Flag Ceremony as a symbol of resistance

The first Monday of each month, the government of Timor-Leste, represented by its Ministry of Foreign Affairs or MNEC – Ministerio dos Negocios Estrangeiros e Cooperação – as they usually call it, swear the flag with their best suit, their best tie and uniquely well dressed for the 35 degrees at 7.30 am like on the 

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The Skill of Associations and Links

For a majority of people, the term protocol is associated with red carpet, VIP’s, personalities, official visits or set of rules that are non-negotiable. Likewise, diplomacy is associated to diplomats, embassies, privileges or negotiation. This is more or less the cliché I had in mind when I first started to collaborate with ISPD 3 years 

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Soft Diplomacy Brief

Currently in a capacity building mission in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and cooperation of Timor-Leste, I can tell you that the common position of international Relations worldwide engenders that the foundations of soft diplomacy skills and protocol must be integrated into our global daily lives. It is not only a “European Art” but a 

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ISPD News

Soft diplomacy is a key element of our academic programmes and therefore it is appropriate that our first main article in this blog starts with a brief on this matter. Other members of the ISPD teaching staff will also be regularly contributing to the blog by writing articles of interest to our readers and friends. I use 

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Summer School 2012

In keeping with its traditions, The International School of Protocol and Diplomacy (ISPD) is proud to announce that it is holding its “2012 Summer School Programme” from 10 to 13 July 2012 at its headquarters in Brussels, based on similar courses that it held with success in the past years. The two guest lecturers for 

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Coming to ISPD…

ISPD will host Alice Hecht, the former Chief of Protocol at the United Nations for Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-Moon, from 8 to 9 February 2012. Her first lecture delves into her vast experience of working in the UN predominantly in the New York, but also in Kosovo and in Iraq, where she worked alongside 

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Partnership with Boston University Brussels

The last year has been one of growth and development, but things do not end here, as from September 2011 ISPD will partner with Boston University to offer a number of courses in Protocol and International Relations.

ISPD in Dubai

The International School of Protocol & Diplomacy (ISPD), headquartered in Brussels, is participating at the 4th UAE 2015 Government Organizations Strategy Development Summit with a keynote speech on Protocol Strategies and International Etiquette Communication given by ISPD Executive Director and Founder, Inês Pires Urquiza. For the very first time in Dubai, ISPD’s Founder will offer 

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