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The UN Youth Summer School on Diplomacy is an educational programme that provides a unique space for learning and networking for students from Romania and their peers from all around the world. Here, distinguished speakers will contribute through diverse perspectives and experiences towards a better understanding of the topics covered, encouraging new thinking and inspiring debates.
This year’s Summer School on Diplomacy will take place between the 20th and 26th of July 2015 in Bucharest, Romania with the general theme Ukraine: Beyond the Headlines. The project aims to deepen and consolidate knowledge on regional and global challenges to peace and security, conflict analysis and resolution, as well as the art of diplomacy and negotiations.
The programme will comprise lectures, debates and workshops touching on current political, cultural and social challenges posed by the complex security situation that characterizes the European continent, with global implications.
The curriculum addresses general issues and theoretical aspects of International Relations, Security Studies, Peace Studies and Diplomacy in an effort to offer a comprehensive image of the crisis that arguably started in March last year with the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation. It was a geopolitical move deemed to belong to the 19th century that shocked the international community and, more specifically, woke the European Union from its post-historic dream. More precisely, the focus will be on the historical evolution of the relationship between Ukraine and Russia with an emphasis on the status of Crimea, the International Law aspect of the ongoing conflict and its geopolitical significance, in order to build a better understanding of the stakes and try to formulate viable solutions.
In previous editions, in addition to experts and intellectuals, we have enjoyed the presence of Ambassadors, diplomats, academics, businessmen and other respected professionals. Aside from the educational programme, participants will take part in a variety of social activities. The Summer School’s target group is comprised of students currently enrolled in a bachelor’s, master’s or PhD programme, recent graduates and young professionals with relevant experience and proven interest in the fields of International Relations, Political Science or Diplomacy.