Heine Stresses Urgency for Diplomacy in Webinar

Ambassador Jorge Heine, Research Professor at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies and Interim Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, was a key participant in a recent webinar titled “Why in this time of War we need diplomacy more than ever.” Co-hosted by the Oxford Global Society and Diplomats Without Borders, the event marked the publication of the 8th edition of Satow’s Diplomatic Practice.

Heine, alongside Chair/Moderator Prof. Richard Caplan, Professor of International Relations at Oxford University and Oxford Global Society Fellow, and speakers Sir Ivor Roberts, former British ambassador in Belgrade, Dublin, and Rome; former president of Trinity College, Oxford University; Oxford Global Society Advisory Board member; Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, former UN Under-Secretary-General, Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific (ESCAP), Executive Director of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), Secretary-General Special Advisor for Timor-Leste, and Special Envoy on Myanmar; and Mr. Ghaith al-Omari, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Senior Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, former advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team, engaged in a discussion on the role of diplomacy in mediating armed conflicts.

Drawing from his rich diplomatic experience, Heine emphasized the importance of clear goals, trust, and experienced negotiators in achieving diplomatic success. The webinar explored the challenges and opportunities diplomacy faces in addressing complex global conflicts. The webinar is available on Youtube here.

Ambassador Jorge Heine is a Research Professor at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. He has served as ambassador of Chile to China (2014-2017), to India (2003-2007), and to South Africa (1994-1999), and as a Cabinet Minister in the Chilean Government. Read more about Ambassador Heine on his faculty profile.