This program offers a unique blend of academic education and training in international relations and diplomacy aimed at ensuring the understanding of foreign affairs and challenges to global governance. Moreover, it provides for an overview of the world-leading lobbying tools and techniques and offers analysis of relevant case studies.


This Course will offer a unique blend of academic education and training in international relations and diplomacy aimed at ensuring the understanding of foreign affairs and challenges to global governance. Moreover, it will provide for an overview of the world-leading lobbying tools and techniques and offers analysis of relevant case studies. We are aimed at equipping students with a thorough grounding in diplomatic theory and practice.


The program is aimed at professionals with a strong interest in the fields of diplomacy, international relations, lobbying and politics who may have no formal qualifications but who would like to follow an intellectually stimulating and engaging interdisciplinary course.


We have developed a flexible 8-week evening Course that is delivered by the leading academics and experienced practitioners in the fields of diplomacy and international relations through a blend of lectures, case studies and group discussions. Every week students have a different module and a new lecturer.

The Course is structured on helping students with busy jobs and family lives to learn new things and develop specific skills that are crucial to change students’ outlook both professionally and personally. Education lasts outside working hours (18:30-21:30), so students can remain in full-time employment or attend to other aspects of their lives while working toward a new direction.


Assigned readings, lectures and classroom discussions, guest practitioners, case studies, and issue papers.

Languages: English/ Russian/ Ukrainian

  • English

    70 %

  • Russian

    15 %

  • Ukrainian

    15 %


Lectures Delivered by World-Leading Experts:

“NATO, Ukraine & New European Security Architecture”

Since 2014, in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, a new European security architecture is taking shape before our very eyes. And there can be no doubt that NATO occupies a central place in this emerging new architecture. This Module will analyse the role and enlargement dynamics of the key Euro-Atlantic institutions – NATO, the European Union, OSCE, and the Council of Europe – with the aim of providing a coherent framework for the analysis of the key issues and controversies of contemporary European institutionalisation and security integration. Additionally, it will examine Ukraine as a key to Euro-Atlantic security.

Merle Maigre –  Security Adviser to Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves;  before she worked at the Policy Planning Unit of NATO’s Secretary General and also was deputy head of the NATO mission in Kyiv (2005-2007);  prior to that, she worked in the Ministry of Defence and in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Lobbying and Government Relations: Best Cases”

Lobbying is a critical element of many public sector positions. Beyond the contract lobbyists, many public administration and public policy professionals are engaged in the art of lobbying. This Module will provide students with introduction to government affairs and lobbying at the state level. It is intended to illustrate why lobbying is an active, fundamental, and legitimate part of the governmental process and how lobbyists shape public policy. You will explore techniques, styles and the practice of lobbying.

Eka Tkeshelashvili – Former Minister of Justice of Georgia; Former General Prosecutor of Georgia; Former Foreign Affairs Minister of Georgia; Former Vice Prime Minister of Georgia; President at Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies (GISS).

“Diplomacy and Global Challenges”

Global challenges of our contemporary world have many connections and parallels. They also share common histories that inform contemporary problems and possible opportunities for meaningful reforms. This Module will emphasize the value of comparative analysis in framing, analyzing, and addressing contemporary global challenges through strategic analysis and diplomacy. This will be an intensive education, emphasizing critical reading, comparative analysis, and group discussion.

Grigol Mgaloblishvili –  Georgian politician and diplomat who has been Georgia’s Permanent Representative to NATO. He served as the Prime Minister of Georgia during 2008 – 2009.

“Commercial Diplomacy and Globalization”

Commercial diplomacy is a significant factor in the on-going process of globalization. This Module shows how commercial diplomacy contributes to the promotion of international trade and corporate partnership, to the resolution of business conflicts and the marketing of a country as a location for foreign investments. It presents the current trends in commercial diplomacy and examines tools on how to improve its performance given the growing willingness of governments to emphasize the business promotion approach.

Marina Kaljurand – Estonian politican who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs. Earlier, she served as the Ambassador of Estonia to the United States, Russia, Mexico, Canada, Kazakhstan, and Israel.

“American Foreign Policy and Political Ambitions”

U.S. foreign policy has a huge impact on the world. That impact is widely debated among Americans and by people in many countries. This Module is designed to gain more understanding of what U.S. foreign policy is, who makes it, why is it the way it is, and how it affects the rest of the world. It will focus on policy evaluation, answering such questions as: How is national interest defined and how has it evolved? How does presidential leadership shape American foreign relations? What is the role of public opinion in US foreign policy? How does the rise of China affect American power in the international arena?

Erik Brattberg – Director for Special Projects and Senior Fellow at The McCain Institute for International Leadership in Washington.  Previously, Mr. Brattberg served as  recipient of the Ronald D. Asmus Policy Entrepreneur Fellowship at the German Marshall Fund.

“Nation Branding”

Nation brand is an important concept in today’s world. As a consequence of globalization, all countries must compete with each other for the attention, respect and trust of investors, tourists, consumers, donors, immigrants, the media, and the governments of other nations: so a powerful and positive nation brand provides a crucial competitive advantage. This Module will help you to understand how countries are seen by publics around the world, how their achievements and failures, their assets and their liabilities, their people and their products are reflected in their brand image.

Veiko Spolitis – Member of the Parliament of Latvia; he used to work as the Secretary at the Ministry of Defense of Latvia (2010 – 2014).

“Geopolitics, National Security and Policy Planning”

The Module will cover such topics as strategic foresight/scenario building, conflict analysis, multilateral cooperation, international organizations. It will look at the history of foresight in policy making, the tools, methodologies used by intelligence agencies and progressively private companies. Students will see how planners can use scenarios, how to build worst case scenarios, contingency scenarios, “wild cards”, and how to exploit these scenarios in the policy process.

Dr. Jean – Loup Samaan –  Lecturer in NATO Defense College (Rome, Italy); Policy Advisor at the French Ministry of Defense (2008-2011); Adjunct Lecturer in international security at the French Institute for Political Studies; Researcher at the RAND Corporation in Washington DC (2007-2008).

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