The Social Network of Foreign Embassies in Israel

The past three weeks have demonstrated yet again that Israel is one of the world’s most important diplomatic hubs. As the violent confrontation between Israel and Hamas continues to escalate, diplomatic efforts to reach a ceasefire between the two sides have brought to the region numerous high ranking diplomats including the UN Secretary General, US…

An Epic Q&A Session

On July 17th, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer held a Q&A session on twitter aimed at answering questions relating to the current outbreak of violence between Israel and Hamas which now includes a ground offensive by the Israeli Army into the Gaza strip named Operation Protective Edge. Twitter followers were asked to…

How Governments Frame on Digital Diplomacy Channels

Framing theory has been a focal point of research in the field of communications for several decades.  According to Robert Entman, framing is the result of selection and salience. Thus, to frame is “to select some aspects of a perceived reality and make them more salient in a communicating text, in such a way as…

The Social Network of Arab Twiplomacy

A Disconnected Arab World Last week I attempted to explore the world of “follow-mies”, countries that are enemies in the geo-political world yet follow one another on twitter. An interesting finding was that in the age of twiploamcy, the Arab world is a disconnected one. I found that the majority of Arab countries do not…

“Follow-mies”- Do Enemies Follow One Another on Twitter?

I have often wondered if a foreign ministry’s decision to follow another foreign ministry on twitter or Facebook is regarded as a political decision. In attempt to answer this question, I decided to search for “follow-mies”, countries that are enemies in the go-political world but that follow one another on twitter. This was made possible…