IPSA-Concordia Summer School in Applied Diplomacy

 

Overview

The IPSA-Concordia Summer School in Applied Diplomacy, the first IPSA Summer School to be held in Canada, is a ten-day program hosted at Concordia University, in the heart of Montréal. Policy-oriented seminars will be complemented with a practical hands-on Diplomacy Lab, allowing the participants to work on case studies in teams. Through field trips to Global Affairs Canada and International Civil Aviation Organization, participants will also explore practitioners’ points of view and have the opportunity to network with Montreal’s vibrant international community. The Summer School is offered in person but will host a virtual option for international students who wish to take non-credit courses.

Montreal is home to over 60 International Organizations (IO), including IPSA and the only UN agency in Canada (the International Civil Aviation Organization) and has a very active consular corp. Furthermore, it is situated close to Ottawa, Canada’s capital, making it easy for ambassadors and global affairs experts to participate in the Summer School.

We invite all graduate students, young researchers and professionals to participate in the upcoming IPSA-Concordia Summer School in Applied Diplomacy.

Academic Leaders
Elizabeth Bloodgood (Concordia), Kim Fontaine-Skronski (IPSA)

Educational program

The IPSA-Concordia Summer School in Applied Diplomacy course objective is to combine theory and practice by prominent scholars and diplomats for the benefit of the participants from around the world.

Students will attend two (2) or three (3) classes per day at the Concordia University downtown campus, mixing discussions on the theory and practice of diplomacy as it has changed over time, complemented with a practical hands-on Diplomacy Lab to collaborate on actual case studies as teams. The best Diplomacy Lab team will be invited to the next IPSA World Congress of Political Science to organize a panel and present their research.

Course Outline

  • Introduction: The Evolution of Diplomacy
  • Diplomacy in International Relations Theory
  • Traditional Diplomacy - States, International Organizations
  • Changing Diplomacy - Agencies, Non-State Actors
  • International Negotiations, Past and Present
  • Digital Diplomacy
  • Trade Negotiations
  • Scientific Diplomacy

The language of instruction is English but written assignments can be submitted in either French or English. In 2022, activities will be conducted in person and remotely via Zoom.

Educational Field Trips

Global Affairs Canada
Participants will get a chance to meet with Canadian government officials from Global Affairs Canada (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada).

ICAO
Students will also meet leaders of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) based in Montréal, as well as participate in networking events with diplomats and government officials.

Guest Lecturers 2022

*in order of appearance

  • Dr. Elizabeth Bloodgood, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, Concordia University
  • Dr. Bob Reinalda, Fellow and Senior Researcher at Radboud University, Nijmegen, NL
  • Mr. Jess Dutton, Director General, Middle East, Global Affairs Canada and Former Canadian Ambassador to Egypt 
  • Dr. Natalia Grincheva, Assistant Professor in the Department of Media at the National Research University 'Higher School of Economics' in Moscow, Russia
  • H.E. Alejandro Estivill, Consul General in Montreal, Mexico
  • Mr. Henri-Paul Normandin, Former Director, International Relations Bureau, City of Montreal, and Fellow at the Institut d’études internationales de Montréal (IEIM)
  • Dr. Nicole de Silva, Assistant Professor, Political Science Academic Director, Political Science Co-op Program, Concordia University
  • Mr. Pierre Marier, Director, Tariffs and Goods Market Access, Global Affairs Canada 
  • Ms. Nadine Nickner, Director, Government Procurement, Trade and Environment Division, Global Affairs Canada
  • Dr. Corneliu Bjola, Associate Professor of Diplomatic Studies, University of Oxford
  • Mr. Kyle Matthews, Executive Director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) at Concordia University
  • Ms. Sarah Cox, Director, Circumpolar Affairs & Head of Delegation, SDWG, Arctic Council, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs
  • Mr. Sean Clark, Director, Trade Agreements Secretariat, Global Affairs Canada
  • Dr. Philippe-André Rodriguez, Deputy Director, Centre for International Digital Policy, Global Affairs Canada
  • Dr. Jean-Christophe Mauduit, Lecturer in Science Diplomacy at University College London (UCL) in the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP)
  • Dr. Jean-Christian Lemay, Research and Innovation Attaché at the Québec Government Office in London
  • Admiral Lutz Feldt, Vice Admiral (ret) of the German Navy, president of EuroDefense Germany
  • Dr. Mathieu Denis, Acting CEO and Science Director, International Science Council (ISC)
  • Sir Peter Gluckman, President, International Science Council, and Founder and Former Chair of the International Network on Government Science Advice (INGSA)
  • Dr. Kim Fontaine-Skronski, Affiliated Professor, Department of Political Science, Concordia University, and Executive Director, IPSA
  • Mr. Don Stephenson, Former Canadian Ambassador to the WTO
  • Mr. Nabil Naoumi, Former President Air Navigation Commission, ICAO

