Delegations for Dialogue has organised a total of 12 programmes since July 2015, engaging 157 students, academics and professors in informed dialogue on a wide-range of topics. A summary of each programme can be found below.
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea)
Sports & Diplomacy 2018
The Sports & Diplomacy Programme, taking place just weeks after the historic Pyeonchang Winter Olympics 2018, consisted of 10 delegates seeking to assess the role sports can play in diplomacy. Following meetings in Beijing, the delegation travelled to Pyongyang where they met with students at the Pyongyang University of Foreign studies. Additional sports activities were arranged including a football match.
Trade & investment INSIGHTS 2016
Trade and Investment Insights was a fact-finding programme focusing on the economic development angle of the 'Byungjin Policy' and aimed to explore the role international trade and foreign investment would play in the DPRK's future development. Delegates visited the Pyongyang International Autumn Trade Fair, before heading to the Special Economic Zone of Rason in the Northeast of the Country where they visited a Bank and several factories.
The Summer SYmposium 2016
The Summer Symposium (2016) aimed to explore the nuances behind the DPRK's 'Byungjin Policy' with a focus on the advancements of the DPRK's science and technological capabilities. This particular programme took place in China, the DPRK (North Korea) and the ROK (South Korea) and included 16 delegates from a wide-range of academic backgrounds.
The Runners Delegation 2016
The Runners Delegation was the first of Delegations for Dialogue's Sports programmes. A total of 18 student runners joined the week-long programme which included participating in the Pyongyang Marathon. Delegates also joined in a mixed football match with the DPRK youth football team and had several exchange opportunities with DPRK school students.
The Two Koreas 2016
The Two Koreas programme was a travelling symposium exploring the issues surrounding the peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula. 12 Delegates gathered first in in Seoul where they met with groups of university students, think tanks and academics. The delegation then headed North via a brief stopover in China.
The Middle East
"An Independent Kurdistan?" 2017
"An Independent Kurdistan?" was a fact-finding programme exploring the the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for Iraq's Kurdish Autonomous Region in the lead up to September 2017's independence referendum. A total of 18 delegates gathered in Erbil and were able to engage in dialogue with representatives from all of the region’s political parties at the Kurdistan Parliament and including a two-hour meeting with President Masoud Barzani.
CrossRoads Ahead 2016
With Myanmar's first elected civilian government in 50 years preparing to be ushered in, the Crossroads Ahead programme was a fact-finding programme structured to engage with a diverse cross-section of society; from local university students and academics to expats, NGO staff and media outlets. The delegation visited Yangon and the ancient city of Bagan with the aim of understanding the most important issues facing the country at this historic crossroad.
The Autumn Symposium 2015
The Autumn Symposium 2015 was a travelling symposium focused on studying the most recent trends in economic development within the DPRK. The programme engaged with several key business people who have paved the way for business cooperation in the country. The 18 delegates were also invited to attend the Pyongyang International Autumn Trade Fair.
"The Other Refugee Crisis" 2016
The Other Refugee Crisis was a fact-finding programme exploring the refugee situation in one of the world's most complicated political systems. A total of six delegates gathered in Beirut before making visits to a number of refugee camps. Meetings were also established with representatives from political parties and a number of important social activists.
Development under a "frozen conflict" 2017
In November 2017 Delegations for Dialogue's SOAS Society organised a short fact-finding programme titled "Development under a frozen conflict" in Chisinau, Moldova and Tiraspol, Transnistria. Delegates met with a range of Moldovan and Transnistrian governmental and non-governmental representatives to learn more about the the developmental issues prevailing in the unique, unrecognised state of Transnistria.
The Summer Symposium 2015
Delegations for Dialogue's inaugural programme studied examples of state and non-state engagement with one of the world's most isolated countries, the DPRK. A diverse group of 11 delegations, representing 10 nationalities, gathered first in Beijing for several days of discussions before making a weeklong visit to the North.
the Cultural Heritage Symposium 2016
The Cultural Heritage Symposium included round-tables and lectures with local Iranian artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, journalists, professors and mullahs with the core objective to achieve a deeper understanding of Iranian cultural history. A total of nine Delegates travelled to Teheran, Qom, Isfahan and Shiraz. Several exchange opportunities were facilitated with high school students in Isfahan and university students in Shiraz.