2017: A Year of Digital Uncertainty

In many respects, 2017 was a year of digital uncertainty. It was a year in which digital platforms were used to weaponize uncertainty. It was a year in which the societal role of digital platforms became uncertain. It was a year in which the relationship between states and tech gaits became uncertain. And it was... Continue Reading →

Diplomacy in the Age of Simulacra

The age of Simulacra Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure is known for his theory of signifier and signified. A "signifier" is a verbal reference to a given object, while "signified" is the actual object being referred too. For instance, the word "chair" is the signifier for the object on which individuals sit in an office... Continue Reading →

Nation Branding In Times of Crisis

The underlying assumption of nation branding is that countries have images, whether they manage them or not. Moreover, some believe that national images serve as stereotypes as they enable people to make sense of the world around them. Viewing national images as stereotypes leads to the conclusion that altering a nation's image is a prolonged... Continue Reading →

Digital Diplomacy Literacy

The term Digital Literacy reflects the immense impact the digital revolution has had on our lives. While some originally thought that the digital world would be separate from the physical one, it is now clear that the digital world is but an extension of the physical one. Revolutions that start on-line impact the physical world... Continue Reading →

#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. https://twitter.com/Rusembsudan/status/442749930827186177 As tensions between Moscow and Washington continue to mount following Russia's incursion into Crimea, some have already speculated that Russian President Vladimir Putin has adopted a Cold War mentality with regard to his desire... Continue Reading →

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