As trust in social media crumbles, are these platforms still adequate for public diplomacy?

This post was first published in the Center on Public Diplomacy Blog and it is based on a 7 December 2021 debate co-organized by the International Studies Association (ISA)'s International Communication Section and the International Communications Association (ICA)'s Public Diplomacy Interest Group, which can be viewed here. Authors: Luigi Di Martino, Lisa Tam, Eriks Varpahovskis. The tension of social media …

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Early Career Scholars Debate on Public Diplomacy and Social Media

On the 7th of December, I will be charing the 3rd Early Career Scholars Debate, a joint event of the ICA Public Diplomacy Interest Group and the ISA International Communication Section. The debate will be held on the 7th of December at 8:00 AM London time, 11:00 AM Moscow time, 6:00 PM Brisbane time. Lisa Tam of the Queensland …

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Fear and empathy in international relations: Diplomacy, cyber engagement and Australian foreign policy

Just published in Place Branding and Public Diplomacy Abstract Emotions in international relations, as in human relations, are invisible but leave traces in the policy articulation. Such traces can reveal how emotional interpretations of the environment in which national states operate shape and frame certain policy and strategic choices. Drawing on the concept of the …

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Conceptualising public diplomacy listening on social media

Just published in Place Branding and Public Diplomacy. Read the full article (Abstract below). Abstract Public diplomacy consists of the public and interactive dimensions of diplomacy. Although listening is one of its core activities, public diplomacy scholarship has not yet engaged with listening theory. This paper connects public diplomacy scholarship with a new wave of …

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Typologies of social media accounts in public diplomacy

Public diplomacy actors are those who contribute to the projection of a country’s positive international image as a part of the national public diplomacy strategy. These actors are not always strictly diplomats since they may not be explicitly part of the diplomatic organisation. This introduces a differentiation between diplomatic social media accounts which are managed …

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