I strongly believe in the power of modern diplomacy to prevent and resolve conflict and address challenges. But diplomacy must evolve to meet the changing needs of a globalized world and adapt to new realities characterized by the emergence of non-traditional non-state actors, the increase of IT and social media, interdependent economies, and environmental and global health concerns. Another key issue to be addressed is the gross underrepresentation of women in leadership and their lacking participation in diplomatic efforts?into which issue I gained extensive insight during my internship at UN Women. Progress can be achieved by making diplomatic practice more transparent, inclusive, and accessible, allowing for innovative and creative collaboration among relevant diplomatic levels and actors in efforts to tackle complex new challenges. As a Palestinian-German woman and aspiring peace mediator, I wish to contribute to the evolution of diplomacy to better uphold human rights and respond to humanitarian and societal concerns. Having grown up in Palestine under conflict, I experienced first-hand its detrimental, multi-faceted impact on people's lives. For my research, I will analyze arguments that link ethnic identity to conflict.