Afghan Diplomat Training Program (2015)

For the fourth consecutive year, Meridian International Center, in partnership with the Public Diplomacy Council, developed a two-week training program for 15 English-speaking early career Afghan diplomats, focusing on diplomatic craft and management skills. The program provided delegates with a strong understanding of the diplomatic process and requisite protocol, including employing proper terminology and drafting diplomatic correspondence. Delegates learned how to set and prioritize national goals and became familiar with how to conduct strategic planning, policy formation, and embassy management, including budgeting and allocation of resources. They practiced participating effectively in negotiations and learned to work with local, regional, and international media, including the use of new media such as social networking. The general format for the training consisted of morning seminars, training exercises, and hands-on simulations followed by site visits after lunch.

This program gave delegates the opportunity to take their theoretical knowledge and compare it to the actual, practical work of American diplomats. This program was a partnership between the U.S. State Department and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China. Delegates also visited Beijing for follow-on training later in the year.

For more coverage on the 2015 Afghan Diplomat Training Program, see Meridian's blog posts here and here.



U.S. Department of State

Project summary

Afghan Diplomat Training Program (2015) | September 2015
Number of Visitors: 20
Regions: South and Central Asia
Countries: Afghanistan
Impact Areas: Governance and Transparency, Public Diplomacy
Program Areas: Exchanges
Partners: Diplomatic Corps, Private Sector