The Ambassadors Club at Tel Aviv University
Studying the M.A in Security and Diplomacy at Tel Aviv University is not only intellectually stimulating inside the classroom, but also an opportunity to enrich the academic experience by going out to share ideas with peers and the experts in the field, to engage in debates, to question and to learn. For the last six weeks, some of our students from the M.A. in Security and Diplomacy program have been participating in the Ambassadors Club, a joint project of TAU international, StandWithUs, and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to offer high-level international students a training program on leadership and advocacy.
With a multidisciplinary and practical approach as its distinctive hallmark, the program brings experts on security, diplomacy and advocacy to talk in an informal and interactive fashion with the students. Throughout the semester the club uses a two-level approach: on the one hand, offering information regarding the issues and on the other, developing the skills necessary to put that knowledge into practice. Furthermore, this initiative provides an extraordinary networking opportunity.
Among other lecturers, our students have met with Capitan Barak Raz from the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, Ari Varon who is a Ph.D student at Tel Aviv University and former Deputy Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister, and Neil Lazarus, world renowned expert in public speaking and advocacy who has worked, among other institutions, with the UNESCO, Harvard University, the World Bank and the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A week ago, in the last session, participants went to Jerusalem, where they also met with Miri Eizen, who besides her twenty years of experience in the intelligence community was the spokesperson for the Israeli Government during the Second Lebanon War, as well as the international media advisor in the Office of the Prime Minister.
Perhaps the most important thing is that in every session students have encountered a plural choir of voices and opinions, for not only the lectures do the talk, but it is also the audience that engages and animates the discussion. And this audience is compounded by participants from different backgrounds and programs from around the University, Israelis as well internationals, Jewish and non-Jewish. And that is what the M.A in Security and Diplomacy is all about: a round and sound academic experience in which our students are encouraged to learn by exchanging ideas, by debating, and by putting knowledge into practice.