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By on 07 Oct, 2013 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

News of the laying of a BRICS-cable triggered public attention as news of laying telegraph cables did a century ago. The ‘cable rush’ by Britain, Germany and France – then major industrial and colonial powers – heralded the start of cable geo-politics which still exist today.  Despite all the promises of the end of geography and Internet ‘virtuality’, geography remains as important as ever. Are we facing a renewed interest in cable geo-strategy?

By on 20 Sep, 2013 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

When Brazil speaks on Internet governance (IG) everybody listens. Conference audiences shift from browsing the Net and look at the podium. The buzz in the room is replaced by an almost reverent silence. Every word is carefully heard. Brazil is a swing country in Internet governance. As a truly democratic developing country, it has been a strong supporter of the multistakeholder IG model; it has one of the best Internet diplomacy teams.

By on 13 Jun, 2013 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

The short answer is YES! A bit longer answer could be prompted by questions… why, over the last few days, have we not heard news about ambassadors presenting demarches in Washington, with reasonable doubts whether their e-mails have been intercepted? Or… the news that some national legal adviser, with the hope to have his/her name written in legal history, is preparing a court case against the USA on the grounds of unauthorised access to diplomatic documents stored on Google Drive?

By on 03 Jun, 2013 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

This text on e-politeness is dedicated to those who have been waiting for me to reply to their e-mail for weeks, and to those who did not reply to my e-mails for weeks; to those on whose great blog posts I did not leave a comment (apologies to Aldo!!), to those whose Facebook posts I did not ‘like’, … to those… this list can continue forever.

By on 30 May, 2013 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

Why do we succeed in some activities, and fail in others? This question was on my mind during the signing by Malta, Mexico and Switzerland of the extension of the MoU on online diplomatic training. The MoU provides the formal framework for the very successful cooperation between Diplo and the Instituto Matías Romero (the Mexican diplomatic academy).

By on 29 Apr, 2013 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

Today, the word ‘byzantine’ is used to describe devious actions: intrigue, plotting, and bribing. [1] Historical records show that Byzantine politics were morally neither worse nor better than politics in previous or later years. The problem with the dominant negative stereotypes of the Byzantine era is that it hides the rich contribution of the Byzantine Empire to the evolution of humanity. Let us list some of those contributions and achievements…

By on 20 Apr, 2013 | From the channel/s: Diplo Blog

Last Wednesday (17 April 2013) we discussed the key dilemmas of online learning. This lively event involved more than 70 people and 3 panels with 2 panellists debating the following questions:

By on 04 Apr, 2013 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

When we hear the term 'green economy', the first thing that often springs to mind is the environment - we tend to associate being 'green' with being environmentally friendly. We think of carbon emissions, protection of rainforests, our dependency on fossil fuels, our efforts to produce an energy balance that will lead to more sustainable living. Colloquially, we see 'the greens' as those people who put the environment first. Yet the environment isn't just green. It's not just plants and trees.

By on 29 Mar, 2013 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

In short, full transparency and openness is not an optimal environment for successful diplomacy aimed at solving complex problems through convergence and compromise.

Let me develop the argument:

Ancient Greece is often called the cradle of modern civilization. Greek philosophy is as valid today as it was more than 20 centuries ago, in its attempts to explain our existence. Theatre, geometry, and astronomy, to name a few subjects, originated in ancient Greece.


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