Universities Meet Diplomats
Mr. Roman Pyrih
Counsellor at the Embassy of Ukraine to Kenya
December 21, 2022
On December 21, the Kyiv School of Diplomatic Arts (KSDA) launched the series of online discussion meetings within which the students and the faculty members of Ukraine’s educational institutions, as well as young activists of the civil society organizations will be able to converse with Ukrainian and foreign diplomats. The series is a part of the KSDA’s project Civil Education vs. Disinformation: Countering Fake Histories in International Politics and Propaganda.
The guest of the first event within the said diplomatic talks was Mr. Roman Pyrih, Counsellor at the Embassy of Ukraine to Kenya. Prior to his current posting, Mr. Pyrih served at Ukraine’s diplomatic missions in Vietnam, India, and South Korea. He is an author of numerous articles on the history of diplomacy and the role of religions in international relations.
The meeting brought together the representatives of 11 Ukrainian universities located in Kyiv, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv, Nizhyn, Odesa, L’viv, Chernivtsi, Uzhhorod, and (in the case of one institution that had to be relocated due to Russia’s invasion) in Kamianets-Podilskyi.
Book Presentation Lecture:
We Shall Be Masters:
Russian Pivots to East Asia
from Peter the Great
Dr. Christopher Miller
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
November 9, 2022
On November 9, 2022, the Kyiv School of Diplomatic Arts had the pleasure to host the presentation of the book by Dr. Christopher Miller We Shall Be Masters: Russian Pivots to East Asia from Peter the Great to Putin.
Dr. Miller’s work explores three centuries of Russia’s ambition to dominate over the vast expanse of Asian lands. As a track of both achievements and failures on the said course, this approach provides particularly useful food for thought with regard to the prospects of Moscow’s standing in the region, as well as of its aberrant ties with Beijing.
and the Debates on
Dr. Łukasz Adamski
Juliusz Mieroszewski Dialogue Center, Poland
October 20, 2022
On October 20, 2022, the Kyiv School of Diplomatic Arts hosted the lecture by Dr. Łukasz Adamski, Deputy Director of the Juliusz Mieroszewski Dialogue Center (Poland).
The Lecture was focused on the those differences in the interpretations of the past that may pose a threat to the increasingly strong ties between Ukraine and Poland.
Myths and Misconceptions
in the Debate on Russia
James Sherr OBE
October 6, 2022
On October 6, 2022, the Kyiv School of Diplomatic Arts had the honour to host the lecture by Mr. James Sherr OBE, Senior Fellow of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute at the International Centre for Defence & Security in Tallinn; Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia programme at Chatham House.
The lecture’s theme was inspired by the Chatham House report “Myths and misconceptions in the debate on Russia: How they affect Western policy and what can be done”.
Civic Education vs. Disinformation:
in International Politics
Aggressive players on the international arena have always capitalized on disunity and division among bordering countries, especially if the publics of the latter may tend to disagree in the matters of collective identities, memory politics, and national histories.
Over the years, the malicious manipulative tactics in the said dimension have been consistently employed by the russian federation in its effort to destabilize the situation on the European continent. In multifold cases, the Kremlin attempted to utilize any traits of cultural (esp. interethnic) prejudices, the controversies over conflicting interpretations of historical events, and other similar discords in order to deflect the states of Eastern/Central-Eastern Europe from building a solid alliance of democratic societies.
The principal role in this geopolitical iniquity belongs to specifically targeted disinformation campaigns aimed to support legitimization-seeking (and predominantly populistic) quasi-historical discourses.
Russia’s History-Focused Propaganda
in Fighting Disinformation
at the International
In August 2022, the Kyiv School of Diplomatic Arts began the series of practicums tasked with monitoring the Kremlin’s quasi-historical discourses and their circulation in different countries of the world.
Our Research Theme:
References to ‘Historical Justice’ in International Relations,
Or, History in/for/as Politics
In 2014, Russia occupied Crimea, and that unexpected usurpation revealed a great deal of enduringly baffling challenges for international law. Their long list includes the policy of praising a blatant land-grab as ‘the restoration of historical fairness’. In the shadow of such rhetoric, we may wonder how the existing system of multilateral diplomacy is to withstand this peculiar style of legitimization.
Manners and Diplomacy
of the (Un)Holly Alliance
The Kyiv School of Diplomatic Arts is happy to announce the launch of our recurring Seminar “Manners and Diplomacy”.
the National Museum
of American Diplomacy
November 16-19, 2021
The Kyiv School of Diplomatic Arts is happy to report that our program “Simulation Games in Diplomatic Training” has been successfully launched.
The first Diplomacy Simulations sessions took place during the International Education Week 2021 and were conducted by the Team of the National Museum of American Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State (NMAD).
The NMAD simulation model has served as an inspiring example for us in bringing this method to interested audiences in Ukraine and beyond.
What Are They and Who Needs Them?
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
11:20 A.M. (EET)
On November 3, 2021, we held the first online Master Class within our Workshop “Intercultural Competencies in Public Diplomacy”.
The Guest Speaker of the event was Ms. Victoria Spashchenko, Board of Directors Member at the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research – Europa (SIETAR Europa).
in Public Diplomacy
Master Classes for Educators and Students
In the collection of his posthumously published writings, the Testament Politique, Armand Jean de Plessis de Richelieu (1585-1642), Chief minister to Louis XIII of France and a fabulous titan of European diplomacy, left to posterity an omnium-gatherum of particularly practical wisdom. Among other treasures of the said trove, there is one that ventilates a rather obvious fact – id est “different nations have different characters“. With the combination of grandeur and shrewdness, the sage cardinal pontificated that such distinctiveness was to be reckoned with at all times.
in Diplomatic Training
for Educators and Students
Sir Harold Nicolson (1886-1968), a topflight theorist of diplomacy’s phenomenon and an urbane virtuoso of its practice, gave the most careful thought to the matter of “the Ideal Diplomatist“.
