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The IPSA-Concordia Summer School in Applied Diplomacy

Cancelled for Summer 2020


The IPSA-Concordia Summer School in Applied Diplomacy, the first in Canada, is a ten-day program at Concordia’s downtown campus, in the heart of Montréal. Policy-oriented seminars will be complemented with a practical hands-on Diplomacy Lab, allowing the participants to work on case studies in teams. Through educational field trips, participants will also explore Canadian politics and society and have the opportunity to network with Montreal’s vibrant international community.

Montreal is home to over 60 International Organizations (IO), including IPSA and the only UN agency in Canada (the International Civil Aviation Organization) and has a very active consular corps. Furthermore, it is situated close to Ottawa, Canada’s capital, making it easy for ambassadors and global affairs experts to participate in the Summer School,

We invite all graduate students, young researchers and professionals to participate in the upcoming IPSA-Concordia Summer School in Applied Diplomacy.

Academic Leaders

Elizabeth Bloodgood, Cameron Thies (IPSA), Kim Fontaine-Skronski

Educational program

IPSA-Concordia Summer School in Applied Diplomacy course objective is to combine theory and practice by prominent scholars and diplomats, for the benefit of the participants from around the world.

Students will attend two (2) or three (3) classes per day, complemented with a practical hands-on Diplomacy Lab to collaborate on actual case studies as teams. The best Diplomacy Lab team will be invited to the next IPSA World Congress of Political Science to organize a panel and present their research.

Course Outline

  • Introduction: The Evolution of Diplomacy
  • Diplomacy in International Relations Theory
  • Traditional Diplomacy – States, International Organizations
  • Changing Diplomacy – Agencies, Non-State Actors
  • International Negotiations, Past and Present
  • Digital Diplomacy
  • International Law and Norms of Diplomacy
  • Scientific Diplomacy

The language of instruction is English but written assignments can be submitted in either French or English.

Educational Field Trips

A field trip to Ottawa, the nation’s capital, will be organized to meet with Canadian government officials.

Students will meet leaders of Montréal-based international organizations.
Networking events with diplomats and governmental officials.



AM – Introduction: The Evolution of Diplomacy
PM – Diplomacy in IR Theory
Opening ceremony and cocktail with keynote by a practitioner on the “Practice and challenges facing diplomats today”

AM – Traditional Diplomacy (states, international organizations)
PM – Changing Diplomacy (agencies, non-state actors)
PM – Introduction to the Diplomacy Lab (presentation of the simulation exercise on real-problem cases in collaboration with members of the consulate corps of Montreal, and creation of teams)

AM – International Negotiations, Past and Present
PM – Diplomacy Lab (first working session)

AM – International Law and Norms of Diplomacy
PM – Digital Diplomacy (challenges posed by technological advances)

Field trip to Ottawa at Global Affairs Canada (meetings with governmental officials, including a visit at the Digital Inclusion Lab of the Office of Human Rights and Freedoms)

AM and PM – Diplomacy Lab (all day working session)

AM – Scientific diplomacy and the Madrid Declaration on Science Diplomacy 2019 (the use of scientific collaborations among states to address international problems and build international partnerships)
PM – Diplomacy Lab (third session)

AM – Diplomacy Lab (final session)
PM – Diplomacy Lab Team Presentations Networking cocktail

AM— Field trip to a Montreal-based International Organization
PM—Future of Diplomacy Closing dinner

Final projects due


Details on cost breakdown can be found on the tuition and fees page.


All out-of-town students will be offered free housing at the Grey Nuns' residences.

How to apply

Applications sent in by TBD will be considered for fellowship and traveling support. Financial assistance will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

If no financial support is needed, the final deadline is TBD.

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