The BDA is hosting a series of webinars on the impact of Covid-19 on diplomacy across the world. The focus will be on a wide range of issues covering the BDA’s cross-cutting and geographic fields of expertise including cultural and financial diplomacy, the trans-Atlantic relationship, and the role of international organisations during these times of crisis. Geographic spread is core to these debates and will cover Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, CIS countries, the Middle East, Europe and Asia.
Each webinar will be moderated by Ambassador Len Ishmael, the BDA’s Global Affairs advisor, with the objective of introducing the individual BDA coordinators and their fields of expertise to the virtual audience through robust conversations around topical issues. The webinars will be at 14:00-15:00 CET (GMT+1). Each webinar has its own URL, the links are below. Anyone is welcome to join. More info can be obtained from firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 5 June 2020 – “Multilateralism & the role of international organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic: focus on Africa and the role of international financial institutions on the question of debt relief.”
Speakers: Sarah Karinge and Kevin Verbelen
Thursday 11 June 2020 – “Latin America and the Caribbean – Post COVID-19: risks and opportunities”.
Speakers: Gui Athia and Len Ishmael
Postponed, new date TBD, (original date Thursday 18 June 2020) – “Cultural diplomacy in exceptional times: bridging the divide and helping the world cope with siege conditions”.
Speaker: Ino Mirkovic
Friday 26 June 2020 – “The CIS & the Middle East: understanding different regions through the prism of the COVID-19 crisis”.
Speaker: Vladimir Zherebov
TBC – “A super-power in the making: China’s use of crises to deepen and expand influence and power in Europe and beyond”.
Speaker: Len Ishmael
TBC – “The role and value of a diplomatic academy in highly dynamic and fluid times”.
Speaker: Gunter Gaublomme