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By on 26 Jan, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

Do you use Twitter to spread information about ongoing consultations and to gauge public reaction? Do you use or follow any Facebook groups or topics to find out what public opinion really is behind the polls?

Do you write a blog to keep in touch with your constituents or policy groups, and use their comments as feedback?

Tell us what works/doesn't work for you--we would like to learn from your experience.

By on 25 Jan, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

What are the best Negotiation and Participation Techniques for the Internet Era? Are they already being used? Who is using them? What are the results? Is e-diplomacy "real diplomacy"? Will e-diplomacy "ruin diplomacy" or make it a revolutionary negotiating technique to move forward on resolving some of the world's controversies?

It's time to find out. Post your questions, concerns, experiences and answers. We want to--no--we NEED to know!

By on 19 Jan, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

The Internet and e-communication affect parts of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, in particular those that deal with the facilitation of the free communication of diplomatic missions (article 27), communication with local indviduals and institutions (article 41), and the set of articles dealing with privileges and immunities.

By on 18 Jan, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

Some of the most impressive e-tools we can use are those that help us avoid a missed meeting. These can be used in long-range planning or in TelePresence Democrisis management.

By on 17 Jan, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

by Jovan Kurbalija

The first US diplomatic cable was sent to France on 23 November 1866. It cost $19,540 – three times the annual salary of William Seward (then US Secretary of State). 

It was probably one of the most expensive communications ever sent. Today, it would cost in the region of $600,000; but today, we have Twitter and Twitter is free!

By on 16 Jan, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

The term 'e-diplomacy' describes new methods and modes of conducting diplomacy and international relations with the help of the Internet and information and communication technologies (ICTs).

By on 15 Jan, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

Background Information

By on 29 Jun, 2002 | From the channel/s: Diplo Blog

Arguments can be found both against and for the use of ambiguity in diplomacy. Opponents point out that an ambiguous formulation in a treaty or agreement does not actually resolve a problem but simply puts it off until a later time, or allows the parties to the agreement a means of avoiding their obligations. Proponents respond that in a conflict, any tactic that brings an end to actually physical violence is useful and valuable.

By on 29 Jun, 2002 | From the channel/s: Diplo Blog


Ambiguous formulations are used in diplomacy to allow for a degree of consensus when parties to a negotiation cannot come to an agreement. Drazen Pehar explains

By on 29 Jun, 2002 | From the channel/s: Diplo Blog

Louise Lassonde (Coping with Population Challenges, London: Earthscan Publications Limited, 1996, 7) provides the following example: "In the Cairo Programme, various formulations which were contradictory a priori were worded in such a way as to satisfy all parties. This is what happened in the controversy over abortion, which was circumvented by means of a wording that satisfied all groups. It reads as follows:
 

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