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The Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean is the Caribbean's premier professional development-oriented diplomatic studies training centre. The Diplomatic Academy is an integral part of The University of the West Indies St. Augustine Campus and the Campus' renowned Institute of International Relations (IIR), which was established in 1966 by agreement between the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and the Government of Switzerland.

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The Diplomatic Academy aims to provide high-quality, immersive learning and short-term, hands-on practical training in modern diplomacy education.

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    The first iteration of the DAOC online training module on Energy Diplomacy: Foreign and Security Policy Contexts in the Caribbean

    “This course has exceeded my expectations. The facilitators could not have chosen a better time to provide such an informative and educational course. I commenced the programme with very little knowledge in this area. However, due to the presenter’s articulate presentation, I have gained a comprehensive knowledge of the exploration of Energy Diplomacy in various countries in the Caribbean, the International Region.

    I was engrossed in the presentation on the case of Guyana’s Oil and Gas Sector and its Emergence as a Petrostate: Prospects and Possible Pitfall. Without a doubt, I am better informed and certainly more capable of functioning as the Clerk of the Natural Resources Committee. I would love to have an opportunity to pursue follow-up courses in this regard.”

    Ms. Carla Harry
    Clerk of Committees
    Parliament Office, Public Buildings, Georgetown


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    The first iteration of the DAOC online training module on Energy Diplomacy: Foreign and Security Policy Contexts in the Caribbean

    “The course was excellently facilitated and presented. All presenters provided relevant information given the current global, regional and local energy contexts. The knowledge shared throughout the course will benefit the participants in analyzing and contributing to policies.”

    Ms. Reenah Samuel
    Junior Clerk
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

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    The second iteration of the DAOC online training module on Advances in Consular Affairs in the Modern Diplomatic Mission: A Caribbean Perspective

    “This course, though short, was quite intensive, informative, and relevant for our modern diplomatic climate. I particularly valued the personal experiences shared by the facilitators, guest speakers and fellow participants. The course had a very diverse group of participants that provided the opportunity to better grasp Consular Affairs from multiple agencies involved. I’ve left this course with greater insight on how to approach my consular functions while keeping abreast of changes that will affect policies and best practices in diplomacy today. I am now better equipped to serve my fellow citizens and foreigners alike.”


    Ms. Shebby-Ann S.C Dennie
    The Embassy of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the Republic of China (Taiwan)


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    The second iteration of the DAOC online training module on Caribbean Small States and the Diplomacies of Climate Change: Negotiations in Practice 

    “This course has exceeded my expectations. The topics were aptly delivered over a four-day period to cover key issues related to climate diplomacy and the UNFCCC processes. I particularly enjoyed the interactive sessions and the practical negotiating exercise, which provided us with an insight into the multilateral dynamics of decision making.”

    Ms. Sondra Cheong
    Foreign Service Officer III
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Guyana

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    The second iteration of the DAOC Online training module on Caribbean Small States and Disaster Diplomacy

    “I thoroughly enjoyed taking this course which focused on Disaster Diplomacy with particular emphasis on Caribbean Small States. This course was very helpful in understanding the role diplomacy plays in Disaster Risk Management and its direct relationship to areas such as the Comprehensive Disaster Management Framework and The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 - 2030. Although I thought I had a good understanding of Disaster Management concepts, I was surprised by how much I was able to learn from the so many discussions throughout the course and the varied perspective and experiences of participants.

    I am confident that the learnings from the respective modules will be used to strengthen disaster risk management in Trinidad and Tobago and by extension the region. In addition, I am appreciative of the depth and breadth that Dr. Wilkinson and the participants brought to my understanding of disaster management and diplomacy.I do look forward to other opportunities to expand my knowledge in disaster risk management and areas of diplomacy.

    Thank you so much for this tremendous opportunity.”



    Mr. Keion Wight
    Relief Officer
    Office of Disaster Preparedness & Management (ODPM)

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