Leiden University is one of the leading universities on International Governance. A special honours program is run by the Young Diplomat on International Relations: Diplomacy and Negotiation. This two month program covers different elements of diplomacy and negotiation (distributive and integrative bargaining, multilateral negotiation, strategy and tactics, chairing, and so on). At the same time the students prepare for a complex final simulation by working with embassies, experts and institutions in The Hague. The programme focusses on developing skills and in-depth knowledge.
Furthermore, the Young Diplomat is cooperating with Leiden University on providing case study groups, internships, study trips and potential future courses on several subjects within International Relations and Politics.
For the course on Negotiation for the programmes of Public Administration and Management of International Social Challenges programmes at the Department of Public Administration and Sociology of Erasmus University Rotterdam 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."
Training program for Diplomats from the Middle East and North Africa
In collaboration with the Centre for International Legal Cooperation a programme has been designed to train diplomats from the Middle East and North Africa who recently started their posting in The Netherlands. The programme focusses on providing insights in the Dutch political system, areas of expertise such as water and agricultural management, the role of The Netherlands in the global community, while at the same time getting to know The Hague and Dutch culture. The project is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the RVO (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemen) and will run from November 2021 until July 2023.
College of Europe
In cooperation with dr. Paul Meerts the Young Diplomat is facilitating a seminar on strategic and digital negotiation for the Negotiation in Practice project. Here a focus is on the new developments and digital possibilities resulting from the new normal in digital and remote working along side providing insights in strategy and tactics in negotiation.
Summer school of 2021
Negotiation can help you understand international relations better than theory. After all, there cannot be any international relations without negotiations. Foreign policy is often based on the developments and outcomes of negotiations. This raises the question about which role does the national interest play? During the summer school of 2021 speakers like Glenda Sluga, Tim Butcher, and André Gerrits alongside Simon Anholt provided in-depth insights into nationalism vs diplomacy. At the same time, former Dutch minister of defence prof. dr. ir. Joris Voorhoeve, international negotiations experts dr. Paul Meerst and founder and president of the Young Diplomat Hans van den Berg together with other negotiation experts provided training and insights into international negotiation and diplomacy. Students were challenged in a two-day simulation at the end of the course to put their newly acquired skills and knowledge to the test.
Estonian Diplomatic Academy
For the Estonian Diplomatic Academy the Young Diplomat organised, in cooperation with dr. Paul Meerts, a course on Negotiation Techniques and Strategies. The four day seminar focussed on providing participants with theoretical and practical insights, covering basic and advanced aspects of negotiation such as distributive and integrative bargaining, multilateral negotiation, strategy and tactics, and so on. Through simulations and reflection participants were challenged to apply and develop their skills.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary
For the Hungarian Diplomatic Academy the Young Diplomat organised, in cooperation with dr. Paul Meerts, a course on Negotiation Techniques and Strategies. The course focussed on providing experienced diplomats as well as young professionals with theoretical and practical insights. Through simulations and reflection participants were challenged to apply and develop their skills.
Young Diplomat summer school 2020
The summer school of 2020 took place digitally due to the Covid-19 situation. The 5-day course gave insights into the relationship between diplomacy and sustainability. Lecturers and workshops by, for instance, the former Dutch minister of defence prof. dr. ir. Joris Voorhoeve, international governmental advisor dr. Simon Anholt, international negotiations experts dr. Paul Meerst and founder and president of the Young Diplomat Hans van den Berg provided a theoretical and practical basis from which the participants could develop important skills. The week concluded with a newly developed diplomatic simulation regarding the subject.
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.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
In a two day seminar the Young Diplomat provided training on several elements of International Political Negotiation. The course focussed on providing experienced diplomats as well as young professionals with theoretical and practical insights. It covered basic and advanced aspects of negotiation such as distributive and integrative bargaining, multilateral negotiation, strategy and tactics, and so on. Through simulations and reflection participants were challenged to apply and develop their skills.
Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj- Napoca
In cooperation with dr. Paul Meerts, who received an honorary doctorate for his collaboration with the university, the Young Diplomat facilitated a workshop on multilateral negotiation. After an introductory lecture on the history and evolution of diplomacy and negotiation, participants engaged in a digital simulation.
Young Diplomat winter seminar 2021
The winter seminar of 2021 offered insights into this question through both a theoretical and practical approach. Along with introducing our students to general concepts of diplomacy and negotiation, special attention was dedicated to understanding how digitisation impacts the world of international negotiations. As our lives become increasingly online, new hazards to successful international relations like digital misinformation and cybercrime emerge. How can a negotiation still be successful in the midst of this digital negotiation arena?
The program of 2021 included speakers like Paul Meerts, Corneliu Bjola, Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar, Hans van den Berg and three practicing diplomats. Students were offered the opportunity to expand their (international) network with networking sessions and practice their skills in a newly developed diplomatic simulation. Participants represented a country or an international organisation and were expected to prepare a position, and negotiate an agreement.
Young Diplomat summer school 2019
This short but intense summer course gave insights into the relationship and challenges between democracy, international diplomacy, and international negotiation. During the first three days participants were submerged in the theoretical side of the subject, while also gaining insights from experienced diplomats and visits to NGO's and landmarks of The Hague. Lecturers such as Dr. Paul Meerts, Ashely Longman, and Professor Simon Anholt provided a theoretical and practical basis from which the participants could develop the important skills for diplomats. These skills were highlighted again during the opening speech for the simulation by Professor Joris Voorhoeve. At the end of the week participants took part in a newly developed simulation.
In cooperation with dr. Paul Meerts the Young Diplomat facilitated a 2 day seminar on International Political Negotiation for Durham University at a Master level. The program covered basic and advanced aspects of negotiation such as distributive and integrative bargaining, multilateral negotiation, strategy and tactics, and so on.