August 4, 2008

Jordan Institute of Diplomacy, Princeton to Train Diplomats

By Mahmoud Al Abed, Jordan Times, Amman

Aug. 3--AMMAN -- The Jordan Institute of Diplomacy (JID) and the US Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs have agreed to launch a programme of advanced studies in international affairs.

The joint programme is designed to prepare participants for careers in diplomacy and leadership roles in government and international organisations, Yassar Qatarneh, director of JID's Regional Centre on Conflict Prevention, told The Jordan Times on Saturday.

The programme will cover a variety of themes and subjects, including international and public policy, economics and trade affairs and area studies, Qatarneh said.

The courses will also allow participants to hone their skills in effective writing as well as negotiation tactics, communication methods and conflict resolution, he stressed.

The initiative was discussed last week at a series of meetings between delegates from the US university and senior officials, including Minister of Foreign Affairs Salah Bashir and JID President Hussein Hammami.

The US delegation also comprised former US ambassador Barbara Bodine and acting dean, Professor Nolan McCarty.

Qatarneh said the programme will be based at the JID and taught by highly-qualified academics from the Woodrow Wilson School, high-ranking diplomats and distinguished experts from Jordan and around the world.

He explained that the programme would target candidates from Jordan and the region who have started careers in diplomacy.

Under the agreement, an annual programme will be held for the next three years with two-week classes meeting for summer and winter sessions focusing on specific themes, Qatarneh added.

JID has previously entered a similar partnership with Harvard University with a course on international humanitarian law attracting the participation of 35 trainees from around the world.


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