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The KCL DiploSoc is dedicated to an integrated exploration of the diplomacy field in all its dimensions (historical, theoretical, practical, as a career) and forms (from environmental and public to cultural and nuclear diplomacy), placing a particular emphasis on contemporary foreign policy developments.

Given the wide variety of global issues approached by 21st century diplomacy, students from all areas (be it medicine, science, law or the humanities) can have a great future in this prestigious field. Discover more about it with the Diplomacy Society!

Saturday, 20 October 2012

DiploSoc Event: Lobbying in Brussels

MONDAY, 22 October, Strand, Room S-1.04, Raked Lecture Theatre

Radu Magdin, CEO of SmartLink Communications and former European Policy Manager for Google in Brussels (read: head lobbyist) will give Diplomacy Society members an insider's view on how lobbying in Brussels REALLY works, with focus on how influence is gained over government officials, legislators and regulatory agencies.

Come along to the KCL Diplomacy Society’s opening event to hear expert comments on lobby techniques and tactics, the differences between the political and techn
ical lobby, and also PRACTICAL tips and anecdotes, from one of the best operators in the business.

This will be an interesting event for both people wanting to break into the public affairs world and those wanting to understand Brussels better.

See you on Monday!

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

DiploSoc Committee 2012-13

DiploSoc is glad to announce the new Committee for 2012-13, elected in March:

President: Rebecca Love
Vice-President: Karan Katoch
Social Secretary: Alexandra Whitton
Treasurer: Tim Higgins
Officer at Large: Gabriel Elefteriu

Many thanks to the 2011-2012 Committee, who saw the Society through its first (and quite successful) year of existence. Thou shalt not be forgotten! :)

We do apologise for the late update to this website. It was due to handover issues from the previous team. These have now been resolved and now-on the website will be updated regularly--so, stay tuned!
The new committee is working hard over the summer to overhaul the way the Society is being run and to prepare new and exciting projects for next year. Remember--any questions, contact@kingsdiplomacy.org

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

DiploSoc ELECTIONS 2012-2013

Dear all,

If you thought the term would pass without a single DiploSoc event, you were wrong: we've got elections coming :) But just to keep everyone on the edge, we've left it to the very last minute. So please note the date:
Thursday, 29 March
Room K4U.12

Looking back at what DiploSoc has achieved, with your help, since it was founded exactly one year ago, we have reason to be proud and optimistic about the future. The next committee will inherit a society with not only its own website, newsletter & email system, databases and other such resources, but also a range of ideas (some in advanced planning stage, like the Magazine) and contacts for future projects and events.

It is basically a turnkey project based on a solid concept, which has proven its potential by eliciting your very interest and that of other some 550 people (currently on our mailing list).

The vision that was proposed at the start of the year, that of connecting Diplomacy Society to the London diplomatic community, and of taking advantage of our location in the heart of this great city, still stands. We are convinced that a new team with more time than we had will be able to continue from where we left off and make the most of DiploSoc's potential.

In that sense, we encourage those of you with enthusiasm for diplomacy and international affairs, and with enough time (we strongly recommend you'll be in your 2nd year next year, for this job), to stand in the elections.


There are 9 positions available on the Committee:
- President
- Vice President
- Academic Secretary
- (Social) Events Secretary
- Treasurer
- 4 additional Officers at large

  • You must be a registered member of DiploSoc to be eligible to run.
  • Claim a place on the ballot by filling in this form.
  • Write a short manifesto to demonstrate your interest and vision for the Society. You can write it on the form or send it to contact@kingsdiplomacy.org.
  • The manifestos will also be published on our website and on FB
  • On the day, before the vote, you will have a few minutes to present yourself to the rest of the members and make your case
  • Afterwards, we'll go for drinks :)

If you have any questions or suggestions, please direct them to contact@kingsdiplomacy.org.

Thank you very much, and we're looking forward to seeing you next Thursday!

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Global Monitor - no. 11, 7 Dec 2011

Welcome to the 11th edition of DiploSoc's Global Monitor! 
This service tracks foreign policy and other international developments of (sometimes long-term) relevance to global diplomacy.
The Monitor also offers a selection of analysis articles and updates on international affairs-related publications.

