Author: Belgrade initiative 4 Digital Public Diplomacy

Digital Diplomacy — A Framework (Part 1)

Speaking last month at the Valdai international conference, Vladimir Putin stated that “it is obvious that new information technologies have made the information space as precious as land was in the age of Columbus. Interference in others’ information space is now viewed as a major threat to national security.” No one says it better than Putin — from...

Melania Trump visits pandas at Beijing zoo

The US first lady spent time with a couple of China’s most prominent diplomats on her last day in Beijing, the pandas Meng’er and Gu Gu. She was greeted by a group of schoolchildren waving miniature Chinese and American flags and handed out stuffed toy bald eagles to them. Melania Trump engages in panda diplomacy at...

The Personalization of Digital Diplomacy

In the early days of digital diplomacy, MFAs and diplomats viewed social media as linear communication tools. Diplomats believed that they could use social media to craft a message and directly disseminate it among online publics. Thus, social media was no different from other mass media such as the radio and television. Yet as the practice...

Do Western Balkans states engage in digital diplomacy?

Social media is fundamentally changing the way people communicate with each other, but also the way governments engage with citizens.  It has changed the way that public diplomacies around the world communicate and inform citizens about their activities. Bearing in mind all benefits from usage of internet and social media, governments have a new possibility to...

Evolution of Korea’s Public Diplomacy

Prior to the announced discussion with South Korea’s Ambassador for Public Diplomacy (PD) Enna Park at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, it is worth making a brief analysis of the Republic of Korea, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)’s Diplomatic White Paper, which distinguishes public diplomacy (PD) approaches. The English language version of the White Paper,...

Blocking Out the Noise

Can curated news websites help us to better understand current events? By Emma Gilpin Sometimes it can seem as though we have too much choice when it comes to news sources In the modern era of the Internet and “Fake News”, we are living with a wealth of information at our fingertips. However, it’s no secret that this...

UAE making great strides in digital diplomacy: Noura

ABU DHABI: The technological advancements the world is witnessing at present have significantly contributed to the changing character of war, Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, said in her speech at the Ministry of Defence organised ‘The Leaders Conference: War in the 21st Century’ event, which opened in Abu Dhabi on...