Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies (MEDAC), University of Malta

The Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies (MEDAC) is an institution of higher learning offering advanced (Master) degrees in diplomacy and conflict resolution with a focus on Mediterranean issues.

MEDAC was established in 1990 pursuant to an agreement between the governments of Malta and Switzerland. Since then, the Academy's main supporters have been the Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation (SDC) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malta. More recently, MEDAC has concluded an agreement with the Federal Republic of Germany, represented by the Foreign Office and established a German Chair in Peace Studies and Conflict Prevention. Dr. Monika Wohlfeld, a former OSCE official, is the holder of the Chair since its inception.

In the twenty-five years since MEDAC was established, it has acquired a solid reputation as an academic institution, a practical training platform and a research and analysis centre. We are fortunate to count more than 700 alumni from some 60 different countries who have completed successfully the post-graduate Master courses offered by the Academy (Master of Diplomacy, Master of Arts in Diplomatic Studies, Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Mediterranean Security). The EU's enlargement towards the Mediterranean, that included Malta in 2004, and the recent transformation of the political landscape throughout the Arab World have resulted in an ever increasing demand for MEDAC's programme of studies. 

MEDAC is a member of the International Forum on Diplomatic Training (IFDT)and in September 2010, MEDAC together with the DiploFoundation, hosted the 38th IFDT meeting. MEDAC is also a member of the European Diplomatic Training Initiative (EDTI), a group of EU diplomatic academies training EU personnel, a member of EuroMeSCo, and a member of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN). In 2014, MEDAC joined the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions, an autonomous OSCE-related track II initiative, as well as the New-Med Network.

University of Malta
Msida MSD 2080
Tel: +356 2340 2340
Fax: +356 2340 2342


Dr Monika Wohlfeld
German Chair for Peace Studies and Conflict Prevention


Dr. Monika Wohlfeld joined MEDAC in 2009 as the first Holder of the German Chair in Peace and Conflict Prevention, established at MEDAC by the German Academic Exchange Service and the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously she was the Deputy Director of the Conflict Prevention Centre of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), responsible for the Organization’s field operations in 19 countries in South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia. She served as Head of External Co-operation of the OSCE and, prior to that, as Senior Diplomatic Adviser to the Secretary General. In those positions, Dr. Wohlfeld was inter alia responsible for the OSCE’s Mediterranean dialogue.

She has been a Senior Research Fellow at the Western European Union (now European Union) Institute for Security Studies in Paris, and Researcher at the War Studies Department at King’s College London. From 1994 to 1996 she was a NATO Fellow and in 2002 German Marshall Campus Fellow. She taught International Relations at Webster University in Vienna. She has been on the editorial board of the Helsinki Monitor (now Security and Human Rights).
Monika Wohlfeld received a B.A. in Political Science and Soviet and East European Studies, a M.A. in Political Science and Strategic Studies from the University of Calgary, Canada, and a Ph.D. in War Studies from King’s College London.

Dr. Monika Wohlfeld has published widely on matters related to European security, European institutions, regional co-operation, conflict prevention, crisis management, and the Mediterranean. Her most recent publications include a volume written with Dr. Omar Grech on Human Rights and the Conflict Cycle; a book edited with Prof. Stephen Calleja on Change and Opportunities in the Emerging Mediterranean; a MedAgenda written with Dr. Derek Lutterbeck on OSCE Code of Conduct; an edited MedAgenda on Civil Society and Democratisation in Societies in Transition; a monograph on The OSCE’s Mediterranean Engagement on the Eve of the 40th Anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act, published by Instituto Affairi Internzaionali; an article on Dialogue with the Whole Mediterranean in Security Community – The OSCE Magazine; and an edited book with Omar Grech on Migration in the Mediterranean.