Schedule (all times in EST)

Monday, June 6

9:00 to 10:00: Welcome to the IPSA-CU Applied Diplomacy Summer School (Bloodgood, Fontaine-Skronski)
10:00 to 12:00: Diplomacy in IR Theory (Bloodgood)
13:30 to 15:30: Traditional Diplomacy (Reinalda) (Zoom)
16:00 to 17:00: Opening Keynote Address- Practice and Challenges Facing Diplomats Today
Jess Dutton, Director General, Middle East, Global Affairs Canada and Former Canadian Ambassador to Egypt 

Tuesday, June 7

8:30 to 10:00: Changing Diplomacy: Intergovernmental agencies and non-state actors (Grincheva) (Zoom)
11:00 to 12:00: Diplomacy Lab - Case Study 1 - Temporary Foreign Workers in a Pandemic-Supply, Safety, and Health
H.E. Alejandro Estivill, Consul General in Montreal, Mexico
13:30 to 15:00: Municipal Diplomacy (Normandin)

Wednesday, June 8

9:00 to 10:30: International Law and Diplomacy (De Silva)
11:00 to 12:00: Diplomacy Lab
Case Study 2 -  CUSMA: Automotive sector and Government Procurement 
Pierre Marier, Nadine Nickner, Global Affairs Canada 
13:15 to 14:45:Environmental Negotiations, Past and Present, National and International
15:15 to 17:00: Diplomacy Lab - Working session

Thursday, June 9

9:00 to 12:00: Digital Diplomacy (Bjola /Matthews)
13:00 to 14:30: Northern Diplomacy and the Arctic Council (Feldt/Cox) (Zoom)

Friday, June 10

Virtual Field Trip to GAC
9:30 to 10:45
: Sean Clark, Director, Trade Agreements Secretariat, Global Affairs Canada
11:00 to 12:15: Philippe-André Rodriguez, Deputy Director, Centre for International Digital Policy, Global Affairs Canada (Zoom)

Monday, June 13
9:00 to 10:45: Science Diplomacy Panel (Mauduit/Lemay) (Zoom)
11:00 to 15:30: Diplomacy Lab—working session

Tuesday, June 14

10:00 to 11:30: Special Keynote Address on Science Diplomacy (Zoom)
Introduction: Mathieu Denis, Science Director, International Science Council (ISC)
Keynote: Sir Peter Gluckman, President, International Science Council (ISC), Founder and Former Chair of the International Network on Government Science Advice (INGSA)
11:30 to 13:00: Trade Negotiations, Past and Present (Fontaine-Skronski/Stephenson)
14:00 to 16:00: Diplomacy Lab - Working session

Wednesday, June 15

9:00 to 12:30: Diplomacy Lab - Last working session
14:00 to 17:00: Diplomacy Lab - Student presentations
Summer School Closing 5 à 7

Thursday, June 16

Field Trip ICAO
13:30 to 15:30: Nabil Naoumi, Former President Air Navigation Commission, ICAO

Cost/Logistics

Local students are expected to attend in person and will be charged at Concordia’s standard fees. International students have the option of completing the summer school for academic credit, and consequently, the tuition is in accordance with Concordia’s international student fees. Students who are attending the school for credit are expected to be in residence in Montreal for the duration of the school. However, Canadian and international students who do not wish to obtain academic credit for the summer school will have a non-credit option where the summer school can be accessed virtually for a reduced fee. 

