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IBID dialogue with retired ambassador Martin Kobler: "Mission (im) possible: Conducting peace missions using the example of MONUSCO" - May 18, 2021

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In political science teaching and research, the chair deals with the meaning and connection of ideas, individuals and institutions in world politics. Specifically, it deals with five interrelated priority areas: foreign policy and diplomacy, international organizations and global governance, peace and conflict research, political theory and philosophy of international relations, and politics and governance under the conditions of globalization. The focus is on the structural change in international relationships, the potential of different actors and ideas as well as the transformation of political control processes. On the following pages you will find information about our team, our teaching and research activities as well as resources for orientation in the universe of international relations.

Information about the new master’s course International Relations & Diplomacy can be found on the homepage  and the flyer for the course.
You can find all information about starting the IBID Master's degree ►here.

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On May 18th, 2021, we will welcome retired Ambassador Martin Kobler, who has an impressive career as political leader of UN peace missions. As special envoy of the United Nations, Martin Kobler was, among other things, head of the UN peace missions in Iraq (UNAMI), Libya (UNSMIL) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).

In his lecture, Mr. Kobler will talk about the special challenges in leading peace missions and share his experiences as head of the peace mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).

The event will take place on Tuesday, May 18th, 2021, from 6.15pm to 8pm instead and is transmitted via the Zoom video conference system.

Interested parties are asked to register by May 17, 2021 at 3 p.m. by email to: sekretariatibuni-trierde.
After successful registration, you will receive the access data on the day of the event.

Next Tuesday, Ms. Lisa Apitz, Attachée at the Foreign Office, will speak about her experiences as a diplomat in training, the professional field of diplomacy and her personal path to the Foreign Office.

The event will take place on Tuesday, May 4th, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and will be broadcast via the Zoom video conference system. Interested parties will receive the access data for the event by email to sekretariatibuni-trierde

All students who have started their master's degree in “International Relations and Diplomacy” (IBID for short) in this winter semester 2020/21 are cordially invited to a first welcome event.

► Due to current developments in connection with the corona pandemic, we unfortunately had to decide to hold the welcome event on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. online via ZOOM. This also enables the relatively uncomplicated participation of those of you who are not yet able to be in Trier at the moment. Please note that it is possible to participate in meetings and events without registering via the Zoom client. (You can find more information about Zoom video conferencing software and the campus license here.

It would be nice if you could take part with a microphone and webcam so that not only can you see and hear us, but we can also see and hear you and get to know you face and voice. If you already have a professional email address for the University of Trier, you will receive the access data for the ZOOM meeting promptly by email. If you do not yet have a university email address, please contact your course coordinator Dr. Sascha Werther (masteribid [at] so that we can send you the access data by email.

We look forward to getting to know you personally soon.

The start of the winter semester but also the start of the new master's program “International Relations & Diplomacy” at Trier University are just around the corner. At the University of Trier, applications for courses with no admission restrictions are still possible online until October 9 for the 2020/21 winter semester.

Are you interested in the new master's degree in "International Relations & Diplomacy" and still want to apply or have you already applied? We would like to give you the opportunity, if you have any unanswered questions, to find out more in a personal conversation before the application deadline or the start of the semester.

On Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020, course coordinator Dr. Sascha Werthes is available for your open questions in an open consultation via Zoom. If you would like to take this opportunity, register with a time preference for one of the two periods below at masteribiduni-trierde.

  • Time slot 1: Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Time slot 2: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

After registering in advance, you will receive your individual access data for the Zoom meeting.

We look forward to hearing from you!
Many greetings from Trier, The IBID team

PS. You can find initial general information about the course and how to apply at:

University of Trier
Universitätsring 15
D-54296 Trier
Tel .: +49 (0) 651 / 201-0
Email: infouni-trierde