Book panel discussion: 'The Future of Diplomacy After COVID-19'

St Cross College was delighted to welcome alumnus Vahd Nabyl A. Mulachela (PGDip Diplomatic Studies, 2008) for an online panel discussion, to celebrate the launch of the book 'The Future of Diplomacy After COVID-19: Multilateralism and the Global Pandemic'.

The book has already received endorsements from senior figures including Angela Kane, former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, and H.E Mr Mohamed ElBaradei, 2005 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. It examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on international diplomacy and was written by a team of authors who have worked directly in international public policy and the establishment of global agendas at the United Nations:

Hana Alhashimi, an Emirati member of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Group,

Vahd Nabyl A. Mulachela, an Indonesian diplomat with experience in bilateral and multilateral affairs covering strategic partnerships, social development and health issues,

Toni-Shae Freckleton, a Jamaican civil servant with 17 years of experience in policymaking on matters of social and sustainable development, both at the multilateral and national level

Jonathan Viera, an Ecuadorian diplomat who has served as a negotiator in the main design and follow up processes of the United Nations agendas on financing, urban and sustainable development

Andres Fiallo, an Ecuadorian diplomat, with 15 years of experience in International Human Rights, who has contributed to central processes within the United Nations for over a decade as a negotiator, coordinator, and advisor spanning human rights, social affairs, peace, and security

Mona Ali Khalil is the Director of MAK LAW and a former Senior Legal Officer of the UN Office of the Legal Counsel.

We were privileged to be joined by Vahd and his fellow co-authors (with the exception of Toni-Shae Freckelton, who was unfortunately unable to join this time). He gave us a fascinating insight into the various chapters of the book which focus on different aspects of global cooperation: multilateral diplomacy, the rule of law, sustainable development, economics and financing, digital governance, and peace and security.

The authors spoke in depth about the area of their specialism considering the current situation, lessons learned from the pandemic's impact in that field, and their thoughts on the future.

The presentations were followed by Q&A from the audience.

For the recording of this event please see here.