Twitter has removed more than 30,000 accounts linked to state-based actors, the majority of them from China, accusing them of spreading deceptive geopolitical narratives. The intervention from the American social media giant comes a day after Zoom appeared to go in the opposite direction by blocking the video accounts of three Chinese human rights leadersREAD MORE
Traditionally, MFAs (ministries of foreign affairs) have been viewed as organizations that face the world with their back to the nation as they have been responsible for communicating with foreign populations rather than the national citizenry. Thus, unlike ministries of Justice, Homeland Security and Culture, MFAs were never able to foster a domestic constituency putting them at a disadvantage when compared with their peers. The rapid process of globalization has further eroded MFAs’ standing within governments. Given that global challenges require global solutions, a growing number of government ministries (e.g., health, energy, justice) now also face the world and collaborate with their equivalents overseas. Subsequently, MFAs have lost their monopoly on external ties and lost territory within governments.
Yet the global proliferation of ICTs and digital technologies has enabled MFAs to interact directly with their citizens and provide them with an array of services thus developing..READ MORE
China’s soft-power strategy is to project an image of Beijing as an economic alternative to the West and Russia. American political scientist Joseph Nye says soft power is “getting others to want the results that you want.” This projection of peacetime power comes not only from the ideals of the state, but also from universities,READ MORE
Israel’s digital diplomacy team on Sunday celebrated a milestone in its social media campaign to the Farsi-speaking world, and specifically Iran, when it reached 500,000 followers of its Instagram account. “Many thanks to the 500,000 Iranian friends who follow us,” the Foreign Ministry said in its Farsi Instagram account. “Proud of our Digital Diplomacy work,READ MORE
New digital diplomacy efforts are bearing considerable fruit on social media, three officials from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Digital Diplomacy Department said on Wednesday. During an online briefing offered by the MFA, Head of Digital Diplomacy Yiftah Curiel, Director of New Media in Persian Sharona Avginsaz and Director of New Media in ArabicREAD MORE
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 crisis than most. With the capital Sanaa under the control of the rebel Houthi movement and the second city Aden still prone to in-fighting and instability, Aron’s tenure has required flexibilityREAD MORE