Covid-19: Lessons From China’s Public Diplomacy in the EU

Throughout the development of the Covid-19 crisis, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has worked strenuously to frame the story from its perspective –...

Japan prepares for next Operation Wuhan with ‘mobile consulate’

Japan's Foreign Ministry will launch a program to send out teams of "mobile consulates" to assist citizens stranded far away from diplomatic missions, using...

Digital diplomacy: How technology could reshape Middle East politics in the age of coronavirus

  As the UK's ambassador to war-torn Yemen, Michael Aron is more accustomed to the travel restrictions and disruptions brought about by the...

Coronavirus and the long-term threat to democracy

25 Mar Coronavirus and the long-term threat to democracy Posted at 12:02h in UK Perspectives by Flora Holmes This week political systems the world over politics have seen a tightening of government-led lockdowns across the globe – from India, to France, to the United States, to deal with the threat of Coronavirus. On Monday, 23rd March, the UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced in a televised address watched by 27 million that Britons were to only leave their homes to buy food, to exercise once a day, or to go to work if they are classified as key workers. Such measures have been wildly popular amongst electorates. Indeed, a poll of 4,500 people by Redfield and Wilton revealed an overwhelming 90 percent of people in Italy, 88 percent in Spain and 87 percent in France support the strict social distancing measures. In the UK, a snap YouGov poll suggested that 93% of the public supports the latest UK lockdown measures – showing how seriou..

Opinion: On China, Thai netizens contradict official diplomacy

It was a strange digital flareup. Ceaselessly, and seemingly inexplicably, over an entire night and day, Thai and Chinese netizens took to Twitter to...

‘Coronavirus Diplomacy’ Won’t Change Serbia’s Path

Despite accepting aid from China to fight the coronavirus, the president of Serbia writes that his country is committed to a pro-Western foreign policy. A...

Nina Jankowicz & Peter Pomerantsev on the Future of Disinformation

04 May Nina Jankowicz & Peter Pomerantsev on the Future of Disinformation Posted at 17:00h in Events, Upcoming Event by Sophia Gaston Sophia Gaston spoke with Nina Jankowicz and Peter Pomerantsev, two of the leading expert researchers into contemporary disinformation, to explore the role that it is playing in the Coronavirus pandemic. They discussed the differing ways in which disinformation was being harnessed, the challenges of studying a landscape fraught with as much misinformation as disinformation, the next phases of government regulation, and the likely prominence of disinformation in the 2020 US Presidential Election. Nina Jankowicz works at The Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., where she studies the intersection of democracy and technology in Central and Eastern Europe. Her book, ‘How to Lose the Information War’, will be published in July 2020. Ms. Jankowicz has advised the Ukrainian government on strategic communications under the a..

“Veliki brat”: Kako funckioniše praćenje ljudi u doba korone

Australija je posle Kine druga zemlja na svetu koja je u cilju sprečavanja širenja koronavirusa uvela aplikaciju za praćenje kontakata i brzo reagovanje, ako...

Why now is the time to take global action against COVID-19

Skip to content Leigh Turner Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna Part of UK in Austria 27th April 2020 Vienna, Austria Why now is the time to take global action against COVID-19 Coronavirus or COVID-19 has been shaping the reality of life and work in Austria, the UK and around the world. As we are all trying to do our bit to fight the spread of the virus (stay at home!) and adapt where possible to a new normal, I think it’s worth reminding ourselves that in order to find a long term solution to the threat posed by the virus we have to work together as a global community. We face an urgent need to develop, manufacture and equitably distribute therapeutics, diagnostics and a vaccine. No country can do this on its own. Without cooperation on this, our eventual recovery will take longer, be more uncertain and bring greater risk of repeated outbreaks. As an international, open and densely populated coun..

Coronavirus should not stop us defining and championing Global Britain – Telegraph

Director of the British Foreign Policy Group, Sophia Gaston, wrote for the Telegraph, arguing that Coronavirus should not stop us defining and championing Global Britain. In the piece, Sophia argues: “There have been many policy casualties of the coronavirus pandemic, but one of the most significant shifts in the UK Government’s focus has been the postponement of the Integrated Review of our Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy. The Review had finally swung into motion and was hurtling ahead at break-neck speed, the government mindful that international goodwill towards the Global Britain project could not be sustained indefinitely on a handful of aspirational speeches. In the four years since the referendum on our membership of the European Union, Britain’s foreign policy has existed largely in..