Qatari diplomats enrolled in the Executive Master’s in Diplomacy and International Affairs (EMDIA) programme at Georgetown University deepened their understanding of global politics and diplomacy and fostered connections with key players on the front lines of international affairs through the programme’s final capstone visit to Washington, DC.

Throughout the four-day residency, the EMDIA participants engaged in detailed policy discussions, job-critical networking opportunities and hands-on experiences in diplomacy. The immersive experience allowed them to gain deeper insights into political, social, security, and economic issues shaping the global agenda.

Custom-designed through a collaboration between Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD) and the Diplomatic Institute at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the State of Qatar (MOFA), the programme’s courses are taught on the campus of Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q), a partner university of Qatar Foundation.

The GU-Q Office of Executive and Professional Education (EPE) also plays a critical role, contributing to the design, development and delivery of the programme, which seeks to provide practitioners of diplomacy in Qatar and the region with the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to tackle current and emerging regional and global challenges.

Capstone residency

EMDIA2Jim Seevers, Director of Studies at ISD, underscored the programme’s emphasis on global affairs and diplomacy. He said that the capstone residency focuses on experiential education, leveraging the university’s strong connections with the foreign affairs community in DC. With a deepened understanding of global issues, institutions and policymaking these EMDIA students are poised to make a lasting impact in their roles in the field of diplomacy, he added.

Associate Dean for Executive Education at GU-Q, Rodolph Boughaba, said that the GU-Q Executive and Professional Education is proud of EMDIA, an innovative initiative that empowers Qatari diplomats and international affairs professionals with unparalleled learning opportunities and analytical resources.

EMDIA’s mission is to foster leadership in diplomacy and international affairs, equipping participants with the knowledge and analytical tools to excel on the global stage.

Notable visits during the residency included the State Department and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House to meet with National Security Council staff members.

Participants also attended a programme at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) focused on UN peacekeeping and explored the world of think tanks and their influence on foreign policy with a visit to the Middle East Institute. Comprehensive discussions with representatives from various UN agencies shed light on the UN’s vital role in addressing global challenges. Similarly, senior officials from the World Bank and US Defense Department visited the Georgetown campus to engage with the EMDIA students on the work of their organizations.

The residency included engagement with leading scholars at Georgetown, including Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS) Dean Dr Joel Hellman and retired ambassador and now ISD Director Barbara Bodine.

The residency concluded with a memorable closing dinner held on the Georgetown University campus, where MOFA Director of the Diplomatic Institute Dr Abdulaziz Al-Horr and other distinguished guests from the Qatari embassy, joined the celebration.

The third cohort of the programme will begin their studies at GU-Q this fall, with the enrolment for the next academic year set to open later in the semester. Visit qatar.georgetown.edu for more information.


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