Training for UK Diplomats: supporting in-depth understanding of ideological and institutional factors in conflict-affected areas
iMedia manages a series of short interactive modules and briefings commissioned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), relating to Political Islam, Radicalisation and Counter-Insurgency in South Asia and the Middle East. These are advanced level trainings conducted by respected academic and practitioner experts and include talks, panel discussions and podcasts. A key theme in many of the courses is the role of the media in fragile and conflict-affected areas. Consistently highly rated by participants, the courses are designed to provide a baseline for officials with limited experience in the regions while, at the same time, providing senior officials (including those who may be developing expertise in a new country) with more detailed information to suit their specialised needs. Since 2015 iMedia has provided business development and management services, liaising with the FCO and backstopping the team of associates.