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Negotiating National Interest in an International Context

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? On the topic, Simon Anholt states in his book the Good Country Equation, “Putting your own country first without putting everybody else last isn’t as difficult as it sounds: there are many examples to show how learning from and collaborating with other countries can actually produce better policies, not just compromise or self-sacrifice”. But when do you chose international interest over national interest?

Countries, and their leaders, seem to think that a policy that is good for the world by definition goes against the national interest. During this summer school speakers like Glenda Sluga, Tim Butcher, and André Gerrits alongside Simon Anholt will provide 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 will provide training and insights into international negotiation and diplomacy. Challenging you in a two-day simulation at the end of the course to put your newly acquired skills and knowledge to the test.

Program Summer 2021



You will be challenged to gather theoretical insights in the rapidly developing field of nationalism and diplomacy from leading figures in the field.


Gain valuable skills through a proven combination of applying theoretical knowledge in high end simulations. During the summer school, you will develop skills for public speaking, speech writing, doing research for negotiation and reporting.


Build your international network through the Young Diplomat community and meet with diplomats from different disciplines. The Young Diplomat community offers you the opportunity to find new contacts within the field.

Verenigde Naties


CEST (Amsterdam Time)

Sunday 4th of July 2020

20.00 - 21.00’ish 

Online welcome and introductions


Monday 5th of July 2020

10.00 - 12.00

Opening Speech & Introductions to International Relations & Diplomacy

Prof. Dr. Ig. J.J.C. Voorhoeve (Prof. International Relations & Peacebuilding and former Dutch Minister of Defence)

Interactive Zoom webinar

13.30 - 17.00

Introductions to International Negotiation & Diplomacy

Dr. P.W. Meerts (International Negotiation Analyst, Clingendael Institute & College of Europe)

Interactive zoom webinar

Tuesday 6th of July

10.00 - 12.00

Prof. G.A. Sluga (Professor of International History and Capitalism at the European University Institute, in Italy, where she is Director of the European Research Council Project ECOINT and Joint Chair of the Department of History and Civilisation and the Robert Schumann Centre for Advanced Studies. She is on secondment from her post as Professor of International History at the University of Sydney)

Zoom lecture

14.00 - 16.00

Grand Strategy

Prof. Simon Anholt (Independent policy advisor to Heads of State, Hon. Professor UEA)
Zoom Lecture followed by questions

Wednesday 7th of July

10.00 - 12.00 & 13.00 - 15.00

Power & Strategies in International Diplomacy & Negotiations

H.B. van den Berg, MSc. (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Department of Public Administration & Sociology, President of The Young Diplomat)

Interactive Zoom Workshop

16.00 - 17.30

Speed-dating with NGOs

Speed-dating event digitally with several NGO’s to be announced.

Thursday 8th of July

10.00 - 11.30

Developing the Rule of Law

W. van Nieuwkerk (director of the Center for International Legal Cooperation (CILC))

Interactive Zoom meet up

13.00 - 17.00

Workshops by POINT (Process of International Negotiation Training). Each participant will be able to pick one workshop.

Ida Manton - Title of workshop to be announced - Interactive Zoom Workshop


Sami Faltas - Negotiating between cultures - Interactive Zoom Workshop


Dr. Tariel Sikharulidze - Introductions to Mediation - Interactive Zoom Workshop


Drs. Rob Boudewijn (Training director at - Title of workshop to be announced - Interactive Zoom Workshop


Dr. Mark Young (President of Rational Games, Inc.)  - Title of workshop to be announced - Interactive Zoom Workshop

Friday 9th of July

10.00 - 12.00

Tim Butcher (English author, broadcaster and journalist. He is the author of Blood River, Chasing the Devil and The Trigger, travel books blending contemporary adventure with history)

Zoom Lecture

13.00 - 17.00

Workshops by POINT (Process of International Negotiation Training). Each participant can pick 1.


