Who is a diplomat in today’s world? The differences between the academic’s and the practitioner’s approach to teaching diplomacy point to some answers

BY DONNA MARIE OGLESBY The concept of diplomacy has long lacked cultural resonance in the United States. The late R. Smith Simpson, a career U.S. Foreign Service officer credited with stimulating the creation of the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Diplomacy in 1978, was said to have been an “absolute pit bull” on making …

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In foreign ministries around the world, training is undergoing intensification and expansion

BY KISHAN RANA An interesting new criterion has emerged to assess foreign ministry performance. Some analysts believe that the seriousness and care with which a foreign ministry handles diplomatic training is a powerful proxy indicator of the efficacy of that ministry. Several elements lie behind this. Training represents an investment in the future; like all …

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Di Bawah Bayang-Bayang Krisis Migas

31/10/2017 TIMESINDONESIA, JAKARTA – Kebutuhan energi di Indonesia menunjukkan tren meningkat setiap tahunnya. Dari sisi transportasi, jumlah kendaraan bermotor terus meningkat. Berdasarkan data Badan Pusat Statistik (BPS), pada tahun 2013, tercatat jumlah kendaraan bermotor sebesar 104 juta. Tahun 2015, jumlahnya naik menjadi lebih dari 122 juta unit. Selain itu, ditilik dari pertumbuhan produksi industri manufaktur sedang …

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The Trump Challenge to the JCPOA

S. Samuel C. Rajiv is Associate Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. October 24, 2017 US President Donald Trump announced a new Iran strategy on October 13, 2017. An essential element of the new strategy was the decision not to re-certify Iranian compliance with the provisions of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of …

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China’s moves in Africa

HARISH VENUGOPALAN The African continent presents conditions for competition and cooperation between Washington and Beijing. On 12 July 2017, the Chinese state media reported the first shipment of equipment and personnel to Djibouti from China. China announced the plan of building a logistics facility in Djibouti initially in 2015. Subsequently, Beijing began building the facility …

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India’s New Initiative in Africa: The Asia–Africa Growth Corridor

By: Ruchita Beri is Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis, New Delhi. June 13, 2017 During the recent annual meeting of the Africa Development Bank at Gandhinagar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the launch of India’s latest initiative in Africa, the Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC), in partnership with Japan. This initiative …

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Qatar – Special Operational Forces

New Delhi Times, 19 June 2017 Summary The Qatari Special Operations Command (Q-SOC) comprises a battalion in strength and is based in Doha. The Q-SOC is responsible for operations on land and at sea, with particular emphasis paid to CT duties in the maritime environment to protect offshore oil platforms. The command continually runs maritime …

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