The Return of Diplomacy?
How Diplomatic Training Impacts Sovereignty. Valdai Club Report Presentation
Valdai Discussion Club Conference Hall, Tsvetnoy Boulevard 16/1, Moscow, Russia
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On March 28, the Valdai Club presented a new report titled “Crafting National Interests: How Diplomatic Training Impacts Sovereignty?

The Valdai Club Report is the preliminary result of a large-scale study of global experience training diplomats. The authors proceed from the hypothesis that the diplomatic training of different countries is developed to an unequal extent. At the same time, its importance - against the backdrop of the erosion of institutions and practices of international relations in the post-bipolarity period - is only growing.

The report's authors believe that in the emerging polycentric world, the training of diplomats can play a decisive role in the desire of nation states to achieve sovereignty. Among Western countries, they examined the USA, Germany, France, Finland and Poland. Of the ‘World Majority’ states, the authors studied diplomatic training in India, Brazil, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Turkey.

How ready are Western countries to end the “strategic vacation” and return to competition? What traditions of training diplomats have the World Majority states acquired during the post-colonial period? Participants in the discussion will try to answer these and other questions.