Wednesday, 21 September, 2016 | Canberra, Australia
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 International Forum on Diplomatic Training [IFDT] was established in 1972, as a yearly Meeting of Deans and Directors of Diplomatic Academies and Institutes of International Relations, at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna. Its co-chairs are the Director of that Academy and the Director of the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Washington DC. This group meets alternately in Vienna and in other countries, at the invitation of the Diplomatic Academy or Institute of International Relations in that country. The Forum is an informal gathering of Deans and Directors devoted to the discussion of issues of modern diplomacy and trends in diplomatic education.

The website provides information on IFDT participants, reports of the annual meetings and current activities. It also includes a useful web links relating to study and research programmes offered by diplomatic training institutions.