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Cablegate: September 2006: Eur Entry Level Conference In

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SIPDIS

SIPDIS

FOR DCMS AND ENTRY LEVEL EMPLOYEES

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AMGT APER OTRA AFSI EZ
SUBJECT: SEPTEMBER 2006: EUR ENTRY LEVEL CONFERENCE IN
PRAGUE

1. (U) Embassy Prague is pleased to announce it will host an
Entry Level (EL) Conference September 6-8, 2006. The
Conference will focus on transformational diplomacy
tradecraft and career development. All EL generalists and
specialists from EUR are welcome and encouraged to attend,
especially ELs from posts in new EU member states, Eastern
Europe, EU accession candidate countries, and the Balkans.
Although the focus will be on democracy promotion in the
European region, ELs from other bureaus interested in the
subject of democracy promotion are invited to attend (subject
to availability of spaces).

2. (U) The Conference will begin officially the evening of
Wednesday, September 6. Ambassador William Cabaniss will host
a dinner at his residence to welcome Conference attendees and
speakers. The Conference will conclude at 1600 on Friday,
September 8 (there will be optional events for those who stay
over the weekend). For registration information, please see
paragraph 8.

3. (U) The Conference will feature speakers on the following
substantive topics: best practices in promoting democracy,
multilateral diplomacy and NATO, and lessons-learned during
the Czech Republic's peaceful transition to democracy. Of
particular interest, a panel of experts will focus on
democracy promotion using Belarus as a case study. Panelists
will include U.S. officials, Czech foreign ministry
officials, NGO representatives, and hopefully a Belarusian
democratic opposition representative.

4. (U) The Conference will also include workshops to help ELs
incorporate the concept of transformational diplomacy into
their careers. Topics will include: developing leadership
skills, the power of public diplomacy, working in Iraq,
Afghanistan, and other hardship posts; best practices in
consular affairs, and mid-level bidding strategies.

5. (U) Confirmed speakers to date include:

-- Ambassador Victoria Nuland (NATO) (via DVC)
-- Ambassador Maura Harty (CA) (via DVC)
-- DAS Mark Pekala (EUR)
-- Ambassador Michael Guest (FSI)
-- DCM Cameron Munter (Embassy Prague)
-- Dean Haas (HR/CDA/EL)

6. (U) Cost: Posts will be responsible for the cost of
sending their designated attendees to the Conference. In
addition to travel and accommodation expenses, posts will be
asked to pay a conference fee to cover the cost of conference
meals, including the Welcome Dinner, and other
conference-related expenses. The Embassy will provide a
detailed schedule, the conference fee amount, and other
administrative details septel.

7. (U) Accommodations: Embassy Prague has reserved a block of
rooms within per diem ($217) at an attractive hotel within
blocks of the Embassy. The Embassy will reserve rooms in the
names of attendees upon their formal registration (see below).

8. (U) Pre-registration and Registration: The Embassy
requests posts to designate their attendees no later than
Monday, July 10. Due to space limitations, the number of
attendees is limited to 30. Therefore, to ensure a spot for
interested attendees and to facilitate conference planning,
posts are urged to pre-register (without obligation) on or
before Wednesday, June 21. To pre-register, please email the
following information for each potential attendee to Sarah
Peck (see contact details below):

-- Name
-- Title
-- Date of Birth
-- Security Clearance Level
-- Arrival and departure dates
-- Telephone, fax, and unclassified email address
-- Whether the person will be accompanied by anyone
-- Any special needs or requests

9. (U) Point of contact is Political Officer Sarah Peck. Her
direct telephone number is: 420-257-022-312. Her email is
pecksc@state.gov.

10. (U) We hope to see you in Prague in September.
DODMAN

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