Diplomacy Lessons

Published: Wednesday, 02/22/2006 12:00 am EST

A temporary training program that was created especially for Kuwaiti diplomats has been so successful, that the organizers are considering making the program a regular feature at Carleton University. After Sept. 11, 2001 when Kuwaiti diplomats found it difficult to enter the United States to attend courses in that country, Kuwait's Ministry of Foreign Affairs got together with its Embassy in Ottawa and contacted the Canadian Bureau for International Education to help set up a course for Kuwaiti diplomats in Ottawa. In April 2005, the Kuwaiti Diplomatic Training Program was set up at Carleton University's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) with 16 diplomats taking part in the year-long training program, financed entirely by the Kuwaiti government. The program involves six months of English as a Second Language training, four months of English for Diplomacy and three months of diplomatic training, drawing from NPSIA's wealth of faculty and diplomatic resources. Extra-curricular activities included visits to Toronto and Montreal for meetings with the international policy community, and some students participated in international events in Ottawa.

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