International Relations & Policy
Foreign affairs and international policy work requires a precise and insightful grasp of evolving interactions between foreign governments, private industry, NGOs and citizens in both a National and International context. In negotiating dynamic global relationships between foreign nations entities, international relations professionals must consider not only the political and cultural dynamics abroad but also the impact on national policies and the public service function of its own government as they guide program stakeholders and global relationships.
Globally, nations intersect across all sectors. The international relations portfolio and skill set increasingly permeates private and public sector industries making the role of the qualified international relationship professional an essential and fundamental role in governmental and intergovernmental affairs both at home and abroad.
Our growing portfolio of International Relations and Policy programs is evolving. Please explore our current offering.
Mastering Public Diplomacy
This Public Diplomacy (PD) course is addressed to diplomats, staff from ministries of foreign affairs and to individuals willing to develop novel techniques in international relations. In depth knowledge will be achieved thanks to the professional and direct guidance from our guest lecturer, a current senior diplomat possessing more than three decades of experience in the field. Learn more and register.
Integrative Peacebuilding and Complex Global Challenges (IPB-CGC)
IPB-CGC is designed for people engaged in programs and policies that foster sustained peace in conflict situations such as climate change, fragile states, gender power-parity, corporate global responsibility, systemic corruption, deep rifts based on ethnicity, race, and religion.
A host of governmental and non-governmental organizations devote themselves to addressing these problems, often in a fragmented and siloed way. An integrative approach brings intention to working together in mutually collaborative ways that exemplify adaptability, foster creativity, model inclusivity, strengthen trust, and draw on the strengths of the human spirit.
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Integrative Peacebuilding and Complex Global Challenges program
Scholarships are now available for students registering to the Integrative Peacebuilding and Complex Global Challenges Program. Please download and fill out the form below and send it to PDInstitute@uOttawa.ca to apply!
What People are Saying About IPB-CGC Courses
"I enjoyed every moment of the Policy and Program Desing and Evaluation in Complex Situations course. Dr. Naresh is an expert on the subject and was ready for all the questions and had all the information and answers, his knowledge of the Syrian context and the fact that we used his work in Syria in one of our exercises made the course even more interesting for me. The information in the workbook was supplemented by additional resources related to some of the tools, and when he talked about the theoretical parts he shared lots of practical experiences of his work which made it easier for us to relate and more interested to listen. The practical group exercises we did after each segment helped us to make sense of the information and tools in hand, and Dr. Naresh was giving feedback when it's needed when each group shared their results."
Rasha B. Kaba, Humanitarian Aid Professional and Third Party Neutral Trainer (in English and Arabic)
"This is a deeply insightful course - Enhancing Adaptive Leadership Through Integral Awareness - allowing one to take on a different approach to conflict. It allows us to see and work on our own harmful behaviours at the same time it allows us to see the other from an equal and compassionate perspective. It helped me better develop my self-awareness and see the situation presented from a place of compassion and equality."
Fernanda de Castro Boria, MA in Conflict Studies, Public Servant
"What I discovered during the Enhancing Adaptive Leadership Through Integral Awareness course was the immenseness of the subject matters entailed in it. It was beyond my expectations. The course has to be given to fellow Ethiopians. The issue is about leadership. An adaptive leadership is what we really need perhaps globally but in Ethiopia in particular. I benefitted a lot as it allowed me to sit back and assess my past and the latter years as a mediator."
Lissane Yoannes, Retired Ethiopian Diplomat and Former Special Envoy
"Navigating Complex Security and Societal Challenges: The Increasing Demand for a Multi-Party Approach is a course that challenges normative views of addressing complex challenges or what is aptly called "wicked problems." Centered around the principles of a multi-party approach that includes both state and non-state actors at various levels of society, the course forces deep reflection on the drivers of conflict and other societal ills and calls for creative, inclusive solutions to address these challenges. The content is rich and thought-provoking and is relevant to a wide array of people in government, grassroots organizations, universities, and beyond. As a Ph.D. student, it stretched my thinking further, and I hope to apply some of its content to my research and practice".
Jody-Ann Anderson, Ph.D. Candidate