An Iconic Global Athlete as an Agent of Sports Diplomacy

By Fadil Elobeid|June 3, 2020|News|0 comments

By Dr J Simon Rofe & Dr Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff On Tuesday 26 May the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD) held a virtual roundtable on Michael Jordan and basketball’s global growth. The event was the capstone for the CISD project, ‘Basketball Diplomacy in Africa: An Oral History From SEED Project to the Basketball Africa League (BAL),’ an Information & Knowledge Exchange IKE Project funded by SOAS University of

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Our time at Estonia’s Annual Commemorative Conference for the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations

By Fadil Elobeid|April 20, 2020|News|1 comments

A blog by CISD students Jean Kostrzewski, Toma Moran and Anahita Ghanbari Parsa We were selected to attend Estonia’s Annual Commemorative Conference for the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations, an event centred around encouraging intercultural dialogue between individuals, organisations and states to find meaningful ways to build peace in the current age. We were kindly hosted by PeaceChild International, a UK based charity focusing on youth entrepreneurship, employability, sustainable

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CISD’s Study Tour to the United Nations in Geneva

By Fadil Elobeid|March 11, 2020|News|0 comments

A blog post by CISD Students Anahita Ghanbari Parsa and Toma Moran. The month of February is an exciting one for students at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy. After months of preparation by the student committee and several information meetings, the time has finally come for everyone to embark on the week long trip to Geneva, Switzerland for CISD’s annual trip to the United Nations headquarters.  The anticipation

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SCRAPWeapons at the Youth Conference for Securing Our Common Future

By Fadil Elobeid|October 29, 2019|News|2 comments

Blog by CISD Student Jacob Loose Earlier this month, I had the honour of representing SCRAP and CISD at the Youth Conference for Securing Our Common Future. The conference was hosted both at the UN Headquarters in New York and on board the Peaceboat moored in the Hudson River. Peaceboat was started by a group of Japanese students as a response to the continued threat of nuclear war and is

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Sport and Diplomacy: More Than Just a Blog

By Fadil Elobeid|September 18, 2019|News|16 comments

A blog by CISD Student Mark Bekiet Whether the IOC or FIFA like it or not, sport and politics are inextricably linked. Once governing bodies comprehend this fact, the next stage should address how to utilise the universal language of sport for the betterment of humanity. Reassuringly, the recognition of this modern form of diplomacy is increasing exponentially among nation states and supranational organisations. This was proven on October 19th 2009

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Diplomacy Students Attend First Ever NATO Model Conference

By Fadil Elobeid|July 4, 2019|News|15 comments

This note is to express our gratitude for being invited to represent the delegation of the United States of America and Albania at the HCSS NATO Model Conference on cybersecurity at The Hague. We are grateful to the Centre of International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD) Department for their support and sponsorship.

African Justice comes to SOAS

By Fadil Elobeid|June 26, 2019|News|14 comments

By SOAS student Liam Butterworth Are former African leaders being tried in the International Criminal Courts (ICC) in a biased, unfair manner? Has power politics been influential in the decision to prosecute former African leaders? Or is the reality an uncomfortable truth? SOASians and academics from across London, including the Royal African Society and Chatham House, came to find out from an expert panel, exploring fact from perception, as well

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CISD hosts cyberdiplomacy roundtable

By Fadil Elobeid|May 24, 2019|News|15 comments

The Centre for International Studies & Diplomacy (CISD), hosted a roundtable discussion “Cyber-Diplomacy: international affairs in the digital age” on Thursday 23 May 2019. The debate featured a range of SOAS academics and external participants, and ran from 12:00-17:00. The event was held under Chatham House Rules. In a moment reflecting the significance of visual language in digital diplomacy, the day began with a “groufie”, courtesy of Twiplomacy’s Matthias Lüfkens.

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CISD Study Tour visits Ethiopia for the first time

By Fadil Elobeid|May 10, 2019|News|24 comments

From the 8th to the 13th of April 2019 students and staff from the Centre for International Studies & Diplomacy undertook SOAS’s first study tour in Addis Ababa, arguably Africa’s political capital. The tour, led by CISD Director Dr Dan Plesch, and Royal African Society Director Dr Nicholas Westcott, visited a number of multilateral institutions, NGOs, Ethiopian government departments, and universities. The tour began by visiting the British Embassy in

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