The Ethics of Digital Diplomacy (due April 2016):

RQ: What are the ethical red-lines of digital diplomacy and why do they matter? Drawing on a large data set of codes of practices developed by MFAs around the world to govern the use of social media in diplomatic communication, the paper classifies, compares and analyses the normative configurations underpinning the evolving practice of digital diplomacy.

Digital Diplomatic Trolling as Symbolic Violence  (due June 2016): RQ: What is digital diplomatic trolling (DDT), how it works and how effectively? The paper argues that DDT represents a particular form of symbolic violence that serves to mark a contested boundary between competing frames of diplomatic communication. Using this definition, the paper goes on to discuss four major types of DDT - frame buffering, narrative denial, ad hominem attack and subversive ridicule – and to assess their impact.

Diplomatic Ethics (Chapter forthcoming In C Constantinou, P Kerr, and P Sharp (eds) SAGE Handbook of Diplomacy, London: SAGE(2016)): RQ: What does it mean to act ethically as a diplomat? The paper addresses this question in two steps. First, it argues that the normative basis of ethical judgement of diplomats’ actions has historically revolved around the principle of loyalty, first to the Prince, later to the State, and more recently to People. Second, the paper offers a contextually tailored framework of ethical analysis centred on the concept of reflection-in-action by which diplomats seek to align the practical requirements of the situation at hand with the normative imperatives prompted by their divided loyalties. A pre-publication draft of the chapter is available here.

Diplomacy and the Making of the BRICS Brand (due Dec 2015): RQ: Do BRICS constitute a brand and if yes, how strong is the diplomatic appeal of the brand? The paper advances a conceptual framework for mapping, examining and evaluating the BRICS brand focused on three dimensions: brand positioning, stakeholder convergence and public influence. The theoretical framework is empirically tested using social media data. 

If you are working on similar topics, would lilke to exchange ideas, or you would be interested in scheduling a presentation on any of these projects, feel free to drop me a line or to          me.