Universiteit Leiden

nl en


The Future of Diplomacy after COVID-19: Multilateralism and the Global Pandemic

Thursday 27 May 2021
Diplomacy and Global Affairs Research Seminar Series 2021
Online via Zoom


Would you like to join the lecture? Register now.

About the lecture

Global cooperation and solidarity are central to responding to and mitigating the health and socio-economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, yet, to many, this was slow to mobilize and lacking in political leadership. Written by a team of authors who have worked directly in International Public Policy and the establishment of global agendas at the United Nations, the “Future of Diplomacy After COVID-19: Multilateralism and the Global Pandemic” book considers the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on international diplomacy, and the challenges and opportunities it presents for the future of multilateralism. This book provides essential reading for professionals and policymakers involved in diplomatic roles, as well as students and scholars interested in the future of international relations, global governance and sustainable development.

The seminar will cover the books chapters, presented by the respective authors:

  1. Covid-19: Where Public Health and Diplomacy Converge - Vahd Nabyl Mulachela 
  2. Future of Sustainable Development - Toni-Shae Freckleton
  3. Future of Economic Diplomacy and Financing for Development - Jonathan Viera
  4. Future of Digital Cooperation - Hana Alhashimi
  5. Future of International Peace & Security - Andres Fiallo
  6. The Future is Multilateralism - Mona Ali Khalil

 More details on the book

About the speakers

Hana Alhashimi coordinated the Future of Diplomacy After Covid-19 book project. She is an Emirati member of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Group, and has served as Senior Advisor on Frontier Technologies in the Office of the 73rd President of the General Assembly.

Andres Fiallo is 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.

Toni-Shae Freckleton is 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. She has served as Senior Advisor on Sustainable Development in the Office of the 73rd, 74th and 75th Presidents of the General Assembly.

Mona Ali Khalil is a public international lawyer and former Senior Legal Officer of the UN Office of the Legal Counsel. She is an Affiliate of the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict and a Fellow of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research.

Vahd Nabyl A. Mulachela is an Indonesian diplomat with experience in bilateral and multilateral affairs covering strategic partnerships, social development and health issues. He has served as Senior Advisor on Strategic Partnerships in the Office of the 73rd and 74th Presidents of the General Assembly.

Jonathan Viera is an Ecuadorian diplomat who has served as negotiator in the main design and follow up processes of the United Nations agendas on financing, urban and sustainable development. He has taught on finance, economics and international relations at universities in Ecuador and the United States.

About the seminars

The Diplomacy and Global Affairs (DGA) Research Seminar is a series launched by the Research Group on Diplomacy and Global Affairs at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs. The seminars of internationally acknowledged guest researchers and faculty members deal with current research topics in diplomacy, international relations, global affairs, and political economy broadly conceived and target a broad audience through their interdisciplinary focus.


This website uses cookies.  More information.