Digital Diplomacy and the Quest for Common Ground

Commenting on the challenges that the Digital Age has generated for the craft of diplomacy, the former U.S. Secretary, John Kerry, provocatively remarked that “the term digital diplomacy is almost redundant -- it's just diplomacy, period.” For Kerry, digital technologies in general, and social media in particular, do help advance states’ foreign policy objectives, bridge gaps between people across the globe, and engage with people around the world, but ultimately they fulfill the same core diplomatic function that is, to create dialogue and find common ground among the broadest possible audience. After all, he claimed, “that's what diplomacy’s all about”.[1] Interestingly, Kerry made this re

Prof. Corneliu Bjola

I'm an Oxford scholar seeking to make sense of "unknown unknowns" in international diplomacy, a data viz. aficionado, and an unrepentant Big Lebowski fan ("lotta ins, lotta outs, lotta what-have-you's..").

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