Please note that this service is still under development in terms of formatting, material selection and layout--i.e. it will improve significantly over the next few weeks. 
Of course, we would welcome any feedback and suggestions

Thank you for your interest and understanding!



What's the hurry, Belgium? Somalia has gone without a government for 20 years.
Yesterday, Belgium announced the formation of a coalition government after 541 days of stalemate.

Italian police capture Mafia boss
Italian police say they have captured the chief of a Naples Mafia clan.


Egyptian election blow as judge admits turnout was only 52 per cent
Irregularities and delays continued to dog the Egyptian election, with the judge in charge saying he had made a mistake in the turnout in last week's vote and an entire constituency's results being invalidated by a court.

Dozens killed in southern Somalia clash
Dozens of Islamist militants and 11 Somali government troops were killed in weekend fighting in the town of Hayo, southern Somalia, and Kenyan jets have launched new air strikes on rebel bases, a Kenyan military spokesman said on Tuesday.

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Hezbollah's Nasrallah: Our weapons are increasing
Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said Hezbollah is well-armed, despite increasing pressure on Syria, a key conduit for weapons to the Shiite militant movement next door in Lebanon.

Saudi Prince Turki urges nuclear option after Iran
Former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal, voicing alarm about Iran's nuclear programme, has said the leadership should consider acquiring nuclear weapons to counter threats from Tehran, and from Israel.

President Bashar al-Assad held his first interview in Damascus with a U.S. reporter since the start of the Syrian uprisings, telling Barbara Walters that he did not order a government crackdown on protesters.

Clinton Urges Syria To Break Free From 'Dictator'
The US Secretary of State spoke after meeting six members of the Syrian National Council, an exile group seeking to end the 41-year rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his late father.


U.S. Climate Stance Is ‘Blowing Negotiations Apart,’ Envoy Declares
The U.S. view that no new global climate deal is possible before 2020 is derailing negotiations aimed at slashing the world’s oil and coal emissions, according to an envoy at the talks.

Emergency declared as Peru peasants protest US firm's $4.8 billion gold mine plan
Peruvian President Ollanta Humala has declared a 60-day state of emergency to quell increasingly violent protests over the country's biggest investment -- a $4.8 billion gold mine -- by peasants who fear it will damage their water supply, according to reports Monday.


Afghan president says attack came from Pakistan
Afghan President Hamid Karzai confronted Pakistan on Wednesday, saying a militant group based there was behind a suicide bombing at a Shiite shrine in Kabul that killed 56 people during commemorations of a holy day.

North Korea making missile able to hit U.S.
Republicans press Pentagon for long-range interceptors

Malaysia: UN experts warn new bill restricts right to peaceful assembly
A group of independent United Nations human rights experts today warned that a new bill in Malaysia restricts the right to peaceful assembly with measures such as a ban on street protests and conditional access for media to public gatherings.

No charges in alleged plot to kill Trinidad leader
Sixteen men detained in an alleged plot to kill the prime minister and other officials in Trinidad and Tobago have been released after officials were unable to find sufficient evidence against them, police said.

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Clinton warns of bioweapon threat from new gene assembly technology
New gene assembly technology that offers great benefits for scientific research could also be used by terrorists to create biological weapons, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned Wednesday.

On 70th anniversary of attack, Pearl Harbor survivors group announces it will disband
About 120 survivors of the Pearl Harbor bombing commemorated the Japanese attack and the thousands who lost their lives that day 70 years ago by observing a moment of silence on Wednesday.


The Twenty-First Century Will Not Be a “Post-American” World
Joseph S. Nye Jr in International Studies Quarterly

Responsibility to Protect in North Korea
Robert Park in Harvard International Review
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea) continues to commit acts of genocide and crimes against humanity that are unparalleled in the world today in terms of brutality and loss of life.

Dissuading Iran from the bomb and avoiding war
By James Dobbins
International solidarity in support of ever-tighter sanctions is the only way to get results when it comes to Iran - writes a former US assistant secretary of state

Where are they now?
Toby Carroll and Shahar Hameiri in Le Monde Diplomatique
Remarkably, the people who dedicate their professional lives to understanding how economies work seem incapable of explaining the biggest crisis since the Great Depression, or offering a way out of the mess.