Joana Matos - Title of workshop to be announced - Interactive Zoom Workshop


Frans Schram (Negotiation and Mediation trainer, POINT) - Title of workshop to be announced - Interactive Zoom Workshop


Lena Salamé (Lawyer, conflict management and mediation specialist; Trustee, Water Witness International) - Title of workshop to be announced - Interactive Zoom Workshop


Dragos-Cristian Vasilescu (Lecturer and consultant on negotiations, management and innovation at the Technische Universität Wien) - Title of workshop to be announced - Interactive Zoom Workshop

Saturday 10th of July

The Young Diplomat Digital Cocktail & Surprise Party

Further details to be announced

Monday 12th of July

10.00 - 12.00

Prof. dr. A.W.M. Gerrits (Professor of International Studies and Global Politics, and Chair of the BA Urban Studies, at Leiden University)

Zoom Lecture

13.00 - 15.00

Panel discussion with diplomats from the field

Speakers to be announced

Tuesday 13th of July

10.00 - 17.00

Digital Negotiation Simulation


Wednesday 14th of July

10.00 - 15.00

Digital Negotiation Simulation


15.30 - 17.00

Evaluation and feedback on performance and experiences within the Digital Negotiation Simulation


17.00 - 17.30

Closing and Goodbye’s


Winter Seminar of 2022 (APPLY NOW) copy: Over ons


This summer school gave the perfect balance between theoretical learning and practise. It is both challenging and fun, in this way it keeps the focus on the most important aspect which is learning. If I could, I would attend every summer.

This summer school really brought me forward in my academic and professional career. The lectures and the simulation games did not only give me skills I need for that, but especially the motivation to pursue my dream of becoming a diplomat! If you are looking for insights from people of the diplomatic field, for better negotiations skills and for incredible inspiring participants from all over the world - I can only recommend The Young Diplomat Summer School!

I could feel the love for the discipline of diplomacy through my screen. Even though we couldn't see each other in real life in The Hague, the Young Diplomat team did  manage to give a good insight into and lessons from the world of diplomacy by sharing knowledge, skills and anecdotes from real-life by involving both practitioners and professors from the field. In doing so, it has brought me closer to reaching my goal for which I am thankful.

A magnificent experience. I found that its strong point is the opportunity that gives you to prove what you have learned through workshops and simulations. An approach that goes beyond the mere theory.



The tuition fee for this Summer School is 100 euros.

(4 scholarships are available)

This fee includes: 

  • Panel discussion, workshops, lectures and final simulation.

  • Access to all events via a protected and certified ZOOM host-account.

  • Signature welcome package.

  • All reading materials.

  • Certificate of participation.

To guarantee personalised and high-quality education we will only host 44 spots.


Application procedure

To be admitted for this program you do not need previous experience, knowledge, or related studies in the field. This program is open to anyone interested in the subject and wishing to obtain experience with democracy and diplomacy and negotiation. To be selected please provide:

  • Motivational statement of a minimum of 250 and maximum 500 words why you want to take part in this summer course and should be considered. 

  • Curriculum Vitae, including current or previous studies, current or previous work experience, current or previous extra-curricula.

Application deadline: June 1st 2021

Please send in PDF format to:


Two years ago, the Young Diplomat set out to provide accessible and affordable skills training on diplomacy and negotiation. One goal was to offer scholarships to selected participants of our courses, as of this year we can. Our scholarships will provide access to lectures and workshops, a certificate of participation, reading materials, and our signature welcome package.

There are four scholarships available for this summer school.  Please know that these scholarships are only for students who cannot afford to pay our tuition fee and would not be able to join without a scholarship. 

To be selected for a scholarship, please provide:

  • Motivational statement and curriculum Vitae (as described above in the regular application procedure).

  • A short video (approximately 3 minutes) in which you explain why you should be given a scholarship. Be as creative as possible!

Application deadline: 1st of June 2021

Please send your application to:

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