Virtual Summer School: Modern Diplomacy, UN University & Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (Belgium)

Second Summer School

Modern Diplomacy: Across Levels, Actors and Tracks

24 August – 4 September 2020 (moved online; originally planned in Brugge, Belgium)

About the Summer School (from UNU-CRIS website)

The art of diplomacy has evolved. In an age where 280 characters from a world leader on Twitter can give a green light to foreign military action or move markets, there is no denying that the classic notions of diplomacy – backroom handshakes between decades-long counterparts with a tinge of cigar in the air – no longer reflect reality.

What has taken its place is a modern, multi-level and multi-faceted approach that encompasses all the tools of the international and interconnected global sphere. Effective diplomacy now relies on the ability of a government to engage on numerous fronts and in numerous departments.

This summer school, organised by United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) and Vienna School of International Studies (Diplomatic Academy of Vienna), in collaboration with Department of Foreign Affairs of Flanders, Ghent University and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, aims to present the most comprehensive, in-depth analysis of and training in modern diplomacy, gaining insights from practitioners, academics and policymakers at the forefront of their fields and operating at the highest levels, on the different facets of modern diplomacy and how they are being employed the world over to shape ideas, discussion and the world we live in.

How will the new methods of modern diplomacy change the art of it? Educate and prepare yourself for this new age of diplomacy at our Second Summer School.

Handbook cover
Class picture
Timetable: Week 1
Timetable: Week 2
About the Summer School
About Diplomatic Academy of Vienna

More details about the Summer School can be accessed at


Photos of the Summer School by UNU-CRIS

Cover photo by 995645 from Pixabay

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