The 15th Dubrovnik Diplomatic Forum
The Director General of IDFR, YBhg. Dato’ Ku Jaafar Ku Shaari, was recently invited by the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia to attend the 15th Dubrovnik Diplomatic Forum in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The event which took place from May 24-26 2012 saw a strong delegation from not only European countries but also representatives from the Americas, African, and Asian region. This year’s forum focused on the role of diplomacy in an on-going inter-cultural dialogue. The highlight of the event on IDFR’s part was that Dato’ Ku Jaafar was also invited to deliver a keynote address in which he addressed the forum on diplomatic training in the context of cultural diplomacy.
The first Diplomatic Forum was held in 1998 as a pioneer project of the Central European Initiative (CEI) and the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia, together with the University of Zagreb and its Centre for Advanced Academic Studies (CAAS) in Dubrovnik. Having started as an international conference in the field of diplomacy and diplomatic training, the Forum has over the years grown into an annual event of its kind in this part of Europe, gathering high state officials, experts and academics, as well as young diplomats.