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.
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The International Forum on Diplomatic Training 2016 will ponder three central themes, comprising the following set of questions:
1. The big picture—Current trends
- How do we understand, explain, and conceptualize diplomacy in the era of power transition?
- What is old, and what is new?
- How is the same set of problems perceived and addressed across regions? What can we learn from each other?
- How can we address the problems of voice and representation for those stakeholders not represented in the central institutions of global governance?
- Which analogies and frameworks help to make sense of our world?
2. The regional picture—Asia-Pacific diplomacy:
- What are the distinctive features of ASEAN diplomacy in managing great powers? How does ASEAN contribute to peace and prosperity in East Asia?
- What are the distinctive features of small island states to engage with regional and world politics?
- What are the tipping points of conflict in the region?
- What is the role of ‘middle powers’ in the Asia-Pacific?
- How ‘Asian’ is Asian diplomacy?
3) The picture of the diplomat—Skill-sets for diplomatic tradecraft:
- What is the essential skill-set for the diplomatic knowledge worker of today?
- What is the appropriate balance between ‘quiet’ and ‘public’ diplomacy?
- What theories and concepts should inform the practice of diplomats today?
Wednesday, 21 September, 2016 to Friday, 23 September, 2016