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  • Digital Diplomacy & Existential Threats 25th October 2020
    The Covid virus is not likely to kill mankind. The majority of Covid patients survive, youngsters seem more immune to its potency, and scientific and medical collaborations will ultimately yield a vaccine. However, Covid’s side effects, namely anxiety and disorientation, are evident everywhere. In Israel, TV viewers are told that the rate of contamination has […]
  • Diplomatic lessons 1: 1979-83 23rd October 2020
    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 23rd October 2020 Vienna, Austria Diplomatic lessons 1: 1979-83 I’m delivering an online apprenticeship talk to staff in Vienna when someone asks me if I’ve thought of summarising […]
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  • Digital Diplomacy & Existential Threats 25th October 2020
    The Covid virus is not likely to kill mankind. The majority of Covid patients survive, youngsters seem more immune to its potency, and scientific and medical collaborations will ultimately yield a vaccine. However, Covid’s side effects, namely anxiety and disorientation, are evident everywhere. In Israel, TV viewers are told that the rate of contamination has […]
  • От полиомиелита до ковида. Как США и СССР победили полиомиелит. 24th October 2020
    Как США и СССР победили полиомиелит и что мешает странам объединить усилия в борьбе с COVID-19 в наши дни 24 октября – Всемирный день борьбы с полиомиелитом. В середине XX века эта болезнь приобрела характер национального бедствия во многих странах. Она уносила тысячи жизней, около 40% заболевших становились инвалидами. О том почему идеологические противники — […]
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  • Digital Diplomacy & Existential Threats

    Digital Diplomacy & Existential Threats

    The Covid virus is not likely to kill mankind. The majority of Covid patients survive, youngsters seem more immune to its potency, and scientific and medical collaborations will ultimately yield a vaccine. However, Covid’s side effects, namely anxiety and disorientation, are evident everywhere. In Israel, TV viewers are told that the rate of contamination has slowed. The following day a new lockdown is initiated. On Wednesday one reads that France has beaten the virus, while the following week Paris’s streets are empty.

    Under Covid, there is no normal, no routine and no solidarity. There is only the ‘now’.

    The Covid virus is existential in that it has affected all realms of daily life including doctor’s appointment, public transportation, schools, universities, travelling, socializing, dating, enjoying culture, going outdoors, meeting with colleagues, managing long distance relationships and more. In many countries, political systems have come to a standstill given public resentment ..

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  • When Auschwitz Goes Digital

    When Auschwitz Goes Digital

    Several days ago I reached an important decision- I began following the Auschwitz Memorial on Twitter. That Auschwitz was recommended by the Twitter algorithm is not surprising as much of my digital activities date back to WW2. I often Google battles and skirmishes, view lists of WW2 facts or read Wikipedia pages of prominent Nazis. These all contribute to my investigation of MFAs’ use iconic images online, images that summon WW2 to the present. Other times these activities are related to surges in anti-Semitism while still other times it is human curiosity that drives me to the edge of humanity.

    Yet since I have followed Auschwitz online, my Twitter habits have altered dramatically. For every few scrolls I am presented with a black and white image of a poor soul who ended up at Auschwitz. These moments are so emotional that I pay little attention to other tweets and most often escape Twitter altogether. For how can I focus on a statement by the EU High Commission, or a video greeting..

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  • TikTok handbook for non-profits and digital diplomacy

    TikTok handbook for non-profits and digital diplomacy

    A practitioners manual with tips and best practices to leverage TikTok for good, for government, and for social impact.
    Continue reading on Digital Diplomacy »

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  • How Will Covid19 Impact Diplomacy’s Digitalization?

    How Will Covid19 Impact Diplomacy’s Digitalization?

    When researching digital diplomacy, one soon realizes that every foreign ministry (MFA) has undergone a unique process of digitalization. The digitalization of the US State Department rested, among other, on the appointment of two digital enthusiasts- Alec Ross and Jared Cohen. Canada’s digitalization was facilitated by a change in administration as the Trudeau government urge diplomat to join online conversations. The Crimean Crisis led the German MFA to restructure its strategic communications department. New Zealand’s MFA sought to adopt digital technologies following the example of other government ministries while Lithuania wished to communicate with Diasporas and reverse a possible ‘Brain Drain’.

    Even today the practice of digital technology is not uniform. Some nations conduct network analyses to assess their international image. Other ministries prioritize countering disinformation and preventing the circulation of conspiracy theories. The Israeli MFAs uses social media to in..

