Monday’s #MustRead List

Each week, I publish a list of interesting articles, essays and reports that may be of interest to the digital diplomacy community. This week- Facebook spent more on lobbying than any other Big Tech company in 2020 (CNBC)Google threatens to withdraw search engine from Australia (BBC News)UK must resist the itch to meddle with the... Continue Reading →

Digital Diplomacy: Between Adoption and Adaptation

The speed of diplomacy’s digitalization has been truly remarkable. In less than a decade, MFAs (foreign ministries) have gone from launching websites and virtual embassies to designing smartphone applications, analyzing big data sets, writing code, creating algorithms and establishing social media empires that span multiple networks. This is all the more remarkable as MFAs were... Continue Reading →

Re-Framing China: The Corona Virus and National Images

The Corona pandemic is likely to influence the images of many nations. This is because billions of individuals are stranded at home comparing nations' responses to the virus. Moreover, news organizations throughout the world are constantly reporting on the policies of other nations. Finally, periods of acute crisis can challenge misconceptions and worldviews. Indeed, it... Continue Reading →

Increasing ROI in Digital Diplomacy

In recent years, digitalization has swept through diplomatic institutions altering diplomats’ working routines, norms, values and working procedures. In less than a decade, Ministries of Foreign Affairs (MFA) have migrated to social media, launched virtual embassies, written algorithms, created smartphone applications and conducted consular simulations. Some MFAs have been able to invest substantial resources in... Continue Reading →

Selfie Diplomacy in a post-Brexit World

In 2015 Dr. Elad Segev and I examined the Selfie Diplomacy of the US State Department. We defined selfie diplomacy as the use of social media sites to proactively manage a nation’s image. In this sense, selfie diplomacy is akin to nation branding campaigns in which a nation’s image can be created, monitored and evaluated... Continue Reading →

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