The Young Diplomat believes every person is a diplomat in her or his own way, through everyday diplomacy. We aim to make the field of international relations, European affairs, negotiation and diplomacy accessible and understandable to everyone. Because we are convinced everyone can contribute to a more sustainable, secure and peaceful world.
The Young Diplomat provides workshops, seminars, courses, and summer schools on international relations, European affairs, conflict resolution, negotiation, and diplomacy. Furthermore our professionals and consultants can provide research, analysis and advise in their respective areas of expertise.
For the Bachelor Honours Class International Relations: on Diplomacy & Negotiation the Young Diplomat was charged with management and supervision of the The Hague Peace Conference Simulation organisation, setting realistic deadlines, help develop a theme for the simulation, and give input on literature, examination, and course development. During the classes the president of the Young Diplomat, Hans van den Berg, worked closely with dr. Paul Meerts. While at the same time monitoring the quality, development, and progress of the course.
"The anecdotes, quotes, and stories from real life made this course unique and fascinating. While the simulations challenged us to apply gained knowledge!" - participating student
For the practical Negotiation (Onderhandeling) of the Public Administration and Management of International Social Challenges programmes of Erasmus University Rotterdam at the Department of Public Administration and Sociology the Young Diplomat helped to redesign the simulations and course build up. The practical course was reviewed by the students and given an 8.01 mark out of 10, the highest score a practical had received.
"The course build up logically, focussing first on developing specific skills. Followed by applying a combination of these skills in more elaborate simulations, with self and professional reflection afterwards." participating student
YOUTH PEACE INITIATIVE
The Youth Peace Initiative brings together delegations of young leaders from Israel and Palestine. At a conference in The Hague they spoke open about the conflict and their experiences. Their work has led to goals and commitments for a brighter future. At this conference The Young Diplomat provided training on dialoguing and negotiation. Giving the young leaders the tools to start an open dialogue.
"We often forget how important the basic tools are. With this workshop we practiced them in an interactive and challenging way!" - Palestinian delegate
For years Durham University has welcomed dr. Paul Meerts to give a three day seminar on international negotiation and diplomacy for their master students. The Young Diplomat was honoured to be help him out this year. Providing insights into the basics of negotiation and dialogue. Focussing on the importance of the words that are used. The seminar was filled with theoretical insights and simulations.
"The seminar was intense but very good, it was a treat to have such an experienced negotiator share insights into the world of diplomacy. At times emotions ran high, but we have gained new skills through the very practical exercises" - participating student