Cultural Dialogue: the Western Encounter with 'the Rest'
Program paper by Christopher Coker at Chatham House
Looking at liberal internationalism, cosmopolitanism and communitarianism, this article asks which of these visions are sustainable, and which is most likely to sustain a cultural dialogue between different societies in the 21st century.



Routed Elsewhere, al-Qaeda Thrives in Sahara
Terror group's move into Africa mirrors old Afghanistan strategy

Conflicting visions at core of euro zone crisis
Since the inception of the euro, France and Germany have pursued divergent visions of European economic and monetary union. In two decades, the French have become a little more German, the Germans a little more French. But the gulf remains.

Cold War' With Iran Heats Up Across Mideast
Worries of Israel striking Iran might or might not be overblown but across the region the largely hidden "cold war" between Tehran and its enemies is escalating fast, bringing with it wider risk of conflict.


It's hard to be too downbeat on recent trends in BRIC-world, compared with the latest from Europe and the United States. But whether or not it's reflected in economic reality, the adulatory coverage may be coming to an end.



Why the euro liars must stop deceiving us - and themselves
The leaders of France and Germany — those big bosses of Europe — announced yesterday that they are committed to redraw the continental treaty, what Chancellor Angela Merkel has called ‘a new phase in European integration’, as they fight to keep the euro as a stable currency.


Vladimir Putin: the gremlin in the Kremlin
Russia’s 'squeezed middle’ is disenchanted with Mr Putin, as his election humiliation shows – even his allies are getting nervous about his plans.


It’s been a difficult week for Israel. A trifecta of attacks on the foundation of the ties between the United States and the Jewish state in the past few days have exposed the ambivalent feelings of top Obama administration officials.


Last week, millions of people turned out in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to vote in Presidential and Parliamentary elections. Unfortunately, because of myriad mistakes in the run-up to the polling, the elections themselves were marred by disorganization, fraud, and violence.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Global Monitor - no. 10, 2 Dec 2011

Welcome to the 10th edition of DiploSoc's Global Monitor! 
This service tracks foreign policy and other international developments of (sometimes long-term) relevance to global diplomacy.
The Monitor also offers a selection of analysis articles and updates on international affairs-related publications.

Please note that this service is still under development in terms of formatting, material selection and layout--i.e. it will improve significantly over the next few weeks. 
Of course, we would welcome any feedback and suggestions

Thank you for your interest and understanding!



Central banks act as euro zone crisis rages
The world's major central banks acted jointly on Wednesday to provide cheaper dollar funding to European banks facing a credit crunch as the euro zone's debt crisis drove EU ministers to urge more IMF help to avert financial disaster.

UK to expel all Iranian diplomats over embassy attack
The UK is to expel all Iranian diplomats following the storming of its embassy in Tehran, Foreign Secretary William Hague has announced.

Russia parliament elections: How the parties line up
Russians go to the polls on Sunday in a parliamentary election which is expected to deliver a much reduced majority for the ruling United Russia party.

German veto threat to Serbia's EU candidacy
Germany is threatening to stop Serbia being made a formal candidate for membership of the European Union at next week's European Council.




Egypt election results put Muslim Brotherhood ahead
Analysts says preliminary results suggest Freedom and Justice party could win as many 40% of seats in new legislature

Ivory Coast: Gbagbo faces murder and rape charges
Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo is facing four charges of crimes against humanity, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has said.

US Congress warns of Nigeria's Boko Haram
A US Congressional report says Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram is an "emerging threat" to the US and its interests.

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The Icelandic parliament has passed a resolution recognizing Palestine as a sovereign state.

Northern battle flares as Yemen seeks interim government
Fighting between Shi'ite rebels and Sunni Islamists wounded at least 26 people in north Yemen on Wednesday, as the new prime minister worked to form a government under a Gulf plan to avert civil war by easing President Ali Abdullah Saleh from power.

Iranian influence seeping into Iraq

U.S. fears meddling and potential for unrest after it withdraws forces


Honduras Turns to Army to Battle Drug Gangs
Honduras' Congress voted on Tuesday to deploy the army to fight encroaching Mexican drug cartels in a bid to curb violence in the world's most murderous country.

