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 →

What can we learn from digital diplomacy?

One of the major questions arising from the study of digital diplomacy deals with its practical application. In other words, what can we really learn from digital diplomacy? In the past, I have conducted several analyses which suggest that MFAs now routinely follow one another on twitter. As such, MFAs may be using social media... Continue Reading →

The State of Russian Digital Diplomacy

Recent moths have seen an abundance of articles dealing with Russia's use of trolls in order to shape online public discourse regarding its foreign policy. According to one¬†article, the Kremlin now manages a troll army used to promote Russia's stance on numerous issues (e.g., Ukraine, Syrian Civil War, Iran nuclear agreement) and discredit Russia's opponents.... 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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