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  • Digital Diplomacy Myths0

    In the introductory chapter to the edited volume on Digital Diplomacy: Theory and Practice that Marcus Holmes and I published four years ago, I asked the question of whether digital technologies could be seen as a harbinger of change for diplomacy by revolutionizing the way diplomats perform their traditional functions of representation, communication and negotiation.

  • How changing rules of engagement sparked a diplomatic crisis for diplomats0

    International diplomacy is changing fast. Career diplomats in Washington are increasingly finding themselves sidelined and distrusted by their own political masters. Meanwhile, in Beijing, China’s foreign policy professionals are being schooled to prioritise nationalistic rhetoric over subtle negotiation. Then there’s the advent of social media and the 24-hour news cycle. The days of discreet deal-making


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