Key perspectives and historical progress of professional diplomats
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Key perspectives and historical progress of professional diplomats examined at Sorbonne Abu Dhabi roundtable discussion

Abu Dhabi, 29 January 2013–Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi launched the 2013 season of lectures open to the public with a discussion on the important career of international diplomats held on Monday, 28th January 2013. Hosted by history of international relations specialists, Prof. Alain Tallon and Dr. Isabelle Dasque from Paris-Sorbonne University, and François Gautier, First Counselor at the French Embassy, the roundtable discussion scrutinised the professions of diplomatic agents and their career progress throughout the ages, from the Renaissance era to the current period.
The discussion featured the multiple functions of embassies including its vital mission of serving and protecting citizens who live and work abroad. The audience learned how every diplomat, from the Ambassador and Consul General to the Economic Advisor and Cultural Advisor, play crucial roles. The roundtable also touched upon how the business of diplomacy became diverse and the evolution of the recruitment process.
Prof. Dr. Eric Fouache, Vice-Chancellor of Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi said, “Embassies and diplomatic officials around the world play a major role in international relations and are indispensable to its citizens. This discussion, from historical and contemporary perspectives, offers a fascinating insight into the development of a diplomat’s role over the centuries. At Sorbonne Abu Dhabi, we groom future leaders through our tailored professional courses like the Bachelor programmes in History-Civilisations and International Affairs, Law, Applied Foreign Languages and a Master programme in International Law, Diplomacy and International Relations, all highly advantageous for students with career aspirations in the diplomatic field.”
Sorbonne Abu Dhabi frequently organises events and discussion that provide interesting angles for the benefit of its students and the local community. Forthcoming lectures include ‘The Last Days of Courtesy’ on Wednesday, 30th January 2013 on the decline and different aspects of courtesy and civility. On Monday, 4th February 2013, the university will hold a lecture on the archaeology features of Umm an-Nar Island, Hili and Bida Bint Saud. Please visit the Events Calendar on to view a list of the upcoming events.