Skip to content Sian MacLeod
UK Ambassador to Serbia
Part of Digital Diplomacy FCDO Outreach UK in Serbia
21st September 2020 Belgrade, Serbia
The Online Diplomat The Online DiplomatI was recently asked to open a conference on communications. Because of the public health situation the conference was held virtually, that is to say, online.
It’s a dangerous thing to be an amateur opening a conference of professionals.
To do so using their own medium was, to use typically British irony, ‘courageous’.
I realised that I was probably in more need of advice from the experts than they were from me. But as the saying goes, nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Diplomacy, broadly speaking is about policy, people and places. A diplomat’s life and work is about presenting policy, meeting people and visiting places.
That’s tricky just now.
I wouldn’t go as far as a well-known commentator for Carnegie Europe who said that coronavirus had “brought diplomatic activity to a standstill”.
But there is a qui..