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Workshop on Diplomacy and Security for ASEAN Mid-Level Career Diplomats 2015

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Workshop on Diplomacy and Security for ASEAN Mid-Level Career Diplomats 2015 was conducted by Training Division, Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia from 8 – 21 April 2015. The programme was attended by 14 participants from six ASEAN countries; Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam.

During the two-week programme, the participants were introduced to a wide range of topics which includes: Introduction to Malaysia’s Foreign Policy, Diplomacy and Media Relations, International Reliefs’ Efforts and Managing Humanitarian Crisis, Understanding Terrorism and CBRNE Threat, ASEAN-Regional Integration, International Negotiations, Multilateral Diplomacy on Economic and Environmental Issues, Diplomacy in Crisis Management and Human Rights and Diplomacy.

Apart from the substantive elements, the participants were also introduced to Malaysia’s State Governance system through a visit conducted to the state of Terengganu. This visit was aimed to provide understanding on the mechanism involved in Malaysia’s governance system as the Federal and State Governments share roles and responsibility in developing the nation. There were also introduced to the history and sociology of Kuala Lumpur through a one day city tour.

At the end of the programme, the participants agreed that the course was able to meet its objectives and should be continue for future ASEAN’s mid-level career diplomats.

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Reported by:
Ms Siti Farsha Murni Izami
Training Divison

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