New Diplomacy

NEW DIPLOMACY - placing strategic thinking and security at the heart of international relations

NEW DIPLOMACY was launched in 2015 to address the policy challenges facing global and regional policymakers in the eastern and southern neighbourhoods of the European Union, not least the insecurity in the post-Soviet space and the crises of democracy and instability in the Middle East.

NEW DIPLOMACY focuses on security policy, diplomacy, and media standards, including raising the quality and accuracy of factual information available to policymakers and the wider public.

NEW DIPLOMACY’s activities will include:
  • international projects on media, diplomacy, and security; 
  • policy analysis and advice on the challenges facing policymakers and the public throughout Europe, Eurasia, and the Middle East; 
  • international advocacy and engagement with other players in the fields of media and diplomacy.

In May 2016, New Diplomacy launched an Independent Journalism Fellowship for Eastern Partnership Countries, an initiative to raise standards of journalism covering the post-Soviet space, in particular the Eastern Partnership countries. This will be achieved by a programme of mentoring journalists from Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan or Belarus, including placements of four journalism fellows in EU member states (e.g. the Baltic states and Visegrad Four countries) to work with leading broadcast or print media and engage also with independent non-profit organisations working on the post-Soviet space (human rights organisations, independent media associations and think-tanks).

Through mentoring and co-operation, the journalists will also link up with each other to strengthen co-operation of newsrooms in different Eastern Partnership countries in terms of sharing content, and also in formulating and promoting high standards of news reporting, public service broadcasting standards, and regulation of propaganda in their home countries. More details of the fellowship are available here.

NEW DIPLOMACY is a new initiative, launched in August 2015 by a group of policy analysts and media professionals, each with several decades’ experience leading projects in promoting EU integration and closer Euro-Atlantic relations, and in strengthening civil society in the post-Soviet space. The founders are Jeff Lovitt (Chair), formerly Executive Director of the PASOS network of independent think-tanks, Dr. Leila Alieva, President of the Centre for National and International Studies (CNIS) in Baku, Azerbaijan, Krzysztof Bobiński, President of Unia & Polska foundation, and Jan Piekło, Ambassador of Poland to Ukraine. For more about the founders, or to contact New Diplomacy, click here.

The statutes of NEW DIPLOMACY were submitted to the court in Prague, Czech Republic, on 16 October 2015, and the registration of New Diplomacy, z.s., took effect from 19 November 2015.

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