Financial Aid for international students

IPSA will support three grants of US$335 each based on application merit.

Academic Credit Option 

Canadian students

Fees: For Concordia students, the course will be registered as a regular course and the standard fees apply. For non-Concordia (but Canadian) students, use the Tuition Calculator to figure out the applicable course fees.

Attendance: In-person

International students

Fees: For international students seeking to obtain credit for the course, the course fees will be charged as per usual for international students. Please use the Tuition Calculator to figure out the applicable course fees.

Attendance: In-person

Please note that international students entering Canada need to meet the criteria to be considered as fully vaccinated in accordance with the Canadian COVID-19 regulations. 

Submission Deadline: 20 May 2022

Residence: Students are required to attend the school in person. As such they are expected to be in residence in Montreal. The Grey Nuns Residence is an excellent option, within a few minutes of Concordia University, which offers discounted rates for summer students: Accommodations (concordia.ca). Alternatively, students can find their own accommodation.

For your application to be complete, you must submit the following:

  • your letter of intent answering the above questions
  • an unofficial transcript from your current program or most recent degree
  • your CV
  • a referee's contact information (email/telephone#) who can speak to your academic experience.

FILL OUT THE APPLICATION FORM 

Non-Credit Option

This option is available to both Canadian and international students and young professionals working in governmental and non-governmental agencies participating virtually.  

Fees: 

$335 USD for students from Canadian and international universities. 

$435 USD for professionals from Canadian and international institutions. 

Attendance: Virtually over the Zoom platform. Students will not be able to participate in the field trip to ICAO.

Submission Deadline: 27 May 2022

In your application, please provide:

  • Your name, university, country, email address and telephone number.
  • A letter of intent (1000 words maximum), that responds to these questions:
    • Why are you interested in attending the IPSA-Concordia Summer School in Applied Diplomacy this summer?
    • What previous experience or preparation have you had in the area of diplomacy, both practical and academic?
  • An unofficial transcript from your current program or most recent degree.
  • Your CV for the professional participants.
  • A referee's contact information (email/telephone#) who can speak to your experience.

Non-credit participants will receive a completion certificate from IPSA. 

FILL OUT THE NON-CREDIT APPLICATION FORM 

Contact Information and Questions

Questions about the IPSA-Concordia Summer School, and application processes, can be sent to ipsasummerschool@concordia.ca.

 

 

IPSA-Concordia Summer School in Applied Diplomacy
7-16 June 2021
Virtual

The first edition of the IPSA-Concordia Summer School in Applied Diplomacy was held on 7-16 June in a fully virtual format and proved to be a success. The ten-day intensive and stimulating program included theoretical and policy-oriented seminars complemented with a practical hands-on Diplomacy Lab, which allowed the participants to work on case studies in teams. The academic program was prepared by Prof. Elizabeth Bloodgood (Concordia), Prof. Cameron Thies (Arizona State University) and Dr. Kim Fontaine-Skronski (IPSA). Students were invited to choose among three real-time case studies and present policy recommendations at the end of the Summer School on the following three topics:

  • International Migrant Labor;
  • COP 26 Negotiations;
  • Transnational Social Justice Movements.

Seven modules covered the main areas of diplomacy from Traditional forms, International Negotiations and Norms of Diplomacy to Intergovernmental agencies and non-state actors as well as Municipal and Digital Diplomacy. A special session was also organized on Science Diplomacy.

