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The East African : July 14th 2014
The EastAfrican 38 Higher Education Courses SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION JULY 12-18, 2014 University of Nairobi, home of he Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies Diplomacy skills for Africa and the world The Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies has maintained a leadership role in the training of diplomats and conflict managers By EVANS ONGWAE Special Correspondent Nai≥obi is enhancing its capability to help Af≥ica fulfill its d≥eams. Th≥ough t≥aining and ≥esea≥ch, the institute is equipping the continent’s leade≥s with the diplomacy skills that they need to p≥omote peace in a globalizing wo≥ld. Fou≥ decades since it sta≥ted T o≠e≥ing postg≥aduate t≥aining in diplomacy and inte≥national ≥elations, IDIS has ≥eco≥ded seve≥al milestones. Besides int≥oducing new cou≥ses in ≥ecent yea≥s, it launched an alumni association on June 7, 2013. Du≥ing the launch, the In- stitute’s di≥ecto≥, P≥of Amb. Ma≥ia Nzomo, acknowledged that IDIS is awa≥e of the heavy ≥esponsibility placed on it and the high expectations of the Af≥ican people in the fulfillment of the continent’s d≥eams. GLOBAL STUDENT BODY IDIS IS A MULTINATIONAL INSTITUTE WITH A STUDENT BODY OF 1,348 FROM DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD INCLUDING NIGERIA, EGYPT, SOUTH KOREA, CHINA, SOUTH AFRICA, CAMEROON, TANZANIA, UGANDA, ZIMBABWE, RWANDA, SOUTH SUDAN, BURUNDI AND ZAMBIA. he Institute of Diplomacy and Inte≥national Studies (IDIS) at the Unive≥sity of She noted that, with globali- sation, diplomacy has become an essential skill that eve≥ybody is expected to have to fit in. Ove≥ the yea≥s, the Institute has maintained a leade≥ship ≥ole in the t≥aining of diplomats and conflict manage≥s who pe≥fo≥m negotiation, mediation and othe≥ diplomatic functions in di≠e≥ent pa≥ts of the wo≥ld. Due to the st≥ategic natu≥e of the t≥aining p≥og≥ammes o≠e≥ed at IDIS, the Institute has att≥acted students f≥om di≠e≥ent pa≥ts of wo≥ld including Nige≥ia, Egypt, South Ko≥ea, China, South Af≥ica, Came≥oon, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, South Sudan, Bu≥undi and Zambia. IDIS is a multinational in- stitute with a cu≥≥ent student body of 1,348 and ou≥ g≥aduates a≥e sp≥ead in all key institutions of ou≥ society. The Institute collabo≥ates with the National Defence College and the Defence Sta≠ College to o≠e≥ one yea≥ post-g≥aduate p≥og≥ammes in Inte≥national Studies and St≥ategic Studies ≥espectively. These two colleges, whose pa≥ticipants a≥e mostly senio≥ gove≥nment o∞ce≥s d≥awn f≥om the enti≥e Af≥ican continent, play a key ≥ole in ou≥ national and inte≥national secu≥ity a≥chitectu≥e. Some of the o∞ce≥s ≥ecently deployed unde≥ ‘Ope≥ation Linda Nchi’ a≥e fo≥me≥ IDIS students who applied thei≥ class≥oom acqui≥ed no≥ms of the Law of A≥med Conflict to defend Kenya’s national inte≥est in Somalia. Othe≥s a≥e actively engaged with the South Sudan Peace P≥ocess, the Somali stabilisation and ≥econst≥uction p≥ocess and othe≥ simila≥ engagements in di≠e≥ent pa≥ts of Af≥ica. P≥of Amb. Nzomo asse≥ted that IDIS is ≥eady to wo≥k with its ≥ich, skilled, expe≥ienced and dive≥sified alumni to help Af≥ica meet its 21st centu≥y leade≥ship challenge. She announced that the institute had “dive≥sified ou≥ t≥aining p≥og≥ammes to include a≥ea studies with special focus on the distinctive featu≥es of each ≥egion of the wo≥ld. We have p≥og≥ammes specifically focused on conflict management whe≥e negotiation, mediation and peacebuilding skills a≥e emphasized; we have p≥og≥ammes on inte≥national secu≥ity that a≥gue fo≥ the balance between state and human secu≥ity dimensions in ou≥ national secu≥ity st≥ategies and, we have specialised p≥og≥ammes in diplomacy emphasizing not only the t≥aditional conce≥ns of bilate≥alism and multilate≥alism but also public diplomacy as well as niche diplomacy. Ou≥ athletes, ou≥ wildlife and ou≥ cultu≥al he≥itage a≥e all impo≥tant ≥esou≥ces that Kenya can conve≥t into a diplomatic niche.” Amb. D≥ F≥ancis Ki≥imi Muthau≥a, the chief guest at the launch said many Kenyan fo≥eign se≥vice o∞ce≥s and ambassado≥s and othe≥s in pa≥ticipating count≥ies have benefitted g≥eatly f≥om the diplomatic skills they lea≥nt f≥om this distinguished institute. He a≥gued that “Af≥ican count≥ies a≥e becoming ≥iche≥ with mo≥e educated population and the≥efo≥e mo≥e asse≥tive in inte≥national negotiations. This t≥end is bound to gathe≥ momentum as the numbe≥ of conflicts in Af≥ica goes down. Many of these con- National and regional interests As much as diplomacy is the process of transaction of business among states, African countries are individually in competition among themselves in pursuit of their economic interests and influence. Collectively,, they are in flicts a≥e fueled by the sc≥amble fo≥ sca≥ce ≥esou≥ces and non-inclusion in gove≥nance st≥uctu≥es. Fo≥tunately, these p≥oblems a≥e being add≥essed by the ≥efo≥ms which a≥e taking place in Af≥ica. He added: “Diplomacy will undoubtedly play a g≥eate≥ ≥ole as the Af≥ican count≥ies st≥engthen and occupy highe≥ p≥ofiles on the global negotiating tables du≥ing the 21st centu≥y. As much as diplomacy is the p≥ocess of t≥ansaction of business among states, it is impo≥tant to app≥eciate that Af≥ican count≥ies a≥e individually in competition among themselves in pu≥suit of thei≥ economic inte≥ests and influence. Collectively, they a≥e in competition with othe≥ ≥egions fo≥ same ≥easons. Diplomats have the ≥esponsibility of identifying thei≥ national and ≥egional inte≥ests clea≥ly and packaging them most conveniently to win suppo≥t f≥om competition with other regions for same reasons. Diplomats have the responsibility of identifying their national and regional interests clearly and packaging them most conveniently to win support from countries. count≥ies. The ≥esponsibility of any fo≥eign minist≥y is to ≥aise the p≥ofile of thei≥ count≥y among othe≥ nations and also c≥eate an enabling envi≥onment to do business with those othe≥ count≥ies,” a≥gued Amb. D≥ Muthau≥a. CONTACT Dr. Patrick M. Maluki, Lecturer/Consultant: Diplomacy, Media and Peace & Director, PEACE. Address: P.O. Box 54984-00200, Nairobi, Kenya Mobile: +254722626286/0789936558/0722626286 Email: email@example.com Website: www.peacekenya.org Amb Francis Muthaura, who was the chief guest at the launch of IDIS alumni association last year.
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