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  • Diplomatic lessons 1: 1979-83

    Diplomatic lessons 1: 1979-83

    • 23rd October 2020

    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
    23rd October 2020 Vienna, Austria
    Diplomatic lessons 1: 1979-83 I’m delivering an online apprenticeship talk to staff in Vienna when someone asks me if I’ve thought of summarising everything I’ve learned in my 41-year career. ‘No,’ I say. They urge me to think again.
    So here is the first of several blogs seeking to distil a few lessons. Comments welcome.
    My first day in the civil service was 3 October 1979. I approached the doorman at No.2 Marsham Street, the long-since-demolished HQ of the since-much-reorganised Departments of the Environment and Transport (DOE), with foreboding.
    ‘You’ve come to the wrong building,’ the doorman said. ‘PMT is in Lambeth Bridge House.’
    I trudged across Lambeth Bridge to a grim red 1940s office block – also since demolished – once described by architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsn..

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  • When Auschwitz Goes Digital

    When Auschwitz Goes Digital

    • 23rd October 2020

    Several days ago I reached an important decision- I began following the Auschwitz Memorial on Twitter. That Auschwitz was recommended by the Twitter algorithm is not surprising as much of my digital activities date back to WW2. I often Google battles and skirmishes, view lists of WW2 facts or read Wikipedia pages of prominent Nazis. These all contribute to my investigation of MFAs’ use iconic images online, images that summon WW2 to the present. Other times these activities are related to surges in anti-Semitism while still other times it is human curiosity that drives me to the edge of humanity.

    Yet since I have followed Auschwitz online, my Twitter habits have altered dramatically. For every few scrolls I am presented with a black and white image of a poor soul who ended up at Auschwitz. These moments are so emotional that I pay little attention to other tweets and most often escape Twitter altogether. For how can I focus on a statement by the EU High Commission, or a video greeting..

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  • The Foreign Office and the creation of the UN

    • 23rd October 2020

    Skip to content Dr Richard Smith
    FCDO Principal Historian
    Part of FCDO Historians UK at the UN
    23rd October 2020 London, UK
    The Foreign Office and the creation of the UNPub quiz question: where was the first meeting of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly held?
    Answer: London, in the Methodist Central Hall on 10 January 1946.
    London features heavily in early UN history. The Security Council met for the first time in Church House, Westminster, the following week. Church House was also the location for the UN Preparatory Commission, which convened in the autumn of 1945 to decide the administrative framework for the new organisation.
    Foreign Office officials played a key role in planning and establishing the UN at the Dumbarton Oaks conference (August to October 1944), where the Big Four met to discuss setting up a new international body to replace the League of Nations. They played a similar role at the subsequent United Nations Conference on International Organization, which met in..

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  • The UN at 75

    The UN at 75

    • 23rd October 2020

    Skip to content Matt Field
    British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina
    23rd October 2020 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    The UN at 75 Amongst many less pleasant events, 2020 also marks the much happier 75th year since the founding of the United Nations, and a series of commemorations is being held throughout the year. I congratulate UN Resident Coordinator in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ingrid Macdonald, and all of the UN staff for their open-ended commitment to BiH’s citizens, around the three UN pillars of human rights, sustainable development and peace and security. Last month, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab spoke of the UN’s origins, and an inception “rooted in optimism and a determination that ‘we, the peoples’ would create a better future for ourselves and our children”.
    The United Kingdom is a firm friend and champion of the UN, and a leading supporter, through our budget contributions, as a permanent member of the Security Council, and as a country committed to spending 0.7% ..

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  • Digital Diplomacy & Existential Threats 25th October 2020
    The Covid virus is not likely to kill mankind. The majority of Covid patients survive, youngsters seem more immune to its potency, and scientific and medical collaborations will ultimately yield a vaccine. However, Covid’s side effects, namely anxiety and disorientation, are evident everywhere. In Israel, TV viewers are told that the rate of contamination has […]
  • От полиомиелита до ковида. Как США и СССР победили полиомиелит. 24th October 2020
    Как США и СССР победили полиомиелит и что мешает странам объединить усилия в борьбе с COVID-19 в наши дни 24 октября – Всемирный день борьбы с полиомиелитом. В середине XX века эта болезнь приобрела характер национального бедствия во многих странах. Она уносила тысячи жизней, около 40% заболевших становились инвалидами. О том почему идеологические противники — […]
  • #EUzaTEBE radio vesti – 23.10.2020. 23rd October 2020
    EU info centar · #EUzaTEBE radio vesti za 23. oktobar 2020.preuzmi (7 MB, mp3, audio/mpeg, 320kbps, 44,1kHz) The post #EUzaTEBE radio vesti – 23.10.2020. appeared first on Diplomatic portal.

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