Masterclass with Jovan Kurbalija (2021)

In January 2021, we began a new learning journey through history with Diplomacy and Technology: A historical journey, a series of free monthly Zoom discussions on the evolution of diplomacy and technology, led by Dr Jovan Kurbalija, an expert with an academic background in international law, diplomacy, and digital technology.

Our aim will be to discover how civilizations dealt with ‘new’ technologies, from simple writing, via the telegraph, to the internet. You’re welcome to join us!


Advanced Diplomatic Webinars series (2013)

The aim of the series Advanced Diplomatic Webinars from 2013, which dealt with the evolution of diplomacy and technology, was to anchor the discussion on the impact of the internet on diplomacy within diplomacy's long history which dates back to the dawn of humanity (see Introduction).

Each monthly webinar covered one phase in the evolution of diplomacy and technology. 



#1 Diplomacy in prehistoric era

#2 From clay to digital tablets: Diplomacy in the ancient era

#3 Diplomacy in Ancient Greece

#4 Diplomacy in Ancient Rome (focus on the Byzantine Empire)

#5 Renaissance diplomacy and the Reformation

#6 Invention of telegraph and the golden age of diplomacy (19th Century)

#7  Diplomacy and the invention of telephony and wireless communication

#8 Radio broadcasting and public diplomacy

#9 Protocol and e-politeness for the internet era

#10 TV broadcasting and the impact of the CNN effect on diplomacy

#11 Diplomacy and information gathering in the 'post-Snowden' era

#12 Public 'enters' diplomatic rooms worldwide via social media

Participation in the webinars

Participation in the webinars included:

  • consulting a background document for the monthly webinar (5-10 pages)
  • attending the monthly webinar scheduled for the fourth Friday of each month between 14:00 and 15:00 CET
  • answering the post-webinar questionnaire

The evolution of diplomacy has involved an interplay of continuity and change: continuity in the core diplomatic functions, i.e. negotiations and representation; change in the ways in which diplomacy is performed, i.e. the use of telegraph, telephone, and the Internet.

Successful participants received a certificate of participation. The registration fee for each monthly webinar was €30. Diplo provided a limited number of free places for its alumni, partner institutions, and participants from developing countries.

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