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On 16 October the Armenian Diplomatic School organised a workshop for international relations professionals and academics. The event was organised within the EU-funded project on “Providing Support to Capacity and Institution Building of the Diplomatic School in Armenia”. Participants listened to a panel of local and international speakers who discussed public diplomacy, Armenia’s experience, and the urgency of further developing diplomacy in the country.

The Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Hoa-Binh Adjemian, stated that the EU was determined to support the capacity of institutions in Armenia: ‘The EU recognises the importance of lifelong learning objectives for diplomats and international relations professionals in public bodies, both in the EU and in partner countries. Improving skills and mutual knowledge will help enhance relations between the EU and Armenia in a long-term perspective’.
Ambassador Vahe Gabrielyan, Director of the Diplomatic School, gave an interactive presentation followed by case studies and lessons learned from different countries, as well as the current state of affairs in Armenia. A debate on the priorities of Armenia’s public diplomacy in political and economic terms was then conducted.

Two of the international experts invited by the project were among the workshop speakers. The first was Elizabeth Galvez, a former UK diplomat and trainer at the DiploFoundation in Malta and Geneva, who lectures on public diplomacy in the Diplomacy and International Relations Master’s programme of the Diplomatic School. The second was Dr Gerlinde Manz-Christ, an independent communications consultant and trainer at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna who also offered training for Armenian mid-career diplomats.

The “Providing Support to Capacity and Institution Building of the Diplomatic School in Armenia” project was launched in May 2013 with the aim of supporting institution building in the Diplomatic School. The school was established in 2010 to train future and serving diplomats, as well as staff for governmental agencies. It has had several successful projects recently, and enjoys the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, international donors, the European Union, and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe.