director, Georgian Center for Security and Development

The one-day seminar in Tbilisi aimed at discussing and assessing Georgia’s endeavours towards accessing the European Union and becoming a full member. The seminar came one week before the much anticipated 5th Eastern Partnership (EaP) summit that will take place in Brussels on November 24th, 2017, where Heads of State and Government from the EU member states and the six Eastern partner countries will look forward to future cooperation. They will also take stock of what has been achieved since the last summit in Riga in 2015, focusing on the tangible benefits delivered to the citizens of the six Eastern Partnership countries.

The seminar was attended by ambassadors and other representatives of the embassies of EU member states, newly-appointed diplomats of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, representatives from the Office of the State Minister on European and the Euro-Atlantic Integration, and members of think-tanks and non-governmental organizations working on these issues.

Useful links:

The 5th Eastern Partnership (EaP) Summit

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

Levan Mikeladze Diplomatic Training Centre

The European Union Delegation to Georgia

Wednesday, 08 November 2017 / Published in News

The French Ambassador to Estonia, Mrs Claudia Delmas-Scherer received, on November 2nd, 2017, at the French Embassy’s Residence in Tallinn, the diploma students of the 2017-2018 class of the Estonian School of Diplomacy, accompanied by ESD’s director Mr Ekke Nõmm. Ambassador Delmas-Scherer gave a presentation on France’s main pillars of foreign policy, as well as the French-Estonian relationships.

The Ambassador, with her team of staff, the first adviser to the French Embassy in Estonia, Mr Julien Paupert, the economic adviser, Mr Pascal Millard and the advisor for cooperation and cultural action, Ms Anne Chounet-Cambas, followed the presentation with informal discussions with the students on French culture and relations with their respective countries. The diploma students, mostly diplomats, come from Estonia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Rwanda, Uganda, Georgia, Cameroon, Algeria, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Moldova, Egypt, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Afghanistan.

This meeting is part of ESD’s extracurricular activities for our diploma students, in which the students get to meet with, gain experience from and exchange ideas and views with experts in all fields of international relations, security and diplomacy.

Wednesday, 08 November 2017 / Published in News

On October 16th, the Estonian School of Diplomacy had the honour to welcome the US Ambassador to Estonia, Ambassador James D. Melville Jr., to our premises for a lively discussion with our twenty-four diploma students of class 2017/18. Ambassador Melville’s remarks reflected his extensive experience as a diplomat for the United States and included several remarkable stories. A lively discussion followed shedding some light on the US-Estonian relations, and the pillars of the US Foreign Policy.

This meeting is part of ESD’s extracurricular activities for our diploma students, in which the students get to meet with, gain experience from and exchange ideas and views with experts in all fields of international relations, security and diplomacy.