International Conference at AGS in Paris Examines the Impact of Technology on International Affairs

  • 12th April 2014
International Conference at AGS in Paris Examines the Impact of Technology on International Affairs

PARIS, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

On April 17-18, the American Graduate School in Paris ( will host its 9th Annual Conference on the theme of Cyber-Developments in International Relations. Taking place in Paris, the conference will gather academics, graduate students, and professionals from more than a dozen countries to discuss the impact of the Internet and other technologies on the way countries and organizations interact. It will address topics such as cyber-security, digital diplomacy, cyber-activism, the rise of social media, and children’s rights.

The Edward Snowden affair and NSA revelations, WikiLeaks, and the Arab Spring all illustrate how crucial the role of technology has become in politics and global affairs. Through this conference, the American Graduate School in Paris will seek to build bridges between academics and practitioners in the field to examine these well-known issues beyond the headlines and explore the wider context and the implications for international relations.

Wilfried Bolewski, former German Ambassador and former Chief of Protocol to Chancellors Merkel and Schröder, will give the opening speech at 11:00 am on April 17, on the subject: “Cyber-Diplomacy between Participation, Transparency and Secrecy.” Bolewski explains: “Digital technology and cyber-developments provide challenges to an innovative information management and a creative mindset in international relations, which all actors have to face urgently and proactively. I believe the AGS Conference will offer useful operational guidance in this field.”

The keynote panel on the second day will investigate how cyber-developments are impacting children’s rights, bringing together Sara Devlin, Deputy Director of the US State Department’s Africa Regional Services at the US Embassy in Paris, Melinda George, WikiChild Coordinator at the OECD, Susanna Greijer, consultant on Children Rights and Child Protection, and Alexis Niki, writer and founder of Storynova. The panel will be moderated by Elizabeth Milovidov, children’s rights and Internet-safety advocate and founder of The Crossing Guard.

During four other panels spread across the two days, speakers will explore topics as diverse as “WikiLeaks and the Internet as a Democratizing tool”, “Censorship on Social Media and Limitations on Cyber-Activism in China”, and “Hacktivism, the Arab Spring and Palestine: Towards a Multitudious Sovereignty”. Panelists will be representing institutions from all over the world, including NYU and Cal State Los Angeles in the US, Kings College London in the UK, Sciences Po in France, Lunds University in Sweden, Central European University in Hungary, University of Turin in Italy, and Ben Gurion University in Israel.

The AGS International Graduate Student Conference is hosted every year with the purpose of offering a forum for the exchange of ideas on the most pressing issues of international relations. The event is entirely organized by AGS Master’s candidates in the AGS International Relations and Diplomacy program in Paris, under the supervision of Professor Ruchi Anand, author of Self-Defense in International Relations (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). The event is also held in partnership with Arcadia University (PA, USA), with the contribution of institutional partners Fondation Alliance Française, Alliance Française Paris-Ile de France, and Banque Populaire Rives de Paris.

The American Graduate School in Paris ( is an institution of higher education offering US-accredited programs in the heart of Paris, France. It specializes in International Relations and Diplomacy as well as Business and Economics.

More information on the conference.

The AGS 2014 Conference is open to the general public. For more information, contact [email protected] – +33(0)1-47-20-00-94.

Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in posts
Search in pages


  • For better environment: Don’t Ignore! React! 13th December 2019
    Skip to content Zaneta Trajkoska Director of the Institute of Communication Studies Guest blogger for UK in North Macedonia Part of UK in North Macedonia 13th December 2019 Skopje, North Macedonia For better environment: Don’t Ignore! React! “All of us should be persistent in our commitment to a cleaner and healthier environment, through self-criticism and […]
  • SIN Spins up Flurry of UK-US Collaboration in Offshore Wind Energy Innovation Ahead of COP26 11th December 2019
    Skip to content Karla Hagan Head of Science and Innovation Network, Washington, DC Guest blogger for Science and Innovation Network USA Part of Global Science and Innovation Network 12th December 2019 Science Innovation USA SIN Spins up Flurry of UK-US Collaboration in Offshore Wind Energy Innovation Ahead of COP26The UK’s global leadership in clean growth […]

RSS Diplo Portal Belgrade

  • У Руском дому отворена изложба Јелене Вогулкине „Читав свет је у нама“ 13th December 2019
    У Руском центру за науку и културу у Београду отворена је изложба Јелене Вогулкине под називом „Читав свет је у нама“. Уметница припада новом правцу савремене уметности „Енергоуметности“, које је усмерено на хармонизацију енергија, тока мудрости и свесности, које се налазе у подсвести сваког човека. Јелена Вогулкина експериментише стиловима и техникама и тако ствара слике, […]
  • В Русском Доме открылась выставка Елены Вогулкиной «Весь мир внутри нас» 13th December 2019
    В Российском центре науки и культуры в Белграде открылась выставка Елены Вогулкиной под названием «Весь мир внутри нас». Художница принадлежит новому направлению современного искусства «Энергоискусство», которое направлено на гармонизацию тонких энергий, потока мудрости и осознанности, заложенных в подсознании каждого человека. Экспериментируя с стилями и техниками, Елена Вогулкина предпочитает создавать картины, которые вызывают не только сильные […]

Catalog of Destroyed and Desecrated Churches in Kosovo ( VIDEO )

How Belgrade based diplomats use Digital Diplomacy and Internet 2016

Diplo Portal Belgrade

Scroll Up