International Relations & Policy

Canadian and International FlagsForeign 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 program jump to course listings 

At the heart of the Integrative Peace Building and Complex Global Challenges (IPB-CGC) program is a sensitivity to both complexity and the well-being of humanity and the biosphere. This entails the development of skills that enable a shift from fragmented approaches to integrative approaches that impact ways of thinking and working together. It acknowledges the value of co-creation of the structures, systems, dynamics, and conditions that are meant to effect change. These shifts are needed to address global challenges such as peace building, climate change, pandemics, diversity issues, mass migration, and natural disasters. The IPB-CGC Program is designed for people already engaged in programs and policies that bring sustaining peace into conflict situations and effect actions to prevent and mitigate far-reaching threats to human and environmental well-being. Based on the premise that integration is more effective than fragmentation, participants will develop the confidence and skills required for trust-building, repairing relationships, critical reflection, cross-cultural communication and dialogue, and integrating multiple parties and points of view.

The IPB-CGC program enables passionate individuals to foster conditions for emergent creativity by attending to the wisdom of grass-roots leaders while drawing on the expertise of researchers and experience of seasoned professionals. 

Participants will appropriate concepts and processes that will allow them to apply a more reflexive, adaptive, and integrative approach directed toward the overall goal of nurturing and building local capacities and institutions—transforming systems and structures to address micro and macro needs in ways that are mutually reinforcing, well-grounded, resilient and sustainable. The participants will also gain an understanding of how to manage complexity, identify emergent creative trends and adjacent possibilities, and apply integral theory, using a comprehensive approach.

The IPB-CGC program skill sets will equip participants to effectively engage multiple stakeholders with diverse points of view and to implement proactive conflict-resolution initiatives.
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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

Scholarships Available!

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!

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