Latin America poverty level lowest in 20 years, says UN
Poverty in Latin America is at its lowest level for 20 years, the UN's regional economic body, Eclac, says.


North Korea supplying Syria, Iran with prohibited nuclear technology, report says

German newspaper Die Welt reports that Pyongyang has provided the countries with ‘maraging steel,’ used to upgrade missiles and centrifuges.

Clinton in Myanmar to urge reform

Hillary Clinton became the first U.S. secretary of state to visit Myanmar in more than 50 years Wednesday, launching an historic mission to press the reclusive country's new leaders to sever illicit contacts with North Korea and deliver on reforms.

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World AIDS Day 2011

Press Statement by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State, December 1, 2011

Today we pay tribute to the millions of lives lost and families affected by HIV/AIDS. We also recognize the brave individuals living with HIV who carry the burden of this disease every day. It is in their honor that we remain steadfast in our pursuit of an AIDS-free generation.



Inspired by global events, UN launches social media campaign to celebrate rights

The United Nations has launched a social media campaign to encourage people to get involved in the global human rights movement, inspired by the role played by tools such as Facebook and Twitter in the awakening that transformed parts of the Arab world this year.



UN report calls on affluent countries to halt austerity to avoid double-dip recession

The world risks falling back into recession if developed countries embark prematurely on fiscal austerity measures, according to a United Nations report released today in New York, which recommends additional stimulus measures as well as more forceful international coordination to stimulate job creation and investment.




How the 99% won in the fight for worker rights
The unsung victors in the hottest election of 2011

Andy Kroll in Le Monde Diplomatique



The Candidates and Foreign Policy

To understand the race for the Republican presidential nomination—and the role that foreign policy issues have played in it so far—it helps to recall the lay of the political land as it appeared in the first half of 2009; that is, the point at which any potential contenders for 2012 had to start planning a run.

Charles Lane in World Affairs



A Diplomatic Entrepreneur: Making the Most of the European External Action Service

A Chatham House Report by Staffan Hemra, Thomas Raines and Richard Whitman, December 2011



Aiding Governance in Developing Countries: Progress Amid Uncertainties

A Carnegie Report by Thomas Carothers and Diane de Gramont

Colombia: Post-Conflict Politics

Hemisphere Insider Volume I, Issue 7 - November 2011

By Stephen Johnson, Phillip McLean at CSIS




Climate Justice

By Desmond Tutu and Mary Robinson

Before the Copenhagen climate-change summit two years ago, the two of us sat together in Cape Town to listen to five African farmers from different countries, four of whom were women, tell us how climate change was undermining their livelihoods

Fulbright at 65: An Interview with Chairwoman Anita McBride

Sixty-five years ago, freshman U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright championed a simple concept to foster understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

Realpolitik and the Myanmar Spring

Wondering why Hillary Clinton is in Myanmar right now? Hint: it's all about China.

A New Theory for the Foreign Policy Frontier: Collaborative Power
The power of many can accomplish more than any one can do alone -- and that distinction is different than the traditional classification of hard and soft power

Foreign Aid: A Curse of a Cure for Afghanistan
The World Bank forecast released last Tuesday, shows concerns that the Afghan economy will enter a deep recession as the international community gradually reduces both the aid it provides to the government of Afghanistan and the start to draw down the troops by the end of 2014. It begs a question of why Afghanistan is still dependent on foreign aid.

Germans’ Righteous Stand Fans Flames in Euro Crisis: Clive Crook
Radoslaw Sikorski made a striking comment in Berlin on Monday night. “I will probably be the first Polish foreign minister in history to say so, but here it is: I fear German power less than I am beginning to fear German inactivity.”

Global Terrorism And Nuclear Proliferation After 9/11

Arguably, the more likely route by which terrorists might gain access to nuclear or other WMD capabilities is not through the possible collaboration between ‘rogue states’ and terrorist groups but through theft from improperly-secured sites in countries like Pakistan.

The Myth of United Jerusalem
Israeli policies in its capital city are undermining the possibility of a two-state solution

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