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Online Seminar

Negotiating in a Digital Context

As our lives become increasingly online it is crucial to develop the skills to communicate on digital platforms successfully. Though online meetings come with the benefit of working from home in your pyjama pants, it can also be quite the challenge to get a message across. In the diplomatic world,  online-negotiations are becoming more and more common. How do diplomats ensure negotiations run smoothly? 


The winter seminar offers 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 is 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 2022 includes speakers like Paul Meerts, Corneliu Bjola, Hans van den Berg and practicing diplomats. Students are offered the opportunity to expand their (international) network with networking sessions and practice their skills in a diplomatic simulation. In doing so, participants represent a country or an international organisation, prepare a position, and negotiate an agreement.



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


Gain valuable skills through a proven combination of applying theoretical knowledge in high end simulations. During the winter seminar, 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


CET (Amsterdam Time)

Sunday 23rd of January 2022

20.00 - 21.00’ish

Online welcome and introductions


Monday 24th of January 2022

19.30 - 21.00 

 The European Union & Foreign Policy in the age of Cyber

Camille Gufflet (Cybersecurity Policy Officer, European External Action Service)

Tuesday 25th of January 2022

19.00 - 22.30

Introductions to International Negotiation & Diplomacy

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

Wednesday 26th of January 2022

19.30 - 21.00

Unlocking Digital Peace at the UN

Associate Professor Johanna Weaver (Director of the Tech Policy Design Centre at the Australian National University. Former Australian diplomat, in June 2021 she completed her term as Australia’s independent expert and lead cyber negotiator at the United Nations)

Thursday 27th of January 2022

19.00 - 20.30

Diplomatic Panel

Nathalie Jaarsma (Ambassador at-Large for Security Policy & Cyber, Kingdom of the Netherlands), Omar Cardentey (Deputy Public Affairs Officer Embassy of the United States of America), Lisa Gotoh (Policy Officer Sustainable Development at Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations), Philip van Moll (Dutch Embassy of the Netherlands in Denmark and Data Science student at University of Copenhagen)


Friday 28th of January 2022

19.00 - 20.00

Movie - The Agreement (on the negotiations between Kosovo and Serbia)

20.00 - 21.30

Games and open discussion night in gather town


Saturday 29th of January 2022

10.00 - 11.30 

The Dark Side of Digital Diplomacy: Tactics for Countering Digital Disinformation.

Professor Corneliu Bjola (Associate Professor of Diplomatic Studies at Oxford University)


13.30 - 17.00 

Power & Strategies in International Diplomacy & Negotiations.

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

Sunday 30th of January 2022

10.00 - 17.00

Digital Diplomacy Simulation.



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.

Whereas in digital form, the Winter School has allowed me both to apperceive diplomacy and to recognize myself in it, opportunities like this in fact reveal us to others and even more to ourselves. The Young Diplomat was one of the most proactive, interactive and interested occasions of my academic career

The course is incredibly well organized and allows you to put theory into practice. The atmosphere was open, friendly and respectful. The materials provided, the speakers, simulation and multicultural environment made this a remarkable experience.

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.

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