Imagining Digital Diplomacy as Social Networks

I have often wondered if foreign ministries follow each other on twitter, and if so, do foreign ministries regard twitter as an important source of information. After all, by monitoring the Ukrainian ministry of foreign affairs’ twitter channel world governments can gather important information regarding events shaping this country’s future as they unfold. Likewise, by monitoring Israel’s official twitter channel, world governments can better understand the Israeli government’s stance on the negotiations with the Palestinians.

In order to answer this research question, I have started a project of imagining digital diplomacy activities as a social network.  For example, which foreign ministries are most followed by other foreign ministries? Which foreign ministries serve as important hubs of information? Which foreign ministries are most connected to other ministries?

For example, this is a network analysis of the Social Network of Foreign Ministries

Social Arab States

As part of this project I have visualized and analyzed:

The 2017 Social Network of Foreign Ministries

The Social Network of Foreign Ministries

The Social Network of the United Nations 

The Social Network of Foreign Embassies in Israel

The Social Network of Arab Twiplomacy

The Social Network of World Leaders on Twitter

The Social Network of Foreign Ministers on Twitter