The International Forum on Diplomatic Training (IFDT) was established by a consortium of academic and diplomatic training institutions in 1972 as an annual meeting of deans and directors. Since its founding, its membership has grown to include the heads of academic institutes dedicated to the study of international relations and diplomacy, and to accredited institutes for the training of official diplomats from 56 countries. The Director of the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna and the Director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University serve as permanent co-chairs. The Forum's annual meetings are hosted by member institutions and academies, as agreed by the IFDT's Steering Committee, and are devoted to the discussion of issues of modern diplomacy and trends in diplomatic education.
The website provides information on IFDT members, reports of annual meetings, and details on current activities. Also provided are weblinks related to the research and training programs offered by member academies and institutions.