If The Cuban Missile Crisis Were Tweeted

Two weeks ago, Professor David Rothkopf broadcasted a podcast about digital diplomacy. In the podcast he wonders, like many others, how past crises might have played out differently had digital tools been invented at the time. Such is the case with Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 which often serves as an exemplar of crises management…

Is the Backstage of Diplomacy Disappearing?

20th Century Diplomacy For most of the 20th Century, diplomacy was practiced behind iron curtains. While diplomats would often pose for photo opportunities, such photographs were taken before and after their meetings. The diplomatic deliberations themselves took place within the inner sanctums of great palaces or behind the closed doors of historic halls. It was…

What is the Role of Former Ambassadors in Digital Diplomacy?

Ambassadors can serve as important digital diplomacy assets. Given their high profile, Ambassadors are often able to attract more social media followers than embassies. Additionally, given their extraordinary and plenipotentiary status as government representatives, their online comments soon find their way to media reports. Indeed, an Ambassadorial tweet can spark controversy, or add new opinions…

Open Letter to the ISA Leadership

To the leadership of the ISA, The events unravelling in the United States have led many members of the ISA to reevaluate their decision to attend this year’s conference in Baltimore. Throughout my short academic career I have adamantly opposed academic boycotts, including those against my own country, Israel. This opposition stems not from my…

Poland’s #Selfie Diplomacy

On January 23, 2017, the Polish Embassy in the US published a YouTube video titled “Words Matter”. The video aims to ensure that journalists and social media users employ the correct term when referring to concentration camps built by Nazi Germany on Polish soil during World War 2. This video serves as a fascinating example…

Is Post-Reality the Word of the Year in Digital Diplomacy?

In November of 2016, Oxford dictionary proclaimed “Post Truth” the 2016 word of the year. The choice was obviously a reflection of two important political campaigns- Brexit and the US Presidential elections. In both campaigns truth became subservient to political gains while the distinction between fact and fiction eroded. Exaggerations, fabrications and lies became an…