The origins of digital diplomacy may be traced back to the search for “cost-effective” diplomacy at the beginning of the 21st century. The end of the Cold War was accompanied by reductions in the funds allocated to public diplomacy activities. The demise of the Soviet Union was supposed to be replaced by a homogenous capitalist world order headed by the United States. There were no more publics that needed to be influenced. Yet the 9/11 terror attacks, and subsequent War on Terror, all demanded a renewed commitment to public diplomacy. This commitment was not necessarily supported by new resources. MFAs thus began to search for cost-effective diplomacy, a quest that led them to the digital world. Through digital technologies MFAs could create virtual global Embassies, converse with global populations and manage their nation’s image without building new facilities or erecting new establishment in the physical world.
More than a decade into the era of digital diplomacy it is evident tha..READ MORE
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Amidst the Trump-Kim Summit and a vomit of commentary on ‘presidential diplomacy’, ‘face-to-face diplomacy’, ‘summit diplomacy’ and even ‘Trumpian diplomacy’, we’ve somehow come to accept politicians as diplomats. It may be time to recall the difference – before it’s too late. While it may be splitting hairs, leadership summits are not ‘diplomacy’. If we considerREAD MORE
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