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[WebDebate #46] Unpacking the EU’s digital diplomacy and foreign policy

06 April 2021

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[WebDebate #46] Unpacking the EU’s digital diplomacy and foreign policy

Tuesday, 6th April, 12:00 UTC (08:00 EDT | 14:00 CEST | 20:00 CST)


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Digital foreign policy is becoming a key topic this year. Both Switzerland and Denmark have just recently launched their digital foreign policy strategies (for an overview of digital foreign policy strategies, visit our Digital Foreign Policy page). Yet, it is also abundantly clear that the range of relevant actors in digital foreign policy goes beyond states. Following our March conference 2021: The emergence of digital foreign policy, we want to take a closer look at developments at the level of the European Union.

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In terms of the EU’s digital foreign policy and diplomacy, a number of threads are coming together under the European Digital Strategy with its commitment to setting global standards. Clearly, some of the norms set by the EU have relevance beyond the 27 member states, and the EU seeks to promote ‘its way of managing the digital transformation’. Further, in December 2020, the EU published its strategy on cybersecurity, and some observers have argued that this calls for the development of a more coherent approach to cyber diplomacy at the EU level.

In Webdebate #46, we want to begin to unpack existing and future elements of the EU’s digital diplomacy and foreign policy. Join our experts for the discussion. 


Matthias C KettemannDr Matthias C. Kettemann, LL.M. (Harvard), is a senior researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI), and the head of its research programme on rule-making in online spaces. He is a visiting professor for International Law at the University of Jena, a privatdozent at the University of Frankfurt, a lecturer at the University of Graz, the project lead at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) in Berlin, the research programme leader for Platform and Content Governance at the Sustainable Computing Lab at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, and an associated researcher at Germany’s Research Center for Social Cohesion. His most recent books include The Normative Order of the Internet. A Theory of Rule and Regulation Online (OUP, 2020), Navigating Normative Orders. Interdisciplinary Perspectives (editor, Campus, 2020), and, co-authored with W Benedek, Freedom of Expression and the Internet (2nd ed., Strasbourg, 2020).

Patryk PawlakDr Patryk Pawlak is the EUISS Brussels Executive Officer. In this capacity, he maintains and develops relations with other Brussels-based institutions. In addition, he is in charge of the cyber portfolio, leading the Institute’s cyber-related projects and contributing to its outreach activities. Since June 2016, he is a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise. His work on cyber-related issues and the European Union’s security policies more broadly has appeared in several peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes.

Patryk holds a PhD in Political Science from the European University Institute in Florence and an MA in European Studies from the College of Europe.

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Our WebDebates on the future of diplomacy are live-streamed on the first Tuesday of every month. They are organised by DiploFoundation within the framework of the International Forum on Diplomatic Training (IFDT).

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