US diplomat offers Arab Spring lessons at Georgetown series
October 09 2020 08:13 PM
Gordon Gray
Ambassador Gordon Gray

As the need for diplomacy and effective tools for international co-operation continues to grow, Qatar Foundation (QF) partner Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) is offering skills training in collaboration with the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD) from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, DC. 
The newest Diplomatic Education Workshop is titled 'What the Start of the Arab Spring Taught Me About Diplomacy', to be held from 4pm to 5.15pm on October 13. It will feature distinguished ISD fellow, ambassador Gordon Gray.
The virtual workshop led by Gray, who served as the US ambassador to Tunisia during the events of the Arab Spring almost a decade ago, will focus on meeting and managing competing demands in times of crisis. Drawing on his own experiences in directing the US response in support of Tunisia’s transition under the pressure of quickly unfolding events, ambassador Gray will share the diplomatic lessons learned and shed insight on the tools needed to successfully navigate new political realities. 
"This workshop is designed for diplomats," explained Rodolph Boughaba, the associate dean for Executive Education at GU-Q, adding that "the lessons of ambassador Gray's extensive experience in diplomacy has bearing for anyone living and working in fields where wider engagement has brought them into the negotiation or crisis-management arena, or who are required to take on diplomatic interface roles."
Each workshop will be conducted in English as an online class and run for 75 minutes. A presentation will be followed by discussions for an in-depth exploration of the issues.
A limited number of participants per session, which will be run under Chatham House rules, will ensure that each session is informative and interactive, according to a press statement.
Ambassador Gray is a non-resident diplomatic fellow at ISD and the chief operating officer at the Center for American Progress. Prior to his retirement from the US government after 35 years of public service, he was the deputy commandant at the National War College. 
Information about registration and topics of upcoming workshops can be found at
The Diplomatic Education Workshop Series is part of the GU-Q Virtual Hub for Global Dialogue: Engaging Communities, Finding Solutions initiative, an online platform that comprises the university's broad efforts to bring the community together for engaging discussions on a wide variety of issues.

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