A Model for Digital Diplomacy Training

In the early days of digital diplomacy nations placed an emphasis on developing an online presence with little regard to what that presence achieved or enabled. That is no longer the case. Nowadays digital diplomacy is used in all core functions of diplomacy. At the ministry level, social media is used to promote a national... Continue Reading →

The State of Palestinian Digital Diplomacy

Throughout my exploration of digital diplomacy, I have found time and again that smaller nations can use social media in order to leverage their diplomatic standing. I refer to this phenomenon as social media mobility. This week I was interested in examining if Palestine is using social media to increase its visibility, promote its foreign... Continue Reading →

Between Two Digital Divides

Recently, I published a post dealing with the potential use of digital diplomacy among African MFAs. It was my contention that African foreign ministries may use social media to improve their national brand, reach out and strengthen ties with Diasporas and practice network diplomacy. This post was predicated on the assumption that when it comes... Continue Reading →

Did #SOTU Go Global?

It’s Complicated Diplomacy and International Relations scholars have argued that ours is the age of complexity. Global challenges such as health pandemics, climate change and migration necessitate trans-national cooperation as no nation can address these issues alone. Furthermore, in a globalized world domestic policies have international ramifications. One country’s open border policy can lead to... Continue Reading →

Is Digital Diplomacy Just Theatre?

Sociologist Erving Goffman separates the realm of social life into two distinct spheres: the front, in which people play certain roles, and the back region or backstage in which their true character lies. It is in the back region where the illusion portrayed onstage is meticulously prepared. According to Goffman, credibility is key to human... Continue Reading →

On Thinking Again and Turning Away

The past two years have seen a flurry of editorials, newspaper articles and official reports detailing the manner in which ISIS uses social media to recruit young members, manage its global image and disseminate its message of hate to a global audience. The underlying assumption of these articles and reports is that tweets can kill.... Continue Reading →

The 2016 Social Network of Foreign Ministries

Introduction In May of 2014, I published my analysis of the social network of world foreign ministries (MFAs) on twitter. My assumption was that MFAs would actively follow one another online in order to gather relevant information. For instance, by following other ministries an MFA may be able to identify policy changes in certain countries,... Continue Reading →

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