Prof. Yolanda Kemp Spies was trained as a diplomat at the South African Foreign Ministry and at Oxford University, UK. She practiced diplomacy for 19 years, and lived and worked on four continents before she joined academia. She completed her doctora...

People
Internet governance (IG) is a particularly challenging puzzle when viewed from the perspective of countries in the Global South. Many of these countries are asymmetrically integrated and constrained by structures of dependence established by more adv...
 28 Jul 2020

Blog post
Anyone that shops online, uses social media, or even sends an email has most likely had their personal data sent around the world. Data, including your personal details, is transferred over the global network without regard for national borders. Coun...
 27 Jul 2020

Blog post
In view of the ongoing global health crisis, for the first time ever since its establishment in 2013, the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) was held virtually. Dedicated to the ‘Accelerated action and transformative path...
 21 Jul 2020

Blog post
The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly shaken up old structures and accelerated 180-degree changes and innovation. Diplomacy and multilateral systems are no exception. Against this backdrop, diplomats are facing multiple challenges, which encom...
 16 Jul 2020

Blog post
An influential article of 2014 noted that health attachés were appointed shortly after the Second World War and were thereafter assigned by 'a growing number of countries [...] to work in embassies in countries of strategic importance'.Is this ...
 14 Jul 2020

Blog post
When considering the great technological changes that humanity is facing, it is generally assumed that the Fourth Industrial Revolution (underway since the middle of the last century, and characterised by a fusion of technologies that blur the lines ...
 14 Jul 2020

Blog post
The matters pertaining to the Internet and its ‘governance’ are broadand varied, and include aspects such as human rights, cybersecurity, infrastructure and connectivity, and skills learning, among others. Human rights and cybersecurity&nbsp...
 13 Jul 2020

Blog post
Disease grips humanity’s imagination with a chokehold. It distances people from each other and can create animosities between groups. The fear of disease trumps even war, since you can see guns and tanks. You cannot see the bubonic plague, or Ebola, ...
 7 Jul 2020

Blog post
Referring to Prof. Geoff Berridge, we learn that ‘diplomacy is the most important institution of our society of states’. Further on, according to Sir Ivor Roberts, diplomacy is both ‘that funny old trade’ as well as a the ‘most rewarding of professio...
 3 Jul 2020

Blog post
On June 11, UN Secretary General António Guterres launched the Roadmap for Digital Cooperation based on the report of the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation. The launch was accompanied by a series of discussions on the Roadmap’s key recommendati...
 1 Jul 2020

Blog post
The term soft power (and its siblings hard power and smart power), employed to embrace a particular category of resources of potential power, originated in the stable ofJoseph S Nye, Jr,a Harvard University distinguished service professor...
 1 Jul 2020

Blog post
Ljupčo Gjorgjinski is a Senior Fellow with DiploFoundation, focusing his research on the security and diplomatic aspects of frontier science and technology. The research draws on his practical experience at the highest diplomatic levels on artificial...

People
What is the value of sustaining international peace in the age of new technologies with incredible disruptive potential, such as the combination of weapons and artificial intelligence (AI)? The financial costs of multilateral forums where these im...
 24 Jun 2020

Blog post
Answer: The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia. Why? The employment of the Saudi consulate-general and consul general’s residence in Istanbul in the horrifying murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi in early October is now notorious. This has been fo...
 17 Jun 2020

Blog post
The UN Secretary-General’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation, presented on 11 June, comes at the time when the world is trying to grasp the tectonic economic, political, and social shifts triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Digitalisation is the nexus ...
 16 Jun 2020

Blog post
On 2 July 2020 I received an e-mail from Razvan Constantinescu, the energetic Romanian honorary-consul general for the south-west of England based in Bristol and president of the Bristol Consular Corps. This told me how the COVID-19 pandemic first re...
 15 Jun 2020

Blog post
Subscribe to Diplomacy