Two virtual field trips were held, one with Global Affairs Canada, the Canadian Foreign Affairs Department, where participants learned from the Trade Agreements Secretariat, the North America Policy and Relations Division, as well as from the Centre for International Digital Policy. A second virtual field trip allowed participants to visit the only UN Specialized Agency in Canada, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), based in Montreal, and learn about the important work done by the Air Navigation Commission.

In total, participants heard from 26 distinguished speakers. The feedback from the participants was very positive, and we look forward to holding the second edition of the IPSA-Concordia Summer School in Applied Diplomacy in June 2022 onsite at Concordia University in Montreal.

List of Guests Lecturers at the 2021 Edition (*in order of appearance): 

  • Dr. Bob Reinalda, Fellow and Senior Researcher at Radboud University, Nijmegen, NL
  • Mr. Jess Dutton, Director General, Middle East, Global Affairs Canada and Former Canadian Ambassador to Egypt
  • Dr. Natalia Grincheva, Assistant Professor in the Department of Media at the National Research University 'Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia
  • H.E. Dr. Alejandro Estivill, Consul General in Montreal, Mexico
  • Mr. Henri-Paul Normandin, Fellow at the Institut d’études internationales de Montréal and Former Canadian Ambassador to Haïti
  • Dr. Michele Acuto, Associate Dean (Research), Professor of Global Urban Politics and Director, Connected Cities Lab, University of Melbourne
  • Dr. Matthew Hoffman, Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto
  • Ms. Lydia Zemke, Postgraduate Researcher - Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, University College London
  • Dr. Nicole de Silva, Assistant Professor, Political Science Academic Director, Political Science Co-op Program, Concordia University
  • Me Neil Hazan, Partner at BLG Law
  • Dr. Corneliu Bjola, Associate Professor of Diplomatic Studies, University of Oxford
  • Dr. Nazli Choucri, Professor of Political Science, is a Senior Faculty at the Center of International Studies (CIS), and Faculty Affiliate at the Institute for Data, Science, and Society (IDSS), MIT
  • Mr. Kyle Matthews, Executive Director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) at Concordia University
  • Mr. Sean Clark, Director, Trade Agreements Secretariat, Global Affairs Canada
  • Dr. Florian Olsen, Senior Policy Research Analyst, United States, North America Policy and Relations, Global Affairs Canada
  • Dr. Philippe-André Rodriguez, Deputy Director, Centre for International Digital Policy, Global Affairs Canada
  • Ms. Elisabeth Holme, Project Manager at Scientific Coordination Office Bavaria Research Alliance
  • Dr. Jean-Christophe Mauduit, Lecturer in Science Diplomacy at University College London (UCL) in the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP)
  • Dr. Jean-Christian Lemay, Research and Innovation Attaché at the Québec Government Office in London
  • Dr. Gabrielle Simard, Former Scientist in Residence, Délégation générale du Québec à Munich
  • Dr. Mathieu Denis, Science Director, International Science Council (ISC)
  • Sir Peter Gluckman, Chair, International Network on Government Science Advice (INGSA) and President-elect International Science Council (ISC)
  • Dr. Stéphanie Balme, Dean of Collège universitaire de Sciences Po, Professor at the Paris School of International Affairs and Founding member of the European Science Diplomacy Initiative
  • Dr. Pierre Lemonde, Director of Research at CNRS, Institut Néel, and former Advisor for Science and Technology at the Embassy of France in China
  • Mr. Frédéric Letullier, Head Conference Services, ICAO
  • Mr. Nabil Naoumi, President Air Navigation Commission, ICAO

 

Following official recommendations about COVID-19 issued by the Governments of Canada and Québec, IPSA and Concordia University decided to postpone the first IPSA-Concordia Summer School in Applied Diplomacy to June 2021. IPSA and Concordia University’s main concern is to guarantee the health and well-being of our students.