Honouring the Fallen Servicemen

BY JOSÉ LUCENA Any ‘kill in action’ is always sad. It does not matter if it is a military, a policeman or a fireman. It is a life that has been lost, a family that has been broken, and a country that has lost a citizen. It is a loss. Conducting a ceremony to honour 

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Maritime Ceremonial

BY JOSÉ LUCENA* Imagine that you are invited to attend a ceremony or a reception aboard of a Navy Ship alongside a port of your country or place where you are living. As you might notice, Navies around the world tend to be very conservative regarding their traditions. One of these is the Maritime Ceremonial. 

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ISPD on the Road – Manama, Bahrain

News – ISPD on the Road – Manama, Bahrain The ISPD is (constantly) on the Road! Under the auspices of H.E. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain,  Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, the WTDI (Al-Wasat Training & Development Institute) organized the 1st Business Protocol & Diplomacy Conference from the 14th till the 

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5th Anniversary of the ISPD and the Graduation Ceremony

On 20th March 2015, the International School of Protocol & Diplomacy, the leading school in protocol and soft diplomacy skills studies, in Brussels, celebrated two important occasions: the graduation ceremony of its Master’s Degree in Protocol & Soft Diplomacy Skills students of the academic year 2013/2014 and its 5th anniversary. The celebrations of these important milestones in the history of 

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You haven’t confirmed your presence. Now What?

BY JOSÉ LUCENA* Imagine you are a guest to an official ceremony for which the invitation explicitly requested you to confirm your presence. For some reason you had not the opportunity to do it, but you decided to attend the ceremony, because it is important. You arrive to the ceremony and you are requested to 

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Rank and Seniority

BY JOSÉ LUCENA* As a protocol practitioner I always keep in mind the career status of the guests of the ceremonies that I have to plan and execute. When there are guests who are Ambassadors, we have to respect the diplomatic rules that are applied to these high dignitaries; the same applies to guests who 

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Diplomacy and Its Practice VI. Religious Diplomacy and Dialogue

by Dr. Luis Ritto* “There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it” – George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950). “By the study of different religions we find that in essence they are one” – Swami Vivekananda (Indian Hindu Monk, 1863-1902). Continuing our series about diplomatic matters, today I am going to write 

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Breaking Protocol

BY JOSÉ LUCENA* I would like to share with our readers the following opinion of breaking protocol. I strongly believe that protocol exists to facilitate the communication and the adoption of a proper conduct among people when moving in certain professional and social situations. Protocol can be broken by protocol practitioners or by high dignitaries. 

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Diplomacy and Its Practice V, Digital Diplomacy

by Dr. Luis Ritto* « Change is the law of life. And those who look to the past or present are certain to miss the future” – John F. Kennedy (1963). A new area in diplomacy that has seen a steady increase in its use in the past 20 years or so is the one of 

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