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The IPSA-Concordia Summer School in Applied Diplomacy

June 6 - 16, 2022


The IPSA-Concordia Summer School in Applied Diplomacy, the first IPSA Summer School to be held in Canada, is a ten-day program hosted at Concordia University, 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 field trips to Global Affairs Canada and International Civil Aviation Organization, participants will also explore practitioners’ points of view and have the opportunity to network with Montreal’s vibrant international community. The Summer School is offered in person but will host a virtual option for international students who wish to audit the course.

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 corp. 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
Dr. Elizabeth Bloodgood (Concordia), Dr. Kim Fontaine-Skronski, Executive Director, IPSA

Educational program

The 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 at the Concordia University downtown campus, mixing discussions on the theory and practice of diplomacy as it has changed over time, 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. In 2022, all activities will be conducted remotely via Zoom.

Educational Field Trips

Global Affairs Canada
A field trip to Ottawa, the nation’s capital, will be organized to meet with Canadian government officials at Global Affairs Canada. Please note that this field trip is virtual.

Students will also meet leaders of Montréal-based International Civil Aviation Organization as well as participate in networking events with diplomats and governmental officials. 

Please note that students need to be double vaccinated to participate in the field trips and be compliant with Quebec’s health guidelines.


In order of appearance:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Bloodgood, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, Concordia University
  • Dr. Bob Reinalda, Fellow and Senior Researcher at Radboud University, Nijmegen, NL
  • Mr. Jess Dutton, Director General, Middle East, Global Affairs Canada and Former Canadian Ambassador to Egypt
  • Dr. Natalia Grincheva, Senior Lecturer, Programme Leader, BA Arts Management, LASALLE College of the Arts & Senior Research Fellow (Honorary), School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne
  • H.E. Alejandro Estivill, Consul General in Montreal, Mexico
  • Mr. Henri-Paul Normandin, Former Director, International Relations Bureau, City of Montreal, and Fellow at the Institut d’études internationales de Montréal (IEIM)
  • Dr. Nicole de Silva, Assistant Professor, Political Science Academic Director, Political Science Co-op Program, Concordia University
  • Mr. Pierre Marier, Director, Tariffs and Goods Market Access, Global Affairs Canada
  • Ms. Nadine Nickner, Director, Government Procurement, Trade and Environment Division, Global Affairs Canada
  • Dr. Corneliu Bjola, Associate Professor of Diplomatic Studies, University of Oxford
  • Mr. Kyle Matthews, Executive Director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) at Concordia University
  • Ms. Sarah Cox, Director, Circumpolar Affairs & Head of Delegation, SDWG, Arctic Council, Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs
  • Mr. Sean Clark, Director, Trade Agreements Secretariat, Global Affairs Canada
  • Dr. Philippe-André Rodriguez, Deputy Director, Centre for International Digital Policy, Global Affairs Canada
  • Dr. Jean-Christophe Mauduit, Lecturer in Science Diplomacy at University College London (UCL) in the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP)
  • Dr. Jean-Christian Lemay, Research and Innovation Attaché at the Québec Government Office in London
  • Admiral Lutz Feldt, Vice Admiral (ret) of the German Navy, president of EuroDefense Germany
  • Dr. Mathieu Denis, Science Director, International Science Council (ISC)
  • Sir Peter Gluckman, Chair, International Network on Government Science Advice (INGSA)
  • Dr. Kim Fontaine-Skronski, Affiliated Professor, Department of Political Science, Concordia University, and Executive Director, IPSA
  • Mr. Don Stephenson, Former Canadian Ambassador to the WTO
  • Mr. Nabil Naoumi, Former President Air Navigation Commission, ICAO


Monday, June 6
AM – Introduction: Diplomacy in IR Theory
PM – Traditional Diplomacy (states and international organizations)
Evening: ***Opening ceremony keynote by a practitioner on the “Practice and challenges facing diplomats today”***

Tuesday, June 7
AM1 – Changing Diplomacy (agencies, non-state actors)
AM2 – Diplomacy Lab – Case Study 1: “Temporary Foreign Workers in a Pandemic – Supply, Safety, and Health”
PM – Municipal Diplomacy

Wednesday, June 8
AM1 – International Law and Norms of Diplomacy
AM2 – Diplomacy Lab – Case Study 2: “CUSMA, Cars, and the Environment”
PM 1- Environmental Negotiations, Past and Present
PM 2 – Trade Negotiations, Past and Present

Thursday, June 9
AM – Digital Diplomacy
PM1 – Northern Diplomacy and the Arctic Council
PM2 – Diplomacy Lab – Case Study 3: “The Future of the Arctic Council when the Chair is at War”

Friday, June 10
***Field trip to Global Affairs Canada
-Meetings with governmental officials, including a visit at the Digital Inclusion Lab of the Office of Human Rights and Freedoms

Monday, June 13
AM – Diplomacy Lab (working session)
PM1 – Scientific Diplomacy Panel
PM2 – ***Special Keynote Address: Scientific Diplomacy around the Globe***

Tuesday, June 14
AM – Diplomacy Lab (working session)
PM – Diplomacy Lab (working session)

Wednesday, June 15
AM — Diplomacy Lab (working session)
PM1 – Diplomacy Lab – Student Presentations
PM2 — Closing Ceremony Dinner

Thursday, June 16
***Field Trip to ICAO


Local students are expected to attend in person and will be charged at Concordia’s standard fees. International students have the option of completing the summer school for academic credit, and consequently the tuition is in accordance with Concordia’s international student fees. Students who are attending the school for credit are expected to be in residence in Montreal for the duration of the school. However, international students who do not wish to obtain academic credit for the summer school will have an audit option where the summer school can be accessed virtually, for a reduced fee. 


Canadian students


  • Fees: For Concordia students the course will be registered as a regular course and the standard fees apply. For non-Concordia (but Canadian) students, use the Tuition Calculator to figure out the applicable course fees.

  • Attendance: In person 


International students: Academic Credit Option


  • Fees: For international students seeking to obtain credit for the course, the course fees will be charged as per usual for international students. Please use the Tuition Calculator to figure out the applicable course fees.

  • Attendance: In person

  • Residence: Students are required to attend the school in person. As such they are expected to be in residence in Montreal. The Grey Nuns Residence is an excellent option, within a few minutes of Concordia University, which offers discounted rates for summer students. Alternatively, students can find their own accommodation.

How to apply - Credit and non-credit options

Applications are due by May 27, 2022

In your application, please provide:

  • Your name, university, country, email address and telephone number.
  • A letter of intent (1000 words maximum), that responds to these questions:
    • Why are you interested in attending the IPSA-Concordia Summer School in Applied Diplomacy this summer?
    • What previous experience or preparation have you had in the area of diplomacy, both practical and academic?

The school is also available for young professionals working in governmental and non-governmental agencies. 

For your application to be complete, you must submit the following:

  • your letter of intent answering the above questions
  • an unofficial transcript from your current program or most recent degree
    your CV
  • a referee's contact information (email/telephone#) who can speak to your academic experience.

International students: Audit Option

Fees: The audit option is $335.00 USD for students and $435.00 USD for professionals. IPSA will be offering three grants of $335.00 for the Audit Option.

Attendance: Virtually over the Zoom platform. Students will not be able to participate in the two field trips to Global Affairs Canada and ICAO

Contact Information and Questions

Questions about the IPSA-Concordia Summer School, and application processes, can be sent to


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