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Gossip is…

Mary Murphy

02 December 2010

Digital diplomacy

… letting the cat out of the bag a claw at a time and this particular cat has about a quarter of a million claws. As I write, US diplomats around the world are probably replaying every social occasion, state meeting...

How will WikiLeaks affect diplomacy?

Jovan Kurbalija

01 December 2010

Digital diplomacy

Probably the only positive impact WikiLeaks will have is that it will demystify diplomacy. Many people see diplomacy as an exclusive and mysterious profession. While diplomacy is perceived as glamour, black limousines...

The more confidential documents you have, the less confidential they become?

Jovan Kurbalija

01 December 2010

Digital diplomacy

Like everything else, confidentiality is affected by the law of inflation. The multiplication of the inflated object (usually money) reduces its value. There are various reasons behind the growing number of confidenti...

What is a diplomatic cable?

Jovan Kurbalija

A diplomatic cable is a diplomatic message. The etymology goes back to the mid-nineteenth century when the first diplomatic messages were sent via telegraph. Telegraphs were connected by telegraph cables and the focus...

Second Committee approves draft resolution on ICT for development

Stephanie Borg Psaila

The Second Committee of the General Assembly yesterday approved the draft resolution on ‘Information and communications technologies for development’ (A/C.2/65/L.56). The text was approved by consensus. In a pres...

IGF renewal a step closer: Second Committee to approve final text on Nov. 30

Stephanie Borg Psaila

The Second Committee of the General Assembly has just negotiated a final version of the draft resolution on the future of the Internet Governance Forum, a reliable source has confirmed. Our source in New York has als...

IGF renewal: negotiations under way

Stephanie Borg Psaila

The mandate of the Internet Governance Forum expired with its 5th meeting in Lithuania two months ago. A renewed mandate for another five years is currently being debated at the UN. At which stage are the negotiation...

Webinar: ‘NATO’s challenges: from Kabul to Lisbon. Lessons from the Summit’

DiploFoundation

22 November 2010

Digital diplomacy

NATO promises: can the most powerful military alliance deliver more than a strategic concept? Is NATO losing Afghanistan? These two questions will be the focus of a webinar briefing on the latest NATO Summit, led by ...