Policy Briefing: WikiLeaks and the Future of Diplomacy

The release into the public domain of thousands of confidential documents leaked from diplomatic services was for some an embarrassing scandal 

and for others a healthy push for transparency and accountability of governments in foreign policy.

How deeply has this WikiLeaks phenomenon affected international security, and what are its implications for the future of diplomacy, a sector traditionally shrouded in secrecy?

Dr Khalid Koser, academic dean at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), Dr Jovan Kurbalija, director of DiploFoundation, and Mr Philippe Mottaz, director of World Radio Switzerland will discuss these questions from different perspectives. The briefing will be moderated by Mr Marc Finaud from GCSP.

The in situ briefing takes place on 11 January 2011 from 12h30 to 14h00 CET, at the GCSP premises in Geneva, Switzerland (7 bis, Avenue de la Paix, WMO/OMM Building 2nd Floor, 1202 Geneva). The briefing will also be streamed live on Diplo’s online webinar forum.

Prior registration is required. Registration is now closed.

Pre-webinar panelists’ contributions

In preparation for the policy briefing you can consult contributions by the panelists:  Dr Khalid Koser prepared a web-editorial on WikiLeaks and the New Security Agenda; Dr Jovan Kurbalija provided reflections on a famous leaks in diplomatic historyuse of the term 'cable' in diplomacyour instincts (hide & seek) in the Internet era, the impact of WikiLeaks on diplomacy, and the opportunities that the WikiLeaks crisis has opened for Diplomacy 2.0; and Mr Philip Mottaz recently hosted a radio discussion on WikiLeaks, media and diplomacy.

Post-webinar Resources page

The post-webinar resources page is now available here. Follow the link for a digest of the webinar, live video recording, photo gallery, Twitter log, and related articles. 

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