Alumni Network

One of the core strengths of the SDD programme is the possibility to create a cross-generational network, allowing members from older generations to help the new students joining the SDD community. To do so we developed this website, where people can share their experiences, thesis topics and current working positions. As this website grows, so does our community and its ability to become more than a simple study programme.

If you are an SDD Alumna or Alumnus and would like to join the community fill out this form!


“They must be hospitable and employ an excellent cook. They must be men and women of taste and erudition and cultivate the society of writers, artists and scientists. They must be naturally patient, willing to spin out negotiations and to emulate the exquisite art of procrastination as perfected in the Vatican. They must be imperturbable, able to receive bad news without manifesting displeasure, or to hear themselves maligned and misquoted without the slightest twinge of irritation. Their private life must be so ascetic as to give their enemies no opportunity to spread scandal. They must be tolerant of the ignorance and foolishness of their home government and know how to temper the vehemence of the instructions they receive. Finally, they should remember that overt diplomatic triumphs leave feelings of humiliation behind them and a desire for revenge: no good negotiator should ever threaten, bully or chide.”
– A good ambassador, Nicholson 1988 [adapted]

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