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Jul 11 2012




The speaker will be selected from our pool of seasoned Diplomats who have a long proven record of conducting negotiations.

Program Session(s):

August 29-31, 2012.

Program Fees: SFr 7,700.

The program fees covers tuition, case materials, accommodations and meals.

The meals will include: Royal Breakfast; Sublime Lunch; a coffee Break; and a Continental Diner at Hôtel de la Paix

No payment is necessary until you have been accepted into the program. After admission notification, you will receive an invoice via email; payment is due within 30 days of the invoice date. Payment is required prior to the program start date. We accept payment by bank wire transfer.


The program is conducted in English and French

Location:Hôtel Eden  Palace Au Lac, Montreux. Switzerland



In a globalized world, diplomacy has become a central policy instrument for countries to deploy in order to successfully prevent war, end an international crisis, or achieve a positive outcome. This two-weeks practitioner-oriented program, will focus on the “how” of diplomacy. How is diplomacy conducted at the highest levels? How can a country use negotiations and the combination of diplomacy and the threat of force effectively?  How can the United Nations and other international organizations operate more effectively to prevent human rights violations, injustice and war?


We will use case studies like the Israeli-Palestinian Dispute, the North Korea Crisis and the Iran nuclear issue to help participants develop both the deep intellectual knowledge of the core issues of our time and the analytical thinking that are critical to success in the diplomatic arena. In addition, the last two days will be devoted to nurture every participant’s effective writing skills and the ability to make clear and succinct oralpresentations.  



Participants will be expected to come to the sessions prepared to discuss the readings (approx.100 pages per day) and be prepared to engage in discussion and debate. Each participant will be assigned membership in a small group at the start of the module. All small groups will prepare short presentations of ten (10) minutes on a core issue. These presentations will give participants the chance to practice the kind of cogent and focused briefings common in the professional environment.


 Discussion/Participation        50%

 Presentations                           50%



Two Books will form the core of the reading list.  They are:

·Holbrooke, Richard. To End A War. New York: Random House, 1998.


·Ross, Dennis. Statecraft: And How to Restore America’s Standing in the World.

New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.


In addition, there will be a mandatory course packet that will include other required readings for each session. The Course packet will be available and can be picked up at the first day.   As this is a module that looks at several contemporary global issues, participants are encouraged to read a daily major international newspaper like the New York Times or/and the Financial Times.