The term ‘contemporary diplomacy’ describes the methods and tactics countries and other international groups use to promote their interests and carry out their foreign policy goals. The changes in diplomatic practice are influenced by a number of factors, such as globalization, technical advancements, and shifting geopolitical relations.
Contemporary diplomacy implies the use of modern tools in the field of information and communication technologies. Through its use, diplomats are enabled to act promptly according to the goals of interest and to have access to a wide range of information and documents.
The increasing influence of non-state players in influencing international relations, including NGOs, civil society organizations, and multinational companies, is another characteristic of contemporary diplomacy. To accomplish their goals, diplomats must now interact with a broader variety of stakeholders, and they frequently need to collaborate across industries to handle difficult global issues.
Contemporary diplomatic action is more than ever oriented towards multilateral questions and issues that were not so present in the past and today emerge as the key questions like environment and climate change, migration, human rights, the rule of law, etc.
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Intercultural communication and logical fallacies
05 September 2022
Contemporary diplomacy, Cultural diversity, Diplomatic theory and practice, Intercultural communication, Language and diplomacy
This blog is the first in a series in which I explore intercultural communication through the lens of logical fallacies, linking each fallacy to a current trend or event. I have chosen fallacies in the first instan...
A brief history of Yoga diplomacy
22 June 2022
Contemporary diplomacy, Cultural diplomacy, Cultural diversity, Health diplomacy, Intercultural communication, Nation branding, Public diplomacy, Sports diplomacy
Yoga, said Narendra Modi at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in September 2014, is not just exercise. \'By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can also help us deal with climate change.\'...
20 February 2022
When Paul McCartney was coining the lyrics for \'Those Were the Days\', performed magnificently and with a touching romantic crescendo by Mary Hopkin, a young, bright, and promising student in Templin was dreaming o...
Pandemic boost for video-conferencing?
14 March 2020
As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been announced that the second round of face-to-face talks on the UK’s new relationship with the EU, due to take place in London next week with the arrival of an EU deleg...
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European Union external action structure: Beyond state and intergovernmental organisations diplomacy
This dissertation analyses the organisation of the external action structures of the European Union. As an international actor which is beyond a state, but also different to traditional international organisations, the EU has created a “diplomatic constellation” ... Read more...
Assessing feasibility for a binding international legal instrument on cyberweapons: A maturity model approach
Cyberwarfare has emerged from the expeditious expansion of the Internet as a new mode of conflict that can anonymously and remotely disrupt the core functions of a state.... Read more...
The birth and the existence of Lesotho: A diplomatic lesson
The dissertation will focus on the birth and present state of existence of Lesotho, as a nation state, a state inside another state, looking at how diplomacy is at the centre of all this. The research will examine the history of South Africa and the events that led to ... Read more...
Barriers to conflict resolution in Africa: Mediating beyond power and ethnicity in the EAC and SADC countries through a Kenyan case study
This paper assesses the relevance of ethnicity and power in conflicts occurring in the EAC and SADC regions through a case study of Kenya. It engages with elites’ power contestation and the manner in which power has historically caused violence and instability in Ken... Read more...
Data Diplomacy: Mapping the Field
The adoption of open data policies and the standardization of data collection were among the recommendations made during DiploFoundation's Data Diplomacy Roundtable: Mapping the Field, a brainstorming event that took place on 5 April 2017 – on the role of (big) data ... Read more...
Diplomacy at the Cutting Edge
I started writing a memoire in 1998, but on a long train journey in Germany (Stuttgart to Essen), accompanied by my wonderful wife Mimi, a thought came that it might be much more interesting to write about how the Indian diplomatic system works – or does not really w... Read more...
Diplomacy: Theory and Practice, Fifth Edition
In 2005, I reviewed the third edition of Diplomacy: Theory and Practice by G.R. Berridge as essential reading for Robinson Crusoe, had he been a student of diplomacy. We all know that eventually Crusoe ended his assignment on the foreign island and returned to his nati... Read more...