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[Podcast] Diplomacy between tradition and innovation

Published on 25 November 2021
Updated on 05 April 2024


In January 2021, Diplo began a series of online discussions titled History of Diplomacy and Technology, led by Dr Jovan Kurbalija.

As part of the series, Kurbalija talked with Ambassador Stefano Baldi about the interplay between technology and diplomacy, continuity and change, tradition and innovation. Ambassador shared his reflections on the 30 years of intensive digital and internet developments, and gave some practical advice to the new generations of diplomats.

Ambassador Stefano Baldi is a career diplomat in the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

As of 2021, he serves as an Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the OSCE in Vienna. He was Ambassador of Italy to Bulgaria from 2016 to 2020 and previously Training Director at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affair and International Cooperation from 2011 to 2016. He was Head of the Science and Technology Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2010 to 2011.

From 2006 to 2010 he was First Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Italy to the European Union, responsible for legal and financial aspects of the Common Foreign and Security Policy as Relex Counsellor.

He has also served at the Permanent Mission of Italy to the International Organizations in Geneva and to the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations in New York in charge for disarmament affairs. He has been the first head of the Statistical Office of the Ministry from 2000 to 2002.

He has lectured in with many Italian universities (Roma La Sapienza, LUISS, Roma TRE, LUMSA, Trento, Pavia, Firenze), holding seminars and courses in international affairs, particularly in multilateral diplomacy.

His most recent researches focus on diplomatic management, Social media for International Affairs and Books written by diplomats. He is author and editor of more than 30 books. His recent publications include several books on the activities of diplomats (Diplomatici, 2018) and a book on Management for diplomats (Manuale di management per diplomatici, 2016). He has also published, both in Italian and in English, the results of a comprehensive research on books written by Italian Diplomats (Through the Diplomatic Looking Glass, Diplo, 2007). His most recent books concern a photographic research on Italian Diplomatic History.

1 reply
  1. Rogel I. Nuguid
    Rogel I. Nuguid says:

    Is there a fair field in digital diplomacy among Member States of multilateral organizations (including the UN)? What is the contribution and implication of socio-cultural element in understanding and balancing technology and diplomacy in the context of challenges faced by countries from LLDCs, SIDS and LDCs?


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