What’s the Issue? Internet freedom was until recently not a foreign policy issue. Newton-Small traces the origins of the policy to a conversation four years ago: In 2008, Michael Horowitz, a longtime religious-liberty advocate, went to his friend, Representative Frank Wolf, a Virginia Republican, and suggested setting aside funds to help Falun Gong, a religiousREAD MORE
– Domani Spero There was a time when embassy newsletters were distributed only in printed format. Do you remember that? Later they were distributed as Word documents, then eventually as PDF files. We know that some posts put the newsletters up on the Intranet, not sure if all posts do this now. But even ifREAD MORE
By: Fergus Hanson “Our basic assumption is that we’ve all lost control of the information environment—the only option is to embrace the change and work to shape it.” —Ben Scott, Innovation Adviser to Hillary Clinton What’s the Issue? One of Australia’s foremost foreign policy thinkers, Allan Gyngell , (Director-General of the Office of National Assessments),READ MORE
Despite the United States’ long history of innovation in the field of communications technologies, the State Department’s emergence as the world’s leading user of ediplomacy was not a natural consequence of this. A 2001 book by Wilson Dizard Jr., Digital Diplomacy: U.S. Foreign Policy in the Information Age, tracks a long history of reluctant adaptationREAD MORE
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There’s a new article in International Studies Perspectives by … Kadir Jun Ayhan [JB see] on delineating the boundaries of public diplomacy [JB emphasis] and a blog post summarizing his argument. In teaching students want definitions and so Ayhan draws on his teaching experience to distill a definition of public diplomacy from those offered by several well known discussions of the topic. A particular issue that bothered Ayhan’s students is the extent to which non-state actors can be said to do public diplomacy and in his definition he comes firmly (and I think correctly) down on the statist side of the issue.
In reading Ayhan’s post I was struck by the importance attached to the state/non-state issue in the literature. From working on the history of public diplomacies I think that the importance attached to it is misplaced. It comes from the history of International Relations Theory. All the varieties o..
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What can diplomacy do to counter cyberattacks, misinformation, data theft and other societal ailments of the digital age?
Cyberdiplomacy, Managing Security and Governance Online, a new book by British Senior Visiting Fellow of the Netherlands Institute of International Relations (“Clingendael”) Shaun Riordan, argues that traditional diplomatic approaches can be integrated with new technologies to address these challenges.”Cyberspace, he argues, is too important to leave to technicians,” writes publisher Polity. “Using the vital tools offered by cyberdiplomacy, we can reduce the escalation and proliferation of cyberconflicts by proactively promoting negotiation and collaboration online.”Read more about Cyberdiplomacy here.