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 Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service, 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 details of current activities. It also includes useful web links relating to study and research programmes offered by diplomatic training institutions.