Who to follow in the world of twiplomacy?

When exploring the world of digital diplomacy, one is often confronted by a puzzling plurality of official twitter channels. For instance, the US digital diplomacy apparatus includes President Obama’s twitter channel, Vice President Biden’s twitter channel, Secretary of State John Kerry’s twitter channels, twitter channels operated by official spokespersons of the US government, the State…

Iran and Israel Establish Virtual Relations

One of the many possible applications of Digital Diplomacy is to use digital channels in order to promote dialogue between peoples in instances where traditional diplomacy has failed. The US State Department realized this potential when it launched Virtual Embassy Teheran in December of 2011. This website was meant to enable direct dialogue between the…

#Ukraine: the crisis through the eyes of Digital Diploamcy

Earlier today, Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs published the following tweet commemorating Yuri Gagarin’s orbiting of the earth in 1961. 'Let's go!' 80th birthday of Yury #Gagarin, first man in space http://t.co/hcur77W7El pic.twitter.com/VcAJTJjYOi@SUDANESEONLINE — Russia in Sudan (@Rusembsudan) March 9, 2014 As tensions between Moscow and Washington continue to mount following Russia’s incursion into Crimea,…

Searching for a definition of Digital Diplomacy

It might seem somewhat ludicrous to dedicate a blog to the subject of Digital Diplomacy without first offering a definition of the term Digital Diplomacy. However, this is no simple task as there is currently no such definition. While foreign ministries throughout the world have been eager to adopt Digital Diplomacy, each ministry defines and…