Sunday 10th, May - from 9am to 1pm

Diplomacy and Negotiation: the art of making one's will count.

Negotiation is ubiquitous within diplomatic relationships between states, in fact, it has vital importance in determining the future of populations and states. This scientific discipline is considered as an art, and it is clear that to be a successful negotiator very specific abilities and skills are required.

This workshop aims to provide the tools and theoretical foundations of this discipline and which are necessary to successfully conclude a high level negotiation without forgetting the pragmatism that characterizes diplomatic relations.  For this reason, we propose simulations of international disputes between states that have historically occurred. The diplomatic negotiations will be led by an eminent member of the U.S. diplomatic agency, Professor and former executive Emilio Iodice.

The workshop is divided into three stages:

  1. A frontal lecture given by an expert in the field in which the foundations of negotiation and mediation are identified and analyzed.

  2. Start and development of the practical experience of diplomatic negotiation in which the participants will be actively involved while being divided by themes and roles.

  3. Exposure of the dynamics of the dispute and the consequent solution found by the mediators and final intervention of the expert who will present the real cases, their development and outcomes.

Rhetoric and Public Speaking

The aim of this workshop is to give the students the opportunity to improve their oratory and persuasive skills. In fact, we strongly believe that these abilities  are a pillar for those who are willing to pursue the political career or to take over a role for whom these communicative skills are a fundamental ingredient.   

 

The workshop will be divided into three parts:

  1. In the first, theoretical part, the students will learn the most useful strategies in the art of oratory, by improving their self-confidence and communicative skills, (even by using the techniques of theater). In this step they will also learn to choose the appropriate media for many different types of interlocutors (slides, videos, images, objects, etc.).

  2. Secondly, the participants will be divided into different groups, each of which must formulate a communication strategy for a hypothetical election campaign. The various groups will have to follow a list of requirements - previously drafted in part one. No matter what ideologies and proposals, what political faction they will represent, the success of their group will be given on how much they will meet the criteria of the list. However, their proposals will be defined by the event organizers and then handed to them. Their task is, in fact, to shape an effective election campaign.

  3. During the third part, the groups will present their proposals and parties, they will answer the questions of the opponents, and at the end they will have to vote. The winning group will be defined both by the elections and the score - defined by the list of requirements - that will be assigned by the speaker of the Workshop.

Simulation of the European Parliament 

Themes previously chosen by each participant:

  • Proposal of a law related to the environmental issue (NEW CO2 emissions reduction, abolition of disposable plastic...).

  • Common legislation on feminicide.

  • Proposals for legislation on economic and fiscal matters (regulation of financial policies in European territory);

  • Common policies on defence and international cooperation: discussion and revision of the Atlantic Alliance in order to improve the treaties that regulate the matter.

 

In this way the students will have the opportunity to experience the several tasks of the Parliament by confronting the different documents and approaches needed within the specialized committees.

 

Political communication during COVID-19

During Coronavirus pandemic negationism, disinformation and fake-news have sometimes prevailed over scientific rhetoric. In this uncertain scenario, political communication has taken on a central role and strategic narratives drove political messaging and propaganda. Leaders addresses to the nation are more and more frequent in order to reassure the population and legitimize military/paramilitary action.

Together with Centro Studi Internazionali, we will analyse communication strategies during crisis, focusing on three iconic figures: Jair Bolsonaro, Boris Johnson and Viktor Orbán.

 

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE:

  1. 25 Settembre (15:00-17:00) Introduction to political communication. What is a narrative? How can politicians manage a crisis? 

  2. 26 Settembre (15:00-17:00) Analysis of concrete cases. The role of emotions. Covid-19 and populisms.

  3. 27 Settembre (15:00-17:00) Breakdown in three groups, one for every case study: ​Jair Bolsonaro, Boris Johnson and Viktor Orbán.

Tech-Rel

Experts from the IAI Institute for International Affairs will take us on a journey to explore the link between technology and international relations, an ever-evolving theme that is based on identifying and overcoming new political challenges that are transforming global society.

WORKSHOP STRUCTURE:

 

  1. September 25 (17:00-19:00) Introduction to Tech-Rel by Jean Pierre Darnis.

 

  1. September 26 (17:00-19:00) Division of participants into four thematic rooms. Francesca Ghiretti will talk about the technological differences between Chinese and European society in the post-covid context. Lorenzo Mariani will analyze the technological-political challenges between China and the United States. Nicola Billotta will address the big tech paradigm and its issues for global governance. Finally, Jean Pierre Darnis will discuss the emergence of European technological sovereignty. Delivery of materials for writing a policy brief on the subtopic.

 

  1. September 27 (17:00-19:00) Presentation of papers with Francesca Bitondo, Nicolò Sartori and Anna Veclani.

Sessualità e diritti LGBTQI+ nel mondo

Eduxo's experts will guide us on a path aimed at deepening the sphere of sexual identity in a workshop over three days, from September 25 to 27, from 2:30 pm to 5 pm. We will start by giving an introduction on what sexuality and sexual health are, we will understand what orbits around the theme of sexuality in reference to rights, but also to taboos including stereotypes and / or prejudices. The following day we will compare the legislations of different European and world countries with respect to sexuality education in schools and with respect to LGBTIQ+ rights. On the last day we will deal with the economic phenomena of rain-bow washing and the pay gap on the basis of sexual orientation, as well as humanitarian issues such as sexual conversion centers, torture and human rights violations. We will conclude by talking about news events that relate to the topics covered. It is specified that all activities have been structured in an interactive form and that the active participation of participants will be essential. In fact, there will be cross-cutting activities such as icebreakers, brainstorming, kahots, mini-games, quizzes, comparisons, etc..