The subject is elegantly pondered about in Chapter V of Nicolson’s famous treatise Diplomacy – the work that has been reverentially perused by the enthusiasts of the profession since the book’s first publication in 1939.
A paragon of diplomatic trade, according to this text, is to display the following qualities: truth, accuracy, calm, good temper, modesty, and loyalty. That, continues Sir Harold, needs to be buttressed by intelligence, knowledge, discernment, prudence, hospitality, charm, industry, courage, “and even tact”.
How to Teach
A Seminar for Ukrainian Educators
with Dr. Vivian Walker
September 22, 2021
3 P.M. (EET)
On September 22, 2021, we have begun our Seminar Series “Building the Public Diplomacy Curriculum”.
The Special Guest of this Program’s first event was Dr. Vivian Walker, Executive Director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State.
Our Training Series:
the Public Diplomacy
Seminars for University Educators
To see itself through the travails and miscommunications of today’s geopolitics, Ukraine requires its very own corps of tip-top professionals in public diplomacy.
The training of such experts is impossible without the cohort of dedicated educators well-equipped with the knowledge of the most efficient teaching approaches.
With the aforementioned argument in mind, the Kyiv School of Diplomatic Arts conducts a new instruction program for the faculty members of Ukrainian universities.
Our Teaching Work:
Courses in Diplomatic Arts
(Current and Upcoming)
Clusters and Tailor-Made
The world of diplomacy and international relations has never failed to stay a highly demanding place. Customarily, we expect its dwellers to display the brightest schooling, especially when it comes to the gargantuan multifariousness of human cultures and societies.
The conventional system of higher learning, however, is not particularly poised to produce entirely accomplished and unarguably au courant diplomatists.
In consequence, the very individuals aspiring to master the glorious diplomatic profession (in any of its contemporary manifestations) are to make their own journey towards perfection – that is to become what one of the greatest diplomats of the past, the illustrious François de Callières (1645-1717), defined as ‘the enlightened and assiduous negotiator‘.
To assist those who feel the calling for diplomacy or other occupations in international dimension, the Kyiv School of Diplomatic Arts offers a number of course clusters and tailor-made courses.
Diplomacy and Literature:
The Round-Table Series
In his most celebrated work, the Guide to Diplomatic Practice, Sir Ernest Satow (1843-1929), a great authority in conceptualizing Diplomacy, gave a very elegant description of the qualities he saw as indispensable for a diplomat.
“A mind trained by the study of the best literature, and by that of history” – is a phrase in Satow’s most thoughtful check-list one cannot ignore.
The Kyiv School of Diplomatic Arts has chosen the cited formula as the main theme for a round table series we are happy to carry out alongside our other activities.
and Public Diplomacy:
for Future Peacebuilders
November 25-26, 2020
The Kyiv School of Diplomatic Arts, munificently supported by the Black Sea Trust of the German Marshall Fund (USA) and the Robert Bosch Stiftung (Germany), had the honour to host a splendidly insightful colloquy that confederated a group of eminent scholars and diplomatists with a very diverse international audience.
The purpose of this two-day gathering was to launch a series of further collaboration-oriented symposia on the following matters:
- How the studies pertaining to intercultural communication and public diplomacy should evolve in order to meet the challenges of today’s world?
- What is the best place for such instruction in the higher education curriculum?
- What agenda for intercultural communication and public diplomacy should define the post-university training of early career professionals in diplomatic service and other fields of international interactions?
- How the schooling in question may encompass both theoretical and cases-based knowledge regarding cultural heritage, identities, and mentalities, as well as national minorities, indigenous peoples, and diasporas?
Intercultural Diplomacy, National Communities, and Higher Learning:
Networking for Effective Education
of Future Peacebuilders
Eastern Europe (especially the region of the Black Sea) is a multinational, multiethnic, and multicultural area. Mutual understanding among its nations and ethnic entities is absolutely paramount for peace and stability in this part of the world.
We believe that the representatives of Ukraine’s national minorities and indigenous peoples may play a key role in the cultural bridge-building among the region’s communities. In equal measure, they can be resourceful contributors to the resolution of the ongoing conflicts and to the institutional integration of our country with the commonwealth of transatlantic democracies.
On the History of Diplomacy,
Or, Ukrainians in the Cobweb of International Affairs:
and France’s Foreign Policy
in the 18th Century
In the current travails of Eastern Europe, Ukraine (just as any other polity endeavoring to defend its interests) is bound to rely on the finesse of her Diplomatic Service. And that makes the history of the aforementioned institution a fitting subject for at least a brief review. Continue reading
On the History of Diplomacy,
Or, Ukrainians in the Cobweb of International Affairs:
The Escapades of the 17th Century
The events of the last few years made the world increasingly aware of what can be deemed as ‘the Matter of Ukraine’.
From the perspective of sometimes toffee-nosed historians, the aforementioned phenomenon comes as no surprise at all. The country in question (these dignified scholars would say) always turned out to be in the very thick of international showdowns. Such involvement entailed devious diplomacy, elaborate intrigues, as well as daring undertakings suitable for the best of historical fiction.
Alexander Dumas, Sir Walter Scott, or other masters of the genre, however, touched upon Ukrainian affairs only briefly – but this neglect that was hardly intentional. A great deal of Eastern Europe’s past still rests in the shadows of time, and it is our audacious intention to do something about it.
Today’s column will reveal a couple of those multilateral diplomatic schemes in which Ukrainians of the early modern era played their peculiar part.